Detoxify, Rejuvenate and Feel Fantastic – Fast!

28th June 2016

By Katrin Geist

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A Simple Way to Regain and Maintain Your Health

It’s funny: when searching for a nice image to go with this article, the only picture coming up for “fasting” was an empty plate with knife and fork. Quite unimaginative, let alone positive. But it probably shows what many people associate with the word “fasting”: lack, going hungry, no food allowed, a punitive act even.

To me, fasting represents none of those. While some people use it for weight loss, this is not my motivation. Shedding weight may be a welcome side effect, but not the reason for fasting. That is something else: to give the digestive system a break and to detoxify the body. Simple as that. One can fast for shorter or longer periods: we do it every night, breaking fast every morning, at breakfast. So don’t say you can’t do it, because, if you can read this, you’re already an expert of many years. 

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15 Effective Foods For Mood and Happiness

24th June 2016

By April McCarthy

Guest writer for Wake Up World

There are many foods that may be hurting your mood, making you sick, and even pushing you toward depression! On the flip side there are many foods that promote your health, give you energy, turbocharge your memory and focus, and improve your mood. These are some of the most effective foods in that category.

1) COFFEE

80% of the caffeine in the world is consumed as coffee. Prospective studies of men and caffeine use showed a strong inverse association between coffee drinking and depression, with no association for tea or cola. A piece of epidemiology from the Nurses’ Health Study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2011: Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women. So the more the merrier, but forget those weaker brews. Three cohort studies in the past have shown an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and suicide.

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Antibiotics and Intestinal Health: Balancing Our Internal Ecosystem

17th June 2016

By Tom Rothsey and Christina Lavers

Contributing writers for Wake Up World

The discovery of penicillin in 1928 is considered one of the most important developments in the history of modern medicine. Since their inception antibiotics have without a doubt saved many lives by helping people to overcome serious infections. However, today according to health authorities they are being overprescribed, with estimates ranging from 20% to 50% being deemed as inappropriate. This is a worrying trend because the overuse of antibiotics for non-life threatening conditions, and their use as growth promoters for conventionally farmed livestock, has contributed greatly to gut dysbiosis (microbial imbalance that detrimentally impacts on normal bodily function), pathogen colonization of the gut, pathogen evolution, and the downward spiral of general human health in ways that are as yet not fully understood.

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The Link Between Nightshades, Chronic Pain and Inflammation

10th June 2016

By Elisha McFarland N.D.

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Few people are familiar with the term nightshade vegetables, and many will be surprised to learn that consuming foods from this plant group may be contributing to their pain and inflammation.

Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They also include some of the most popular foods consumed today; such as tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Although not truly nightshades, blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwaganda all share the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids.

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The Healthy Reality Diet – What We Feed Our Mind and Soul is Just as Important as What We Eat

9th June 2016

By Christina Lavers

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

People are more interested in nutrition than ever before. According to Euromonitor, the health and wellness industry is projected to be a trillion dollar industry by 2017. Aware that the quality of the food we put into our systems will have an important impact on our state of health, consumers who have embarked on a wellness journey are increasingly seeking out high quality alimentary products. It seems fairly obvious that if our diet is comprised of crappy processed, chemically laden food our health will ultimately suffer; while if we consume fresh, high quality wholefoods our state of health surely must improve.

But what about those people who counter all intuitive logic and seem to thrive on a diet that should be a recipe for disease and early death? We’ve probably all heard of those centenarians who when asked their secret to longevity reply that they smoked their whole life and ate whatever they felt like. I personally know a man who seems to exist on copious amounts of artificially sweetened instant coffee, ice cream, coca cola, red meat and cigarettes; he’s in his late seventies and is one of the most robust people I know.

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Eating Black Raspberries Significantly Lowers Cardiovascular Disease

8th June 2016

By Mae Chan

Guest writer for Wake Up World

An extract found in black raspberries can significantly lower arterial stiffness, a key measure of cardiovascular disease, according to data from a Korean study. 

Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) has long been used in traditional alternative medicine in Korea because of its potential to improve vascular function. Previous research has shown that Black raspberries are highly effective in preventing colorectal tumors and esophageal cancer. Now, current findings establish a link between the consumption of this fruit and circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which help repair and regenerate damaged arteries.

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The Ultimate Supplement? Berberine Tackles a Range of Cancers, Diabetes, Obesity and More

1st June 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A compound frequently used for gastrointestinal issues — like traveller’s diarrhea and food poisoning — has moved into the spotlight as a viable option to prevent and treat cancerous tumor formation. It also controls blood sugar and lipid metabolism at the same level as metformin — a potent drug used for the treatment of diabetes. If that wasn’t enough to grab your attention, it also calms inflammation, encourages weight loss, protects the heart, alleviates depression and fortifies against infections and contagious illness.

As it turns out, berberine may be the ultimate one-stop supplement that’s effective against a variety of health disorders.

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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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