Friday, December 23, 2011

Paleo Diet Foods Lists

The Paleo diet is based on the ancient dietary habits of our ancestors in the Stone Age era. They did not have access to all of the food sources that we have today and this diet encourages us to stick with the same basic food groups they had. These are meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These will form the basis of the Paleo diet and it will allow you to create delicious, healthy meals for yourself and your whole family.

Meat products will be abundant in this diet; and although you can choose from a variety of sources, try to avoid the fatty cuts such as chicken wings, bacon and pork sausages. Eggs can be eaten, but try to limit this to no more than 6 per week. These were available to the cavemen in those times, but it was a scarce food source so you should eat these accordingly. A healthy and popular meal is an omelette; which can be made with veggies such as mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. It is a great breakfast option and it is also a high protein meal. When you choose other meat products, make sure that they are from lean sources; preferably from grass or pasture fed animals.

There are of course certain food groups that one should avoid altogether while on the Paleo diet. These are dairy products, grains, processed foods and fatty meats. Since these were not available in the Paleolithic era, we should not consume these at all. Grains to avoid include pasta, barley, rice cakes and oatmeal. Even if the label says “wheat free” you should still avoid it. Pasta, rice, cakes and pudding are also on the avoid list. Dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream and butter cannot be eaten and should not be used in any meal. As a basic rule of thumb, if our ancestors did not eat it, we should not either!

Although it might seem that Paleo Food lists are a bit restricted, there are still a lot of delicious meals to enjoy. Fruit and vegetables make up a large part of your daily meal plan and you can easily add a variety of these to any meal. You can also snack on fresh fruit throughout the day. As for veggies, you can pretty much eat anything – except the starchy ones like potatoes. You can grab a handful of nuts or seeds during the day or in-between meals to help keep hunger at bay. You can also add them to salads and desserts too.

The Paleo diet also increases your metabolism over time; allowing you to lose additional weight. Research has shown that this diet can help you lose up to 15 pounds in 6 months. It will stabilize your blood sugar, reduce hunger and improve your digestive system as well. You will get all the benefits of living a healthy life while on the Paleo diet; and it is suitable for the whole family too.

By: David Delongs

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Want to learn more about how you get lean and have more energy eating on the Paleo Plan visit my website Eating The Paleo Way David Delong is a diet and exercise enthusiast and author. He lives in Newport Beach, CA and spends his time teaching others how to live a healthy lifestyle eating the Paleo way. His latest book is, "The Paleo Plan: How to Easily Get Lean and Fit By Following Our Ancient Ancestors"

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Olive Leaf Extract Dosage – 6 Key Elements To Keep In Mind

By: Angela Lamb

So, you've heard about olive leaf extract and the benefits to be gained from taking it, and you think that it sounds like it might do you a great deal of good…but you have a few questions before giving it a go.

What's the best way to take it? What's the recommended dosage? How much? How often? And, what's it going to cost you?
Well there are a couple of elements to keep in mind - in fact, there are six of them - that will help you decide on the best dose for you, or whoever you plan to give it to.

#1 Are you human or animal? Just kidding…although olive leaf extract can be given to pets. (There will soon be more information about this on my website)

#1 Child Or Adult This is fairly basic. All of the olive leaf products that I've seen, including the sprays, recommend giving half the adult dose to children. You will need to consult your healthcare professional before giving any of the extract to children under 2 years.

#2 What Product Do You Want To Use - Capsules, Liquids, Powder, Tea Or Sprays? The type of product that you choose will depend on what you want to use it for, and what is most convenient for you and your budget. Some products are developed for specific problems, like the sinus, throat and vaginal sprays. The others are all ingested, so they will affect the whole body.

Different olive leaf products vary in: ease of consumption, strength, and time it takes for them to enter the blood stream. Your choice of product will, in part, determine the olive leaf extract dosage, so always follow the guidelines on the packaging.

But to give you a rough idea:
Nasal spray: 1 to 3 sprays in each nostril, every 2 to 4 hours
Throat spray:: 2 to 3 sprays, 1 to 4 times a day, or more for some brands.
Liquid extract: 1 to 3 times a day with a total adult dose of 15ml (1/2 fluid ounce) per day.
Capsules: dose varies enormously from 1 per day to 8 or more.
Tea: 1 to 5 cups a day, with varied brewing times to affect the strength and taste.
Tinctures: 1 to 3 drops a day.
Powder: 1 to 2 tablespoons per day, mixed with food or drink.

#3 The Quality Of The Product That You Want To Use? Individual brands and different olive leaf products vary in the amount of active ingredients that they contain. Many of them will list a percentage of oleuropein, which is considered to be the main healing ingredient in olive leaves, although it's only one of many. A higher amount of this phytochemical does not necessarily mean that a product is superior to one with a lower value. The level of oleuropein can be artificially boosted by adding powdered product. This might seem to be a good thing, but it does mean that the chemical mix is out of balance compared with the source, i.e the fresh leaf.

Fresh-leaf products are best in that they will contain the maximum amount of the leaf's healing chemicals, but they may not be the most convenient for you or the most appropriate.

Such factors as: when the leaves are picked; the length of time between picking and processing the leaves; how the leaves are processed; the drying methods used; how long the product sits around before it is packaged; and shelf storage time, will all impact on the final quality. There are also factors such as the growing conditions for the trees - namely the quality of the air, soil and water; and what fertilisers or sprays are used.

And there is, of course, the starting point…the tree itself. Not all cultivars have leaves of medicinal quality, and not all olive leaf products come from the best quality leaves.

#4 Why Are You Taking Olive Leaf Extract? In other words, how sick are you and what results are you looking for? Are you already in good health and you want to stay that way; or do you have a chronic health condition? Are you seriously ill or have you caught the latest cold that's doing the rounds? You will probably need a stronger dose for a severe illness than for a mild infection. Likewise, a health condition that you have had for a long time is likely to need a higher dose than an acute one.

It may be helpful to think in terms of three dosage levels.
A low or minimum dose is usually all that's required to maintain good health and to give your immune system a boost. This level is safe to continue for months or years.
A medium dose will serve for short-term treatment of a cold, flu or mild infection; or for a chronic condition.
A high dose is recommended for short-term treatment of acute, severe illness and for chronic conditions that don't respond to the lower dose.

You may wish to consult your healthcare professional regarding what your maximum dose should be. If you are unsure, or have never had olive leaf products before, always start low and gradually increase the level.

#5 Your Personal Biochemistry – How You React To Olive Leaf Extract. Everyone is different, so the same dose cannot affect everyone in the same way. It depends on your individual biology; your weight; your height; your general health; what toxins you've been exposed to; and the state of your immune system.

There are no reported negative side effects from taking olive leaf extract; nor is there an established toxicity level. However some people experience symptoms from the detoxification process.

This is referred to as the "die-off " or Herxheimer Reaction, and it happens when the olive leaf extract kills harmful microbes in the body, releasing their toxic contents into the blood stream. The more "bugs" you have, the more likely you are to experience the detox symptoms. They usually last from 3 to 7 days and may include diarrhea, headache and joint or muscle aches. These symptoms may be mild but if they trouble you a lot, you can reduce your dose for a day or two, or even stop for 1 or 2 days.

Of course, if you are at all concerned, visit your healthcare professional immediately.

#6 Prescription Drugs And Other Considerations. Check with your doctor first if you are on any prescription drugs. This is particularly important if you are on medication for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, or to thin your blood. This is because olive leaf extract can lower your blood sugar, your cholesterol and your blood pressure; and it can reduce the clumping of platelets, thereby thinning the blood.

Pregnant or breast feeding ladies should NOT take olive leaf extract unless you have checked with your healthcare professional first, as there is some question as to whether the extract would affect the baby's immune system development.

The cost of olive leaf extract may be a factor in determining which quality and type of product you are able to take. In the long run, though, poor quality products are a waste of money, because they are unlikely to help you. That's not to say that cost directly equates with quality.

In summary, you can see that the correct olive leaf extract dosage is a very individual thing, dependent on personal as well as product factors. It is impossible to state a specific dose that would suit everyone, but I hope that this information has helped you to make some wise choices for yourself.

This information is not meant to replace diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. It is for educational purposes only.

C) Copyright Angela Lamb All Rights Reserved Worldwide

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Supplements For Training

By: Patrick Fitz-Gibbon

Taking additional supplements for training is often considered to be one of the fastest ways in which you can increase muscle mass. Supplements are often used to complement weight training regimes to get maximum results. Historically it has been a controversial subject, with many believing that supplements act as a way of cheating, however this has been proven not to be the case and is actually a way of protecting your body from any damage that can be caused by using heavy weights.

Most Common Supplements for Training
Creatine, is a naturally occurring substance that the human body produces to provide energy cells primarily to the muscles. Taking additional supplements of Creatine will increase muscle mass as is acts in the same way as eating a very high protein diet. Extensive research has shown that taking this supplement does not have any adverse effects but it does actually improve the physiological response to resistance exercise such as weight lifting.

Protein powder, is used in much the same way as Creatine, often mixed with juice and taken before and after exercise to help muscles recover. The powder is widely used by athletes and body builders throughout the world and is probably the most common supplement used.

Glutamine, the substance is found in abundance in the human muscles and during exercises the amount can become depleted, therefore many athletes and people that train using weight take these supplements to help repair muscles that can become damaged during weight lifting. Also widely used in hospital to help patients recover after surgery as it has great healing properties

Caffeine, acts as a stimulant to increase alertness and ward off any drowsiness, which in turns helps you get the most out of your routine. Used to get a more labor intensive workout it can be a great supplement, however the quantity taken should be monitored as it can cause dependency and it can lead to some unhealthy side effects such as nervousness, irritability, headaches and muscle twitching. This is obviously not what you want. So just be cautious with the quantities.

Final Thoughts on Supplements for Training

Although not a substitute for good quality nutritious food they are able to aid those that are following a weight training routine. When you are weight lifting it can be difficult to get enough necessary essential ingredients through normal foods. Supplements are there to help not only to repair your muscles but to also achieve greater mass that is not always possible through just eating a diet which is high in protein and training with weights. As long as you take the recommended amounts and do not exceed any dosage instructions then they are a great and healthy way to get some fast results.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Use Herbal Colon Cleansing To Achieve Radiant Health

The colon has an impact on the immune system of the human body and herbal colon cleansing will ensure that your plumbing is working optimally. Many people are not aware how important to the proper functioning of the human body the colon is. Without a healthy colon there cannot be perfect overall body health.

When the colon is constipated it impacts all the organs in its vicinity, causing them to function less than optimally. The colon is also responsible for producing healthy bacteria and the production of vitamin K. Vitamin K is very important for regulating the proper coagulation of the blood. Without enough vitamin K the blood will be too thin and will not stop bleeding when a cut is incurred.
There are several ways to cleanse the colon. Many people have taken enemas. Enemas only superficially cleanse the colon as the water does not go very far into the colon. There are also commercial colonic irrigation machines that are operated by qualified practitioners. This method is very effective but can also be uncomfortable and costly. Many visits to the practitioner are required before an improvement can be seen. This method also requires great skill on the operators part as it is dangerous to put too much water into the colon at once.

One of the gentlest ways to effectively cleanse the colon is by doing an herbal colon cleansing. This method incorporates gentle herbs that have been proven to slowly remove the impacted material and get the bowels moving once again. It is very distressing for constipated individuals when they are irregular in their bowel movements. The impacted bowel can leak bacteria into the blood stream and cause a variety of diseases in the body. It is important to make sure that at least one healthy bowel movement is had every day. The use of herbal cleansing methods will ensure that this happens in the safest way possible.

The herbs contained in the herbal colon cleansing kits are especially selected for their effectiveness in getting at the root cause of constipation. Many constipated individuals will find that simply increasing their daily fiber intake will make a huge difference in irregularity.

These herbal kits contain plenty of fiber and herbs that cause peristalsis to take place. Peristalsis is the action of the bowel muscles that ensures that fecal matter is swiftly moved along and out of the colon. The herbal kit will contain natural and proven substances that will make the fecal matter more slippery and soft so it can easily make its passage through the colon.

By: Sandy Rutherforde
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Natural Nutrition: Stay Healthy With Proper Nutrition

By: Gerry Marsh

Natural nutrition has two underlying precepts: the body has the remarkable ability to heal itself and it cannot work against itself. Natural nutrition is not only about what we put into our mouths in the form of food and drink it is also about taking responsibility for the quality of our decisions.

The many combinations of ingredients naturally found in fresh produce, as opposed to supplements, are essential in order to maintain optimal health. Choose to consume only those foods that contain natural enzymes and nutrients and your body will feel and look healthier and more energized. Many illnesses can be treated successfully through proper nutrition.

Nutrition Should Not Come From A Factory

Avoid foods which have chemical additives, which have been irradiated and which are genetically changed. Processed, prepackaged, refined, manufactured, artificially flavored and/or colored, preservative-laden, chemically treated, or chemically engineered foods are strongly discouraged. They lack the nutritional value of whole foods and they contain many additives, which further robs the system of essential nutrients. To stay in tune with the cycles of nature you can choose foods that are in season.

Consume Natural Vitamins

The body requires vitamins which for the most part should come from selecting nutritious foods. Keep in mind that vitamins consumed as a supplement are missing most of the enzymes, co-enzymes, minerals, mineral activators and other substances that work with vitamins which allow them to be absorbed and fully used by the body.

Nature Heals

Your body is for the most part a self repairing machine if it receives proper nourishment and is not compromised by toxins and pollution. Unfortunately we live in a toxic environment and the mass market food supply seldom provides all the nutrients we need. The first essential step toward wellness, therefore, is to be sure you are getting the correct amounts of the proper nutrients by choosing only the freshest, least altered foods.


Various illnesses have been corrected time and time again by supplying the body's requirement for balanced nutrition. Rather than treating areas or symptoms in isolation, natural nutrition treats the whole person, restoring a state of balance, so that the body may then correct its own symptoms. High quality natural nutrition is about 'balance' not 'potency'.

Natural Nutrition Is Healthy Nutrition

By using natural nutrition you are able to reverse many conditions including:

Childrens' behavioral problems
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
IBS/Digestive complaints
Skin problems, including Acne, eczema and psoriasis
Weight problems


Natural nutrition is about handing us back control of our own health, permitting us to see and feel what is going on and respond accordingly. It is without a doubt the most effective form of nutrition. Consuming only natural ingredients continually keeps us aware of our current health picture.

Unnatural nutrition is one of the major causes of many of our illnesses, while natural nutrition is an equally powerful agent in curing these illnesses and rejuvenating our bodies. A poor diet could be unknowingly causing your pain and discomfort, short temper, heartburn, fatigue, weight gain, depression, allergies, and anxiety.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Shocking Truth About "healthy" Foods Today...

By: Sullivan

Live Whole Nutrition: Nutrition supplement is a term known by most of us. So what is nutrition supplement and why is it so important? Nutrition, by dictionary definition, is the sum of the processes by which someone takes in and utilizes food substances. One of the main advantages of utilizing food substances is the intake of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, herbs, etc. These are the things that make our body healthy.

About Nutrition Supplements: A nutrition supplement is the additional substance to the diet in order to build up your nutritional deficiency. These supplements are rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals etc which increase the nutrition in your body,but you should be very cautious about the purchasing any supplements, as it is very essential to meet up the FDA standards. when people are not satisfied with nutrients through there food and with the well-designed diet doesn't work, they will go around in search of different types of supplement available in market.

How To Utilize Nutritional Supplements: Many people nowadays use some type of nutrition supplement. In 1996 alone, consumers spent more than $6.5 billion on dietary supplements, according to Packaged Facts Inc., a market research firm. Nutrition supplements can be found in many forms: nutrition bars, tablets, capsules, powders, liquids, etc. A lot of supplements do not require any prescription. You can purchase them in health food stores, grocery stores, drug stores, or through mail or Internet. But make sure that it will meet up FDA standards.

Presently there are many scammers hanging over internet or online to cheat gullible consumers by there inexpensive and imitation supplements. Always purchase from popular and trustworthy manufacturers and dealers to ensure that you are not gulping down some unwanted or even dangerous food substances.

The good mania about the nutritional supplement is that there is plenty of information obtainable to help out to make a selection about the best nutritional supplement for you.

Nutrition Supplement As A Juice Powder: People have many questions about these supplements like Are they good enough to the health? Are you getting enough nutrition from them? etc. The most well-liked type of supplements available on the market are nutrition juice powders. According to the publicity and manufactures these juice powders contains high level of protiens and low level of carbo-hydrates.

Although conservative multivitamins and other dietary nutritional supplements available at reasonable rate in many drugstores and other retail, the "nutrition supplement juice powder" is very well-liked among many customers all over the world.

Always the significance to diet and nutrition should be in the top of your daily list. High-quality and good nutrition is the beginning to your healthy weight gain and good health which will last forever.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Self-assembling proteins offer golden food future

By Prof. Simon B Widjanarko.

There is a big future for exploiting protein’s natural tendency to self-assembly into micelles or nanotubes, says a leading researcher in the field.

“Self-assembling of proteins is common. In fact, it’s more of a rule than an exception. If we can manipulate this self-assembling of proteins at the nanoscale, I see a big future for it,” said Professor Kees de Kruif from NIZO Food Research.
The majority of research in this area to date has focussed on dairy proteins, with the potential of casein micelles and alpha-lactalbumin nanotubes being explored, Prof de Kruif told FoodNavigator following his presentation to attendees at the Nanoscience conference at IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans.
The protein casein makes up about 80 per cent of the protein content of cow’s milk (30-35 about 2.5 gram per litre grams per litre) and is found naturally in the form of spherical micelles with diameters ranging from 50 to 300 nanometres. The stability of these micelles during processing also makes them a very attractive nano-encapsulator.
Indeed, according to Prof de Kruif, Mother Nature designed the casein micelles to concentrate, stabilise and deliver nutrients to the newborn.
In nature, calcium phosphate is bound inside the micelles, but food scientist can replace calcium with other minerals or vitamins, thereby providing a delivery system for certain bioactive molecules.
“Caseins are very beautiful proteins, with functionalities in food unsurpassed by other food proteins,” said Prof. de Kruif. Indeed, they are very stable to heat, and the stability can be increased by cross-linking with transglutanimase (TGase).
Another dairy protein receiving interest from researchers is bovine alpha-lactalbumin.
By adding an enzyme to the protein, Prof de Kruif and his team were able to produce food-grade nanotubes.
“This was the first time that anyone made man-made nanotubes from proteins,” he said.
In addition, for food scientists, the tubular structures are more interesting than the spherical ones, he said.
Moreover, by taking the science further, and manipulating this self-assembly process, new proteins with new functionalities can be produced, said Prof de Kruif. “They could replace the use of gelatine.”
These nanotubes could also be used for encapsulation of ingredients, he said. Moreover, the nanotubes would not need to sealed and could be left open-ended. And how far away are we from using such nanotubes in food?
“This is still a bit far fetched in the sense that you can make the nanotubes and you can stabilise them, but they are too expensive for the food business at present,” he said.
“We need investment to scale this up.”
Beyond dairy
Since the self-assembling of proteins into intriguing structures is common to all proteins, Prof de Kruif says that, in principle, non-dairy proteins could be used.
“In theory, you need a long stiff molecule, like gelatine,” he said. “We should look at elongated structures because they’re the interesting ones, not the globular proteins.”
Study with plant proteins is still in its infancy, but the study performed with milk proteins should be translated to other proteins.
Prof de Kruif looks at the issue from a material science rather than food science point of view and focuses on understanding what properties the protein should have. “It’s the same as a chemical engineer asking what properties a plastic should have before they start developing it.”
The application of nanotechnology and nanoparticles in food are emerging rapidly, and some analysts predict that nanotechnology will be incorporated into 16.4bn worth of food products by 2010.
However, enthusiasm over the rate of progress and the possibilities is being tempered by concerns over possible downsides of the science.
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Simon B. Widjanarko
He is a Food Technologist. Kediri was the place where he was borned on October 1952. He is a professor since 2000 on Horticulture product technology. Office address: Department of Agricultural Product Technology. Faculty of Agriculture Technology, University of Brawijaya, Malang. Veteran Street, Malang 65145 Phone: +62-341-569214, 580106 Fax : +62-341-569214, 460518. Educational Background : Ph.D. March 1990 from School of Biologycal Sciences, Department of Food Technology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Supervisor: Prof. R.B.H. Wills Ph.D. Master of Applied Science, March 1983 from School of Food Technology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia . Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. M. Wootton, Ph.D.. S-1 (Bachelor Degree) Agronomy, November 1977 Faculty of Agriculture, University of Brawijaya.. Current positions: Asesor BADAN AKREDITASI NASIONAL (BAN) PT, Reviewer RISTEK INSENTIF TERAPAN AND SENATE SECRETARY OF UNIVERSITY OF BRAWIJAYA, Asesor Sertifikasi Dosen (lectural sertification) on Plant Sciences including : Food Technology and related plant fields. Researcher on Artificial Food including artificial rice from local sources such as: cassava, sweet potatoes, legumes, corn, konjac flour (porang). Research interest at the moment: Food Component Interactions and Bioactive plant and marine products
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