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What the Health

You may have heard about the documentary What the Health. It’s well worth watching – for free, with subtitles, at youtube. Check out what doctors and researchers with decades of experience in nutrition have to say about cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia… The good news: You can help yourself today.

Food of the Gods

I love cacao beans and eat them every day, blended in smoothies. My favourite smoothie is banana, carob, cinnamon, mesquite, with several cacao beans (all organic).

Googling for nutritional info on cacao in case it could help with inflammatory conditions led to this at TheSuperfoods.net:

The cacao bean is full of antioxidants, fat, carbohydrates, protein, polyphenols like flavanoids cacao nutritionthat are antioxidants, minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc and potassium, oleic acid which is a heart-healthy essential monounsaturated fat, fiber and vitamins E, B2, B1, B5, B3 and B9.

[The beans grow in a pod that weighs about 1 pound – containing half a dozen beans. Cacao trees grow in the Amazon Basic, Orinoco River Basin, Ghana, Philippines,  Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Togo and a few Caribbean islands. Cacao is known as the Food of the Gods where it was first cultivated in the Americas.]

Both antioxidants and theobromine can improve blood flow, support healthy functioning of heart and reduce thickening of arterial walls and plaque build-up.  Theobromine can also improve mental and physical well-being by stimulating central nervous system, dilating blood vessels, increasing energy levels and relaxing tense muscles.

Other benefits offer include reducing PMS and menopause symptoms. The levels of antioxidants in raw cacao are higher than that of green tea and red wine.

Fiber content in cacao can help digestion by increasing digestive enzyme production. Fiber content keeps you feeling full for longer. This controls appetite and helps promote weight loss.

Essential Fatty Acids such as oleic acid found in cacao can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels.  Oleic acid also possesses antioxidant properties and can fight free radicals.

It can strengthen cell membrane integrity, boost memory power, improve functioning of the heart, circulatory system and brain, increase energy levels, help with weight loss, reduce inflammatory conditions like arthritis, help to moisturize the skin and more.

Minerals especially magnesium found in raw cacao promotes heart health and is essential for proper brain functioning. Tryptophan and anandamide are other brain-boosting minerals found in cacao.

Vitamins found in raw cacao benefit the cardiovascular system. They have antioxidant benefits and promote longevity.

Precautions

Those who have chocolate allergies must avoid eating cacao nibs or beans. Polyphenols and other active substances found in them could trigger side effects like migraines and other allergic reactions.

Summary

Cacao beans and cacao nibs have many nutrients that can offer multiple health benefits.

Some of these nutrients get reduced or destroyed when they undergo heating process and are combined with milk and sugar to make chocolate. Hence, eating raw, unprocessed cacao beans offer more health benefits than processed chocolate.

Lime & honey pizzazz

This morning I got tired of trying to eke out a couple of drops from half of a hard lime, so instead I cut it in chunks and put it in the blender, added a tsp of turmeric, a Tsp of honey and Tsp of coconut oil. Pour in 1 cup of hot water and blend Read more…

Brain fog and depression

 

How is your digestive tract? How long since you did any detoxing? How close to a vegan sos dietstyle are you (no salt, no sugar, no oil)?

You can always go back to low salt and oil when you are free of depression and brain fog…

Here are a few reminders from a medical specialist: Read more…

Early signs of ovarian cancer

Survivors describe ovarian cancer as the cancer that whispers. Looking back, they realize they were sick for 2 years or more before they were diagnosed – and the symptoms were there all along.

Here are four common symptoms of ovarian cancer, based on the experience of survivors:

  • bloating (lie on back and press to see whether you can feel any lumps or mass)
  • urinary changes (example: needing to pee more often or during the night)
  • difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; sometimes losing weight quickly
  • pelvic or abdominal pain; sometimes indigestion, stomachaches
  • other: tiredness that doesn’t go away; back pain; constipation
  • a clue: Listen to your gut – respond to any exceptional dips or peaks in what’s normal for your body when they happen over a 1- or 2-month period – “a shift that lasts over time” is how one doctor puts it

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Can you be too alkaline?

A client mentioned a couple of days ago that she tests off the chart alkaline (using a saliva test and acid/alkaline litmus paper slip). She figured she should not eat foods that make her more alkaline or she’ll really be in trouble… If your saliva or urine test is consistently too alkaline, it’s possible you are seeing the by-product of being too acid! Maybe due to an acidic dietstyle, or a lot of stress in your life, or too much pollution (toxic chemicals in the air, water, food, furniture, paint, etc.). Take a look here at a short piece about being too acidic but showing up alkaline.

Different areas of the body have different acidity ratings. Blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid need to be slightly alkaline: pH of 7.4   Cancerous tissues are acidic (less than 7); healthy tissues are alkaline (more than 7). Read more…

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