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Scientific research continues to point toward the benefits of fasting to lose weight and improve your health. Intermittent fasting has becoming increasingly popular and has been shown to induce weight loss, improve immune regulation and slow the aging process. (You can read more about my take on intermittent fasting here.) But for those who find it difficult to commit to a full-on fast, here’s something new to consider.

It’s called the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), created by Valter Longo, PhD, and it’s an alternative to fasting that allows you consume small amounts of food. Instead of abstaining from food altogether, as in a traditional fast, or even intermittent fasting, ...

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In my previous article, I introduced the idea that modern changes in wheat processing may change the makeup of wheat, making it more immune-stimulating.

Here are five key ways modern wheat processing has shifted from traditional methods:

Using ungerminated grain — Naturally, wheat, rye and barley contain enzymes that break down difficult to digest wheat proteins (including gluten) after germination. However, allowing the grain to germinate greatly reduces shelf-life of products made from it, making germinated grain less useful for commercial applications.

Replacing long and diverse fermentation with fast-acting baker’s yeast — Fermentation breaks down the proteins of wheat, m...

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The prevalence of celiac disease is estimated to have increased two- to four-fold over the last 50 years. But why? What’s behind the sudden rise in celiac disease and non-celiac wheat sensitivity?

In a discussion about celiac disease, there are a number of factors at play, but let’s take a look specifically at the impacts of food processing on wheat sensitivity. Wheat processing has changed over the last 100 years, and modern practices can alter the makeup of wheat, causing it to be more immune stimulating — perhaps at least partially to blame for the increasing prevalence of celiac, wheat allergy and non-celiac wheat sensitivity.

To understand how processing practices impact...

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A goitrogen is a substance that suppresses thyroid function by inhibiting iodine uptake. Goitrogens get their name because of their tendency to cause goiter, swelling of the thyroid gland.


Some foods can be goitrogenic when they’re eaten in excess, or if the individual has a background of low iodine uptake. Goitrogenic foods include: cassava, which is otherwise known as yucca; soy products; millet; sweet potatoes; cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy; and most dark leafy greens like kale and mustard greens.


Goitrogens can actually decrease the uptake of iodine in the thyroid gland from other foods that we eat that contain iodine. When ea...

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Histamine is an organic compound produced by the body and also present in many foods. Histamine is necessary for the maintenance of life and is involved in immune response. It is released by cells in response to injury and allergic or inflammatory reactions. There are four types of histamine receptor cells (H1R, H2R, H3R, and H4R). Each receptor influences different systems of the body.


H1R — Correlates with the heart, the skin, respiratory tract and uterus. It affects estrogen, mucus secretion, and vasodilation. Symptoms of histamine responses in HR1 receptors include: tachycardia, arrhythmias, hypo- and hypertension, pruritus (itching), red skin-flushing, urticarial (rash), sinus con...

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GMOs banned but not US. Take it from Hungary: genetically modified foods are not safe, and should be banned, or better yet — burned. The U.S. should follow the lead of Hungary, which set at least 1000 acres of farmland ablaze to destroy maize that was found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds. Hungary isn’t alone in its efforts to ban GMOs.


In fact, while GMO’s can be found all across the United States and Canada, many countries have enacted a partial or complete ban on genetically modified crops.


Here’s a brief overview of other countries’ view on GMOs:




  • South Australia has a ban on all genetically modified crops.




  • While he Japanese people are against ...

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INGREDIENTS




  • 1 English cucumber




  • 1 avocado




  • 2 green onion




  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley




  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk from a can




  • 1 and 1/2 cups of cold water




  • 1 tsp coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute)




DIRECTIONS




  • Wash and trim the ends off the cucumber. Cut the cucumber into thirds. Chop 2/3 and dice 1/3. The diced cucumber will be used for garnish.




  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit and the skin.




  • Chop the green onion into 1-inch pieces.




  • Add the chopped cucumber, avocado, green onions and parsley to the blender. Pour in the coconut milk and water.




  • Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper




  • Chill for up to 3 hours before serving




  • Garnish with diced cucumber




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Animals raised on many of America’s factory farms are pumped with antibiotics to prevent illness and disease caused by the inhumane living conditions on those farms. In the 1940’s, scientists discovered an added benefit to farmers who give their animals antibiotics: those animals put on more weight per pound of feed. When the purpose is to raise animals and make them as fat as possible before going to the slaughterhouse, farmers were no doubt delighted about this unexpected benefit and seized the opportunity to make more money.


But if antibiotics can make animals gain weight, do they have the same effect on humans?
Scientists have recently discovered that small doses of antibiotics...

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The last holiday party of the year is here and it’s time to ring in a New Year! Staying healthy and eating nutritious food during the holidays is challenging for anyone. Even if you’ve gotten off track this holiday season, pick yourself up and get back on track with these ideas for a healthy New Year’s celebration!


Low-Cal Cocktail Recipes


If alcohol will be part of your NYE party this year, try one or two of these recipes to keep the calories down.


Piña Colada (the average piña colada has more than 600 calories, but this recipe contains just 165 calories!)




  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum




  • 3 ounces pineapple juice




  • 4 ounces sparkling water




  • 1 tablespoon of Coco Lopez ...

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