Papaya: My New Obsession

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Papaya’s are my new obsession at the moment. I go through these fazes with fruits and vegetables all the time. Right now it’s papaya. It is extremely healthy for you. Just one whole papaya has 168.08 mg of vitamin C, and a whopping 2622.00 International Units of vitamin A.

According to whfoods website, papayas may prevent a number of health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, aging and cancer. To read more about these health benefits click here.

Papaya alone will not prevent those diseases. It’s the other foods along with papayas that will determine your faith. I’m all about eating foods that will nourish my body. Especially, the ones that has anti-aging benefits…lol! I want to age gracefully and healthy. Who doesn’t? Those kinds of foods are whole foods and plant-based.

I quote from the book Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by, T. Colin Campbell, PhD:

“The foods you consume can heal you faster and more profoundly than the most expensive prescription drugs, and more dramatically than the most extreme surgical interventions, with only positive side effects.”

This book is phenomenal. The only diet now that can promise you and me that, is a whole food plant-based diet. I highly recommend reading it, and Healthy Eating Healthy World by, J. Morris Hicks, and The China Study by, Dr. Campbell again.

These three books will transform your outlook on food, nutrition and your life forever. There is much to be gained from reading these books. They are clearly written and powerfully true with scientific researches to support each claim. You will be able to comprehend and implement the changes into your life, and benefit from them.

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Some photos of how I incorporate papayas in my diet. It’s all plant-based foods.

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Meet The Companies Behind: Big Organic

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For the last fifteen years, the largest multinational food corporations have been intensively buying up organic producers in an effort to enter the profitable niche market.

These companies benefit from the premium charged on organic products, a premium that committed consumers will pay because… Boston Review

The organic movement is rapidly growing and big companies want a piece. It’s hard to trust companies like Kraft, Kellogg, and General Mills. It’s important to read your labels even though you’re buying organic. Shop at your local farmers’ markets when you can’t grow your own. Join your local food co-op they’re often a great resource of local and organically grown items.

Every month, millions search Google for farmers markets and local food. To meet that appetite for all things local, FarmersMarket.com will be the ultimate “farmers market,” connecting shoppers to farmers and markets like never before.

For some great tips for buying Organic:
https://organicready.org/2012/08/28/choose-organic-produce-where-it-matters-most/

How Calorie Restriction Influences Longevity: Protecting Cells from Damage Caused by Chronic Disease

20121210-135907.jpgScientists at the Gladstone Institutes have identified a novel mechanism by which a type of low-carb, low-calorie diet — called a “ketogenic diet” — could delay the effects of aging. This fundamental discovery reveals how such a diet could slow the aging process and may one day allow scientists to better treat or prevent age-related diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and many forms of cancer.

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As the aging population continues to grow, age-related illnesses have become increasingly common. Already in the United States, nearly one in six people are over the age of 65. Heart disease continues to be the nation’s number one killer, with cancer and Alzheimer’s close behind. Such diseases place tremendous strain on patients, families and our healthcare system.

    But now, researchers in the laboratory of Gladstone Senior Investigator Eric Verdin, MD, have identified the role that a chemical compound in the human body plays in the aging process — and which may be key to new therapies for treating or preventing a variety of age-related diseases.

    Resources:Gladstone Institutes (2012, December 6). How calorie restriction influences longevity: Protecting cells from damage caused by chronic disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 10, 2012.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121206142025.htm

Cut THIS From Your Diet if You Want to Protect Your Brain …

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I found another amazing study I just had to share with you all. It’s a study that linked fructose to low cognitive abilities. American’s are addicted to sugar and carbs. I at one point was addicted to sugar however, now I have self-control on what I eat. What we put in our mouths not only affect our weight but, it significantly affects how we mentally perform on a daily basis. When researchers fed rats a fructose solution as drinking water for six weeks, then tested their ability to remember their way out of a maze, the results certainly grabbed the researchers’ attention – and they should grab yours, too.

The rats that was fed the fructose syrup showed significant impairment in their cognitive abilities—they struggled to remember their way out of the maze. They were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.

Additionally, the fructose-fed rats showed signs of resistance to insulin, again showing that consuming large amounts of sugar, and in this case fructose, may block insulin’s ability to regulate how your brain cells store and use sugar for the energy needed to form healthy thoughts and emotions.

Researchers concluded that a high-fructose diet harms your brain, as well as the rest of your body. According to Dr. Mercola he believes that regularly consuming more than 25 grams of fructose per day will dramatically increase your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as it will inevitably wreak havoc on your body’s ability to regulate proper insulin levels.

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Too Many Carbs and Too Much Sugar Increases Your Risk of Cognitive Impairment
Among people aged 70 to 89, diet proved very influential in contributing to the risk of mild cognitive impairment, including problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment, down the line. The new study revealed carbs and sugar to be the biggest culprits, while protein and fats were protective.

•Those with the highest carbohydrate intake were nearly twice as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than those with the lowest intake of carbohydrates.

•Those with the highest sugar intake were 1.5 times more likely to experience mild cognitive impairment than those with the lowest levels.

•Those with the highest fat intake were 42 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment

•Those with the highest protein intake reduced their risk by 21 percent

•When compared with total fat and protein intake, those with the highest carb intake were 3.6 times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment

Why might this be?
Because a diet that’s focused on unhealthy carbs and sugar seriously interferes with the ability of insulin to do its job Researchers noted: “A dietary pattern with relatively high caloric intake from carbohydrates and low caloric intake from fat and proteins may increase the risk of MCI [mild cognitive impairment] or dementia in elderly persons.”

What Dietary Strategies Help Protect Your Brain?
Obviously the first and most important step is to limit carbs. Ideally your best carbs are fiber-based vegetables. It would be wise to avoid sugar and grains and replace those calories with healthy fats, like butter, avocados, coconut oil and olive oil. Nuts can be used but not overdone as you do not want to increase protein much above one half gram per pound of lean body weight.

On a brighter note, the above-mentioned study also found that rats given omega-3 fats in addition to the high-fructose diet were able to navigate the maze better and faster than the rats in the non-omega-3 group.

The researchers concluded that a type of omega-3 fat called DHA is protective against fructose’s harmful effects on the brain. DHA is essential for synaptic function—it helps your brain cells transmit signals to one another, which is the mechanism that makes learning and memory possible. Your body has difficulty producing enough DHA from vegetarian omega-3 precursors, so it must be supplemented through your diet, and this is one reason why getting enough animal-based omega-3 fats is so essential.

Resources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810099
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528805.800-food-for-thought-eat-your-way-to-dementia.html?cmpid=NLC%7CNSNS%7C2012-0309-GLOBAL%7Cmg21528805.800
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22473784p
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22801434