Could Food Sensitivities Increase Your Risk Of Cancer?

A new study in the journal, Science (August 16, 2012)1, has found that intestinal inflammation can alter your gut flora and promote cancer.
What does this have to do with food sensitivities?
Food sensitivities are an immune response. Eighty percent of your immune system is in your intestinal tract. The health of your intestinal tract depends on the proper balance of micro flora present in your gut.
An imbalance in your intestinal flora can be caused by antibiotics and other drugs as well as poor diet. This can lead to a leaky gut where partially digested foods pass from your gut into your bloodstream. Your immune system doesn’t recognize them as food. It sees them as foreign invaders, like bacteria or viruses, and attacks them. This causes inflammation to occur in your body. As long as you keep eating foods to which you are sensitive, you will continue to develop …

Healthy Food Tips: Smart Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Recent studies indicate that humans have an innate preference for the taste of sugar. If you’re like most people, then you haven’t quite figured out how to satisfy your sweet tooth without ruining your diet. The good news is that there are plenty of snacks and sweet treats that can be part of a balanced diet if enjoyed in moderation. You can have your favorite cake and eat it too, as long as you don’t go overboard. The following substitutes have an amazing taste and are much more wholesome for you than their junk food counterparts:
Eat Dark Chocolate
If you are craving for chocolate, go ahead and get some – but make sure it’s dark chocolate. Researchers have found that dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. Some varieties are loaded with calcium and probiotics. Dark chocolate supports cardiovascular health and increases your energy levels.
Get Some Yogurt…

The Growing Desire to Eat Healthier Caused the Increased Demand and Popularity of Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets create the ability of empowerment for individuals and their families to support their communities actively. The continued growth of the desire to eat healthier has a symbiotic relationship with Farmers Markets throughout the United States. Farmers Markets are the last example of the growing effect of small business, specified by both ruling political parties in the United States as the backbone of America, that make big agricultural conglomerates insignificant. The thoughts of people wishing to improve diets are more and more combined with those that benefit community. The United States has millions of communities where local farmers enrich the lives of people who live in and near them with their crops, labor as well as the resulting money brought to or left in those communities.
This empowerment enriches the entire community system. Most of this enrichment is immediate. It is immediate to the families and individuals consuming fresh …

Stop Eating Junk Food – Easy Junk Food Replacements

The junk food market becomes larger and larger every day. “Stop eating junk food!” they say; easier said than done when the food industry spends over $33 billion per year in the US alone to advertise food products that could be classified as junk food. Another alarming fact is that the average person today consumes more added sugar in two weeks than a person a century ago would have eaten in a whole year. All of this added sugar comes from junk food, including soft drinks, sweetened cereals, candy, processed snacks and fast foods. This list will give you the top 5 junk foods and ideas for their replacements. You can stop eating junk food… or at least cut back!
1) Pizza
Frozen or fresh from Domino’s, pizza contains hundreds of empty calories, mostly coming from the abundance of cheese. It has a high fat and cholesterol content, which is …

Four Inexpensive Superfoods to Boost Your Energy, Health and Wellbeing Without Breaking Your Budget

Have you ever wandered into a health food store like I did the other day, looked at the latest hyped-up ‘superfoods’ and just about fainted when you saw the price?
Here’s a secret, the purveyors of those over-priced foods don’t want you to know: Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive!
Here are 4 foods that will boost your energy and immune system, vitality and wellbeing, assist weight loss and won’t break your budget:
1. Liver
Liver is one of the most nutritious and under-appreciated foods – an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin B12, a great source of iron and and a good source of selenium, zinc and other B vitamins – and yet it is extremely cheap because there is so little demand for it!
Many New Zealanders have low levels of selenium as our soils are deficient in this mineral. Selenium is one of the most …

Training Benefits By Eating Breakfast

The importance of breakfast should never be overlooked when it comes to attaining a well toned and healthy body. For years and years bodybuilders have stressed how important eating breakfast is to build muscle and burn fat also.
Many sceptics, who have for many a year over simplified diet and exercise argued that missing a meal won’t hurt and should help you lose weight. The science has never backed this up as studies have always shown that missing breakfast encourages the body to slow the engines down, reducing the metabolic rate and preparing it to store as much fat as possible from anything consumed. These same studies have shown that eating breakfast (or breaking the fast) kick starts the metabolism and encourages the body to utilise fat stores as energy. Without eating Breakfast our bodies encourage the breakdown of Amino Acids (muscle tissue) for fuel.
Recent studies, presented at the …

Kids and Sugar Effects

Excess sugar has been linked to a variety of health problems in kids today. No only do increases in sugar, automatically lead to unnecessary levels of carbohydrates, but these carbs are not paired with the fiber necessary to minimize a sugar surge.. This increased amount of sugars in a daily diet can lead to a host of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Increased sugars in the body make the liver work harder and leads to elevated cholesterol levels. Kids that eat less sugar will be healthier and less likely to develop problems with obesity.
Retain Daily Energy
Sugars that are contained in foods such as cereal are processed and not natural. Processed sugars do not provide any health benefits as they cause the digestive system to work harder. Any energy that is gained by kids eating foods with high levels of processed sugars is quickly lost.
Increase …