Friday, 23 June 2017

The Heart Disease Rates of Meat-Eaters Versus Vegetarians & Vegans. The #1 Killer In The US!

Please be advised that there are multiple, heavily soured articles at the bottom of this one with a wealth of information about vegetarian/vegan diets. Please check them out if you’re interested and want to further your research.
Proper nutrition is essential for good health, and it’s disturbing how little doctors learn about it in medical school. As a result, they are unable to educate their patients on how to use nutrition to improve their health, or they offer advice based on science paid for by food corporations. The studies in this area are also not as strong as they could be, and that’s simply because they modern day medical industry is very invested in chemical medication.
The scientific literature these corporations use to indoctrinate us from an early age has been exposed as fraudulent, as countless studies have emerged showing the many problems with the modern day diet, which is the generally accepted diet. The problems with mass marketing and the manipulation of science require serious attention. After all, what exactly are we supposed to think when multiple editors-in-chief of peer-reviewed journals come out and blatantly say most of the research published these days is completely false? What are we supposed to think when new publications constantly offer a different narrative than the ones presented by major food corporations?
A recent FOIA investigation actually uncovered documents that show how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manipulates media and science press. This is hardly a surprise, as government agencies have long been involved with media manipulation, and several mainstream media journalists and news anchors have revealed this fact time and time again.
So, have we been completely misguided about nutrition and human nutritional requirements, which is why it’s so great to see more and more people becoming aware of this fact and taking their health into their own hands. It’s not a mystery why disease rates keep rising. While there are multiple factors at play here, the evidence points to mass meat consumption as a major one.

A Healthy Heart and How It Relates to Diet

Studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.”
From a scientific/biological perspective, the benefits of a meatless diet are inarguable. It makes one wonder why there is such a harsh resistance to this lifestyle. Skeptics will often point to the theory that we’ve been doing it this way for thousands of years, but that’s not true. Many experts in that field have repeatedly argued that our ancestral diets  were mostly plant-based, that meat was a ‘rare treat,’ and that our digestive systems aren’t really built for digesting meat on a daily basis.  Some of our ancestors had, as anthropologist Katherine Milton describes them, “different yet successful diets.” She says  some hunter-gatherer societies obtained almost all of their dietary energy from plants, and others obtained it from “wild animal fat and protein,” but that “does not imply that this is the ideal diet for modern humans, nor does it imply that modern humans have genetic adaptations to such diets.” 
An article by Rob Dunn written for Scientific American titled “Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians” explores this issue from an evolutionary perspective, revealing how our guts might be evolved to perform best on a vegetarian diet, with perhaps the occasional piece of meat here and there as a rare treat.
The point is, it’s not all cut and dry like we’ve been made to believe.
There are many aspects to good health, and a vegan/vegetarian diet has proven to have benefits in several different areas. It’s particularly notable when we look at heart health. The number one cause for death in the United States, it is directly impacted by diet.

“Our standard American diet, also known as SAD, has put our country at the top of the list in the world for obesity, which increases the risk for serious health problems. Overwhelming scientific evidence links the consumption of meat and meat products to numerous diseases. . . . The World Health Organization (WHO) now places red and processed meat at the same danger level as cigarettes and asbestos. Meat is the new tobacco.”
– Dr. Joanne Kong

Take a look at the graphic below regarding heart disease, the number one killer of Americans today. The risk of death from heart disease is significantly lower in vegetarians, and even lower in vegans.
Even the American Dietetic Association has weighed in with a position paper, concluding that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.
There is a lot of science to back this up now, so much so that even the President of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Kim A. Williams, has adopted a vegan diet. Talk about heart health…
He often sees patients who are overweight and struggling with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. One of the things he advises them to do specifically is to go vegan. He is also the Chairman of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. His enthusiasm for a planet-based diet comes from his interpretation of medical literature, having cited several studies proving that people who pursue vegetarian diets live longer than meat eaters and have lower rates of death from heart disease, diabetes, and kidney problems.
It’s great to see more and more professionals realize this, as the science shows that a vegan/vegetarian diet can halt and even reverse multiple diseases.
Research carried out by Dr. Dean Ornish, who found that patients who were put on a program that included a vegetarian diet had less coronary plaque and fewer cardiac events, is also commonly cited.
And there’s plenty more where that came from.


Another heart surgeon who has done a lot for awareness, Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, explains:
“Veganism is a very fine form of nutrition. It’s a little extreme to tell a person who is using flesh foods that you’re going to take everything entirely away from them. When I was in practice in medicine, I would tell the patients that the vegetable-based diet was the healthy way to go, and to keep away from the animal products as much as possible. People are very sensitive about what they eat. You can talk to people about exercising  relaxation, good mental attitude and they will accept that. But you talk to them about what they are eating and people are very sensitive about that. If an individual is willing to listen, I will try to explain to them on a scientific basis of how I think it’s better for them.”
This trend is inciting further scientific inquiry as its popularity grows. At least 542,000 people in Britain now follow a vegan diet — up from 150,000 in 2006 —  and another 521,000 vegetarians hope to reduce their consumption of animal products. It is evident that veganism has become one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices.
One of the most comprehensive studies ever performed on this subject is “The China Study,” conducted by Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell. Their findings showed direct correlations between nutrition and heart-disease, diabetes, and cancer, proving that cultures that eat primarily plant-based diets have lower to no instances of these diseases and that switching to a plant-based diet can successfully reverse diseases already established in the body.

The Common Criticisms of This Type of Lifestyle Change

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
– Carl Sagan
The problem with many of the truths we hold as universal, not just about nutrition, but all aspects of our world, is that we’ve been bombarded with beliefs from biased sources for years and then accepted those believes as truth. And when someone believes something for a long enough time, if they encounter information that conflicts with that belief system, they do everything in their power to defend it. It’s called cognitive dissonance, and it’s why it can be extremely difficult to talk to a meat-eater about the benefits of veganism/vegetarianism.
The bottom line is, humans do not require meat, and a vegan/vegetarian diet, or a diet severely restricted in meat consumption, is a far healthier option.
This growing awareness is part of a shift in human consciousness that’s taking place on several different levels. Transparency is emerging within not only the food industry, but our health industry, the financial industry, our political systems, and more. We are finally learning that the truth regarding so many different topics has been skewed.

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Pets Help in Hospitals, But Safety May Be Lacking!


Pets Help in Hospitals, But Safety May Be Lacking

A visit from a golden retriever can brighten a person's day when in the hospital or in a senior-care facility. But the policies for pet therapy programs in health care facilities may fall short in protecting the people and pets involved, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that hospitals typically had stricter health and safety policies for animal-visitation programs than eldercare facilities did. Those facilities tended to have fewer requirements to confirm that visiting pets were healthy and had up-to-date immunizations, for example. The findings were published online (June 19) in the American Journal of Infection Control.
The facilities surveyed didn't always have strong policies in place to ensure that their animal therapy programs were safe and effective for both the participants and the visiting animals, said veterinarian Deborah Linder, the lead author of the study and associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts.

People at health care facilities often assume that therapy-animal organizations have liability insurance, strong training programs for the animals, and testing standards for both the animals and their handlers, as well as rigorous health and grooming requirements for the animals, Linder told Live Science. But the new findings show that this is not always the case, she said.
Previous studies have shown that animal therapy programs can have several health benefits: They may reduce participants' blood pressure, improve mood and calm people with dementia.
Even though these positive effects usually exceed any potential dangers posed by the animals, pet therapy programs can carry some risks, the researchers said. Not everyone likes animals, some people are allergic to them, and some pets may bite or transmit disease to individuals with weakened immune systems, according to the study authors.
Another drawback is that although animal visitation programs have become increasingly popular in the United States, there are no national requirements for therapy-animal organizations that provide the services or the facilities that host the animals.
To find out more about these policies and procedures, the researchers conducted two surveys: one of hospitals and senior care facilities and a second of the therapy-animal organizations that arrange the visits. Using phone or email, the researchers contacted 45 hospitals, 45 eldercare facilities (independent-living communities, assisted-living centers and nursing care facilities) and 27 therapy-animal organizations from nine states in different regions of the country.
The researchers found that 16 percent of hospitals and 40 percent of eldercare facilities required written confirmation that the therapy animal was healthy, while 4 percent of hospitals and 22 percent of eldercare facilities accepted a verbal confirmation of the pet's health. In addition, 4 percent of hospitals and 22 percent of eldercare facilities surveyed had no requirements for documentation of the animals' health, the study found.
Only 7 percent of a facilities required that an animal and its handler meet with a facility administrator before interacting with any patients so the administrator can assess the appropriateness of the animal's behavior.
Pet therapy programs may allow participants to walk or play with the animals or let the pets sit on their laps. But the study found that 26 percent of the programs did not require that the animals have a veterinary exam, and 7 percent did not even require visiting pets to have rabies vaccinations.
This study is not meant to discourage facilities from developing and holding animal visitation programs, Linder said. But she encouraged the facilities to ask questions and create policies that safeguard themselves, their residents and the participating animals.
Health care facilities and animal therapy organizations can put animals and people at risk by failing to follow strict health and safety policies, Linder said. She said she doesn't believe lax policies are intentional, but instead may result from an enthusiasm for pet therapy programs and limited awareness of the potential risks.
It's not just that obvious problems can occur, such as animal bites and allergies, Linder said. Risks can also arise from a visiting animal spreading infections due to diet or inadequate grooming, she said. Problems may even arise because unwanted stress placed on the animals from participating in the program leads to behavioral issues, she explained.
For example, a new trend among pet owners is feeding animals a "raw meat diet." But raw meat may be contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella, and if pet therapy animals have consumed this meat, they could pose a risk to people in health care facilities who have weakened immune systems, Linder said.
Checking on health and safety policies can cover everything from asking about rabies vaccinations and ensuring the visiting animal's temperament is suitable for a pet visitation program to confirming annual veterinary screenings and the training received by the therapy animal and the volunteer handler. Linder also recommended asking the animal therapy organization about its liability insurance coverage as well as how often it tests and evaluates the therapy animal and volunteer handler.
Some animal therapy organizations have rigorous standards for their programs, but this study shows that not all of them have the same standards, Linder noted.
If facilities and organizations want to develop an animal visitation program, Tufts Paws for People, the veterinary school's therapy animal program, has created a free manual that offers step-by-step instructions for creating one, including appropriate questions to ask before hosting the activity, Linder said.
 
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Couple Eats Food Maximum 3 Times A Week & Uses Breath & ‘Universal Energy’ For Sustenance!


Breatharianism is a controversial topic, mainly because it calls into question virtually everything we have been taught to believe about what it takes to stay alive. We need food, we need nutrients, and we need water to survive — don’t we? According to breathariansim, we don’t, and the Universe can provide us with all the energy we need to sustain ourselves through the breath.
Some brilliant minds do believe it’s possible, however, including Nikola Tesla. In 1901, he made the following argument:
My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without nourishment and which will not be shackled by consequent limitations.  Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, and transforming, by a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy? (source)
This concept might sound crazy to some, but the more I think about it, the more it starts to make sense. The practice of fasting has been gaining a lot of traction in the Western world over the past several years. Intermittent fasting — restricting the eating period to an 8-10 hour window — has been increasing in popularity within the health and fitness communities and tons of research is emerging to show the benefits of prolonged fasting periods. There simply must be something to this. Fasting, however, is a whole different ballgame than not eating entirely.

Firsthand Look At A Breatharian Couple

A husband and wife duo live what they call a “food free” lifestyle. Akahi Ricardo, 36, and Camila Castello, 34, who live between California and Ecuador, have said that they have actually forgotten what hunger feels like and believe that humans can be sustained solely by the “energy that exists in the universe and in themselves.”
A mother of two, Camilla continued her breatharian practice throughout her pregnancy. She claims to have only eaten solid foods about five times during the nine months that she was carrying her first child.
“Humans can easily be without food, as long as they are connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing. For three years, Akahi and I didn’t eat anything at all and now we only eat occasionally life if we’re in a social situation or I simply want to taste a fruit,” says Camilla.
“With my first child I practiced a Breatharian pregnancy. Hunger was a foreign sensation to me so I fully lived on light and ate nothing. My blood tests during all three trimesters were impeccable and I gave birth to a healthy, baby boy,” she continues.
The couple teaches courses on breatharianism and claim that their lifestyle has improved their health and their wealth, as the money they have saved on food has allowed them to travel and follow other passions.
According to Akahi, “Obviously our living costs are a lot less than most families and that has allowed us to spend money on things that really matter like travelling and exploring together. It’s given us a clear sense of what we want in life. Anyone can live a breatharian lifestyle and feel the benefits. It’s not about never eating food again, it’s about understanding cosmic nourishment, not just physical nourishment, and living without limits.”
The couple didn’t just decide to stop eating one day, however. They had both been vegetarians for a number of years, and then switched to veganism. After a period of time they transitioned to a raw vegan diet and then eventually switched to consuming only fruits. When they were ready to try out breatharianism, they undertook the “21 Day Breatharian Process.”
The process consists of three seven day increments. In the first segment, no food or drink is allowed. The next seven days consists of some water and some diluted juice, and the last seven is diluted juice and water.
It’s important to note that they do not force this lifestyle onto their children, and in fact allow their children to eat whatever they want. As Akahi said, “We would never try to change them and we let them eat whatever they want whether that be juices, vegetables, pizza or ice-cream. We want them to explore the different tastes and have a healthy relationship with food as they grow.”

One Example From a Growing Movement

While this story may seem unbelievable, this is just one example from a growing movement of individuals who practice breatharianism. Although you may not have heard of it before, it is certainly not a new practice; it’s just that more awareness has been raised around it in recent years. We have written about and covered stories of a few individuals who have gone months and in some cases years without any food or water.
This is something that baffles scientists, as it goes directly against everything we have been taught to believe. It showcases just how remarkable the human body really is and also brings into question whether all the food we eat on a daily basis is even necessary. We certainly consume a lot. Is it better to consume food, even if it’s not healthy for us, than no food at all? We all tend to lean towards the former because of what we have been taught to believe.

Important Information

I do not suggest anyone walk away from this article and stop eating altogether. This is a process, and takes time to develop. Our collective consciousness still largely believes we need food in order to survive. There are many steps that must be taken in order to get to this place of not needing food to eat. Take this information with a grain of salt and do your research. It is not for everyone.
On the flipside, do you have experience with fasting? Do you want to share any information that you have learned along the way? Please share with us in the comments section.
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Couple Eats Food Maximum 3 Times A Week & Uses Breath & ‘Universal Energy’ For Sustenance

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Night Owl or Early Riser? Sleep Patterns Can Vary by 10 Hours!

Many Women (and Docs) Are in the Dark on No. 1 Killer ― Heart Disease
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Can you name the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.? Nearly half of women can't, a new study finds — and that's a problem, researchers say.
The answer is heart disease. But 45 percent of women in the new study were unaware that this condition is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
About 400,000 women in the U.S. died from heart disease in 2016 — a number that's higher than deaths in women from all types of cancer combined, according to the study, published today (June 22) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [Heart of the Matter: 7 Things to Know About Your Ticker]
Can you name the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.? Nearly half of women can't, a new study finds — and that's a problem, researchers say.
The answer is heart disease. But 45 percent of women in the new study were unaware that this condition is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
About 400,000 women in the U.S. died from heart disease in 2016 — a number that's higher than deaths in women from all types of cancer combined, according to the study, published today (June 22) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Can you name the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.? Nearly half of women can't, a new study finds — and that's a problem, researchers say.
The answer is heart disease. But 45 percent of women in the new study were unaware that this condition is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
About 400,000 women in the U.S. died from heart disease in 2016 — a number that's higher than deaths in women from all types of cancer combined, according to the study, published today (June 22) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
When your spouse falls asleep early while you're still looking to extend the evening, don't get too annoyed: Your partner may just be yielding to his or her body's innate clock.
Everyone has his or her own sleep chronotype, the personal biological clock that controls the body's rhythms and dictates whether people feel their best early in the morning, late at night or somewhere in between. And now, new research reveals that these sleep rhythms can vary by as many as 10 hours among individuals.



Sleepchronotypes also shift during people's lifetimes, according to the study, published Wednesday (June 21) in the journal PLOS One.
"I was surprised to see the large range of 10 hoursat all age groups," Dorothee Fischer, a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and leadauthor of the study, told Live Science."Extremely late and extremely early chronotypes exist at any age."
Fischer saidthe study's results show that work-shift schedules and school start times should shift to accommodate people's natural sleep patterns. For example, Rhode Island lawmakers are currently considering delaying school start times to accommodate adolescents’ later sleep patterns.
In the study, the researchers wanted to analyze the distribution of sleep chronotypes among the U.S. population. The investigators looked at self-reported data that was gathered from 2003 to 2014 from nearly 54,000 respondents, ages 15 to 64, who participated in a government survey called the American Time Use Survey.
The researchers defined each person's chronotype by the midpoint of the individual's sleep session: the halfway point between the time he or she nods off and the time the person wakes up. So, for an 8-hour night of sleep, if a person falls asleep at midnight and wakes at 8 a.m., that individual's sleep chronotype would be 4 a.m.
The team used data only from the weekends, when school or work shifts were less likely to impose wake times.
The researchers found that the overall distribution of sleep types formed a fairly predictable bell curve: 50 percent of the population had sleep midpoints fall between 2:24 a.m. and 4:15 a.m., while 25 percent of the sample showed sleep midpointsearlier than that windowand 25 percent showed midpoints after that window.
As many might expect, later sleep chronotypes were most common among teenagers, peaking in17-to 19-year-olds, who had an average chronotype, or midpoint of sleep, of 4:30 a.m. For comparison, the average midpoint of sleep in 60-year-olds was 3 a.m.
People's sleep patterns varied most widely from person to person during adolescence, with the biggest differences found among thosebetween the ages 15 and 25. As people age, differences in sleep patterns narrow, the study found.
Men and women also showed some differences, the research found. Before age 40, men typically have later chronotypes than women, then after age 40, men's biological clocks shift earlier than women's.
That people's inner clocks range so widely, by up to 10 hours, creates "botha challenge and opportunity in a 24/7 society," the authors wrote. Currently, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce have jobs that involve nighttime hours, or rotating or extended shifts, according to data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey.
When people are scheduled to work during hours when they would normally be sleeping according to their biological clocks, their health can suffer. Working in shifts outside of normal hours has been linked to increased risks of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even decline in brain function. Altering shift times to accommodate natural sleep patterns could benefit both employers and employees, Fisher said.
"Flexible working-time arrangements with core work hours can accommodate different chronotypes, maintain productivity and foster teamwork while increasing the period of [time] employees [are] present in the office," she told Live Science. "Earlier employees may prefer to start at 7 [a.m.], while later ones may like to start at 10 [a.m.], essentially staffing the time between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m."
As for naturally late-rising teenagers, Fischer said there is a solution: Push school start times an hour or two later.
"Delaying school start times may benefit adolescent sleep by increasing their sleep duration and circadian alignment," she said.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

This 91-Year-Old Gymnast Proves That Age is Just a Number!

Johanna Quaas is far from your average grandma.
The lifelong German gymnast, 91, is still active, making her the oldest gymnast in the world as far as Guinness World Records is concerned. She set the record in 2012 (when she was 86) with a floor-and-beam routine on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome.
She's gone viral recently, wowing people with her impressive routines and proving that you're never too old to stay in tip-top shape.
Check out the inspirational gymnast's routine below:


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COLD BREW WITH COCONUT CREAMER

COLD BREW COFFEE
Makes about 6 cups
There are all sorts of variations for this process, but we use a Toddy T2N Cold Brew System. It's simple, relatively inexpensive, and easy to use. The following brew method is adapted from their instructions, and makes about 6 cups of cold brew coffee concentrate.
12 ounces fresh roasted coffee - ground slightly finer than you would for drip. I grind at setting 10 (of 40) on a Baratza Virtuoso, for reference.
7 cups cold, filtered water
COCONUT CREAMER
Makes about 14 ounces
Creamer adapted from The First Mess
4 pitted dates
1 14-0z. can full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. sunflower oil (or other neutral oil that is a liquid at room temperature)
COLD BREW
Fill - First, insert the stopper into the outside bottom of the brewing container; then, dampen the filter and insert it into the inside bottom of the brewing container.

Next, add 1 cup of water into the bottom of the Toddy brewing container and 6 ounces of ground coffee. Slowly pour 3 more cups of water over the grounds, in a circular motion. Then, add the remaining 6 ounces of ground coffee. Finally, wait 5 minutes and slowly add the last 3 cups of water. DO NOT STIR (stirring the bed of grounds can result in a clogged filter).

Lightly press down on the topmost grounds with the back of a spoon to ensure all grounds get wet.
Cover - lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the grounds with as few air bubbles as reasonably possible. The idea here is to minimize the amount of oxygen interacting with the steeping slurry.

Brew - Steep your coffee grounds at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours to create a smooth, rich flavor.
Filter - Remove the plastic wrap and the stopper and let your coffee concentrate flow into the glass decanter - stays fresh for 1-2 weeks in your refrigerator.
Serve - Into a glass full of ice, we went with a ratio of 2 parts coffee (which is a concentrate) to 1 part water to 1 part creamer. Not super sweet or decadent, so you can adjust that based on your own mood.
COCONUT CREAMER
If your dates are soft, move forward with the recipe. If they are a little dry or tough, soak them in boiling water to soften then drain completely.
In a high powered blender, run the dates, coconut milk, vanilla and oil until you have a smooth, thick liquid with minimal chunks of dates. Strain the creamer with a fine mesh strainer.
Into a glass full of ice, we went with a ratio of 2 parts coffee (which is a concentrate) to 1 part water to 1 part creamer. Not super sweet or decadent, so you can adjust that based on your own mood.


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Is Peanut Butter Healthy?


Peanut butter has a special place in my heart, and I'm confident I'm not the only one. Although perhaps known best for pairing beautifully with your favorite fruit jelly and two slices of bread, or being surrounded by melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, these are definitely not the only ways to use it. It's right at home with sharp cheese, tart apple, or in a spicy sauce on chicken skewers. The crazy among us—i.e., me—have been known to use it as a condiment on a hamburger.
But peanut butter's benefits don't end with its pallet-pleasing power. It's actually a healthy fat. That's right, I said healthy.
Despite the stick-to-your-mouth goodness, too many people leave peanut butter sticking to the grocery-store shelves for fear that it will make them fat. But that's not the whole story. Spoon yourself out of this creamy conundrum and get the scoop on this much-loved, but often misunderstood, spread.
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Peanut butter's benefits don't end with its pallet-pleasing power. It's actually a healthy fat.

The Unshelled Truth

The major reason peanut butter seems to be placed on dieters' "naughty" list is because of its high calorie content. A mere two tablespoons contains 200 calories, which, depending on your daily intake, could make up as much as 10 percent of your daily calorie allotment. A few heaping spoonfuls throughout the day, and you may quickly find yourself at half of your daily calorie allotment. Well, nuts (or legumes, as it were).

News Flash

You need adequate fats at all calorie levels in order to feel good and stay healthy!
Sure, peanut butter is high in calories, but that's no reason to completely dismiss it from your diet. At the end of the day, your weight is dictated by calories in versus calories out. Whether you've allotted yourself 1,800, 2,400, or 3,000 calories per day, peanut butter can absolutely fit. Its high fat content might even help you feel more satiated with fewer calories. As with all things in life, moderation is key.
Here's what not to do: boost your peanut butter intake through the roof, thinking it's a protein source. At about 8 grams of protein per two-tablespoon serving, PB is nothing to sneeze at, but it's a better fat than a protein. Eat it for what it is.

Saturated Fat

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Beyond the caloric load it brings, peanut butter's saturated-fat content is a concern for some people. Saturated fat was once deemed the demon of heart disease and was portrayed as evil by the fat-loss community. For decades, this caused a huge hit to peanut butter's social following, particularly the whole-fat variety. But that doesn't mean the fear was justified. And as is often the case, the low-fat "improvement" is worse than the original.
The truth is that saturated fat is not the root of all evil. In fact, it's actually beneficial to the production of crucial hormones and vitamins such as testosterone and vitamin D.[1,2]
Peanut butter also contains an abundance of "good" fats, or, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. One serving has 8 grams of monounsaturated fats and 4 grams of polyunsaturated fats. These "good" fats help lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, and lower blood pressure.[3] They're also anti-inflammatory, which may help with recovery and reduce your risk for metabolic syndrome.[4]

Peanut Butter Shopping Guide

In a perfect world, the only ingredient in peanut butter would be peanuts. After all, peanut butter is just mashed up peanuts, right? Of course, that's not how it plays out, and not all nut spreads are created equally.
When it comes to peanut butter, don't let the "low-fat" claim on the label lure you. Most low-fat versions make up for the cut by adding in sugar and partially hydrogenated oils—or trans fats—which are detrimental to your health. Many of us grew up on these overly sweet variations, so you may have to retrain your palate, but it's worth it. Reap the benefits of a full-fat, full-flavor nut butter!
Likewise, you may find that one of the new flavored peanut butters catches your attention, such as cinnamon raisin, white chocolate, or banana. Keep in mind that this added flavor almost always comes at the expense of added sugar and carbohydrates, as well as other shelf-stabilizing agent.
Keep in mind that this added flavor almost always comes at the expense of added sugar and carbohydrates.
Are these delicious? Of course! But they're also a treat on par with a candy bar. Use them sparingly, and fill your sandwiches with the original whenever possible.

The Competition Almond Butter

Over the past few years, almond butter has often inched ahead of the generic peanut in terms of perceived health benefits. Some people argue that a miniscule percentage difference in key nutrients such as vitamin E and iron makes the scales fall in almond butter's favor. Almonds offer 25 milligrams of vitamin E, while peanuts offer 10 milligrams per serving, which is still 50 percent of the recommended intake.
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Almond butter has often inched ahead of the generic peanut in terms of perceived health benefits.
But what about the greater amount of selenium or vitamin B-3 in peanut butter? Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin B-3—more commonly known as niacin—plays a major role in energy production and fat metabolism in the body.
The truth is, both butters are interchangeably great and offer different healthy fats and essential nutrients. Up-and-comers like cashew butter also have a lot going for them. Try them all; each nut butter is great. But it's also OK if, like me, peanut butter will always have your heart.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

6 Benefits Of Eating Moringa Plant: New Superfood Shows Promise In Fighting Disease, Weight Loss!

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We all know superfoods, like fruits, vegetables, and seeds are beneficial for our daily diet. Popular food staples like avocado, kale, and turmeric are packed with nutrients that can boost our health and wellbeing. Now, there's a new health food that's rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and other compounds — moringa, which is touted for fighting disease and aiding weight loss.
This superfood is known for its medicinal and healing properties when it comes to our health. The plant's various parts, including the leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit and bark, each provide nutritional value that can help treat illnesses from cancer to heart conditions to protecting skin cells from aging. This makes moringa a wonderful addition to a dietary routine.

Below are six benefits of having moringa every day to boost your overall health.

Fights Diabetes

Moringa has been shown to balance blood sugar levels via chlorogenic acid, which allows cells to take up or release sugar as needed. A study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition found diabetics who had moringa, curry, and bitterground as part of a high-carb meal saw improvements in blood sugar control and insulin levels. Their plasma insulin responses were noticeably lower when the three plants were included in the meal compared to when they weren't.
“This is thought to be caused by isothiocyanates, which are derived from glucosinolates (sulfur containing compounds) found in green, leafy vegetables” Dr. Konda Reddy, a physician at Weight Loss Physicians in Orlando, Fla., told Medical Daily.
Similarly, a study in the Journal of Food Science found moringa leaf powder had a positive effect on postmenopausal women. Those who took seven grams every day for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent. The researchers concluded its antioxidant properties have therapeutic potential for complications linked to postmenopause.

Lowers Cholesterol

Moringa helps reduce cholesterol levels due to beta-sitosterol, a power packed nutrient that blocks LDL "bad" cholesterol build-up and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent for the body. Beta-sitosterol possesses a similar structure to cholesterol, which means it competes with cholesterol in the intestines. This reduces the absorption of cholesterol, preventing damage of the blood vessels and keeping the arteries and veins free of plaque. High cholesterol in the blood is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
In a study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers compared moringa to a widely used class of cholesterol and statins, which lower lipids. Moringa was found to be comparable to statins in decreasing serum, liver, and kidney cholesterol levels by 14 percent, 6 percent, and 11 percent in rats, respectively. The effect on the serum cholesterol was statistically significant.

Reduces Inflammation

Moringa contains a mix of essential amino acids, carotenoid phytonutrients — found in carrots and tomatoes — antioxidants, and natural antibacterial compounds that mimic the effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. The plant is also a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which also acts as an anti-inflammatory, and can even protect us from allergic reactions. For example, a study published in the journal Allergy found people who have a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer from fewer allergy symptoms.

Fights Cancer

The water-soluble extracts of moringa lead have been touted for helping treat various types of cancer including lung, breast, and skin cancers. In a study, published in the journal Oncology Letters, researchers tested the effects of several doses of water-soluble extract from moringa leaves (0, 50, 100, 200, 300 or 400μ/ml) on human liver and lung cancer cells for two days. The researchers found about 97 percent of the cells exhibited cell death at the highest dose (400μ/ml).
Following, the researchers looked at the plant's effects on inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Similarly to the first study, they treated liver cancer cells for two days at various doses. The findings revealed cancer cells treated with moringa were inhibited in their growth, and this inhibition was also dose dependent — there was up to 80 percent inhibition by the highest dose provided (200μ/ul).
After other experiments, the researchers concluded the ratio of cell death was five times higher in cells treated with moringa than control cells at the highest concentration (300μ/ml).

Improves Digestive Health

Moringa's anti-inflammatory properties and high fiber content has made it an ideal plant to treat digestive issues such as stomach ulcers, liver disease, kidney damage, among many other disorders. Moringa powder contains 31 percent fiber, helping food move smoothly through the digestive system to be broken down and used in the body. Fiber can also act as a weight loss aid, which makes us feel fuller for longer while supporting a healthy metabolism.
"Moringa, historically, has been used for digestive health. Many claim it helps 'mop up' anything lingering in your digestive system” said Reddy.
However, Reddy warns, there is no official data to back up these claims.

Slows Down Effects Of Aging

Moringa shows promise in preserving our health and beauty. The plant contains anti-aging properties that are beneficial in promoting the revitalization for younger and healthier skin. A 2014 study published in Advances in Dermatology and Allergology found using an active cream containing three percent of concentrated extract of moringa leaves for a period of three months led to improvements on skin volume, skin roughness, skin scaliness, skin smoothness, and skin wrinkles among others. The researchers concluded moringa cream enhances skin revitalization effect, supporting anti-aging skin effects.
According to Reddy: "High concentration of antioxidants, nutrients, and the alleged anti-inflammatory properties make the plant an attractive candidate for anti-aging products."

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50 Ways You Can Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Transform Your Body and Home







We love great multi-taskers! Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is no exception. This great tonic has been used since biblical times to help with a number of different ailments including common colds and infections, kidney stones, high blood pressure, allergies, arthritis and more!
Japanese Samurai, Roman soldiers and military groups throughout history have used apple cider vinegar as an antiseptic, antibacterial and as an energizer. In 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing natural cleansing, healing and energizing qualities.
When buying ACV, be sure it includes the “mother,” which will be listed on the label. The “mother” occurs naturally as connected strand-like chains of protein enzyme molecules and is highly regarded throughout history.
ACV packs a powerful punch in the realm of gut health too! Check out this video to learn more about the importance of gut health and how YOU can keep yours in tip top shape (which also improves your immunity!).
Despite vinegar being acidic by nature, it actually helps to balance your pH levels, which helps support a healthy body, decreasing chronic inflammation and warding off illness.
Here is just a small portion of what apple cider vinegar can do for you and your family.
#1 Dandruff– Mix equal parts water/vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on hair after shampoo, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat for a few days until dandruff problem disappears. Repeat once every week or so for maintenance.
#2 Sore Throat– Combine 1 tsp ACV, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, and 3 tsp raw honey in a glass of warm water. ACV and honey have antibacterial properties to help speed up recovery and the capsaicin in hot peppers will help soothe the pain.
#3 Foot Odor- Pour ACV over baby wipes, store in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight and use as needed. Also works as an underarm deodorizer.
#4 Gas and Constipation- Dilute a tablespoon of ACV into warm tea and drink before a meal. Vinegar stimulates digestive juices (HCl – hydrochloric acid) that help your body breakdown food.
#5 Heartburn- Dilute a tablespoon or so in some water or tea anytime you feel heartburn symptoms coming on. If it is too nasty for you to swallow, add a little raw honey.
#6 Clear Skin- Soak a washcloth in ACV and apply to your face to lessen oil. This will also help with scarring from acne.
#7 Sunburn- Add a cup or two of ACV to a bath and soak for ten minutes. This helps the skin feel soothed and cool, as well as restores the skin’s pH.
#8 Whiten Teeth– Apply directly to teeth and then rinse with water. Don’t do often as it may break down tooth enamel. For a more gentle approach, dilute with water and use as a mouth rinse.
#9 All Purpose Cleaner- Mix 1 part water, 1 part ACV and 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil together in a spray bottle. ACV is double fermented and an excellent detoxifier. Making your own cleaner is a fantastic way to get rid of unnecessary chemicals in your home.
#10 Odor Remover- ACV breaks down the volatile compounds and kills bacteria that causes unpleasant odors around the house. You can mix 1 part water and 1 part ACV in a spray bottle and use in rooms where a bad odor is present.
#11 Weed Killer- There are lots of recipes for using ACV as a weed killer. You can use it on its own, mix with dish soap, water, salt and/or lemon juice.
#12 Flea Repellent (pets)- ACV makes an awesome natural flea repellent, that actually works! Simply apply topically to your dogs skin or put in a spray bottle and spray over fur and in the dogs bed.
#13 Skin Tags, Moles, Warts– Soak a cotton ball with some ACV, place over the skin tag, mole or wart and secure with medical tape (duct tape works too!). Leave on overnight and wash area once removed. Repeat nightly until wart problem is gone.
#14 Burns- Apply ACV to the burn as soon as possible to help soothe pain and stimulate healing. ACV will also help to disinfect. Note: do not apply to open wounds.
#15 Bruises- Warm up a cup of ACV and mix in 1 tsp of salt. Apply to bruise as a compress.
#16 Bad Breath- Mix 1 tablespoon ACV in a cup of water and gargle for 10 seconds.
#17 Post Shaving Treatment- Mix ACV 50/50 with water and apply to skin for a soothing aftershave.
#18 Condiment Enhancer- ACV can liven up condiments like a rockstar. Try adding a little to sauces, marinades and vinaigrettes. Mix ACV with a little olive oil and fresh herbs for a simple topping for meat or salad. Mix with lemon juice for a great veggie dressing – we use this in our Give Your Body 30 Program.
#19 Mix with Fruit Juice – Might seem a little strange pairing vinegar with fruit juice, but it is actually pretty good! Try mixing a small amount of ACV into grape or a similar type of juice. It is an easy and tasty way to get a daily dose of ACV. Please note: I am referring to fresh pressed juice, not store-bought varieties, which are loaded with sugar.
#20 Soups- Add a splash of ACV to your soup for a little extra punch.
#21 Baked Goods- Add to baked goods to add an extra lift. Don’t worry, a small amount won’t be detected by the kids or the guests.
#22 Antifungal-  Apply ACV topically to affected area or soak area in 1 part ACV 5 parts water for 30 minutes a day if possible.
#23 Sore Muscles- Mix a tablespoon with water and gulp it down for pain relief or rub it directly over sore muscles.
#24 Anti-Itch -If you’ve become the unfortunate enemy of a jellyfish or even poison ivy, some ACV should do the trick to get rid of the itchiness. Simply apply directly to skin and let it work its magic.
#25 Insulin Sensitivity- Regularly taking ACV may help keep blood sugar levels balanced. Check out what Dr. Mercola has to say about apple cider vinegar.
#26 Clear Sinuses- A stuffy nose that won’t clear is the worst. Try sipping a cup of water mixed with ACV – it will act as an antibacterial in your throat and may help decrease and break-up the mucus.
#27 Lymph Circulation- Take daily for detox benefits and to help build immunity. ½ tablespoon mixed in some tea or lemon water every morning should do the trick.
#28 Energy Boost- Add a little to a fresh morning juice or smoothie (just a little, it packs a strong taste!).
#29 Facial Toner- Mix 1 tsp ACV in a little water and apply to face with a cotton ball. Yes, the smell is strong but it dissipates quickly and will improve your skin. Repeat daily for best results.
#30 Upset Stomach- ACV has antibiotic properties and pectin, which are soothing the stomach. For a stomach soothing cocktail combine: 2 tsp ACV, 1 tbsp fresh ginger water, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 8 ounces sparkling water and raw honey to taste. Take a swig in a glass of water when you start feeling unsettled or bloated.
#31 Stop Dogs/Cats From Chewing On Your Stuff- Most animals hate the smell of vinegar and will avoid chewing on cords, couches, etc. if you dab some ACV on them once a week. If your dog pees in the house, clean it up with ACV cleaner and they’ll never pee there again.
#32 Detox Bath- Add 1 cup ACV to your bath along with ⅓-1 cup of Epsom salts and 5-10 drops essential oils. Adding sea salt, ginger and baking soda are also great options for further detoxification and relaxation.
#33 Wash Fruits and Veggies- Use some ACV to wash your fruits and veggies before you eat them. This is important to remove any pesticides or chemicals that may have been sprayed on them before they were harvested.
#34 Neutralize Spices- When you’ve accidentally added one too many shakes of cayenne powder to your dinner, add 1 tsp ACV at a time until the taste returns to where you want it!
#35 Flytrap- Put some ACV and a drop of dish soap in a bowl and set on the counter to attract and kill fruits flies.
#36 Urine Smell in Clothes- Add ½ cup to a washing machine to get urine smell out of clothing.
#37 Exercise Fatigue- Take a tablespoon ACV in a cup of water after a workout to battle post-workout exhaustion. Lactic acid builds up in the body after a workout and causes fatigue. The amino acids in ACV provide a perfect antidote.
#38 Yeast Infection- Add 1 ½ cups of ACV to a bath and soak for 20 minutes.
#39 Allergies- 1 tablespoon in water and 1 Tbs. local organic raw honey daily to combat allergy season.
#40 Cramping- Rub directly on area that is cramping for relief.
#41 Hair Detangler- Mix in a spray bottle with 1 part water to 1 part ACV and spritz on hair when combing.
#42 Add to Bone Broth– Mix a few spoonfuls into your bone broth to add a kick and some extra detox power.
#43 Weight Loss- The acetic acid in ACV suppresses appetite and reduces water retention. Take ½ tablespoon in some fresh lemon water every morning or before meals for best results.
#44 Shiny Hair- Rinse your hair in 1 part ACV  and 1 part water after shampooing for a great shine.
#45 Hand and Foot Massage- Rub on your hands and feet after a long day to relieve tired muscles.
#46 Alkalization- Regularly consuming ACV can help your body maintain a healthy pH level. Disease cannot thrive in an alkaline environment!
#47 Detoxify the Liver- Take 1-2 tsp in an 8 oz glass of water in the morning, followed by eating raw organic fruit and vegetables and lots of water throughout the day.
#48 Candida- ACV is rich in enzymes that help the body combat candida. Take ½ tablespoon twice daily.
#49 Dish Detergent- Can use in your dishwasher to help remove grease.
#50 Relieves Gout– Take 2-3 tablespoons, 2-3 times every day.
Talk about a great multi-tasker! I know a lot of you out there have families to take care of and I wanted to make sure you knew about this affordable tonic that can help improve the health and wellness in your home.

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Sky-High Doses: Taking Large Amounts of Vitamin D Is on the Rise!


The Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) reported in 2011 that taking more than what doctors call the "tolerable upper limit" — in other words, the highest amount of a vitamin a person can take that's unlikely to be harmful — may indeed have negative effects on health. The tolerable upper limit is considerably higher than the recommended amount a person should take each day. For vitamin D, the tolerable upper limit for people of all ages is 4,000 IU a day.











The main source of vitamin D is sunlight: When the sun shines on a person's skin, it triggers a chemical reaction that produces the vitamin, according to the National Library of Medicine. Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, but it can be found in foods that come from animals, including meat and dairy. Mushrooms are the only produce that naturally contains vitamin D.
Because it's difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone, many people take supplements. In the study, the researchers noted that taking at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day likely indicated that a person was "intentionally seeking" more vitamin D.
In the study, the researchers looked at data on nearly 40,000 people gathered during the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is conducted in two-year cycles. In every survey done from 1999 to 2006, less than 0.1 percent of adults reported taking 4,000 IU or more of vitamin D supplements a day. But in the 2013-2014 survey, 3.2 percent of adults reported taking that much vitamin D, an increase of more than 30 times.


In 2013-2014, high-dose vitamin D intake was more common in women than men, the study found. In addition, high intake was also more common in non-Hispanic people than in people of other races, and more common in older individuals than younger.
The researchers noted that a limitation of the study was that participants self-reported the amounts of vitamin D they took.
Dangers associated with taking too much vitamin D include an increased risk of fractures and falls. And people taking vitamin D with calcium supplements are at an increased risk of kidney stones, according to the study.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Top 10 Most-Bought Medications You Had No Idea Could Make You Fat!



I’m no stranger to gaining weight while on a particular type of medication. I gained 50 pounds while being on prednisone, which is—spoiler alert—one of the medications on the following list (hint: its #5!)
In the world of Western medicine, pharmaceutical drugs are used to treat just about every possible ailment you could imagine having. This has saved some lives—and destroyed others.
Nearly 69% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese [1]. Worldwide, 2.1 billion people—almost 30% of us—are overweight or obese [2]. How did this happen?
Although medications certainly aren’t solely to blame for our collective weight problem, being more aware of how medications affect you as well as your health can help you maintain (or return to) a healthy weight.
That said, let’s take a look at the top 10 medications that can cause you to gain weight as well as things you can consider doing to counteract this unhealthy side effect.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to replace the advice or care of your doctor. Never stop taking a medication without first talking to your doctor.

1. Paxil: Anti-Anxiety Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Paxil is an SSRI, which stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. What this essentially means is that the drug is an anti-depressant, and it works by increasing serotonin in the brain.
How the medication actually causes you to gain weight remains a mystery, since increased serotonin levels typically result in a decreased appetite [3]. Experts hypothesize that the medications influence metabolism and food cravings to lead to an increased waistline.
How worried you should be: Paxil affects the liver as well as has been noted by takers to have withdrawal symptoms [4]. What’s worse is that research has been showing that Paxil isn’t any more effective for anxiety or depression than a placebo [5].
The other solution you can try: Working with a natural holistic doctor to incorporate herbs such as lavender, lemon balm, and even valerian can majorly help when it comes to your anxiety [6]. You might also choose to incorporate meditation into your daily routine.
How to counteract the weight gain: Exercise, be aware of your appetite and when you’re actually hungry, and talk to your doctor about potentially switching off this medication.

2. Depakote: Anti-Psychotic Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Used to treat bipolar disorder, seizures, and migraines, Depakote is another medication in which, despite research, it’s still not clear how it causes weight gain. Some people will be more susceptible than others in regards to putting on additional pounds while taking this drug [7].
How worried you should be: Depakote causes severe birth defects so you shouldn’t take while pregnant. Suicidal thoughts and tendencies are also a concern among Depakote users. It also causes damage to the pancreas and liver, including liver failure, making this drug a questionable choice unless the situation is severe and it is absolutely necessary [8].
The other solution you can try: From omega-3 fatty acids to magnesium and zinc, there are many options when it comes to supporting bipolar disorder [9]. Always work with a qualified healthcare professional to get on the supplements or herbs that are right for you.
How to counteract the weight gain: Take a close look at your diet and determine what can improve. Sometimes just cutting out inflammatory agents such as gluten and dairy can help tremendously, and make even help improve your condition!

3. Prozac: Anti-Depressant Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Again, it’s not exactly known. It could be disrupting your hormone balance, encouraging your body to store more fat, or just making you feel happier and more able to enjoy food again [10].
How worried you should be: From rewiring the human brain to making certain people more suicidal or homicidal, Prozac is definitely a scary one [11]. People who gained weight on this drug report losing weight in the beginning, but then may develop a tolerance to the drug and gain weight in the long run.
The other solution you can try: Curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) and saffron have been shown to be as effective as Prozac when it comes to depression [12].
How to counteract the weight gain: If you really can’t get off this medication, continue to monitor your weight and exercise as well as eat a healthy diet.

4. Zyprexa: Anti-Psychotic Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Zyprexa actually inhibits serotonin, the neurotransmitter that typically helps you feel full. This is why this drug can cause you to gain weight. This drug is used for disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
How worried you should be:  Zyprexa can cause a range of side effects including memory loss and numbness. It can also cause a condition known as DRESS, which can lead to death [13]. If you have a fever and a rash while taking Zyprexa, seek medical attention immediately.
The other solution you can try: There are vitamins, antioxidants, and diet solutions that can help people who are struggling with bipolar or schizophrenia. Always talk with your doctor before adjusting your medication. In the meantime, give some of these suggestions a try [14].
How to counteract the weight gain: You could try switching to another anti-psychotic drug [15], consume more fiber rich foods to help keep you full, including nuts, seeds, and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.

5. Prednisone: Anti-Inflammatory Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Up to 80% of prednisone users gain weight on this drug, with higher doses making you more likely to gain weight. Prednisone affects your metabolism, appetite, and even redistributes fat in odd places around your body [16].
How worried you should be: Prednisone is often used for a limited amount of time and then discontinued. However, some people remain on prednisone long-term. Long-term effects include osteoporosis, cataracts, and a compromised immune system [17].
The other solution you can try: Prednisone usually covers up the actual response your body is having, meaning the root problem is still going undiagnosed. To help combat inflammation, try eliminating sugar and gluten from your diet. Then, add in omega-3 fats and vitamin D. These simple changes will go a long way towards helping you!
You can also work with a natural healthcare doctor to determine what’s actually going on and resolve the root problem.
How to counteract the weight gain: If you must remain on prednisone, there’s really no way to stop that insane appetite you experience while taking the drug. The best you can do is exercise if you’re able to combat the extra calories. Exercise may also help your inflammation!

6. Thorazine: Anti-Psychotic Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Thorazine can increase your appetite which may cause weight gain. This medication is used to treat schizophrenia, depression, and behavioral problems.
How worried you should be: Thorazine can increase risk of death in users of this medication who suffer from dementia [18]. It also affects hormones and can cause production of breast milk, loss of interest in sex, and difficulty sleeping. Thorazine has long been known to cause injury to the liver, especially with long term use, and 40% of patients experience abnormalities in their liver tests [19].
The other solution you can try: Vitamin C, omega-3s, vegetables, limited sugars and grains, and exercise are all natural alternatives that can greatly help [20]. You’d be surprised just how much omega-3s impact your brain!
How to counteract the weight gain: If you have to stay on Thorazine, know the risks. Get your liver function tested at regular intervals. And stop weight gain by being conscious of whether or not you’re actually hungry as opposed to just having a large appetite. Drinking more water (or herbal tea) can help you feel full as well as eating more fiber.

7. Allegra: Anti-Histamine Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: You’re surprised to see this drug on here, I know. Interestingly enough, blocking histamine production in the body can actually inhibit an enzyme in the brain that helps regulate how hungry you are. This means you may eat more than you actually need while on this drug.
How worried you should be: You don’t need to be too worried about this drug, although you should be aware of the side effects, which include headaches, fever, chills, and body aches [21].
The other solution you can try: There are a ton of natural anti-histamines that you can try that are usually pretty effective. I have experience using a few, including stinging nettle, bromelain (think pineapples!), vitamin C, and evening primrose oil [22].
How to counteract the weight gain: If you have to take Allegra, regulate your hunger by consuming more vegetables and drinking more water. Other practices you can do include exercising and eating fiber-rich foods like chia seeds!

8. Insulase: Diabetes Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Both insulin and Insulase can cause weight gain by lowering your blood sugar, which will spark your appetite and encourage you to eat more. You may also experience some fluid retention after just starting to take insulin [23].
How worried you should be: Although widely considered safe, insulin and Insulase are not without their risks. Some research finds an increased risk of some health complications such as heart attack and cancer while taking these medications [24].
The other solution you can try: Some hefty diet changes are in order to naturally reverse your diabetes and balance your blood sugar. You can begin making changes now! It’ll be difficult in the beginning, but absolutely worth it in the end [25].
How to counteract the weight gain: You can try to eat less, but eating smaller, more frequent meals is going to be the key here. This will also help you to better balance your blood sugar. Exercising is great as well!

9. Tenormin: Blood Pressure Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: Beta blockers such as this one are used to treat many different conditions. They cause you to gain weight by slowing metabolism and creating fatigue. The first few months are the most common for people to put on the pounds.
How worried you should be: Liver failure with this drug is rare [26], but you should still be aware of the side effects, which can include depression, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and chronic heart failure [27].
The other solution you can try: There are many natural, effective steps you can take to lower blood pressure. They include reducing sodium intake, upping your omega-3 intake, eating garlic, exercising, and taking magnesium [28]. Give some of them a try!
How to counteract the weight gain: Drink more water, eat more vegetables, exercise, and as always, monitor your weight and notify your physician of any rapid weight gain, as this could be indicative of fluid buildup in your body.

10. Seroquel: Anti-Psychotic Drug

How it causes you to gain weight: This drug is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, and anxiety. There are a number of ways this drug causes weight gain. It increases your appetite, impacts hormones and fat storage, and slows metabolism [29].
How worried you should be: Liver test abnormalities occur in up to 30% of patients [30], with long-term use affecting both the liver and kidneys. Stroke, blood clots, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies, and inflammation of the heart tissue are just a few of the side effects this medication causes [31].
The other solution you can try: Acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, exercise, and homeopathic medicine are all things to consider trying [32].
How to counteract the weight gain: If you choose to remain on Seroquel, there’s little you can do that would stop the metabolic impact of taking this medication. Incorporating healthy practices into your life such as drinking more water, eating more vegetables, and exercising most days out of the week are important.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a list of the top 10 medications that cause weight gain. Weight loss is a struggle for millions of people around the world—could your prescription medication be the reason you haven’t been able to lose those extra pounds?
Consider addressing the root cause of your symptoms rather than the symptoms themselves with natural methods. You may just be able to get off the medication and experience a normal and healthy lifestyle without becoming vulnerable to the side-effects of drugs.
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