Health and Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Health and Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

For years oils have been viewed negatively. People adopted low-fat diets and associated oil with fried foods and poor health. Oil was also viewed as an enemy of skincare. Oily skin goes hand in hand with acne, so people did all they could to prevent acne by avoiding oily skin. Unfortunately, this avoidance of oil is not always a good thing and those cutting all oils from their diet and beauty routine missed out on quality health products. There are oils that are healthy internally and externally and one example of this is coconut oil. Coconut oil is not only a heart-healthy oil, it provides a number of other health and beauty benefits. Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Studies have shown coconut oil builds immunity in the body. It battles fungus, yeast, and candida, and has a positive affect on hormone levels. It helps control blood sugar, so diabetics and pre-diabetics can use coconut oil to balance insulin levels and improve overall health. Coconut oil is a digestive aid and helps with vitamin absorption. As if all of these benefits were not enough, coconut oil has actually been proven to reduce cholesterol. After years of associating oils and specifically coconut oil with high levels of cholesterol, research has shown coconut oil has the exact opposite effect. The cholesterol lowering benefits come from the presence of lauric acid in coconut oil. This type of acid increases good cholesterol and has a positive effect on overall cholesterol levels. It promotes normal thyroid function, which helps control bad cholesterol levels. Consuming coconut oil also has positive affects on energy levels and studies have shown...
Too Much Antioxidants is Bad?

Too Much Antioxidants is Bad?

Is it possible to get too much of a good thing? It is when its antioxidants, but primarily when they are in supplement form. Antioxidants are found naturally in fruits and vegetables, which are enough to provide the health benefits needed to ward off disease and keep the body strong. Antioxidants prevent the buildup of reactive oxygen species that cause oxidative stress and is linked to a variety of health issues. To enjoy the benefits of antioxidants, health professionals recommend eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day, which can be challenging for even the healthiest of eaters. This is why so many people turn to antioxidant supplements to make up the difference. Unfortunately, there is growing evidence that this causes more harm than good. Have Our Efforts Backfired? Recent research has found that high level doses of some of the most protective antioxidants could be dangerous. Men taking high doses of vitamin E supplements showed an increased risk of prostate cancer. There was also a link shown between high levels of beta carotene and cancer in smokers. The important thing to note is that these high level doses came from supplements. It would be nearly impossible to achieve the dangerous levels of antioxidants from diet alone. Intake of antioxidants from supplements resulted in the opposite effect of what is intended. Researchers believe this is because the high doses of antioxidants completely eradicated reactive oxygen species, preventing the body from ridding itself of microbes and rogue cells. When these cells are left to their own devices, they begin to divide and develop into cancer. Antioxidants supplements...
Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Most people know that green tea provides health benefits, but there is an increasing amount of research showing that green tea in powdered form is even more potent. Powdered green tea is called matcha and is used by health enthusiasts to make healthy smoothies, desserts, tea, and other foods. A single glass of match is equivalent to 10 glasses of traditional green tea, so it is easy to see why it would pack a more powerful  health punch than traditional tea. Like green tea,  matcha is believed to reduce a person’s risk for many types of cancer. There is also evidence that green tea and matcha improve the survival rates for people who have already developed cancer. Matcha makes it possible to enjoy the cancer-fighting benefits of large amounts of green tea without the inconvenience of drinking several glasses of tea each day. Health Benefits of Matcha Powder The cancer fighting ability in matcha comes from the catechins it contains. Specifically, the catechin EGCG counteracts the damaging affects of free radicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Many believe consuming matcha repairs the damage caused by UV rays, pollution, radiation, and other chemical exposure. All of these things create cell damage, considered to be a precursor to cancer. Matcha also helps to balance cholesterol levels. Not only is it a healthier substitute for high sugar sodas and juices, it also reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, improving cardiovascular health. People suffering from diabetes can also benefit from using matcha. Just as with green tea, matcha helps control blood sugar. This makes it a powerful natural tool...
10 Health Benefits of Turmeric

10 Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that is often used in Indian cooking. Its health benefits are so impressive that natural healers have used it as medicine. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. If you are looking to add a healthy boost to your spice rack, read on to learn about the benefits of turmeric. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory. It can be used to suppress the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and could play a role in reducing the risk associated with heart disease. There is some evidence turmeric prevents Alzheimer’s disease by removing plaque buildup in the brain. Populations that consume a lot of turmeric have a lower incidence of this disease. Curcumin is believed to delay liver damage. Curcumin has a number of cancer-fighting properties. It inhibits the growth of skin cancer and there is some evidence it slows the spread of breast cancer to the lungs. Curcumin is also being used in pancreatic cancer research. Finally, there is evidence it boosts the effectiveness and reduces the side effects of the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel. Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it can be used as a natural remedy for disinfecting skin wounds. Turmeric reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. Research indicates it may play a role in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis. It is a natural painkiller and speeds wound healing time. It has also been effective in treating skin inflammation. Turmeric potentially has weight loss benefits by aiding in fat metabolism. Turmeric has been used by the Chinese as a treatment for depression. The pungent flavor of turmeric can initially be unappealing for Western taste-buds....
Diet for Strong and Healthy Bones

Diet for Strong and Healthy Bones

Whether it is health issues, weight-watching or a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle that has you on a restricted diet, don’t let those restrictions interfere with strong, healthy bones. Poor nutrition can cause gradual bone weakening, which can lead to serious consequences. Weak bones break easily, making a bump or fall that would typically just cause bruising a risk for fractures. Bone loss due to malnutrition is also a major risk factor for osteoporosis, that common brittle bone disease that, in severe cases, can make sneezing, a bone-shattering experience. So make sure that plenty of nutrients that support bone health are included in your daily diet. Osteoporosis Perhaps the most ominous potential consequence of bone loss and weakness, osteoporosis is a very common disease, affecting approximately 44 million Americans. While the disorder primarily affects people over 50, it can occur at any age. Osteoporosis causes about 1.4 million fractures every year. Most common are fractures in the wrist, spine and hip. Hip fractures happen to 250,000 people every year in the U.S., and many of those can be attributed to weak bones and osteoporosis. Hip fractures most always requires surgical repair, and damage to the hip is often severe enough to require hip replacement. Hip replacements are generally safe and effective, and have given many people disabled by hip fractures a new lease on life, restoring mobility and independence. However, it is not a quick fix, since recovery is a long, intense process, and no surgery is without risk. Lately, risks associated with these procedures have been higher than usual, with several faulty hip implants causing serious complications in thousands...
How Pea Protein Helps You Lose Weight

How Pea Protein Helps You Lose Weight

Can adding something to your diet help you lose weight? Yes, if it is  the right food! One of the best ways to reduce caloric intake is to reduce your cravings. This can be one of the toughest health and diet challenges to overcome, but there are foods that actually help you eliminate cravings. Pea protein is one of these foods. Pea protein powder is made from yellow peas. It is a vegetarian source of protein and does not trigger the allergies sometimes caused by whey protein. Some people are allergic to whey protein powders, so drinking them actually triggers weight gain. This is because the body responds to the whey by retaining toxins, weight, and water, and responds with inflammation. Pea powder does not cause digestive issues and it is a great protein option for people who do not eat meat or dairy.  My favorite GMO free pea protein right now is Clean Lean Protein made by a company called Nuzest, from Australia and it is new to the US market. Read my product review here. Pea Protein Powder Creates a Feeling of Fullness The reason pea protein supports weight loss is because it triggers a hormone that helps the body feel full and satisfied. When you are eating unhealthy foods, you are constantly filling the body with empty calories. The foods fill space, but as soon as digestion begins, you feel hungry again. Protein creates a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time and eliminates cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, two of the most popular and destructive food cravings. Informal studies have shown that consuming...