10 Health Benefits of Buckwheat

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Contrary to its name, this fruit seed is not in any way related to wheat.

Buckwheat is a gluten free power food!

It is becoming very popular for many good reasons.

It is a highly nourishing, energizing and tasty food that can be eaten instead of rice or the usual porridge.

10 Health Benefits:

  1. Best source of high-quality, easily digestible proteins.
    This makes it an excellent meat substitute.
    High protein buckwheat flour is being studied for possible use in foods to reduce plasma cholesterol, body fat, and cholesterol gallstones.
  2. Fat alternative. 
    Buckwheat starch can also act as a fat alternative in processed foods.
  3. The high level of rutinis extracted from the leaves for medicine to treat high blood pressure.
  4. Non allergenic. 
    Buckwheat hulls are used as pillow stuffing for those allergic to feathers, dust, and pollen.
  5. May help diabetes.
    New evidence has found that buckwheat may be helpful in the management of diabetes according to Canadian researchers in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
    With a glycaemic index of 54, it lowers blood sugars more slowly than rice or wheat products.
  6. Great for the digestion.
    “The properties of buckwheat are: Neutral thermal nature; sweet flavour; cleans and strengthens the intestines and improves appetite. Is effective for treating dysentery and chronic diarrhoea.”  According to Paul Pitchford in Healing with Whole Foods (1993)
  7. Chemical free.
    Buckwheat grows so quickly that it does not usually require a lot of pesticides or other chemicals to grow well.
  8. Buckwheat is good at drawing out retained waterand excess fluid from swollen areas of the body.
    Read how to make a Buckwheat Plaster.
  9. Buckwheat is a warming food.
    It is classified by macrobiotics as a yang food. It is great for eating in the cold winter months.
  10. Buckwheat contains no gluten and is not a grain.
    It is therefore great for celiac and those on grain free and gluten sensitive diets.
    I use it often in my Healthy Web Boot Camps.

All about buckwheat

Buckwheat is actually the seed of a flowering fruit that is related to rhubarb and sorrel. It’s completely gluten-free and unrelated to wheat and all the grasses in the wheat family. So it’s a popular substitute for wheat for those who are gluten-intolerant. It’s also a plant known for its honey; the flowers are attractive to bees and its pollen produces a dark and uniquely flavored honey.

Buckwheat was a common and popular crop in Europe and the United States for many years – but more as animal feed than as human food. It had a resurgence in popularity in the 1970s when its health benefits became understood.

It’s very high in nutrients, and it has even more fiber than oatmeal. See a list of buckwheat’s many, many health properties here:

What can you cook with buckwheat?

Buckwheat isn’t as popular as wheat and oats, perhaps because of its strong nearly bitter flavor. Roasted buckwheat has an intense taste – like darkly toasted bread or a hoppy beer. (In fact, buckwheat has been used to create gluten-free beers!)

We prefer the strong taste of buckwheat, as delicious as it is, in moderation. One popular use is pancakes; we prefer partial buckwheat flour used in proportion to wheat.

A very common use for buckwheat is porridge; the term kasha in the United States has grown to mean buckwheat breakfast porridge. (The original Slavic word could refer to any sort of porridge.) You can also make cold grain salads and hot grain casseroles with the whole groats, as well as bread and many other healthy baked goods with ground buckwheat flour.

How do you use buckwheat? We encourage you to give it a try! (It’s easily found in the bulk sections at the health food grocery store or coop.)

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11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa (No. 1 is My Favourite)

11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa (No. 1 is My Favourite)

It is loaded with protein, fibre and minerals, but doesn’t contain any gluten.

Here are 11 proven health benefits of quinoa.

Quinoa is Incredibly Nutritious

Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is pronounced KEEN-wah.

It technically isn’t a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal, In other words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire back in the day. They referred to it as the “mother of all grains” and believed it to be sacred. It has been consumed for thousands of years in South America, although it only became trendy and reached “superfood status” a few years ago.

These days, you can find Quinoa and products made with it all over the world… especially in health food stores and restaurants that emphasize natural foods.

There are three main types of quinoa… white, red and black.quinoa

This is coming with a total of 222 calories, with 39 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat. It also contains a small amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Quinoa is non-GMO, Gluten Free and usually grown organically. Even though not technically a grain, it still counts as a “whole grain” food.                                                                                                                                                                                                         NASA scientists have been looking at it as a suitable crop to be grown in outer space, mostly based on its high nutrient content, ease of use and how easy it is to grow .

The year 2013 was actually called “The International Year of Quinoa” by the United Nations (UN), based on its high nutrient value and potential to contribute to food security worldwide (4).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is an edible seed that has become very trendy among health conscious people. It is loaded with many important nutrients.

  1. Quinoa Contains Potent Bioactive Substances Called Quercetin and Kaempferol

The health effects of real foods go way beyond the vitamins and minerals we’re all familiar with. There are thousands of trace nutrients in there… and some of them are extremely healthy.

This includes interesting molecules called flavonoids, which are plant antioxidants that have been shown to have all sorts of beneficial effects on health.

Two flavonoids that have been particularly well studied are Quercetin and Kaempferol… and they happen to be found in large amounts in Quinoa. In fact, the quercetin content of quinoa is even higher than typical high-quercetin foods like cranberries (6).

These important molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects… at least in animal studies

By including quinoa in your diet, you will significantly increase your total intake of these (and other) important nutrients.

Bottom Line: Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids, including Quercetin and Kaempferol. These are potent plant antioxidants with numerous health benefits.

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  1. It is Very High in fibre… Much Higher Than Most Grains

Another important benefit of quinoa is that it is high in fibre. One study that looked at 4 varieties of quinoa found a range of between 10 and 16 grams of fibre, per every 100 grams of uncooked quinoa  This equals 17-27 grams per cup, which is very high… more than twice as high as most grains. Boiled quinoa contains much less fibre, gram for gram, because it absorbs so much water.

Unfortunately, most of the fibre is insoluble fibre, which doesn’t appear to have the same health benefits as soluble fibre. That being said, the soluble fibre content is about 2.5 grams per cup (or 1.5 grams per 100 grams), which is still decent.

There are numerous studies showing that soluble fibre can help reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, increase fullness and help with weight loss

Bottom Line: Quinoa is much higher in fibre than most grains, with one source finding 17-27 grams of fibre per cup of uncooked Quinoa.

  1. Quinoa is Gluten Free and Perfect for People with Gluten Intolerance

According to a 2013 survey, about a third of people in the U.S. are currently trying to minimize or avoid gluten. A gluten-free diet can be healthy, as long as it is based on foods that are naturally gluten free.

The problems arise when people eat “gluten free” foods made with refined starches instead.

These foods are no better than their gluten-containing counterparts, because gluten free junk food is still junk food.

Well… many researchers have been looking at quinoa as a suitable ingredient in a gluten-free diet, for people who don’t want to give up staples like breads and pasta.

Studies have shown that by using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free ingredients like refined tapioca, potato, corn and rice flour, it can dramatically increase the nutrient and antioxidant value of the diet.

Bottom Line: Quinoa is naturally free of gluten and using it instead of typical gluten-free ingredients can increase the antioxidant and nutrient value of a gluten-free diet.

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  1. Quinoa is Very High in Protein, With All the Essential Amino Acids That we need

Protein is made out of amino acids. Some of them are termed “essential” because we cannot produce them and need to get them from the diet. If a food contains all the essential amino acids, it is seen as a “complete” protein.

The problem is that many plant foods are deficient in certain essential amino acids, such as Lysine.

However… quinoa is an exception to this, being particularly high in in all the essential amino acids. For this reason, quinoa is an excellent source of protein. It has both more and better protein than most grains

With 8 grams of quality protein per cup of cooked quinoa (or 4.5 grams per 100 grams), quinoa is an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans.

 

Bottom Line: Quinoa is high in protein compared to most plant foods and contains all the essential amino acids that we need.

  1. Quinoa Has a Low Glycaemic Index

The glycaemic index is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels. It is known that eating foods that are high on the glycaemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity

Such foods have also been linked to many of the chronic, Western diseases that are so common today… like diabetes and heart disease. Quinoa has a glycaemic index of 53, which is considered low

However… it’s important to keep in mind that quinoa is still pretty high in carbs, so it is not a good choice for a low-carb diet, at least not in large amounts.

Bottom Line: The glycaemic index of quinoa is around 53, which is considered low. However, it is still relatively high in carbohydrates.

  1. It is High in Minerals That Most People Don’t Get Enough of, Especially Magnesium

There are many nutrients in the modern diet that people tend to be lacking in. This is particularly true of some minerals… especially Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and (for women) Iron. Interestingly, quinoa is very high in all 4 minerals. It is particularly high in magnesium, with one cup having about 30% of the RDA. The problem is that quinoa contains a substance called phytic acid, which can bind these minerals and reduce their absorption. However, by soaking and/or sprouting the quinoa before cooking it, you can reduce the physic acid content and make these minerals more bioavailable.

Quinoa is also pretty high in oxalates, which reduce the absorption of calcium and can cause problems for certain individuals with recurring kidney stones .

Bottom Line: Quinoa is very high in minerals, but the phytic acid can partly prevent them from being absorbed. Soaking or sprouting quinoa degrades most of the phytic acid.

  1. Quinoa May Have Some Major Benefits For Metabolic Health

Given the high amount of beneficial nutrients, it makes sense that quinoa could lead to improvements in metabolic health.

Although this needs to be studied more thoroughly, I did find two studies (one in humans, the other in rats) that examined the effects of quinoa on metabolic health. The human study found that using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free breads and pastas significantly reduced blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels

The rat study found that adding quinoa to a diet high in fructose almost completely inhibited the negative effects of fructose.

Bottom Line: Two studies, one in humans and the other in rats, show that quinoa can improve metabolic health. This includes lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels.

  1. Quinoa is Loaded With Antioxidants

Quinoa also happens to be very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals and are believed to help fight ageing and many diseases. One study looked at antioxidants in 10 foods… 5 cereals, 3 pseudocereals and 2 legumes. Quinoa had the highest antioxidant content of all 10

Allowing quinoa seeds to sprout seems to increase the antioxidant content even further .

Bottom Line: Quinoa appears to be very high in antioxidants, which are increased even further after the seeds are sprouted.

 

  1. Quinoa Has Several Important Characteristics That Make it a Weight Loss Friendly Food

In order to lose weight, we need to take in fewer calories than we burn. It is known that certain properties of foods can facilitate this process… either by boosting metabolism (increasing calories out) or reducing appetite (lowering calories in).                                    Interestingly, quinoa has several such properties. It is high in protein… which can both increase metabolism and reduce appetite significantly. The high amount of fibre should also help to increase feelings of fullness, making us eat fewer calories overall.

The fact that quinoa has a low glycaemic index is another important feature, but choosing such foods has been linked to reduced calorie intake. Although there is currently no study that looks at the effects of quinoa on body weight, it seems intuitive that it could be a useful part of a healthy weight loss diet.

Bottom Line: Quinoa is high in fiber, protein and has a low glycemic index. These properties have all been linked to weight loss and improved health.

  1. Quinoa is Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet

The last one is not a health benefit, but still incredibly important.It is the fact that quinoa is very easy to incorporate into your diet.              It is also tasty and goes well with many foods.  Depending on the type of quinoa, it can be important to rinse it with water in order to get rid of saponins, which are found on the outer layer and can have a bitter flavor. However, some brands have already been rinsed, so this may not be necessary.

You can buy quinoa in most health food stores and many supermarkets. It is also available on Amazon, with many reviews, testimonials and usage tips from real customers.

Quinoa can be ready to eat in as little as 15-20 minutes:                                                        Put 2 cups of water in a pot, turn up the heat.                                                                         Add 1 cup of raw quinoa, with a dash of salt                                                                            Boil for 15-20 minutes.                                                                                                             Eat.

It should now have absorbed most of the water and gotten a fluffy look. If done right, it should have a mild, nutty flavour and a satisfying crunch.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Then there are dozens of other delicious ways to use quinoa.

For more details, you can read these in-depth instructions on How to Cook Fluffy, Tasty Quinoa or check out these 27 Delicious Quinoa Recipes.  http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-quinoa/

Processed meats could negatively impact male fertility!

‘Cut out the sausage’ sums up much of the headline advice following recent research into meat consumption and fertility. Research by scientists from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in the US, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, studied the sperm of 141 men who were attending a fertility clinic. It was found that fertilisation rates in the laboratory were lower for men who consumed a diet high in processed meat. Sperm from men who ate more chicken, had a higher success rate.

The research, funded by the US National Institutes for Health and the China Scholarship Council, stopped short of making any firm recommendations, concluding instead that further research was required. While the study took into account confounding factors known to affect fertility, such as BMI or consumption of caffeine, it did not look at other lifestyle factors that may impact fertility.

The carbs vs fat debate has reignited following a recent study by scientists at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in the US. Since the publication of low-fat diets such as The Hip and Thigh diet in the late ‘80s, followed by the low-carb Atkins and Dukan diets, the jury has been constantly out on whether eating fewer carbohydrates or less fat is better for weight loss.

However in this latest study, it was found that subjects given a low-fat diet experienced a body fat loss at a staggering rate of 68 per cent higher than those given a low-carb diet. The small study, conducted on 19 non-diabetic, obese men and women gave subjects either low-fat or low carb calorie-equivalent diets. But although the low-fat diet produced higher weight-loss results, it did not have the same impact on insulin production or fat burning. The low-carb diet not only produced weight loss, but also lowered production of the fat-regulating hormone insulin and increased fat burning as expected, whereas fat restriction had no observed changes in insulin production or fat burning.

“Compared to the reduced-fat diet, the reduced-carb diet was particularly effective at lowering insulin secretion and increasing fat burning, resulting in significant body fat loss,” said Kevin Hall, PhD, NIDDK senior investigator and leadstudy author. “But interestingly, study participants lost even more body fat during the fat-restricted diet, as it resulted in a greater imbalance between the fat eaten and fat burned. These findings counter the theory that body fat loss necessarily requires decreasing insulin, thereby increasing the release of stored fat from fat tissue and increasing the amount of fat burned by the body.”

Participants stayed at a clinical unit for 24 hours per day for two extended visits, eating the same food and doing the same activities. For the first five days of each visit they ate a baseline balanced diet. Then for six days, they were fed diets containing 30 per cent fewer calories, achieved by cutting either only total carbs or total fat from the baseline diet, while eating the same amount of protein. They switched diets during the second visit.

But before you ditch the healthy fats from your fridge, it is thought that the gap between the two diets would eventually close over time. NIDDK said that researchers had previously simulated the study with a mathematical model of human metabolism, whose body fat predictions matched the data later collected in the study. When simulating what might happen over longer periods, the model predicted relatively small differences in body fat loss with widely varying ratios of carbs to fat. Those results suggested the body may eventually minimise differences in body fat loss when diets have the same number of calories. Also, further research would be needed to assess the physiological effects and health implications of fat and carb reduction in the long term.


A recent Canadian study has concluded that saturated fats do not pose the risk to health found with trans fats. The research, carried out at McMaster University, the University of Toronto, St Michael’s Hospital Toronto, Hamilton Health Sciences, and the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, and published in the BMJ, looked at 70 previous studies but found no evidence that eating higher amounts of saturated fat, compared to low amounts, raised the risk of death, heart disease, stroke or diabetes. This contrasted against conclusions that eating more trans fats was linkedto an increased risk of death or heart disease.

While some headlines following the research have suggested eating more saturated fats could be healthy the study, which was funded by the World Health Organization, does not conclude this. The authors stated that further research was needed to examine the implications of fat consumption, because the results were based on observational studies that did not establish cause and effect.

According to the NHS, however, trans fats, which were typically found in processed foods, have been almost eliminated from the UK food chain, following previous fears of the impact on human health. The NHS website states: “In fact, due to the negative publicity surrounding trans fats in recent years, food manufactures have virtually removed trans fats from the UK food chain. Most brands of margarine now contain no, or only trace elements, of trans fats.” [1]

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Chiropractic care on holiday!

So, it’s holiday time again and you’re off for a well-deserved break! Make sure that, regardless of how long or how little you’re away for, your precious time off doesn’t affect you and your family by becoming a pain!

Before the holiday

This is my favorite time – the suspense of waiting and the build-up of excitement. But for many, the activities associated with holiday preparation can be a direct journey to the Chiropractor.

As you prepare for your summer holiday, it is easy to become stressed as you make lists, shop, pack and plan. This stress can lead to tension in the spine and shoulders, causing back pain and headaches.

Plan as early on as you can and keep any prior lists you have made. When planning, sit comfortably with your back supported and give yourself plenty of time. You could also use this time to enjoy a cuppa with a friend to relax, and they may think of some of the things you have forgotten.

Shopping

Walking from one shop to another can place strain on your feet. Despite the fact that our feet are strong enough to ‘carry’ our bodies, an excess of activity can cause them to become sore and tired, especially with inappropriate footwear. This in turn places strain on the legs, back and shoulders.
I’m a fan of ‘everything in moderation’, so distribute your shopping trips over time.

Here are a few tips for your shopping trips:

  • Eat a hearty breakfast beforehand (porridge is a slow release food, so will keep you fuller for longer improve it by adding, ground nuts and seeds, full fat yogurt and manuka honey) and stop when you feel hungry to top up on your energy levels.
  • Wear your comfortable shoes with the Superfeet orthotics or Fitflops because no shoe has the right arch supports.
  • Wear loose clothing for all weather conditions. Something you can put on and forget for the day.
  • If you have a backpack, then bring it with you. This will distribute the weight of your purchases.
  • When carrying bags, don’t over-fill them. Separate into smaller bags and carry an even weight in each hand. If you have purchased something quite heavy, then ask about delivery or organise a way of using transportation that allows you to walk as short a distance as possible to it.
  • Stop often to rest and exercise the shoulders by rolling them backwards and forwards.
  • Bring a of bottle of water with you and sip each time you stop.
  • Don’t over-shop.

Packing

Packing is probably the most important task when going on holiday. This is where your lists will come in handy!

Here are a few tips for packing

  • Choose luggage that fere are a few tips on packing:its the purpose of your trip and the transport you will be using. You will ideally be selecting something that is not too heavy, as you will need to be able to lift it from the airport carousel, boot or coach/bus compartment comfortably.
  • Select a sturdy case with wheels.
  • When packing, place the case on the bed and not on the floor. This will save you bending.
  • Travel light, you won’t use half the stuff you take anyway!
  • Take clothes that you can mix and match, as this will save you over-packing.
  • Check that your hotel has a hairdryer to save the weight in your bag.
  • Take only as much shampoo, suntan lotion etc as you will need. Bulky containers take up a lot of room.
  • Distribute your items between cases, especially if your travel partner is travelling slightly lighter.

Travelling

You may think that that all the stresses and strains are put on hold while you travel, but that isn’t the case (excuse the pun). Sitting in one position for hours on end can do as much damage to the body and spine as overexertion.

Here are a few tips while you travel:

  • Try not to sit for too long in a car, plane, train or bus. Move around whenever you can and stretch out your legs.
  • Stop the car every two hours for a ten minute walk to stretch your legs, back and shoulders.
  • Stretches are extremely important and a lack of movement can lead to deep vein thrombosis, tiredness, swollen legs and sore joints.
  • I’ve included a few exercises for when you are travelling on a plane below.
  • You can become dehydrated in compact environments, so keep drinking those fluids.
  • If the journey is a long one, why not have a nap. Bring a cosy cushion with you and try not to arch to the left or right while sleeping. If you have a recliner, use it.

Exercises while travelling on a plane

  • Move your head in a Right, Left, Up, Down nice and slowly, ten times.
  • Roll your shoulders, five forwards and five backwards.
  • Stretch out your arms in front of you and circle your wrists gently, five circles left then right.
  • Stand up and raise your heels to stretch your legs.
  • Plant your heels and raise your toes (you will have to sit for this one).
  • Place your hands on your armrests and raise your knees slowly your chin.
  • Move your pelvis forward and backwards while seated.

10 Foods That Destroy Cancer Cells

Cancer cells can be defeated by our body but requires some degree of immunity to do so. Recent research has revealed a compound called TIC10, which triggers a protein, this protein called TRAIL  (tumour-necrosis-factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) suppresses tumor development and prevents it from spreading. These 10 foods will help fight cancer cell build up.

1. Turmeric: Rich in curcumin, which is a very powerful antioxidant. It work well as an anti-oxidant and even suppresses inflammation.

2. Sea Vegetables: Nore, Hijaiki, Wakame, Arame and Kombu are several sea vegetables that are rich in magnesium, calcium and iodine. It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds can be effective in lowering colon cancer risk.

3. Resveratrol: It is a phenolic compound that contributes to the antioxidant property of grapes. It is an antimutagen that inhibits cyclooxygenase-2 (CoX-2) which has shown to reduce cancerous growth.

4. Chorella and Spirulina: South Korean research indicates that carotenoids from chorella are effective in preventing cancer. Spirulina, is rich in Vitamin B, E and K and has significant immunity boosting properties.

5. Green Tea: It contains epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), a catechin that blocks tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF).

6. Cruciferous Vegetables: Arugula, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and turnips are rich in Vitamin C, E, K, and folate. These can prevent DNA damage and induce cell death in carcinogens.

7. Tomatoes: Is a rich source of carotenoids, particularly lycopene. Raw tomato juice consumed for a month has proven to reduce 30% of TNF production.

8. Mushrooms: Contains compounds such as schizophyllan, active hexose correlated compound (AHCC), maitake D-fraction and Coriolus versicolor that together prevent any mutagen or radiation induced activity.

9. Garlic: Contains allicin, which is a powerful antioxidant. Fresh garlic is the best bet as other processed variants like the oil and powder contain fractured amounts of allicin.

10. Hemp Oil: Promotes melatonin supply and full body healing. It is also a rich source of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 acids.

Goodness of Coconut Water- Replenishment & Weight Loss.

Nature’s Super Drink

Just like its oil, coconut water has many health benefits including electrolyte replenishment and weight loss. This ‘nut’ is packed with anti-aging properties and has the right number of calories to keep you going.

The water inside green coconuts is a hydrating super liquid. One cup of has around ten times less calories compared to that of coconut milk. It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

Hydrating and Replenishing Drink:

Coconut water was actually given to soldiers during the World War when saline was not obtainable. The water contains no fat and consists mostly of natural sugars and minerals. It is very rich in magnesium and potassium, as well as being very high in fibre.

Pure coconut water is just as effective as a carbohydrate-electrolyte sport drink at rehydrating exercise-trained men after a 60-minute bout of dehydrating exercise, according to findings published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Coconut water has garnered a lot of consumer interest over the last two years or so. A 2010 report by New Nutrition Business hailed coconut water as “the fast-growing new category” in sports beverages with retail sales already above $450m worldwide.
What makes coconut water interesting for brand owners is that it offers many of the same isotonic benefits as formulated sports drinks but in an all-natural form. No additions are necessary, not even a sweetener.

Nutrient Rich

Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.

Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc. In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism.

Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish.

Why it should be part of your Weight Loss diet:

It is so hydrating because of the electrolyte composition, which is very similar to human plasma. Staying hydrated will help you feel full for longer, which in turn will reduce hunger and sugar cravings. This will effectively lead to you eating less, which means your total calorie consumption will go down. Drinking coconut water also flushes out toxins which will help you lose weight faster and also reduce thosecravings and hunger pangs.

Overall coconut water is  nutritious and relatively low-calorie way to add potassium to your diet and keep you well-hydrated.

Arthritis

Chiropractic for arthritis addresses the practical issue of getting the body to move more freely. Once the body is aligned to move with fewer restrictions, the need for pain-relieving medications lessens, or disappears altogether.

 

Chiropractic as a regular treatment will also help prevent arthritis, or at least its damaging effects. This form of prevention is probably the most crucial benefit in treating the disease. The lifestyle changes and therapies associated with chiropractic will influence diet, exercise, and maintaining the body’s alignment that practitioners believe will offset health problems that might accompany arthritis. Proper weight and a healthy immune system are both important factors in limiting the devastating effects of all forms of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Chiropractic—and the holistic health practices that often accompany it—offers multiple benefits in offsetting the dreaded effects of this disease that can take so many undesirable forms for so many people.

 

Why use Chiropractic for Arthritis?

The basis for Chiropractic care is centered in the body’s ability to heal itself. By correcting joint and spine dislocations, a chiropractor helps increase range of motion in the body, which assists in movement. Chiropractic and its complementary treatments, which include nutrition and lifestyle choices such as exercise and massage therapy, can be used as a preventive measure in developing arthritis or to help relieve the serious mobility issues.

Because Chiropractic focuses on physical manipulation, joints can be directly adjusted in order to reduce pain. In general, the stiffness and pain that can result from various forms of arthritis can be alleviated with chiropractic treatment.

Once arthritis occurs does occur, chiropractic’s use of spinal manipulation can result in the diminishing of pain by assisting the overall physical health, resulting in greater ease of movement and decreased fluid build up in the joints that often accompanies arthritic conditions.

The use of massage in chiropractic care can also ease stiffness and encourage movement. The application of heat and cold presses has been shown to ease arthritic pain. The use of electrical stimulation in chiropractic treatment is believed to stimulate pain-inhibiting chemicals in the human body, also known as endorphins, and block the nerve fibers that are responsible for pain.

Using chiropractic instead of prescription medicines for pain relief, or over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), can reduce the chances of experiencing harmful side effects from long-term use. It offers a non-invasive method of maintaining physical health and addresses such conditions as arthritis in a way that will offer freedom of movement without the deteriorating effects that might come with medication.

 

About 12,000 children in the UK under the age of 16 have a form of arthritis. Most kinds of childhood arthritis come under the general heading of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

JIA involves inflammation, pain and swelling in one or more joints for at least six weeks. You may hear it referred to as juvenile arthritis. The causes are unknown.

The outlook for most children with JIA is good. Although some children will develop joint damage, the majority get better and grow up to lead ordinary lives.

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Avoiding Diabetes

The worldwide type 2 diabetes epidemic has been thoroughly documented.1, 2 yet despite extensive study and analysis, there has been little actual progress in slowing the spread of this chronic disease. Numerous medications such as metformin and glyburide are available to help counter the severe problems that result from unchecked diabetes. But if the person with diabetes doesn’t assist in the process of getting well, the disease will continue on its unrelenting course. There are many important steps a diabetic patient can take to improve his or her health status. Better still, these same steps may be implemented by healthy persons to ward off type 2 diabetes in the first place.

In type 2 diabetes, the cells of your body become resistant to the effects of insulin. Normally, the hormone insulin promotes the absorption of glucose from the blood by muscle cells and fat cells. With insulin resistance, glucose fails to be properly absorbed by these cells and blood levels of glucose rise. Over time, some of this excess glucose is converted into fat, increasing the person’s weight, causing high blood pressure, and placing undue stress on the heart. Further, prolonged exposure to excess glucose damages small blood vessels and nerve fibres, leading to significant pain along large nerve tracts (neuropathies), loss of circulation to and even amputation of a lower limb, kidney disease, kidney failure, eye disease, and blindness.

Thus, diabetes can be devastating for both patients and their families. The annual public health costs related to diabetes treatment are huge. Diabetes costs in the U.S. were $245 billion in 2012, representing $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in lost productivity. Worse, in 2012, 9.3% (29.1 million) of Americans had diabetes, up from 8.3% (25.8 million persons) in 2010. Costs of diabetes to patients, families, and society continue to rise.

The only feasible method of combating the worldwide diabetes epidemic focuses on individual initiative. Medical treatment, by definition, arrives after the fact, typically years after the diabetes process has been set in motion. Prevention is the best strategy. Adopting a lifestyle that, indirectly, leads to appropriate utilization of insulin rather than insulin resistance offers a real, effective solution to diabetes prevention. More than 20 years of research has demonstrated that 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, combined with a healthy diet and sufficient rest, will substantially assist a person in avoiding chronic diseases such as diabetes.3 Personal accountability and personal responsibility are called for. It is up to each of us to make such choices in the best interest of ourselves and our families.

Here at Bedford Chiropractic Clinic we are here to help and advise you as much as you need. But please remember the key to getting the maximum out of any exercise is to ensure that your nervous system is actually activating the muscles that you are training.

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Your Double Helix

Not everyone will admit this, but there’s something magical about exercise. Your brain produces endorphins in response to vigorous exercise and you feel energized, alert, and alive. You derive tremendous satisfaction from doing something you said you’d do. You feel good about yourself all day long. Beyond these benefits related to personal fulfillment, regular vigorous exercise builds strong muscles and bones and strengthens your cardiopulmonary system. Your heart and lungs become substantially more efficient. Your heart pumps more blood with every beat and your lungs take in more air with every breath. Your entire physiology, that is, every one of your cells, tissues, and organs, benefits from a consistent program of regular exercise.

Yet, remarkably, there’s more. Medical researchers and public health policy makers have long known that regular vigorous exercise helps improve the health of people with diabetes, heart disease, many types of arthritis, and even cancer. But more recently, within the last couple of years, scientists have been finding that exercise causes lasting changes in the configuration and functioning of human genes.

As we all know, our genetic inheritance is encoded in complex, tightly wound strands of DNA. Our genetic code comprises only four nucleotides – adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine – biochemical structures whose precise sequence contains all the information required to produce a living human being. (Some fun facts: There are approximately 3 billion “base pairs” of DNA in a human cell. A single uncoiled strand of DNA is approximately 3 feet (1 meter) in length. In contrast, human cells average 25 millionths of a meter in diameter.). Up until 10 or so years ago, it was generally accepted that genes (specific sequences of base pairs) controlled all protein formation and all physiologic functioning. But within the last 10 years, numerous discoveries have demonstrated a variety of additional factors that contribute to individual genetic expression. One such mechanism involves “epigenetics”, the process of “tagging” genes with small “side groups” or “markers”. The attachment of a methyl side group (—CH3), an action known as methylation, modifies a gene’s expression, boosting its output or turning it off completely. Researchers have now consistently demonstrated that regular exercise influences and even reprograms the epigenetic pattern of methylation.1,2

One study has demonstrated that exercise-associated methylation patterns impact genes associated with energy metabolism and insulin response in muscles.3 These findings, if reproduced by follow-up studies, would go far toward clarifying the role of exercise in relieving the symptoms of many chronic diseases.

The conclusion is that not only does exercise make you look good and feel good, it also exerts a profound effect on the most basic components of human physiology. Our long-ago high school gym teachers who exhorted us in seemingly endless rounds of sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and squat thrusts knew what they were doing. It’s up to us to continue the program.

Here at Bedford Chiropractic Clinic we are here to help and advise you as much as you need. But please remember the key to getting the maximum out of any exercise is to ensure that your nervous system is actually activating the muscles that you are training.

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