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How to Know If the Ketogenic Diet is Right for You

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You’ve tried everything else and it just hasn’t worked. Personally, I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, low calorie and everything in between. Every time I tried a new way of eating it worked for a while and then I stopped feeling great, or it felt unsustainable, or I felt like I was missing out. If you’re not seeing results with what you’ve been doing, perhaps it’s time to try something new.

You have afternoon slumps or are tired after meals. I used to always have a slump at around 2-4pm and as evening drew near I would find myself wanting to snack more and more. On keto, I just don’t have this anymore and have steady energy through the day.

You tend to binge on carbs. I used to literally feel a change come over me if I had eaten something sugary or a lot of carbs. I kind of started turning into a Tasmanian devil… suddenly I wanted more and more and had to exert huge amounts of willpower to stop myself.

You want to feel free from food addictions. A biggie for me, I wanted to stop being a slave to temptations and desires to snack and eat foods I knew I shouldn’t. Once I got rid of sugars from my diet these temptations fell away.

You feel like you have to eat very low calorie or exercise excessively to lose weight or even maintain your current weight. Dropping calories lower and lower while exercising more can wreak havoc with your hormones. Not the mention leaving you miserable and exhausted. It also encourages binging which can damage your hormones further.

You get very moody or tearful if you are hungry or haven’t eaten for a while. We’ve all heard of the term ‘hangry’ and many people laugh it off as something that just happens that we can’t control. This isn’t true; feeling irritable and mood swing-y when you haven’t eaten is a blood sugar issue which comes from eating a diet high in carbs.

You feel an urge to simplify everything to do with your eating schedule from grocery shopping to cooking meals to eating. Eating keto cuts away all the crap and mealtimes and grocery shops become a whole lot easier and less ‘cluttered’ with decisions and ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ feelings.

You’re always hungry. Whether this is because you’re restricting calories or because the way you eat currently just never seems to satisfy you, this is definitely a sign that eating keto could be the right thing for you.

You have food allergies. Switching to a keto diet eliminates most of the more common food allergies and you are nourishing yourself with whole foods and satisfying fats.

You experience bloating after meals. I used to bloat horribly after meals, especially meals that combined high protein with high carb. For example, the classic spaghetti bolognese.

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Three Health Trends to Welcome in 2018

According to researches, there will be an increase in consumer demand for better personal care products, higher-quality food, and sustainability practices this year. People’s priorities are shifting rapidly—giving us renewed motivation to take care of themselves, one another, and the planet.

Collagen is now the ultimate gut-healing superfood. Collagen is one of the cleanest types of protein powders, free of many additives that typically fill the supplement aisle. Consumers are increasingly interested in knowing where their food comes from and exactly what’s in it, and collagen, with its single-ingredient label, serves that demand. Collagen also has gut-healing properties and is increasingly being used to treat many modern ailments from anxiety to acne.

“Emerging science is finally reaching a critical mass and trickling down to everyday consumers,” says Will Cole, D.C., a functional medicine practitioner. “People are yearning for ways to deal with the rise of the health problems we are facing as a society. Microbiome and gut health research is a catalyst for people to take responsibility for their health.”

Intermittent fasting is for weight loss and healing. Intermittent fasting  or IF is one of the best and proven ways to improve health in the short- and long-term. While many people have success losing weight with IF, its benefits go much deeper. IF is linked to better blood sugar balance, decreased inflammation, and increased cognitive function, too.

IF somewhat mimics the way our ancestors ate and lived. At revitalize this year, Steven Gundry, M.D., renowned cardiologist and author of The Plant Paradox, explained that “our ancestors didn’t crawl out of their cave and say ‘What’s for breakfast?’ There wasn’t any refrigerator or even any storage system.” And it’s true, sometimes our ancestors didn’t find food until lunch or even dinnertime. Scientists are now discovering that this period without food may be quite therapeutic for the body and brain.

“IF is beneficial because it slows the regular transport of glucose into the brain cells and allows the existing glucose and glycogen stores to be converted to energy. This energy can then be used to focus on brain cell metabolic processes, enhancing brain function and allowing one to gain greater energy and mental clarity,” says According to Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., and integrative neurologist who uses fasting as a brain-boosting tool before big projects,

Basically, fasting is like de-cluttering for your brain, a restorative timeout for your gut, and gives your cells the time to clear out old proteins and other material so they can properly rebuild and regenerate.

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Sleep optimization.  After years of bad sleep hygiene, many people now have trouble finding the deep, restorative rest their bodies crave. For a little help, they’re turning to new bedroom centerpieces, sleep optimization technologies, holistic relaxation techniques, and sometimes even a little cannabis.

This year, mbg covered the rise of CBD oil as a relaxation tool, watched a neuroscientist’s ode to sleep climb to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, and saw weighted blankets emerge as a trendy accessory to lull us to bed. All the while, mattress companies continued to advertise to tired millennials, spending top dollar on social media campaigns and aspirational websites overselling to traditional brick-and-mortar locales. Casper sold $200 million worth of mattresses and sheets (and dog beds) online last year, and the three-year-old company that promises the “perfect sleep environment” is now valued at $750 million.

Mitochondrial optimization. According to Dr. Lipman, “The mitochondria are power plants in the cells that turn your food and oxygen into energy in the form of ATP. These mitochondria power the biochemical reactions in your cells.” When they’re not functioning optimally, people can expect to “get less from (their) body and brain, feel more tired, and age quicker.”

The best way to fuel the mitochondria? Eat more healthy fats. “At this point, I hope most people know that healthy fats are not only good but necessary for proper bodily function,” Dr. Lipman explains. “Mitochondria prefer to be fueled on fat, not sugar or carbs.”

The growing interest and research in mitochondrial health have spawned a pro-fat revolution. The increasing popularity of the ketogenic diet, which is based on high fat consumption and credited with a number of positive health benefits, has only helped the pro-fat movement spread faster.

4 Ways to Breaking Unhealthy Habits

You might  feel overwhelmed when you decide to make some healthy changes in order to live a healthier lifestyle moving forward. This might keep you from making any changes at all. Here are some practical ways that will help you shift from your old routines successfully.

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Identify the root cause of your unhealthy habits. Bad habits start due to some reasons. Dig deep and find the cause of your bad habit. For example, you always find yourself eating junk foods  when you’re stressed at work. Finding these triggers and eliminating the triggers themselves is like taking the fast track to sustainable, lasting change.

Replace your unhealthy habits with healthy ones. This tip will help you ditch your bad habits while you build the good ones. If you’d like to ditch that nightly glass of wine because your sleep is suffering and the pounds are packing on, find something healthy to replace it with. Exchange that wine for a healthy sleepy-time tea, and enjoy better sleep as well. This also goes for reaching for a large bowl of snacks at night, try replacing it with veggies and hummus or a bowl of fruit.

Take things slow. Going cold turkey on refined sugar cold turkey might work for some, but for most of us, it will result in a relapse and possibly a binge. You can better decide to cut one sugary meal or snack from your life each week and slowly decrease your sugar intake. The same goes for healthy habits, don’t start with wanting to work-out twice a day, start with once or twice a week and build up from there.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. A small setback might cause you to give up your goal altogether but don’t let one mistake break all the progress that you made. The all or nothing approach simply does not work. Be patient with yourself and be proud of yourself. While you’re using these tips to break old habits and build new ones, it still won’t be easy, but it will finally stick this time. And, you’re worth it!

Know the Effects of Sadness on Your Health

Sadness can have serious physical effects on your body. The most common of these include loss of appetite and change in body temperature. In some cases, it leads to death. Read this short post to learn about the unhealthy effects of sadness and how you can avoid them.

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  1. Trouble sleeping.
  2. Irritability, anger, and loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure.
  3. Feeling of emptiness or hopelessness.
  4. Frequent episodes of crying.
  5. Inability to concentrate, memory problems, and difficulty making decisions.
  6. Trouble maintaining a normal work schedule or fulfill social obligations.
  7. Use of alcohol or drugs.
  8. Reckless or abusiveness.
  9. Overeating or binging which lead to weight and obesity-related illnesses like type 2 diabetes.
  10. Stomachaches, cramps, constipation, or malnutrition.
  11. Stress hormones speed heart rate and make blood vessels tighten.
  12. The body stays  in a prolonged state of emergency.
  13. Heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

Here are some ways to beat sadness.

Give some upbeat music a listen. An upbeat tune can change an atmosphere instantly and create a more positive vibe. Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve your mood.

Monitor your inner negative talk. Reminding yourself that your thinking is that of a sad person, not a healthy functioning person. Don’t take your thoughts seriously when you are feeling low. Acknowledge the thoughts but this doesn’t mean you have to believe them.

Sleep. Sleep and mood are closely connected. Inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood.Take steps to ensure adequate sleep will this will lead to improved mood and well-being.

How Acupuncture Relieves Stress

Did you know that many health concerns result from stress. Its continued harsh effects on the body lead to heart disease, obesity, headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and digestive problems.

While stress is part of life, it’s not advisable to accept or embrace it. There are many things you can do to avoid it. You can take some drugs or undergo therapy. However, you must only seek these options under the guidance of your physician.

Are you keen to try a method that has no harmful effects? Why don’t you try acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

A study at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies explored explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving properties and helps us “understand what’s going on at a molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit.”

The researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture. Their results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology. They were able to show that the healing practice of acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety in those who receive it.

The human body secretes a cocktail of hormones into the bloodstream in reaction to stress, whether positive or negative. The researchers were then able to measure these same hormones in rats. They checked hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland and also measured a peptide involved in the “fight or flight” responses.

Moreover, the researchers discovered that the acupuncture the rats received blocked “the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway,”

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Isn’t this a great proof that acupuncture and its related treatments are perfect for anyone  dealing with chronic stress or health problems associated with anxiety? Consider attending a couple of acupuncture sessions today so you can experience its benefits first hand.

 

What Your Hands and Fingers Say About Your Health

Did you know that your hands can say a lot about your overall health? Certain diseases have signs and symptoms which manifest in fingers and hands. If you’re clueless about what your fingers’ and hands’ appearances are telling you, read the rest of this post for some insights.

Swollen fingers – Swollen fingers can be a sign of PMS or bloatness because of too much salt intake. They can also signal hypothyroidism. This is a condition where your thyroid gland is not producing the right amount of hormones that regulates metabolism and keeps your body functioning properly.

Red palms – Red palms are signs of  eczema – a chronic skin disorder that which worsens when you’re under a lot of stress. The extent of its irritation can be limited with the use of soapless cleansers and wearing of gloves when cleaning, gardening or doing other activities that involve your hands.

Pale nails – If your nails appear pale or white most of the time, you could be suffering from anemia or low iron. Iron deficiency can lead to fatigue or heart problems. To solve this, fill up on iron-rich food. Take vitamin C-rich food as well for they aid iron absorption.

Numb and blue fingertips  – These are symptoms of Raynaud’s disease, a temporary blood vessel spasm that constricts blood flow to the fingers. This disease is more common in women and this is typically triggered by cool temperatures or stress. If you’re a smoker and a coffee addict, cut them out your lifetyle because they both constrict blood vessels. Hit the gym regularly to keep your blood pumping.

Are you experiencing limited hand mobility? You might want to read the hand exercises and tips here: http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/5-exercises-to-improve-hand-mobility-and-reduce-pain.

Note: I didn’t publish this post. I simply stumbled upon it and found it worth-sharing. All credits to the author-publisher.

Beat Lung Cancer with These Home Remedies

More often than not, the symptoms of lung cancer appear in its advanced stage. Therefore, you will definitely need to take medications and undergo treatments as soon as you’re diagnosed of the disease. Here are some home remedies which can help alleviate the production of cancer cells in your lungs. They won’t counter the positive benefits of the medications that you might be taking. So consider trying them.

Avoid worrying and stay relaxed. Yes, being diagnosed with this disease is definitely overwhelming and scary. You will have a hard time breathing properly if you don’t relax and think positively. Divert your attention and focus on getting soon by doing something you enjoy or something that can keep you calm like saying a prayer, gardening or watching a feel good movie.Do not worry

Stay nourished. It’s challenging to eat when you have lung cancer. This may be caused by the pain from the disease itself or the pain from its treatment. Nevertheless, don’t allow yourself to lose too much weight. Stay healthy by eating small meals often all through out the day.

Save your energy. Let go of the tasks that make you feel physically tired easily. Ask a family member or a friend to accomplish these responsibilities on your behalf. Make sure to stay rested until you’re strong enough to get back on track.

Have a body massage. A body massage can alleviate the body pains you’re experiencing. Ask a family member or friend to massage your hands and legs or rub your shoulders and back. Just remind them to avoid the areas where you may have visible tumors or deep vein thrombosis.