Coffee, Wine, Weed & Health

The past few weeks have included buzz-worthy info on coffee, wine, weed and health. The three stimulants can be addictive, enjoy a robust retail market (weed in limited states) and may have health benefits. My clients and readers of this blog know my mantra-“There is no one thing that is all good or all bad and moderation is the key.” Though the research on the three is still a work in progress, the following is a brief overview of how they can impact your health.

COFFEE

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee daily and 65 percent of these drinkers are consuming the coffee during breakfast hours. The key component associated with coffee consumption is caffeine. Coffee is a stimulant that can improve mood, increase energy and cognitive function. When coffee is consumed, caffeine is absorbed in the bloodstream, and travels to the brain where it blocks a neurotransmitter. This blocked neurotransmitter leads to a stimulant effect, thus people may feel more alert, energetic and positive, with improved cognitive functions.

WINE

I’m a wine enthusiast and I enjoy drinking wine in moderation. U.S per capita consumption of wine is approximately 3 gallons, much less than in other countries. Wine does have benefits for heart health, reduced risk of cancer and long-term depression. Red wine is high in antioxidants which are linked to heart health and reduced blood pressure. One of the antioxidants that has been touted recently is resveratrol. Although resveratrol is still being studied, this antioxidant in red wine is thought to protect blood vessels, reduce LDL (Bad) cholesterol and prevent blood clots.

White wine also has positive effects on heart health as a result of the antioxidants found in the wine grapes. There has also been early research which links drinking two to three glasses of champagne a week to the prevention of brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Now a glass of bubbly is always a good thing, however, note this research continues in search of definitive proof.

WEED

Still considered taboo in many circles, weed, aka marijuana, may also have health benefits. One-fifth of Americans live in states where marijuana is legal. The label medical marijuana refers to the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has NOT approved the marijuana plant as medicine. However the FDA has approved the scientific study of chemicals in the plant called cannabinoids, which have led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form.

To date research by the National Institutes of Health has focused on two cannabinoids-THC and CBD. CBD is a cannabinoid that does not create a “high.” Findings indicate that THC can stimulate appetite and reduce nausea which can be beneficial to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Researchers continue their work and are conducting preclinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat symptoms of illness and conditions of diseases that affect the immune system including HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), pain, inflammation and seizures.

This post is a brief overview of trending topics on coffee, wine and weed. These subjects will continue to be of interest and the upcoming California Wine and Weed Symposium will certainly be a catalyst for more conversation.

Take Away: There may be undiscovered health benefits with coffee, wine and weed in the future, however my caveat is to make wise choices and moderation is essential.

Healthy Eating – Pros And Cons Of Green Tea

By now you have probably heard green tea is a healthy substance you should want to add to your daily diet. But, is it as good as it’s cracked up to be? Are there any cons associated with this type of tea? The fact is, while this tea is mostly good and should be consumed by most people, there are a few things you will want to know.

Let us look at the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision about whether you should include green tea in your diet…

1. Pro: Metabolic Enhancement. The first significant benefit to adding green tea to your day is it could help stimulate a brief increase in your resting metabolic rate. If body weight control is a concern for you, this could become quite helpful over time. Everything you do to boost your resting metabolic rate will help you burn more calories 24/7, which will then augment the weight loss process.

Keep in mind though; it is not going to have you burning up hundreds of more calories daily. The boost will be quite modest, so you will still want to follow a sensible diet.

Con: Caffeine Content. Green tea does contain caffeine, so do keep that in mind. If you consume too much caffeine, this can interfere with your sleep quality and eventually lead to burnout as well, so you will need to monitor how much you are taking in.

The good news is green tea does contain less caffeine than what you find in a cup of coffee, so at least it is not quite as potent as other options. Some people may view the caffeine content to be a benefit as it will give a slight boost to your energy level, but it all depends on how you use it and how sensitive you are to caffeine.

2. Pro: Antioxidant Support. The next pro is green tea does provide considerable antioxidant support. This beverage helps to combat free radical damage and will help ward off disease in the long run.

Drinking a few cups of this tea daily may lower your risk factor for conditions such as heart disease as well as cancer if you stick with it over time. While it will not prevent these conditions, you may not be quite as at risk as without green tea.

Con: Added Sugar. The next con is the fact some green tea you purchase can contain high amounts of sugar. Note this tea type on its own does not contain sugar – rather, it is all in how it is made. If you are buying it from your local Coffee House and it is flavored green tea, there is a good chance it has some sugar added.

Drink it plain to avoid this from taking away from the positive benefits.

3. Pro: Low Cost. The last beautiful thing about green tea is it is relatively inexpensive to buy as well. Considering the many health benefits it has to offer, you are not going to pay an arm and a leg to get it. Compared to some of the other available “superfoods,” it is quite cheap by comparison.

Consider adding green tea to your diet plan more regularly. As long as you limit yourself to just a cup or two to keep the caffeine under control and avoid serving it with sugar, you will reap many significant benefits from its presence in your daily menu.

Although managing Type 2 diabetes can be very challenging, it is not a condition you must just live with. Make simple changes to your daily routine – include exercise to help lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight.

Amazing Health Benefits Of Guarana Berry

Guarana, a plant of the Amazon is found in various parts of Brazil and Venezuela. The berries of the Guarana plant are said to have a number of amazing health benefits. Ability to burn fat and enhanced energy levels are few of these benefits. These days, you can avail the benefits of guarana a range of energy and sports drinks. But, make sure to consult a healthcare specialist to know about the side effects that it can have on you depending on your health condition.

Read on for some the benefits that these berries can have on your overall health-

Energy – Its energizing effects is one of the most powerful benefits. Like caffeine, Guarana is known to have similar chemical structure in fact, the plant seeds are said to offer even higher benefits and is a lot more effective than coffee as far as providing energizing effects is concerned. This is because Guarana takes more time while slowly realising into the body to provide a sustained energy boost. The plant stimulates the nervous system directly and can be taken in little doses to deal with fatigue and to enhance the energy levels.

Weight Loss – Even in early times, Guarana was used in teas and people were offered the drink to suppress hunger to promote weight loss. Today, it used in various sports drinks as well as weight loss supplements to support weight reduction by suppressing hunger and providing stimulation. It can promote fat burning by giving the nervous system a kick start for inducing the process of breaking down of lipids. The entire process can be described as the releasing of fat into the bloodstream where it can be utilized while exercising.

Bowel health – Apart from the amazing benefits of promoting weight loss and boosting energy levels, guarana is also known for numerous medical benefits. According to a study, Guarana improves the bowel movements and thus, it works amazing for people who are suffering from constipation related issues. Also, it is highly effective for the treatment various other stomach and digestion related complications like gas and diarrhoea. It also helps in removing the harmful toxins from the body to cleanse the system.

Forms

One can avail the benefits of guarana in a variety of forms. It is commercially available in the form of syrups, pills, capsules, and various energy and sports drinks. Being a part of the weight loss products, it can be easily combined with weight loss stimulants. You can easily buy guarana berry superfruit products through a number of stores.

Why Green Vegetables Are Important for Good Digestion

Many centuries ago doctors in some countries used to determine a person’s health by the colour of their urine or faeces. Urine can change colour and odour depending on what you eat and drink, what supplements you take, what prescription medications, how much exercise you do or, on a more serious note, what illnesses you have in your body.

Faeces colour also changes if your diet is not healthy your bowel functions will suffer. If you eat a lot of high processed foods then your digestion will be poor and you could become constipated, or get diarrhoea. The refined products of sugar, white flour, lactose and many unnatural ingredients affect our digestion and the health of all our organs. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables however will ensure you get some of your vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants even though it is advisable to take a multivitamin anyway just to cope with the denatured impact of our environment and tampering that occurs with genetically modified foods these days. Fibre and water are important to help your body eliminate waste and if you don’t go to the toilet to empty your bowels on a daily basis you need to drink lots of filtered, boiled, warm water to get your digestion working better.

You will find if you eat a lot of dark coloured, green vegetables like kale and spinach your faeces will turn a darker green colour. Whilst this is OK if you are eating a lot of greens it is not OK if you don’t eat greens at all. It can be a sign of Salmonella infection or the Giardia parasite. Watch out for symptoms such as diarrhoea, cramps and fever if you have green stools. Also it can mean there is too much iron in your diet. Beetroot on the other hand may turn your stools reddish and often medications affect stools by making them appear whitish in colour. However if you see black in your stools keep an eye out for blood and report this to your doctor or health practitioner.

A good diet involves at least two or three fruits a day and the equivalent also of vegetables or salads. Leafy green vegetables are important due to their vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content. Kale for example has over 45 different flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol. These guard against inflammation in the body and free radicals which cause many of our illnesses. Autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, some cancers and even asthma. Kale’s high fibre is good for your digestive system and will keep your bowel regular and healthy. Kale also has a lot of prebiotic ‘good gut’ bacteria which help fight illness.

Spinach is another dark green vegetable that has a more pleasant taste than Kale and can be steamed. As well as lots of phytonutrients like carotenoids, lutein and beta carotene it helps to lessen oxidative stress in such illnesses as cancer and helps with good bone health. The chlorophyll it contains will keep you regular. Add to it some broccoli, brussel sprouts and alfalfa and you will find that your health will improve in many areas if you do this on a regular basis.

As a rule we don’t eat enough greens in our diet and another group often neglected are collards which are similar to Kale. These have more calcium in them than milk and vitamins K, C and A. They fight against bad cholesterol so they are helpful in lessening the threat of heart disease and stroke. Often they can make a delicious dish if you lightly sauté them in olive or rice bran oil with onion and garlic.

So paying attention to the number of times you go to the bathroom and what comes out your posterior can be quite an indication as to what is happening with your digestion, heath and quality of the organs inside your body. Remember that what you put in will grow and develop and affect your whole organism so as a rule eat pure, wholesome, organic foods free of genetically modified tampering and begin to compare how much energy you have to when you eat otherwise, less healthy foods. The proof is in how you look, feel and what illnesses you don’t develop as you get older. Only time will tell.

What You Need To Quit Sugar Now

Here’s a quick list of 7 tips to help you get ready to quit sugar now.

Prepare by doing these things:
1. Select your quitting day. It will take about 6 days to quit and feel the powerful effects.

2. Stock your kitchen. Make sure you have plenty of protein, plenty of healthful fats, plenty of vegetables, plenty of healthful starches. Build your meals so they include all of them.

3. Pre-cut the vegetables, so they’re accessible and convenient as snacks, as well as with meals.

4. Get rid of any sugary foods you have in the house. Don’t tell yourself you’ll simply avoid them. If a sugar craving strikes, it will be too easy to eat them.

5. Arm yourself with liquid B-complex. Make sure you get complete B-complex, not a specific, individual B vitamin – in other words, not B12! (For some reason, it’s the most common mistake.) [Check with your doctor first to make sure B vitamins are okay for you to take.]

6. Work out as usual, but not necessarily super-hard.

7. Drink plenty of water in the days before you quit, during your Quitting Days, and beyond.

At least a few days ahead, start eating meals that include one food from each group in tip # 2.

On your quitting day, stop eating sugar.

Use 1 teaspoon of liquid B-complex whenever you get a sugar craving, and give it a few minutes to take effect.

If you stick with this for 6 days, it will work. You’ll be past the hard part. Then the discipline starts as you stick with this type of eating long-term.

Why Is It Important To Know About Nutrition?

One subject which is most fascinating and most complicated is that of Dietetics. It is also fascinating because it is personal and individual as the whole of life depends on it. Just as no two cases are alike or respond similarly to treatment, it is very true in diet that one man’s food is another man’s poison.

The subject is complicated because we are living in an age of commercialism, and millions have been invested in the manufacturing of demineralized, processed, dead products for which a large demand has been created by misleading advertisement. Besides adulteration is very much on the increase.

The general public devoid of exact knowledge concerning food values buys these improvised poisonous products, unaware of the fact that they undermine health, vitality and bring about disease conditions which are at times irreparable.

Faulty nutrition is one of the most insidious and unrecognized enemies of mankind. Human diet needs reorientation from a scientific point of view. Without doubt, the ability to feed rationally has lost and unfortunately, the medical profession has not been very helpful along dietetic lines.

We all along talk in terms of disease. Medical journals and medical libraries abound in material or diseases and how to combat them. It is rare to find in their pages any extensive literature on diet in relation to health.

Are we giving any thought and consideration to the food that we eat daily? Our food and eating habits determine in no small manner our general outlook on life. Food and not drugs is the basis of health. Nutrition lays the foundation for the development and maintenance of physical, mental, and moral fitness. The influence of food and diet on public health and morals has been and will always be an important factor in the progress and welfare of the human race.

Pure air to breathe, wholesome water to drink, and right quality of food to eat should be secured by the State for all its citizens, the poorest as well as the richest. The man who deals in impure, diseased and adulterated food is a malefactor and should be treated as such.

A government which permits the sale of injurious foods or allows tampering with manipulation of foods, by any man or combination of men, for financial gain is not serving its citizen in a just, wise or human manner.

There are three important factors which are at present undermining the health and vitality of nations:

  • Our enervating system of commercial competition.
  • The increasing consumption of stimulants, narcotics, drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages.
  • And last, and probably the most important factor: faulty inadequate, indiscriminate feeding during all periods of life.

It is not claimed that complete knowledge has yet been attained on this subject. There is still much to be learnt about nutrition, but that should not deter us from this subject which is very vital to physical, mental and spiritual health.In presenting my work to the public and practitioners in the healing art (as the result of study and experience in the healing profession from the standpoint of a physician on preventive lines and a believer in Nature as the wisest of all teachers) and I consider not only diet of all cures to be placed above all methods in the healing art, but also food which is the first of all the weapons of preventive medicine.

However novel the facts presented may seem to some readers, they are by no means new as they have been handed down to us by the early pioneers of Nature Cure based upon biological principles which are as old as the human race. Besides, with the advancement of the science of dietetics there is no longer the jumbled mass of empirical notions which it included in the past.

Thanks to the painstaking researchers of Pavlov, Rubner, Atwater, Benelict, Chittendon, Mandel, Osborne, McCollum, Otto Carque, John Harvey Kellogg, Sir Robert McCarrison and other scientists in the field, perhaps equally worthy of mention, we now possess knowledge instead of assumptions, facts instead of fancies, scientific standards in place of empirical though time-honoured notions and sanctions.

The main problem of food in relation to health and disease cannot be reduced to any cut and dried theory or system, otherwise it may create various diet fads and dietary methods which may be confusing and often contradictory.

Eating for health should not involve any highly complicated knowledge if we could sensibly get rid of the artificial foods and artificial eating customs built up by the conditions of our artificial civilization.

It is difficult, for economical and other reasons, to get rid of these elements of artificially in diet completely, so a knowledge of the science of food is essential to enable one to judge which commercial foods and acquired tastes are helpful and which are harmful. The best single principle, around which one can construct a workable system of health-building dietetics, is a faith in the value of natural foods.

My firm belief is: “Finding a cause leads the way to find a cure”. So, it is basically important to understand everything from its deepest core. And the best way to do so is: Keep on reading to develop and deepen your understanding on health and wellness at GrowTaller4IdiotsDS.com. Also get free information on grow taller 4 idiots like genuine product reviews, results, reports, discount coupons, updates and much more.