Snacking for Better Health
Aug13

Snacking for Better Health

by Christopher Van Buren Are you a snac-aholic? Well, you’re not alone. Snacking is where most Americans get all the worst things in their diets…like too much sugar, processed foods, fats and chemicals. Snack foods are known for being the worst foods health-wise…and our weakness for snacks is making us sick! So instead of fighting the snacking impulse, try going with it…but substitute healthy snacks for the unhealthy ones. Here are some tips: Nix the Chips If your preference is for salt-and-fat, then you probably have a weakness for things like potato chips and french fries. Ahhhh, that’s it, isn’t it! Can’t resist those hot, salty morsels. Well, try substituting some healthy ones instead. One idea is to use popcorn. Pop some corn in a little bit of olive oil or use a hot-air popper. Now, instead of loading the popcorn with butter, try using a healthy topping. There are several ideas, including sprinkling seaweed on top…but there is also a company that makes a healthy popcorn topping, called SuperFood Seasoning. You can find it at Pot of Gold Products. Stop the Sweet Tooth Not the salt-and-fat type? You’re probably more into sugar then. Am I right? Gotta have that brownie or chocolate bar for a snack every day? Well, you’re like a lot of people. So here are some ideas: First, make sure you have tons of fruit around at all times. Now, it’s true that a lot of fruit has fructose in it and that’s fattening…but it’s a lot better than eating a bag of cookies. The fiber and nutrients in the fruit will help your body and give you more energy and health. Another idea is to use dark chocolate with low sugar content. Get yourself some good dark chocolate and use it to make other snacks. Pure cocoa or high-percentage chocolate products are also very good for you and, while not eliminating sugar, they help you reduce it. The idea is not to try to go cold turkey…but to reduce the amount of sugar you get, while still satisfying your craving. Don’t Feed Them…It Just Encourages Them Ok…now to the hard part. If you have overwhelming cravings for your snack foods, be they sweet or savory cravings — it’s possible you need a cleanse. If you have not cleansed your body (colon and digestive tract mostly), then the craving you feel could very well be those vermin inside your body telling you they’re hungry for more. Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Well, don’t let them get the best of you. Get a good cleanse and make it work for you…then reduce the snacking or even eliminate...

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Holistic Rehab

Alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, depression and other such ailments often require a variety of treatments that range from alternative medicine to support therapy…from body detoxification to traditional medical treatments. A good treatment center will employ all these methods in ways that suit each patient personally and individually. When looking for a detox center, look for this type of holistic approach. You never know which component will be the most valuable in a detox/rehab experience. Another idea is to get away from familiar surroundings and into a supportive, natural and inspiring environment. There’s nothing like nature and a focus on your own health and well being to take you away from the pull of addiction…and that must be combined with the support of a group and expert practitioners. This is a delicate and difficult combination to find, but one that’s well worth the search. One good center on the west coast is Cliffside Malibu. This is an intimate but professional location with a complete roster of treatments, including Alcohol Rehab and Drug Rehabilitation. They also have Drug Treatment...

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5 Things You Should Know About Liver Detoxification

Everyone has gallstones! They are essentially hardened bile caused by too much cholesterol in the diet. They obstruct the normal production of bile in the liver and gallbladder, which results in impaired digestion, reduced ability to process fats and proteins, poor elimination, and poor blood health. They generally go unnoticed until they present a major problem. But the “minor” problems they cause include low energy, allergies, low immunity, weight gain, IBS, and other bowel problems. One of the best detoxifying foods is raw garlic, which is high in methionine (helpful for cleansing) and selenium (an excellent antioxidant). Combine a salad of alfalfa (loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes and helps remove toxins from the liver), milk thistle leaves (you can eat the fresh leaves, an excellent liver tonic and antioxidant), spinach (a source of lipoic acid, known for its chelation properties), broccoli, and tomatoes. Use olive oil, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper as a dressing. Your liver will love you for it. Lipoic acid is one of natures great antioxidants. But what’s more, studies show that it helps chelate (bind to and remove) certain heavy metals from the liver, including copper and iron and improves the body’s metabolism of glucose to the cells by activating insulin receptors, good news for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 patients. EDTA is recognized by many medical professionals as the best chelation around. It is available as a dietary supplement and is found to remove heavy metals from the body with no side effects and without the high cost of normal chelation. Many doctors are reluctant to accept it because it poses a challenge to conventional wisdom on...

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Two Recipes for Reducing Heavy Metal Toxicity

Here are two great recipes that help to reduce heavy metal toxicity in our systems. They both use a generous amount of cilantro, which has been shown to have chelating qualities, meaning that it binds to heavy metals in our blood and helps carry them out. Other ingredients are chosen for their antioxidant-rich qualities (helping reduce damage from heavy metals) and other benefits. Cilantro Pineapple Mint Juice This first recipe is a wonderfully refreshing juice that you can easily make in your blender. The result will surprise you. 1 whole pineapple, skinned and chopped (bromelain and vitamin C) ½ cup cilantro (chelation) ¼ cup peppermint leaves (menthol helps releive stress) 1 cup spring water sugar or honey to taste (honey has B vitamins and iron) Blend all ingredients in a blender until liquefied. If desired, you can strain before drinking. Cilantro & Olive Chelating Spread This savory spread can be used on bread, meats, or even as a dip for romaine lettuce or celery stalks. It’s rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, as well as the chelating qualities of cilantro. 3-4 cloves garlic minced (antioxidant) 1/3 cup brazil nuts (antioxidant, selenium) 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (antioxidant, cystine) 1 cup pitted and drained green olives (vitamin E) 2 cups chopped, packed cilantro (chelating qualities) ¼ cup linseed/flaxseed oil (antioxidant, omega fatty acids) ¼ cup olive oil (vitamin E, omega fatty acids) juice of one medium lime (vitamin C) sea salt and pepper to taste Mix all ingredients in a food processor until chopped to a fine puree. Best if eaten at room temperature (in other words don’t cook...

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