A New Food Label Is Coming Soon And It Goes ‘Beyond Organic’ by Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association

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The Energetics of Food: How the Food You Eat Affects Your Mental and Emotional Health| Wake Up World


The Energetics of Food: How the Food You Eat Affects Your Mental and Emotional Health

By Justin Faerman  Guest writer for Wake Up World

 

When considering the health benefits of the foods we eat in the West, we tend to think of them in terms of their nutritional value—the vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates, but in other parts of the world, primarily China, India and the surrounding areas, the health benefits of food are categorized more by their energetic effects on the body and mind. It’s a simple but important distinction, yet these two viewpoints are not necessarily at odds with each other. In fact scientific studies into the nutritional value of foods often confirm ancient views of their energetic effects on the body.

 

For example, in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine (one of the oldest on the planet dating back over nearly 7,000 years), ghee, which is clarified butter, is believed to be calming and relaxing in its energetic effects. Western nutritional analysis of ghee reveals it is one of the most concentrated sources of beneficial saturated fat known to man. Saturated fat, it has been shown, is an essential component of the myelin sheathing that coats nerve endings. If this myelin sheathing is thin or of low quality (due to consuming refined, low quality foods and fats, or having a deficiency of saturated fat in your diet), it causes over-stimulation of nerve endings, which has been shown to cause anxiety and agitation. Consequently, when we have abundant sources of high quality saturated fats like ghee or coconut oil in our diet, this myelin sheathing is strengthened and we are calmer as a result.

 

The point of and benefit to understanding food energetics is to develop a more holistic perspective on our own health.  There is a danger in focusing solely on nutritional properties of food when considering its effects on our health, and that has to do with ignoring the energetic properties of food.  For example, in the West, fruits are considered to be extraordinarily healthy pending they are fresh, grown organically, are non-GMO and produced without the use of chemicals and pesticides.  They have many great nutritional qualities like being high in fiber, rich in water, minerals, and B-vitamins, and are also full of antioxidants and many substances that have been show to fight cancer, improve mood and energy, and generally support overall health and wellness.  Sounds like a great idea to eat them all the time, right? Well, not so much when you understand food energetics. Here’s why: in Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, sweet, cold, raw foods like fruits are known to create dampness in the body and contain some degree of mold, which isn’t a problem when eaten in moderation.  However, when eating too much fruit, it can become an issue.  Dampness is just what it sounds like: swampy, musty, cold, wet… what you would experience on a foggy day just after a rain.

Overeating fruits causes dampness to form in the intestines, and dampness in the intestines eventually causes chronic diseases to form like candida, a fungal infection that thrives in damp, moldy environments and can be hard to get rid of.  Candida causes a number of unpleasant symptoms from rashes to brain fog, to chronic fatigue, allergies to food, lethargy and more.

 

As you can see, when considering the Western nutritional value of a food, fruits seem awesome! By that logic, you can’t go wrong eating fruit all day. However, when we integrate the energetic perspective on fruit, it becomes clear that you don’t want to overdo it.  When we view food in terms of its energetic properties, we begin to understand a key principle in creating radiant, lifelong health, which is balance. So long as a food is natural, unprocessed, non-GMO, fresh and grown without chemicals it is inherently healthy in terms of its energetics—so long as it is eaten in moderation and in balance in relation to the energetics of the rest of the foods in your diet as well as your personal constitution, which we’ll get into shortly.  What is important when considering food energetics is that you maintain balance across the different types of food energies that can be present in your diet.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, there are many different ways we can categorize the energetics of a particular food, a few of which are as follows:

 

Yin-Yang Spectrum

Yin foods are cold, wet, sweeter, contain more water and less protein.  Common yin foods are fruits, beans, milk products like unsalted butter, ice cream, fresh cream, vegetables that grow above ground and/or that tend to be sweeter or more watery, many nuts and seeds, and blatantly sugar-rich products like honey and other sweeteners. Processed foods tend to be very yin as well, but in a detrimental, unbalancing way.  Essentially the more sweet, watery, cold, light and airy a food is, the more yin it is.

 

Yin foods tend to be calming, expansive and cooling in their effects on the body.

 

Yang foods are basically the opposite of yin foods.  Yang foods are warm, salty, dry and dense, and include most meats, most whole grains, root vegetables, salted butter, hard and/or salty cheeses or milk products, many spices, sauces and broths, and seaweeds.  Cooking or heating food makes it more yang in its effects.  Essentially the more salty, dense, spicy and warm a food is, the more Yang it is.

 

Yang foods tend to be stimulating/energizing, contractive and warming in their effects on the body.

Here’s a simple graphic from model4greenliving.com that illustrates this principle:

 

Taste and Flavor

 

Each food also has a specific taste or flavor which produces different energetic effects on the mind and body as well.

 

Sour: Sour foods affect, stimulate, and balance the liver and gallbladder. They produce yin effects on the body and mind. Sour-tasting foods can be moistening or drying depending on other energetic factors in the body. They help with digestion and can be calming, as well as astringent and contractive. Sour foods can also help the body process fatty foods.

 

Examples are: vinegar and acidic fruit, such as tomato, orange, and kiwi.

 

Bitter: Bitter foods affect, stimulate and balances the heart and small intestine, producing yin effects on the body and mind. Bitter foods help fight dampness in the body and are often used to treat things like yeast infections, parasites, skin problems and other conditions that arise from dampness. They are drying and contractive and tend to stimulate digestion and detoxification.

 

Examples are: dark leafy greens, herbs.

 

Sweet: These foods affect, stimulate, and balance the the spleen/pancreas and stomach, producing yin effects in the body and mind. Sweet foods are moistening and calming and will slow an overactive heart and mind, though they can cause lethargy and brain fog if eaten to excess.

Examples are: rice, wheat, sugar, and root vegetables.

Spicy (Pungent): Spicy foods affect, stimulate, and balance the the lungs and large intestine. They produce yang effects in the body and mind. Their qualities are stimulating and activating, sometimes causing sweating and detoxification. While they promote circulation and clears stagnation, they can be overstimulating when eaten in excess. Spicy foods are also warming in the body, which helps relieve dampness and improve digestion.

Examples are: onion, ginger, garlic, and peppers.

Salty: Salty foods affect, stimulate, and balance the the kidneys and bladder. They generally produce yang effects in the body and mind although if you are dehydrated, can also produce some yin effects as well. These foods are drying and energizing while simultaneously being calming. They serve to replenish deficiency of minerals and electrolytes and also stimulate appetite and digestion. They have rebuilding qualities and strengthen the kidneys.

Examples are: salt, olives, some meats.

Balancing Yin and Yang: As you can see, each food has yin or yang effects as well as a flavor that confers additional effects in the body and mind. Eating too much of any one type, taste or category (yin/yang) of food can cause an imbalance in your health and energetics. In Chinese culture, for example, where much of this knowledge originated, in most dishes and recipes they strive to include all five flavors and foods that are both yin and yang. This way, the body naturally stays in balance on an energetic level throughout the day and health is maintained effortlessly.

 

Your Personal Constitution and Food Energetics

 

Although understanding basic food energetics is fundamental for creating radiant, lifelong health, the rabbit hole goes quite a bit deeper than that when it comes to food energetics. In addition to each food having its own unique energetic properties and constitution, your body does as well. In Ayurveda, this is called your doshic makeup (or prikriti/vrikriti) and in Chinese Medicine each person is believed to have an elemental type: water, wood, metal, earth and fire. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll focus in on the Ayurvedic doshas here, although do know that there is quite a bit of overlap between these two systems.

 

Ayurvedic Doshas

Vata: Vata types tend to be skinny, sometimes tall as well.  They have quick minds and fast metabolisms and tend to embody the elements of air and ether.  Vata types need a lot of oils in their diet, which are grounding and calming and help to balance out their racing heart and mind tendencies.  An overly light diet of salads and fruits can make Vata types overly anxious or agitated, which they have a tendency to become anyway. Protein can also be important for Vata types to maintain their high nutrient needs due to their active metabolisms. Vata types shouldn’t skip meals—except during short fasts—as this tends to add more ‘air’ (the lack of food creates more space or air) energetically, which causes them to become ungrounded.

 

Pitta: Pitta types tend to be of a medium build and have a lot of fiery energy. They tend to have sharp minds and be confident, energetic and assertive. The skinnier a Pitta type is, the more fiery they will be and the bigger/heavier their build, the more watery/earthy they will be on an energetic level, meaning more grounded, paced and methodical.  Pitta types do well on a balanced diet with a slight preference toward yin foods, which cool and balance out their fiery nature. Generally avoiding spicy/pungent/hot foods keeps them in balance.  Protein can be important for Pitta types to fuel their burning ‘fire’. Heavier Pitta builds may want to incorporate elements of the Kapha diet to keep them in balance as well.

Kapha: Kapha types tend to be of a heavier build and have a slower, more methodical and balanced demeanor and body/mind.  Not to be confused with being dumber, Kapha types are equally as intelligent as Pitta and Vata, however, the their thinking tends to be more paced and intentional.  Kapha types embody the heavier water and earth elements.  They move slower, have slower digestion and metabolism, and bigger bodies.  As such, they do much better with spicy/pungent/hot foods, which stimulate their often-sluggish digestion. They should avoid too much fruit or sweet foods, which can aggravate the already heavier, damper water/earth elements they embody and cause lethargy.  A balanced diet with a focus on more yang foods, vegetables and grains can be beneficial for Kapha types.

It is also important to note that no one embodies only one dosha.  Everyone has a dominant doshic type and a subdominant type.  In rarer cases someone might have a perfect balance between two doshas and in even rarer cases be perfectly tridoshic.  We all have elements of all three doshas in our constitution, however, as a general rule of thumb, whichever dosha or doshas are most strongly dominant will determine what our bodies most need on an energetic level.

 

Eating for Your Constitutional Type

 

Depending on your doshic makeup, you will want to adjust your diet accordingly. For example, Pitta types should place a slightly greater emphasis on yin foods generally speaking as the cooling effect they have on the body will balance out their fiery nature.  Vata types need to strive for balance between yin and yang foods and Kapha types generally do better with slightly more yang foods in their diet.

 

Energetic needs also change greatly with the seasons and climates.  In the summer, the body will naturally crave more yin, cooling, sweet foods to help dissipate the heat in the environment and keep the body in balance, no matter what your doshic makeup.  In the winter, on the other hand, yang, warm foods will generally be craved to balance out the colder temperatures.  In warm, tropical climates, there grows an abundance of fruit (yin) because that is what the body does best on, and in colder climates, there tends to be mainly root vegetables and meat (yang), which is what the body needs to thrive there.

 

As you learn the energetic properties of the foods you eat and begin to tune into that level of awareness in your body, you will begin to sense when you are getting out of balance and need to eat certain foods to bring yourself back into homeostasis.  For example, have you ever noticed that after eating really salty foods that you crave something sweet or vice versa? This is your body seeking to maintain energetic balance within your system.  In fact, we are always getting signals like this, but it requires us to develop a more intimate connection with our bodies to tune into the oftentimes subtle intuitions and signals they are sending telling us exactly what we need to thrive and what we should be eating next to stay in balance and good health.  If you start to pay attention to these signals regularly, over time it becomes quite easy to maintain energetic balance within your body and mind, which always leads to greater health, happiness, harmony and flow.

 

Here’s an exercise to get you started on the journey of becoming more aware of the connection between your body, mind and the energetics of the food you eat, and what you need to eat to harmonize all three:

Exercise: Sensing the Energetics of Food

 

Typically when we eat a meal, we eat multiple foods and ingredients at once. This is not necessarily a problem, but when learning to sense the energetics of food and how they affect your body, it can make it difficult to discern what’s what—that is, which ingredient is having which effect on your state of mind and health.

 

To begin developing or refining your energetic sensitivity, try the following:

About 20-30 minutes before eating your next meal, take just one ingredient you are planning on using and eat it by itself. For example, have a piece of fruit, a handful of almonds, a few bites of whatever vegetable you are making, or dip your fingertip in a spice you plan on using and taste it. Within about 5-15 minutes, you should notice a shift in your body, mind and energetics after eating just this single food by itself. Sometimes it happens instantly, sometimes it takes a bit longer.  The point is, you want to begin eating foods by themselves without the contaminating effects of anything else for a little while before and after eating it.

 

Doing this allows you to get a clear read on how that one food is affecting you on a mental, emotional, physical and energetic level. Does the food make you feel energized or calm? Does it warm you up or cool you down? How do you feel after you eat it? Better or worse or neutral? All of this is energetic data about how this food affects your constitution and health.  Obviously, whatever makes you feel good and/or brings you back into balance if you are feeling over- or under-stimulated is ideal.

 

Also notice how you feel after you eat your meal.  Are you craving something sweet afterwards? Your meal may have been overly salty and yang, and your body is now craving something sweet and yin to balance it out.  Or vice versa.  Many people eat very sweet breakfasts in the West and then you might find yourself craving a salty, yang snack shortly thereafter.

 

Your body is constantly giving you data about what you are eating and that data comes in the form of food cravings, intuitions, feelings, sensations, states of mind, and other subtle or overt ways your body shifts in relation to what you are eating. By paying attention to these signals and using the food energetics guidelines outlined in this article, you can get a quick sense of how something is affecting you energetically and what you need to shift to maintain balance—because at the end of the day, balance equals health.

References:

  1. Taste and Action of Chinese Herbs – Traditional and Modern Viewpoints – http://www.itmonline.org/articles/taste_action/taste_action_herbs.htm
  2. The Three Doshas in Ayurveda – http://www.bluelotusayurveda.com/resources/the-three-doshas-in-ayurveda-vata-pitta-and-kapha/
  3. Ni Maoshing (trans). The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Of Medicine. Shambhala. Boston. 1995.
  4. Ni Maoshing and McNease Cathy. The Tao of Nutrition. Seven Star Communications. California. 1987.
  5. Frawley D. Ayurvedic Healing, A Comprehensive Guide. Lotus Press; 2000.

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About the author:

Justin Faerman is a visionary change-agent, international speaker, serial entrepreneur and consciousness researcher dedicated to evolving global consciousness, bridging science and spirituality and spreading enlightened ideas on both an individual and societal level. He is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and the Flow Consciousness Institute and a sought after teacher, known for his pioneering work in the area of flow and the mechanics of consciousness. He is largely focused on applied spirituality, which is translating abstract spiritual concepts and ideas into practical, actionable techniques for creating a deeply fulfilling, prosperous life.

Learn more at: www.flow-mastery.com and www.consciouslifestylemag.com

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Red Wine and Your Gut? (Interesting Study Results) by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist


Red Wine and Your Gut? (Interesting Study Results)

by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist
[Author of The Fat-Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging]

You’ve probably heard that red wine can be a very healthy drink option, but you most likely only heard about generic benefits of the antioxidants and resveratrol in red wine.

But here’s another MAJOR reason below why red wine in moderation (1-2 glasses per day max) can be a super healthy part of your routine. I personally have really grown to enjoy having a glass of red wine with dinner about 4-5 days per week.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95:1323-1334) reported that people who drank 2 glasses of red wine per day (dry red wine, not sugary dessert wines) had higher levels of beneficial bacteria in their gut and lower levels of pathogenic bad bacteria in their gut. This is great news as you know from reading this newsletter how vastly important your gut flora balance is to everything from your digestion, immunity, metabolism, skin health, and much more.

The study concluded that while red wine consumption decreased pathogenic bacteria in the gut, it actually had a prebiotic effect in the gut in that it supported the growth and colonies of healthy gut microbes which protect your health.

But the powerful health benefits of red wine don’t stop there…

Another exciting part of this study is that the red wine drinkers also decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and CRP (C-reactive protein). CRP is a measure of overall inflammation in your body, so it’s great to see an association between red wine and reduced inflammation.

The interesting part of the study is that red wine was compared against equivalent servings of gin (equivalent alcohol serving) and none of the benefits mentioned above were seen in the group consuming the gin. This means the benefits were probably related to the polyphenols and resveratrol in red wine and not necessarily the alcohol content itself, although there is likely a synergistic effect of the alcohol and other compounds in red wine since the group receiving de-alcoholized red wine got less of a blood pressure benefit.

You can choose Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz or any other dry red wine to get all of these powerful health benefits of the unique polyphenols and resveratrol.

Note that white wine also has some health benefits but not nearly as powerful as red wine due to the lower antioxidant levels.

Another benefit of red wine not mentioned in the study above is that some studies show that red wine consumed with a meal can slow and moderate the blood sugar response you get from that meal. This is yet another benefit to keeping your hormones balanced, lowering insulin levels, controlling appetite, and staying lean!

As you can see, there’s plenty of reasons raise a glass of red wine at your meals and toast to your health and happiness! After all, I’ve seen several stories on the news where they ask a centenarian how they’re so healthy over the age of 100, and one of the answers they seem to frequently give is that they have one glass of red wine per day.

Source

The Top 6 Inflammatory Foods How To Detox From Them – mindbodygreen.com

The Top 6 Inflammatory Foods How To Detox From Them – mindbodygreen.com.

There are a multitude of diets to choose from, or exercise programs that run the body ragged. The simple truth is that our bodies weren’t meant to eat Lean Cuisine meals or to be engaged in hours and hours of intensive exercise. If a person examines the evolution of our body from the caveman days, they would see that the body thrives off of whole foods, clean meats and exercise that involves lots of walking.

Fast forward a few thousand years, and as a society, we are stuffing our bodies full of inflammatory food-like products that make a person sick, fat and depressed. The key to fat loss, optimal health and joy is so simple, it’s easy to overlook.

Eat whole foods that are plucked from the earth. Foods that do not come in a package, can, bag or jar, and automatically the inflammation will dissipate in your body, freeing up space for your liver to begin processing fat. The best part, you can eat all you want, as long as it’s clean whole foods.

No longer is a deprivation mentality of dieting or extreme exercising required. By pivoting our thinking, we can create a healthy relationship with food. One that creates a foundation of values based on fueling the body, and giving it health through whole foods, rather than limiting the amount of calories a person eats.

To help you with this clean eating journey, I have compiled a list of the top 6 inflammatory foods along with substitutes that allow you to eat many of the foods you enjoy, but with ingredients that give you health, rather than take it away.

1. Processed Sugar

Swap out processed sugars for raw honey, organic maple syrup, liquid stevia or fruit.

2. Sodium

Swap out table salt for sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. By eliminating processed and packaged foods, you will significantly eliminate the amount of daily sodium intake.

3. Wheat Flour

Swap out wheat for almond flour or coconut flour. While these two flours do come in a bag (unless you make them on your own with a food processor), they are minimally processed are a great substitute for baking many foods that typically contain wheat.

4. Certain Oils

Swap out highly processed oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, safflower oil, partially hydrogenated oil (just to mention a few) for high-quality omega-6 and omega-3 oils. The best source for oils are from extra-virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, avocados or avocado oils.

5. Cow Dairy

Swap out cow dairy for that of sheep or goat. Around the age of 1.5-2 years, our bodies significantly decrease in the amount of digestive enzymes created that specifically help to digest dairy. The molecular make-up of the sheep and goat dairy is more easily digested in the human body. Another reason cow dairy does not work as well is because the feed is typically made up from genetically modified corn and soy which creates inflammation in the cows. This is then passed on to us when we eat cow dairy. Last, casein is used in much dairy and many people are highly sensitive to it. When shopping for sheep and goat dairy, read the ingredients so that you can chose a dairy product free of casein.

6. Alcohol

Swap out alcohol for water, bubbly water, Kombucha drinks (without added sugar), tea or cold pressed juices. Alcohol tops the list of most inflammatory and toxic foods, and with a pause from the holidays, it seems like a reasonable time to take a break in order to regain and experience the most optimal and vibrant health.
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10 Surprising Benefits of Yogurt | Fitness Magazine

10 Surprising Benefits of Yogurt | Fitness Magazine
By Amanda Pressner

 

 

1. Yogurt can give you flat abs.

 

Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much — in conjunction with cutting their total calories — lost 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who skipped the snack, according to research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They also retained one-third more calorie-torching lean muscle mass, which can help you maintain weight loss. “Fat around your waist produces the hormone cortisol, which tells your body to accumulate even more belly flab,” says nutrition professor and lead study author Michael Zemel, PhD. When you eat yogurt, the calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to drop pounds, while the amino acids help burn fat.

 

2. Most brands of yogurt contain good-for-you bacteria.

 

The words “live and active cultures” on the container mean that your yogurt has probiotics, beneficial bugs that live in your digestive tract and help crowd out harmful microorganisms that can cause intestinal infections. (Only a very small number of companies put yogurt through a post-pasteurization process that kills off all bacteria.)

 

But many varieties now also contain special strains of probiotics meant to help regulate your digestion or strengthen your immune system. The research on them isn’t conclusive, however. “If you suffer from a particular health problem, like bloating or diarrhea, it’s worth trying one of these products for a couple of weeks to see if it helps,” says FITNESS advisory board member Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD. Otherwise, save a few dollars and stick to conventional brands.

 

3. Yogurt is loaded with vitamins.

 

One serving is a significant source of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Yogurt also contains B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly. “Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal products, such as chicken and fish, so strict vegetarians can easily fall short,” says Jackie Newgent, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of Big Green Cookbook. Eating more yogurt can help close the nutrient gap: An eight-ounce serving contains 1.4 micrograms of the vitamin, about 60 percent of what adult women need daily.

 

4. A cup of yogurt a day can help you recover faster after a workout.

 

With the right ratio of protein to carbohydrates, yogurt, particularly high-protein Greek yogurt, makes an excellent post-sweat-session snack. “The perfect time to grab a container is within 60 minutes of exercise,” says Keri Gans, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. The protein provides the amino acids your muscles need to repair themselves, Gans explains, and the carbohydrates replace your muscles’ energy stores, which are depleted after a hard workout. It’s a bonus if you drink a bottle of water along with it: The protein in yogurt may also help increase the amount of water absorbed by the intestines, improving hydration.

 

5. Not all yogurt is equal when it comes to calcium and vitamin D.

 

Since it naturally contains calcium, you’d think the amount would be the same no matter which yogurt you pick. Wrong. “The levels can vary widely from brand to brand, so you really need to check the label,” Newgent says. How much is in a container depends on processing. For instance, fruit yogurt tends to have less calcium than plain because the sugar and fruit take up precious space in the container. “Vitamin D isn’t naturally in yogurt, but because it helps boost calcium absorption, most companies add it,” Newgent explains. Reach for brands like Stonyfield Farms Fat Free Smooth and Creamy and Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy, which contain at least 20 percent of your daily value for both nutrients.

 

6. Yogurt may prevent high blood pressure.

 

Every day 70 percent of us consume more than twice the recommended amount of salt; over time that can lead to hypertension and kidney and heart disease. The potassium in yogurt, almost 600 milligrams per eight ounces, may help flush some of the excess sodium out of your body. In fact, adults in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition who ate the most low-fat dairy — two or more servings daily — were 54 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate the least.

 

7. A daily serving of yogurt keeps colds away.

 

Dig into four ounces each day and you may find yourself sniffle-free in the months ahead, according to a study at the University of Vienna. Women eating this amount had much stronger and more active T cells, which battle illness and infection, than they did before they started consuming it. “The healthy bacteria in yogurt help send signals to the immune-boosting cells in your body to power up and fight off harmful bugs,” says lead study author Alexa Meyer, PhD, a nutrition researcher at the university. Allergy sufferers, who typically have low levels of certain T cells, may also find relief by adding yogurt to their diets. In a study in the Journal of Nutrition, people who ate seven ounces a day had fewer symptoms than those who opted for none at all.

 

8. Yogurt can help your smile.

 

Despite its sugar content, yogurt doesn’t cause cavities. When scientists at Marmara University in Turkey tested low-fat, light, and fruit flavors, they found that none of them eroded tooth enamel, the main cause of decay. The lactic acid in yogurt appears to give your gums protection as well. People who eat at least two ounces a day have a 60 percent lower risk of acquiring severe periodontal disease than those who skip it.

 

9. Raw doesn’t mean better.

 

Virtually all the yogurt in your grocery store has been pasteurized — that is, exposed to high temperatures to kill any harmful pathogens. Raw-dairy fans claim that unpasteurized milk, yogurt, and cheese are better for you because they contain more health-boosting bacteria, but pasteurization doesn’t destroy beneficial probiotics, Newgent explains. Plus, studies show that those who eat raw yogurt don’t have stronger immune or digestive systems than people who stick to the pasteurized stuff. And raw-dairy products carry a risk of food poisoning. “E. coli and salmonella are two of the pathogens that can lurk in these foods and end up in your body,” Newgent says.

 

10. Yogurt is a high-protein food.

 

Yogurt can be an excellent source of protein, but “one variety may contain more than double the protein of another,” Blatner says. Greek yogurt, which is strained to make it thicker, has up to 20 grams of protein per container; traditional yogurt may have as few as five grams. If you’re eating it for the protein, look for brands that provide at least eight to 10 grams per serving.

 

What to Look For in a Yogurt

 

Forget the fancy promises. To find a healthy yogurt that’s low in calories, fat, and sugar, follow as many of these guidelines as you can.

 

Per 6-ounce serving:

 

Calories: 100 to 150 (if you’re snacking, stick to the lower end)
Fat: 3.5 grams or less (low-fat or nonfat)
Saturated fat: 2 grams or less
Protein: at least 8 to 10 grams
Sugar: 20 grams or less
Calcium: at least 20 percent of the daily value
Vitamin D: at least 20 percent of the daily value

Benjamin Fulford – April 20, 2015: US Corporate government goes bankrupt on April 17th, refuses to acknowledge



Benjamin Fulford – April 20, 2015: US Corporate government goes bankrupt on April 17th, refuses to acknowledge

The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION based in the Washington D.C. extra-territorial enclave inside the Republic of the United States of America failed to make a payment on March 31st and was given until April 17th to come up with the goods but was unable to, according to Chinese government and CIA sources. For that reason the US corporate government has gone bankrupt, the sources say. However, the folk in Washington do not plan to go quietly and are still fighting to survive.

This can be confirmed in the corporate propaganda and government news wires around the world in reports about the Washington IMF/World Bank meetings that ran from April 16-18. The news reports to the general public do not mention the word bankruptcy but rather say things like 19 out of the 20 so-called G20 countries are angry that the US will not give up its veto over the World Bank and IMF. In other words the US government has been publicly repudiated by leaders of 19 out of the 20 top economies.

The current US situation reminds of an old joke my mother told me about a woman watching a military parade and shouting proudly “look my son is the only one marching in step.”

Underneath the surface too, there is a lot of spy movie type subterfuge going on involving high denomination bonds, identity theft, murder and secret negotiations as various players jockey for position in the emerging new financial system.

A new set of meetings between the White Dragon Society and Chinese communist government representatives last week ended with a basic agreement that China was to get a 20% voting share in the new system and that China would not be seeking world hegemony. There was a lot of other stuff discussed that cannot yet be made public for security reasons but involve a plan to seriously help the vast majority of humanity.

There were also negotiations involving the WDS and representatives of Iranian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean royal families. In each case, the genuine heirs to historical gold fortunes told the WDS many of their relatives had been murdered and that they also feared for their lives. In several cases cabal members were caught trying to pass themselves off as genuine Korean, Persian, Chinese etc. royals, according to Japanese military intelligence and other sources. A representative of the Japanese emperor, Akihiko Yamaguchi, who was wrongly arrested in Chiasso, Italy and had billions of dollars worth of bonds stolen from him, also told once this writer that at least 4 different people had been caught trying to impersonate him at financial institutions.

The story that all these different sources tell is that Khazarian gangsters acquired the rights from various royal families around the world to use their gold as backing for huge denomination financial instruments. As mentioned before in this newsletter, Lord Blackheath discussed one such case in detail at the House of Lords in England in 2012. For those of you who have not yet seen his testimony, please take 11 minutes of your time and watch it at this link:

What Lord Blackheath discusses is the use of 700 tons of gold owned by an Indochinese royal to fabricate 750,000 tons worth of gold backed certificates that were used to create $15 trillion that was used to bail out the Federal Reserve Board after the Lehman crisis of 2008.

Now, other Royals are coming out of the closet with their paper certificates theoretically worth trillions of dollars that were issued to them by the same Khazarian or Federal Reserve Board con-men as Lord Blackheath mentions.

The Persian/Iranian royal heir claims to have $45 trillion worth of such bonds. Two of this heir’s brothers, his parents and many other relatives have been killed by the Khazarians to prevent them from either cashing the bonds or claiming their rights to the dynastic gold that underwrites these bonds, the Persian royal claims.

In addition, a Manchurian/Korean/Chinese royal family has produced detailed documentary evidence that they handed over their gold to the Americans before and during World War 2 in exchange for a promise it would be used to create a Korean, Manchurian, Chinese federation. Instead, the gold was used to fund the post war Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe and Japan but left everybody else out in the cold.

To put it another way, the post war prosperity of the US and Europe was financed with gold that was fraudulently obtained from ancient mostly non-European royal families. These families have been asking for their gold back and, it was the failure to come up with the gold that led to the bankruptcy of the US corporate government on April 17th. The European royals, for their part, have reached an accommodation with their counter-parts in the rest of the world and that is why England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland etc. agreed to ignore the US corporate governments’ objections and join China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

We also have on the record public confirmation from IMF head Christine Lagarde that big money is about to be released. Here is what she said at last week’s IMF meeting in Washington:

“The Asian Infrastructure Investment bank is … the new kid on the block to actually respond to a massive need that is out there, which is infrastructure financing. People are talking not billions, they’re talking trillions needed to finance infrastructure in Asia.

“So if that institution is there to finance vital needs, that will push growth… and we can cooperate. If we can work together, that is excellent news. We are ourselves very supportive of this prospect, and we will happily cooperate and contribute to the extent helpful to this new institution.”

In other words, she is drooling at the mouth at the prospect of the IMF getting a share of some of the “trillions” that is about to released. World Bank head Jim Yong Kim also drooled at the prospect of the World Bank getting in on some of the expected new action that will come when these trillions are returned to their rightful owners.

With this as background we can understand why there has been so much radical activity taking place in the US recently. One such story was the plan announced by the NORAD military command to reopen the mothballed Cheyenne military base under the Rocky mountains to prepare for “an electromagnetic pulse attack.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3031041/Why-military-moving-Stargate-base-deep-Rocky-Mountains-decade-abandoned.html#ixzz3Wod66mbE

The fact they have publicly announced they will reopen this base confirms that the newer underground bases built near Denver, Colorado, Washington D.C. and elsewhere have been seized by the white hats and taken out of cabal control.

There has also been a lot of speculation about why a bunch of Walmart stores located near US military bases have been suddenly shut down.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/16/news/companies/walmart-closing-plumbing/.

CIA sources say there are underground bunkers being built under these stores for the elite to hide in. However, a pentagon source says the Walmarts are being prepared as distribution centers for food and other essential products in preparation for a shut down and reboot of the banking system. Time will tell which of these sources is telling the truth.

The other odd event is the New York Federal Reserve Board’s plan to move most of its essential functions to Chicago. We have previously noted that the Chicago Fed has been filling its windows with concrete. We have also noted the US Treasury department has been stocking up with water purifiers, emergency food stocks, emergency blankets etc. This is hardly the sort of material needed during an ordinary financial crisis.

However, please do not get paranoid just because the Feds are, this is not the end of the world but rather the end of the fraudulent fiat money world. For the 99.99% of us humans, this will be a time of great liberation from ancient Hyksos debt slavery.

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To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

California’s terrifying drought is putting one-third of the U.S. produce market at risk, but fixing the problem will require a shift from industrial farms to local ones.

By Sonali Kolhatkar | TruthDig
Posted on Mar 19, 2015

  Irrigation water running along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif.
(AP / Jae C. Hong)

The bold headline of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial by the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” The write-up quickly made the social media rounds, prompting both panic and the usual blame game: It’s because of the meat eaters or the vegan almond-milk drinkers or the bottled-water guzzlers or the Southern California lawn soakers.

California’s water loss has been terrifying. But people everywhere should be scared, not just Californians, because this story goes far beyond state lines. It is a story of global climate change and industrial agriculture. It is also a saga that began many decades ago—with the early water wars of the 1930s immortalized in the 1974 Roman Polanski film “Chinatown.”

When my family first moved to the Los Angeles area, we spent years adjusting our lifestyle to be more in line with our values. Ten years ago, we stopped watering our lawn and eventually replaced the lawn with plants that were drought-tolerant or native to California. Three years ago, we installed solar panels on our roofs. Last year, we diverted our laundry runoff to our vegetable garden and fruit trees through a graywater system. We have replaced all our toilets with dual-flush systems to take advantage of local rebates, and we practice responsible flushing. We almost never wash our cars, and we shower less often in the winter. We are investigating rainwater barrels in our latest effort to be responsible stewards of our water. Yet none of our efforts to be an example to others have done anything other than make us feel morally self-righteous enough to wag our fingers at water wasters.

California’s water resources are being mismanaged, according to Janet Redman, director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank. “The management of water from California’s historic aquifer and snow and rivers and lakes doesn’t match the use right now,” Redman told me in an interview on my show, “Uprising.” It’s a big understatement.

Even though Gov. Jerry Brown just imposed a series of mandatory water-conservation measures in response to the emergency, most of those measures are aimed at individual users and restaurants. While it is crucial for residents to stop wasting water on the utterly useless tasks of car washing and lawn watering, “residential use in California is about 4 percent,” Redman told me. “Eighty percent is for agriculture.”

The truth is that California’s Central Valley, which is where the vast majority of the state’s farming businesses are located, is a desert. That desert is irrigated with enough precious water to artificially sustain the growing of one-third of the nation’s fruits and vegetables, a $40 billion industry.

Think about it. A third of all produce in the United States is grown in a desert in a state that has almost no water left. That produce is trucked from the West Coast all over the country in fossil-fuel-consuming vehicles, thereby contributing to the very mechanism of climate change that is likely to be driving California’s historic drought.

“It is not a place that agriculture, at the scale and at the scope that exists now, should exist,” Redman explained.

The food journalist Mark Bittman, writing in The New York Times in 2012, summed up the dire situation in California’s Central Valley: “For the last century or so, we’ve been exploiting—almost without limitation—its water, mineral resources, land, air, people and animals.”

When water allocations from the federal government were cut, Central Valley farmers began drilling deep into the ground to pump water out of the state’s precious, ancient aquifer. Now, the pumping has gotten so out of control that water is being tapped faster than it can be replenished by rain or snowfall, leading to some parts of the land literally sinking. What’s worse, California’s farmers are irrigating their lands with water from a 20,000-year-old reserve, depleting and probably permanently damaging a reservoir that formed in the Pleistocene epoch.

Shockingly, until recently, California did not even regulate groundwater use, unlike states like Texas. Anyone could drill a well on their property and simply take as much water as they needed for their own use—a practice that dated back to the Gold Rush.

Then, last year, the state finally passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, aimed at regulating water use from the aquifer and other ground resources. But the law is weak: It allows local water agencies to regulate and manage groundwater pumping but gives the state the power to step in only if local control is deemed deficient.

In the meantime, our prized water heritage is being used to water lettuce, alfalfa and cantaloupes. But we have to eat, don’t we?

That reality is what farmers are banking on, and it is often enough to shut down debate on agricultural water use—but the drought-ridden devil is in the details. In an article on California’s Central Valley, one investment publication gloats that agricultural production is an economic stabilizer “because people always need to eat” and lauds the multibillion-dollar profit potential of the region. In fact, the state’s rapidly disappearing water is flooding the investment portfolios of some of the nation’s wealthiest corporations by selling dairy products for export to China and growing commodity crops like almonds.

There is also the familiar appeal to jobs. Central Valley corporate interests have dotted Interstate 5, which runs up and down the length of the state, with signs that read: “No water equals no jobs.” That refrain is just another version of the coal industry’s mantra, “Stand up for American jobs,” in West Virginia.

In fact, many thousands of people have already lost their jobs as a result of the loss of water, and most of those have been poor farm workers. But the workers were exploited by big agribusiness to begin with, so the slogans referring to “lost jobs” really mean “lost profits.”

Many growers also grumble that rules enacted to protect the Delta smelt, an endangered species of fish, have diverted water away from farms.

But this crisis should not devolve into arguments pitting water against food, water against jobs, or even water against an endangered species. There’s only a little bit of water left to fight over, and the real question that gets lost in all the back-and-forth is: How do we live sustainably? After all, we need both food and water to survive.

What California and the nation needs is a long-term transition away from industrial agriculture toward sustainable local agriculture in which farmers grow and manage food only for those living within a small radius around them. The trend has already begun. Demand for locally grown foods is greater than ever as Americans realize the insanity of growing all our food in one small corner of the world and expending energy destructively to move it around. The idea of food as a profit-generating commodity is becoming obsolete, mostly because the planet cannot afford such a disconnected system.

Hand in hand with a renewable energy industry whose pillars are solar and wind power, a localized food system can help California transition away from unsustainably feeding much of the nation while generating green energy jobs to replace the lost farming jobs. The problem of the drought is inextricably linked to food production and climate change, so the solution must tackle these issues head on. There is no other way.

So let us stop blaming one another for the water crisis. As individuals, we absolutely should tear up our lawns, stop hosing down driveways, wash our cars less and so on, but we should do so knowing that that is only a tiny part of the answer. While it is crucial for us to conserve water in our personal lives, we need to fundamentally change the way the majority of California’s water is used.

As Famiglietti’s article warns us, we have only a year. Unless we take drastic steps toward transformation soon, we Californians may very well have to find a new home.

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Sonali Kolhatkar

Bio

Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive time program Uprising, based in Los Angeles, California. She is also the Co-Director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a US-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of RAWA.

The Alliance Fleet by Cobra | The Portal

The Alliance Fleet by Cobra | The Portal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Since the Archon invasion in 1996, there is an intense war going on in this Solar System.

Right after 1996, the joint Draco-Reptilian fleet together with many factions of the Illuminati secret space program had almost total control of this Solar System. Many humans were forced to work for them as slaves, mining the asteroids. Draco forces tended to occupy the colonies in the outer Solar System, whereas the Illuminati focused more on the asteroid belt, Mars and the Moon.

On the Moon, there was the traditional divide between the near side and the far side. The near side was occupied mostly by positive races, with the main exception of the Archimedes base, destroyed earlier in 1977, which belonged to the Solar Warden program. Dracos, Reptilians and Illuminati had their bases mostly on the far side. The reason for this is that they wanted to hide their activity from the prying eyes of the surface humanity, but at the same time they did not have advanced cloaking technology the Light forces have. For the same reason they have painted their secret spacecraft in black color to lower their albedo (reflectivity) in order to avoid detection by professional and amateur astronomers on the surface. Also, they had to adjust flight trajectories to minimize the risk of detection.


LOC (Lunar Operations Command), which was the main stronghold of the Solar Warden program and now belongs to the Light forces, is located on the far side of the Moon.

It is interesting to see that some deep intel about the colonies has leaked on internet, disguised as science fiction, with some colony descriptions very close to reality:

http://www.karridian.net/robotech_sc_offworld.html

Also, there is some soft speculation about the possibility of underground Lunar bases in the mainstream media:

http://rt.com/news/242893-moon-lava-tubes-size/

Luckily after the 1996 invasion the main base of the Light forces on Ganymede was not taken. The Ganymede base is the location of the main interdimensional portal towards Sirius for this solar system and this portal was maintained intact throughout the invasion, holding the Light.

In addition to that, a resistance movement was organized in the Draco/Illuminati slave colony on planet X. This Resistance Movement made physical contact with the Pleiadians parked beyond the heliopause in the outer Kuiper belt and with Pleiadian backup it organized a mutiny on planet X in December 1999, kicked out the Illuminati, freed the planet and shifted its base to underground Agartha network on planet Earth.

Planet X was used from then onward by the Light forces as the strategic base for Solar System cleanup operations. First they cleared the main military stronghold of the dark forces on Charon. Then they proceeded quite quickly through the outer Solar System, cleared it, and then intense battles were taking place in the main asteroid belt between 2000 and 2003.

In March 2001, a certain important operation of the Light forces was completed and the Central Civilization was able to intervene directly into the Solar System. They have positioned spherical midway stations the size of the Moon just outside the heliopause of this Solar System to stabilize the inflow of intense energies from the Galactic Central Sun which was about to become more active at the peak of its 26,000 year cycle. By directing these energies into the Solar system harmoniously, many cataclysms, including those on Earth, were prevented. When the Illuminati detected the presence of these spheres, they freaked out and created the 9-11.

In 2003, the Light forces began to prevail in the Solar System and in 2012, all negative secret space programs except those connected directly to the Chimera Group were cleared out.

Now the only problem outside Earth is a very small number of Chimera individuals and their minions which defend their Solar System strongholds (mainly implant guardian stations) with plasma strangelet and toplet bombs. Because everybody on Earth has implants that block access to that intel, all intel about the Chimera is in the deepest shadow of collective unconsciousness, much deeper than SRA , MK Ultra, MILABs or SSP.

 After the successful opening of the IS:IS portal on December 15th last year, which has completed the triangulation of darkness for the Local cluster of galaxies, the Central Civilization has positioned larger spherical midway stations (some of them up to 30,000 miles in diameter) at the heliopause and repositioned many smaller, Moon sized ones inside the Solar System.

After the successful removal of all physical strangelet and toplet bombs in late January this year, an operation for the final liberation of our Solar System (codenamed MOSS) has been initialized.

Planet Earth is still the focus of the proxy war between many extraterrestrial races. Representatives of many races have entered the quarantine many lifetimes ago and they kept fighting. On the Light side, most of the Lightworkers have come from Pleiades and Sirius. Many Lightwarriors originate from Antares and Arcturus. Most representatives of the Dragon families originate from the positive faction of the Draconian race. Many members of the Resistance Movement and Positive Military have Andromedan origin. On the dark side, the Rothschilds come from Orion. The Rockefeller/Bush/Illuminazi faction comes from the negative faction of the Draconian race. Islamic State and Blackwater/Xe/Academi mercenaries have Reptilian origin. The Jesuits and Black Nobility families come from the negative Andromedan faction.

The general plan of the Light Forces to liberate our Solar System and rough outline of their fleet positions has been known for decades:

http://www.luisprada.com/Protected/Galactic_Federation_Fleets.htm

All ships of the Light forces inside of our Solar System are cloaked with a Tachyon membrane to avoid detection from the surface of the planet. Many of these ships follow similar orbit as main belt asteroids and Kuiper belt objects and most of their Tachyon membranes project the spectral signature of an ordinary chondrite (for asteroid belt ships) and the spectral signature of frozen methane (for Kuiper belt ships). Therefore surface astronomers mistake them for regular asteroids or Kuiper belt objects.

These ships are not ships as we understand them, they are multidimensional biosatellites, an organic interaction of consciousness and intelligent Light matter.

The smaller ships belong to the Ashtar Command, the Jupiter Command and Pleiadian, Sirian, Andromedan, Arcturian and Resistance fleets. The larger spheric biosatellites belong to the Central Civilization.

The Central Civilization is an ancient race, which evolved close to the Galactic Central Sun and is the first race in the Galaxy which reached spiritual maturity many millions of year ago. In some circles, this race is known as the Wingmakers:

http://soulconnection.net/glossary_in_depth/central_race.html

Sometimes they have manifested throughout the human history as physical angelic beings with wings.

One of their representatives, Iona, brought Goddess mysteries to Earth in Atlantis:

http://2012portal.blogspot.com/2013/10/make-this-viral-aion-portal-activation.html

Millions of years ago, the Central Civilization began to build interdimensional doorways throughout the Galaxy and create the Galactic network of Light. As it did so, it encountered many races throughout the Galaxy, assisting them to achieve the same level of spiritual maturity. All those sovereign, spiritually mature races have created a confederate union which is called the Galactic Confederation (NOT Galactic Federation). As the name implies, it is NOT a hive-mentality centralized federation, but a loose, constructive confederate union of sovereign, mature races. You can read the distinction between a federation and confederation here:

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Confederation_vs_Federation

There is a special division of the Galactic Confederation which is called the Ashtar Command. The purpose of the Ashtar Command is the liberation of this planet. Another important division is called the Jupiter Command. The Jupiter Command is the guardian of the Ganymede portal and its main purpose is the spiritual liberation of this Solar System. It is the main spiritual force behind the Order of the Star and behind the Blue Dragon families.

Many people were mind-programmed against the Ashar Command after 1996. Since then, most of the channelers were mind-programed also, their transmissions disrupted and they are now mainly receiving deceptive messages from the Archon etheric/plasma grid technology instead.

The key here is to search for the Light. If you seek contact with the Light forces, you will find it. If you choose to always focus on the negativity, fearing that everything is just another scam, you will find it. So choose your focus wisely.

As we are now in the Breakthrough phase, the purpose of the Alliance (another word for the allied Light forces) is to continue with the final offensive to completely liberate Sector 3. Sector 3 is the deep intel codename for the Solar System.

The Alliance extraterrestrial forces are the master force behind the BRICS/Eastern Alliance on the surface of this planet.

After the completion of MOSS (Multidimensional Operations Solar System) and subsequent Sublunar Operations, the Event will follow.

This will be the completion of an old prophecy which is part of the spiritual lore of the Central Civilization about the time when all darkness will disappear from the Galaxy and the Galactic network of Light will be completed.

A lot of intel about the situation in our Solar System will be released through my blog and other intel sources in the near future as the liberation operations continue. Therefore it is of the vital importance that you educate yourself about the basic facts about our Solar System to better understand the intel that will be released:

http://www.space.com/56-our-solar-system-facts-formation-and-discovery.html

The Breakthrough is near!
Posted by Cobra at 3:03 PM

Labels: Ashtar, MOSS, Solar System, Solar Warden, space program, stargate

 

Blood Moon – FREEDOM PORTAL – Urgent Message to Ground Crew – Galactics by Anna Merkaba

This Sheldan Nidle interview by Alexandra Meadors brings a lot of clarity to those burning questions you have… ~PB

Alexandra Meadors 3-24-15… “A Highly Informative Q & A With Sheldan Nidle: Revelations Have Changed Our Future! March 24, 2015″
Posted on 2015/03/26     by kauilapele

https://youtu.be/WrQbNfMmSqE

Thanks to William who informed me of this. Immediately upon seeing it I felt it wanted to be posted. So here it is. I have not listened to it all as yet, but I felt that many would resonate with Alexandra’s questions for Sheldan, and learn some more about what this “Sheldan Nidle” person is all about.

Published on Mar 24, 2015

You will love this interview! Sheldan Nidle and Alexandra Meadors share an informative review of some of the hottest topics reviewed by our online community. You will hear a concise recap of what is unfolding now, what was done to prompt these changes, and what we can look forward to. Sheldan and Alexandra are discussing the possibility of a monthly presentation on specific topics! Stay tuned!

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of person(s) interviewed and do not necessarily reflect those of Alexandra Meadors and Galactic Connection.

Spring Fruits and Vegetables That Boost Your Liver Function OneGreenPlanet Health Monster

Spring Fruits and Vegetables That Boost Your Liver Function
OneGreenPlanet Health Monster

Our livers are of utmost importance when it comes to our health. Everyone wants to know how to cleanse and detox their liver, and even just care for it more often on a day to day basis. This is a great thing! We should give our livers a little more love through our diets and lifestyle choices. Processed foods, nicotine and other drugs, alcohol, sugar, and a host of animal-based food products can all cause harm to the liver. But a healthy diet, regular exercise, proper sleep and using natural products in our homes versus chemical products can all help us achieve a healthier liver more naturally.

Since our liver filters everything we eat to distribute it into the bloodstream and organs, we need to be sure we don’t put too much strain on it. A whole foods, plant-based diet is one of the best ways to care for your liver with fruits, vegetables and leafy greens being the most nutritious choices of all. With spring time approaching us quickly, it’s time we work some seasonal fruits and vegetables onto our plates more often. Many of them even come with specific liver-boosting benefits, which is like Mother Nature telling us this time of year is a nice time for a reboot!

Here are some cleansing fruits and vegetables to eat more of right now:

1. Artichokes

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Artichokes are fantastic for boosting liver function, detoxifying harmful agents from the blood, they improve elimination (also important for overall health), and are packed with fiber and even a little protein! Use them either fresh and either steam them, roast them whole in the oven, or go the easy route and buy jarred artichokes packed in water (not oil) to use on salads or in dishes of your choosing. They’re also a nice veggie to dip into hummus or salsa for a change of pace.

2. Arugula

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All greens are great for your liver, including arugula, a delicious tiny green to enjoy this time of year. It’s pungent, a bit spicy, and such a great salad addition. It also can be added to entrees in place of spinach for a nice change of flavor. Arugula helps with digestion, has been shown to fight cancer, and is rich in chlorophyll to fight inflammation.

3.  Asparagus

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Such a yummy vegetable, asparagus couldn’t be any easier to enjoy or any better for us! It’s full of fiber and cleansing properties, offers 4 grams of protein in just a cup, has a large amount of the B vitamin folate, and is rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll, and even libido-boosting properties. Asparagus also contains a vast array of nutrients that specifically help with fighting off toxins and overall acidity. Try it in some of our delicious recipes!

4. Fennel

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Fennel is such an overlooked vegetable. It might look scary, but it’s so good for you! If you problems with digestion or just general indigestion, fennel can help you out dramatically. It contains enzymes that don’t just break down your food, but also break down toxins and prepare them for elimination. Fennel is also a good source of vitamin C, a critical vitamin needed for liver function and immunity. You can “shave” the bulb of fennel into salads for a sweet touch and use the stems to juice with or chop and use anywhere you’d use celery. Another popular choice is to roast the whole fennel bulb for an hour in the oven, just like you would onions, sweet potatoes or other healthy veggies. It also makes for an incredible addition to a variety of vegetable soups since its sweetness increases once cooked.

5. Pineapple

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Not that we need another reason to eat this healthy fruit, but it never hurts to learn a few more. Pineapple’s enzyme content, specifically bromelain, is the reason why it’s so good for your liver. These enzymes help break down toxins in the body to prepare them for elimination and as a result, you feel better and digestion even improves. Its high vitamin C content is also beneficial for your liver and can improve your overall immune function. Best of all, pineapple is also high in potassium which helps flush wastes from the body and supports overall water balance.

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Other spring fruits, greens and vegetables good for your liver include: Swiss chard, beets, green snap peas, chives, cucumbers, spinach, kale, berries, basil, apricots and broccoli. These healthy foods’ natural beauty should tell us how great they are for us. Give your liver more live-giving foods, not harmful foods it can’t use properly to give you what you need for good health and a better chance at a long life.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the produce section and get started!

Lead Image Source: Mango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple

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