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The Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroot

22nd May 2016

By Katrin Geist

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The one sentence summary of this article goes: organic beetroot is goooood for you! Find out more than you ever wanted to know below, including a delicious recipe at the end of this article.

An estimated 22% of adults the world over exhibit raised blood pressure (WHO 2014), and systemic hypertension remains the largest attributable risk factor for mortality worldwide – tendency increasing (Kapil et al. 2015).

On the brighter side: recent studies provide compelling evidence that ingestion of beetroot (Beta vulgaris rubra, red beetroot) offers beneficial physiological effects that may translate to improved clinical outcomes for pathologies such as hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Beetroot positively influences the cardiovascular system. Regarding hypertension, numerous studies showed beetroot significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure (Box 1) when delivered acutely as a juice or in bread (Clifford et al. 2015).

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Nutrition For Better Skin Health

20th May 2016

By Marie Be

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Proper skin care is important, since the skin is the bridge between the outside and the inside of the body. What you put on your skin gets directly absorbed into your body; put toxins on your skin, and you body will take the toll. For this reason, avoiding toxic products from the cosmetic industry and instead using food-grade ingredients on our skins has become the routine of many (for more info, please see Skin Science – Debunking Cosmetic Industry Propaganda).

But what about our diet? Can a toxic diet directly cause skin ailments? The answer is simple: Yes. To alleviate skin troubles, it is not enough to look at what we put onto our skin but also what we put into our bodies.

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7 Reasons Why Going Nuts Makes Perfect Sense!

16th May 2016

By Katrin Geist

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Nuts are amazing. Their properties and potential dietary uses has spurred intensive scientific investigation for the past few decades (Russo & Siani 2012). Provided there are no allergies present, incorporating nuts into your diet could be a worth while consideration with a potentially big pay-off.

So – Why Go Nuts?

Sometimes, health solutions are simple and effective healthcare naturally tastes great! Tree nuts represent a dense, highly nutritious source of mostly unsaturated fatty acids (predominantly oleic and linoleic acid) and protein. They also contain a plethora of known health promoting components such as antioxidants (e.g. ellagic acid), flavonoids (e.g. catechins), polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and many more (Venkatachalam & Sathe 2006). Together, these constituents turn nuts into a nutritional powerhouse.

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New Study Finds Fructose Alters Genes in the Brain, Sabotages Learning and Memory

5th May 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Since childhood, most of us received the memo loud and clear that sugar is bad — usually where our teeth are concerned. As we grew older, other worries came into the forefront, especially during teenage and adult years where body image played an important role in modifying our sweet indulgences. Add a few more years and the threat of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and inflammation became a motivating force to steer clear of the sweet stuff.

Now scientists have added yet another reason: poor brain function — particularly inhibited learning and memory. But it’s a specific type of sugar that wields such devastating effects — one that can be found in almost every form of processed food in the U.S. and beyond. That sugar is fructose.

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

5th May 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Of all the treats available, chocolate is one of the most popular foods in the world. The first solid chocolate bar, made from cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar, was introduced by the British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons in 1847, but the history of chocolate goes back at least 4,000 years.1

Pre-Olmec cultures in Mexico produced chocolate as early as 1900 B.C. Originally, it was consumed as a bitter beverage. The cacao beans were fermented, roasted, and then ground into a paste that was mixed with water and spices like chili peppers and vanilla, sweetened with honey. Throughout its history, chocolate — “the food of the Gods” — has remained a symbol of luxury, wealth, and power. During the 14th century, the Aztecs and Mayans even used cacao beans as currency.

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Sugar is as Addictive as Cocaine – Here’s How You Can Kick the Habit

30th April 2016

By Christina Lavers

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Some of the largest companies are now using brain scans to study how we react neurologically to certain foods, especially to sugar. They’ve discovered that the brain lights up for sugar the same way it does for cocaine.” ~ Michael Moss, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

To our ancestors, sugar was a precious commodity. Infrequently found in high concentrations in a typical ancestral diet, substances like honey and ripe fruit were seasonal treats to be savoured, as a means to gain energy and build up fat stores before winter. Today our brains are still wired to want to maximise our sugar intake, but because it is now so processed, cheap and abundant, this once beneficial substance is wreaking havoc with our health. With the average daily sugar intake in the US equalling 32 teaspoons, most people eat more sugar in a week than our ancestors would have consumed in a lifetime.

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4 Powerful Ancient Herbs for Boosting Your Brain Power and Rebuilding Neuronal Connections

By Justin Faerman

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The quality of your life is in large part a function of the health of your brain. From the more basic (but no less astounding) operations of maintaining the intricate balance of the biological network that is your body to the more sophisticated functions of perception, awareness, imagination and thought, the brain is central to your experience—and quality—of life.

And yet, life in our modern societies seems to be working, in many ways, against brain health. Powerful neurotoxins are contained in our food and emitted as gases from the myriad of synthetic materials used in houses, cars, clothes and so on. The bright, artificial lights of computer screens and cellphones alter delicate circadian neurotransmitter balances by overstimulating our optic nerves after dark. Our foods have often times been grown in devitalized soils and then further processed and packaged, robbing our bodies of essential vitamins and minerals—literally the fuel for our brains.

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How Intermittent Fasting Can Slow Degenerative Disease, Protect the Brain and Slim the Body

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.” ~ Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 B.C.

Mark Mattson is an expert on food deprivation. A scientist at the National Institute on Aging and a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Mattson has been studying for decades the effect fasting has on mental and physical health, as well as how it influences aging. He’s considered the foremost expert in the field of Alzheimer’s and brain research. And he’s a major advocate for skipping meals.

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7 Ingredients for Natural Cancer Prevention – Health Tonic Recipe Included!

By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

In nature, there are 7 food ingredients that, when combined together, may provide the ultimate answer to cancer prevention.

A combination of garlic, onion, hot peppers, horseradish, ginger, turmeric and apple cider vinegar, forms a nutritional, high potency tonic I call The Master Tonic. Promoting healthy immune function, digestion and longevity, the ingredients in this potent natural “cure-all” tonic support natural immunity and help with many different health conditions. Best of all, they have the scientifically proven ability to prevent and reduce cancerous cell growth, without the dangerous effects of chemotherapy.

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Liquefied Seeds – Perfect Nutrition, Perfect Medicine

By Dr. Mark Sircus

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The fact is the seed is the source of all life.

The Budwig Center says, “Seeds may be tiny, but they’re packed with nutrients like protein, fiber, iron, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. They truly provide ‘energy bursting with life’.”

Dr. Johanna Budwig helped cancer patients that were very weak and in advanced stages of cancer by feeding them a mixture of freshly ground flaxseeds and raw, pure honey, every two hours. She understood the power of seed nutrition.

Now, this idea has taken flight and has evolved into a revolutionary approach to nutrition, medicine and healing — consuming seeds in liquid form. We are talking about rocket fuel nutrition so powerful and concentrated it will help to lift people out of the deepest pathologies.

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The Magic Healing Power of Mushrooms

By Dr Joseph Mercola

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

There is, perhaps, no other food source surrounded by such magic and mystery as mushrooms. In the videos embedded below, leading mycologist Paul Stamets offers a glimpse into some of the roles medicinal mushrooms play in health, such as activating your immune system, naturally fight flu viruses and other diseases, and potentially fighting cancer. Mushrooms may even help to save our environment by restoring habitat that’s been devastated by pollution, and creating sustainable fuel.

Mushrooms are actually the fruit of mycelium, which is a “filamentous, cobweb-like cellular network.” As Stamets explained:The cobwebby mycelium exudes enormous suites of enzymes, antimicrobial agents, antiviral compounds, as it grows in the ground beneath our feet and in the forests around us. Mycelium is the cellular foundation of our food webs, creating the rich soils so necessary for life.

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The Culmination of Culinary Cannabis Creations

By Ryan Cristian

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

As American culture progresses, and digresses simultaneously, one issue has proven its resilience against that pesky Federal Government meddling in our affairs; and that issue is one of marijuana legalization. Despite the government’s best efforts to misinform, misguide and outright lie to the public, the slowly awakening American people have made their intentions known when discussing cannabis.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and in Alaska, adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants. With this wonderful show of Federal defiance comes more accessibility and freedom for those who might not have had easy access to the plant in the past. With that freedom has come an explosion of culinary cannabis creations.

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