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Can Paleo Diet Cure Overweight and Obesity?

“The great accomplishments of modern humans -our ability to create an abundant food supply and our increasing release from manual labor- is, to a great degree, working against our genetic design. Although we cannot go back in time, we must, in a certain sense, re-create the eating patterns of our ancestors if we are to restore our health and survive as a species. That means eating far more whole, unprocessed plant foods and limiting the quantities of animal foods, especially those rich in saturated fat. At the same time, we must increase our physical activity. To our ancestors, daily life was an enormous physical struggle simply to stay alive. For us, physical activity must be conscious forms of exercise.” (p. 69)

Kash, P., Lombard, J. and Monte, T. (2008). Freedom from Disease. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press.

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What is the Paleo Diet? —Paleo Diet Explained

What is the Paleo diet and why should you care? Here the world’s #1 expert, professor Loren Cordain, explains what you need to know and answers common questions.

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Health Benefits of Dandelion

The following conditions can be helped by using dandelion in the form of a tea, tincture, capsule, or tablet. A general therapeutic dose is one cup of tea, one dropperful of tincture, or two 500 mg capsules or tablets three times daily. Please consult product labels for recommended use.

Dandelion root may help:

  • Acne
  • Anemia
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer prevention
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Cellulite
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Gout (dandelion root helps neutralize uric acid)
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Poison oak and ivy
  • Rashes

Dandelion leaf may help:

  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Bronchitis
  • Cancer prevention
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Cellulite
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Premenstrual water retention
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Urinary Tract Infection

DANDELION FLOWER TEA BENEFITS: Health Benefits | Side Effects

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea: Anyone can make dandelion tea, simple and easy — and most people have them growing in their own yard or around their home. Dandelion tea has many health benefits, and in fact the botanical name: Taraxacum officinale means ‘Official Remedy in the Greek interpretation. These wonderful herbs have been used for centuries as a medicine and health tonic. One of the best and most efficient way to consume these nutritional benefits of dandelion is in a tea form. Easy to make. Easy to Drink!

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Pore Minimizers

“While long-term pore refinement may now be accepted as a part of our anti-aging regimen, that doesn’t discredit old-school, quick-fix solutions: Simple, gentle exfoliation can make a big difference. If you picture a pore being shaped like an ice cream cone, you can see that if you shaved some layers off the top, the diameter would get smaller…You’re never going to change the root shape at the very bottom, but you can affect the way it looks at the top…try products containing vitamin C, as well as retinol creams. Retinol exfoliates, but it also helps the skin function at its optimum level. This means it sheds normally, reducing the trapped skin and oils that can lead to acne.” (p.87)

Long, A. (2014). Go Ahead, Lean In. Elle, 29(5), 78-89.

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Family Involvement in the Adolescent Recovery Process

“It is not a coincidence that some of the most successful substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for adolescents are strongly family-based. Any discussion of family involvement in services, however, must ask the question, Which individuals in a person’s life constitute family? For the purposes of helping an adolescent to move forward in treatment and recovery, it may be helpful to be very flexible in the definition of family. A useful distinction has been made between traditional families, extended families and elected families, with elected families representing families self-identified and formed by choice and not by blood, marriage, or law. Elective families may include godparents and other significant but non-biologically-related significant others. The most helpful strategy is that the entire network of support and resources be utilized during treatment and relapse prevention.” (p. 5)

Source: Engaging Family Members Into Adolescent Drug Treatment by Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D., May 2008 (Florida Certification Board/Southern Coast ATTC Monograph Series #3)

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Fiber keeps you healthy and your belly full

Fiber is the part of plants we do not digest or absorb. Fiber is broadly classified into two categories: water-soluble and insoluble. Many foods, like fruits and vegetables, are good sources of both types.

Water-soluble fiber in particular has been shown in several studies to have a cholesterol-lowering effect. One theory proposes that the fiber binds with bile acids in the intestinal tract, and from there they are excreted. To produce more bile acids, the liver pulls cholesterol from the bloodstream, thereby lowering the blood-cholesterol level. It has also been suggested that eating foods high in water-soluble fiber does not in itself lower the cholesterol level, but prevents one from filling up instead on cholesterol-raising options. In other words, if you are having oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, you are not having bacon, eggs, and butter! Regularly including good sources in your diet is clearly beneficial. Foods high in water-soluble fiber include oatmeal and oat bran, barley, legumes (dried beans, peas, and lentils), and fruits and vegetables (especially apples, figs, and carrots). Note that these foods are also highly nutritious.

Increasing water-soluble fiber in your diet—

  • Eat hot oatmeal or oat bran (or a mixture) for breakfast. Add raisins, apples, and cinnamon if you like.
  • Choose a ready-to-eat breakfast cereal that contains oat bran. Look in the ingredient list for oat bran, rolled oats, or whole oat flour.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoonful of oat bran on your favorite ready-to-eat cereal, on yogurt, and on top of casseroles.
  • Choose bread made with oats or oat bran.
  • Eat fruit –in cereal, with yogurt, or for dessert and snacks.

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A Handful of Food Gives You Energy

“A little food gives you a lot of energy; too much food and your energy crashes. When you fill your stomach without overfilling it, you’ll stop gaining weight and start gaining energy. Both undereating and overeating will prevent you from experiencing the energizing effects of food. But how much is too little and how much is too much?…a handful. Less than a handful and you’re not filling your food tank enough; more than a handful and you’re filling it too much. A good-size handful is all you need to fill your stomach without overfilling it, to fuel your energy without fueling your fat cells, and to lift your energy without making you lethargic.” (p. 55)

Waterhouse, D. 2001. Outsmarting Female Fatigue: The 8 Energizing Strategies for Lifelong Vitality. New York, N.Y.: Hyperion.

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Best Sources of Vitamin D

  • Fatty fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon contain high levels of vitamin D.
  • Fish liver oil is considered the best and the most reliable source of Vitamin D.
  • There are traces of vitamin D in beef liver, egg yolks and cheese.
  • Most of the milk supply in the U.S. consists of 100 I.U. of vitamin D per cup.
  • Vitamin D2 is derived from plant sources. Vitamin D3 is derived from animal sources.

Diagnosis of Vitamin D deficiency is simple. A lab test called 25(OH)D can be performed.

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