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Multiple Studies Confirm What Happens to Your Body When You Eat 1 Cup of Quinoa

Multiple Studies Confirm What Happens to Your Body When You Eat 1 Cup of Quinoa

Contrary to popular belief, quinoa is not grain but rather a highly nutritious veggie seed.  It is related to spinach and beets and it delivers an extremely rare veggie-sourced complete protein with all the nine essential amino acids.

Quinoa Health Benefits: from protein to anti-inflammatory

Rice and beans deliver all the nine essential amino acids only when eaten together. Most grains lack isoleucine and lysine, and need to be consumed with a legume in order to become complete. Quinoa, which has been long used in South America, is a low-fat, fiber-dense, high-protein, vitamin-, mineral-, and nutrient-packed seed.

Although quinoa is not a grain, it is often referred to as ‘the mother of all grains.’ It is considered sacred probably because it thrives during hot summer and drought conditions when other plants weaken. This protein-dense food is harvested before the winter when more protein and fats are needed.

It is worth noting that although it is considered a low-fat protein veggie seed, quinoa is higher in fat compared to wheat and other grasses. It contains notable amounts of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil.  It also contains (ALA) alpha-linolenic acid, another heart-healthy fat.  Interestingly, these fats remain stable or don’t become oxidized during cooking, which typically happens with other fats.

It is believed that this is due to the high levels of antioxidants present in quinoa. It is packed with polyphenols, alpha, beta and gamma forms of vitamin A, and flavonoids that extend its shelf life and protect the seed from rancidity when cooked.

Besides being a high-protein veggie seed, quinoa is famed for its ability to regulate blood sugar levels, too.  Being a low-glycemic food, it puts little blood sugar stress on the body, while its fiber content promotes absorption of other sugars from the digestive tract in the bloodstream. In one study, it did better than ten other grains in regards to its effects on blood sugar and weight.

Interestingly enough, although quinoa kept healthy low blood sugar levels, it offered more fullness, satiety, and satisfaction after a meal compared to rice or wheat, according to the Satiating Efficiency Index (SEI).  Additionally, it contains solid amounts of magnesium, which promotes healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Anti-inflammatory and natural antioxidant which is packed with fiber, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and a veggie ‘complete protein,’ quinoa must be considered as staple in the diet all year-round, particularly in fall and winter when the requirement for high-protein foods goes up.

Quinoa Cooking Instructions

  • Wash away the skin of the quinoa seed using a fine strainer. It is recommended to do your best to remove the skin as it is quite bitter.
  • Add two cups of water to a cup of quinoa and bring to a boil
  • Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about fifteen minutes.
  • Strain the already cooked quinoa through a strainer
  • Put it back to a warm pot and let it sit without heat for additional fifteen minutes.
  • Adhering to these steps ensures that you get light and fluffy quinoa, not clumpy and wet one.
Fabric softener is the leading cause of indoor air pollution. Make your own with this DIY recipe

Fabric softener is the leading cause of indoor air pollution. Make your own with this DIY recipe

Fabric softener, which is inevitable part of every household, is typically associated with sweetness, freshness, and comfort.  However, most fabric softeners have darker side, containing a list of toxins which can enter the body through inhalation or topically. When they do so, they cause a wide plethora of health problems, especially for young children.

Here are some of the detrimental ingredients commonly found in sheet and liquid fabric softeners:

1. Chloroform

Chloroform has been widely used in the early 1800s as an anesthesia. However, in the 1900s the researchers discovered that it is capable of causing fatal cardiac arrhythmia. Being a well-known carcinogenic neurotoxin, chloroform is on the EPA`s Hazardous Waste list. Inhaling it might lead to nausea, headache, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, or loss of consciousness. Even worse, it is likely to worsen disorders of the heart, liver, or kidneys.

2. A-Terpineol

This substance causes central nervous system disorders, which means that it leads to problem associated the brain and spine, including dementia, ADD, Alzheimer`s, Parkinson`s ,  multiple sclerosis, sudden infant death syndrome, strokes, and seizures. Early symptoms of central nervous system disorders include hunger, blurred vision, memory loss, numbness in the face, pain in neck and spine, aphasia, headaches, and disorientation.  If it reaches the lungs, it might cause pneumonia, fatal edema, or respiratory depression.

3. Benzyl Alcohol

As a well-known upper respiratory tract irritant, it causes central nervous system disorders, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, and even dramatic drops in blood pressure levels.

4. Benzyl Acetate

This substance has been associated with pancreatic cancer. Inhaling its vapors can be irritating to both the respiratory passages and the eyes. In addition, it can be absorbed through the skin as well, causing even greater damage.

5. Ethanol

Ethanol is also on the EPA`s Hazardous Waste list and is associated with central nervous system disorders.

6. Pentane

A chemical known to be extremely detrimental if inhaled.

7. Ethyl Acetate

Yet another substance that is one the EPA`s Hazardous Waste list. It can be irritating to both the respiratory tract and the eyes, and is associated with loss of consciousness, severe headaches, and damage to the kidneys and liver.

8. Camphor

Another substance on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. It is extremely easily absorbed topically, casing irritation to the throat, nose, and the eyes. It may also cause twitching muscles, dizziness, confusion, convulsions, and nausea.

9. Linalool

Linalool is a well-known narcotic associated with CNS disorders and respiratory problems. Animal testing has shown that exposure to linalool can end up fatally.

10. Phthalates

Used in scented problems to extend the duration of their scent, phthalates have been associated with reproductive system problems and breast cancer.

11. Limonene

This well-known carcinogen can cause irritation to both eyes and skin.

The good news is that making your own fabric softener is a good way to avoid these chemicals and protect yourself.  It is super-easy and cost effective as well! For instance, vinegar is both nontoxic and cheap. It works great when it comes to removing soap residue and helping with static reduction during drying. It contains potassium and sodium, which are effective in softening hard water. When combined with a few other beneficial ingredients, it works as ideal substitute for store-bought and chemical-dense fabric softeners.

Natural  Homemade Fabric Softener

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 30 drops of essential oil of choice

Instructions:

Mix the two ingredients together and pour into a storage container. Simple as that!

Use:

Dilute the solution with water prior using it in your laundry. For regular sizes loads, mix ¼ cup with ¾ cups of water. Pour your all-natural fabric softener into the washer as you would normally do with a store-bought one.

Home Remedies That Reduce Water Retention & Keep It That Way

Home Remedies That Reduce Water Retention & Keep It That Way

Losing water weight can be done in either the right or the wrong way. While most people unknowingly take the wrong route, this article focuses on how to do it properly and safely.  First and foremost, it is important to determine the reason why you are storing excess water.  Then, you should take the steps needed to fix the root cause of the problem.

1. Lose water weight tip #1: Cut Out Sodium

Most people who have excess water are likely to have too much sodium in their diet. Processed foods like those found in bags and boxes as well as fast food are typically packed with sodium.  Sprinkling salt onto your food can contribute to this problem, too.

Note that there is a huge difference between sodium and natural salt sources like Himalayan salt and sea salt. These salts are not the same as the table salt or the one used in cold cuts and processed foods. Eating less sodium means less sodium you have to excrete through proper hydration and sweating.

2. Lose Water Weight Tip #2: Increase Water Intake

As much counterintuitive is might seem, proper hydration is the key to losing excess water. Contrary to popular belief, dehydration is not a way to get rid of excess water weight.

Instead of drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses of water daily, take your body weight and drink half of the number in ounces of water a day. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, you will need 100 ounces of water.

3. Lose Water Weight Tip #3: Consume Natural Diuretics

There are many foods and beverages that induce more urination, which in turn helps clean the system of excess water.  Needless to say, there are far superior to drugs that offer the same effect.

The two aforementioned methods (eating less sodium and drinking enough water), are typically enough to normalize water weight.  Natural diuretics might be used in an effort to accelerate things or help in more serious instances.

In addition to this, eating fruits and veggies also gives enough diuretic effect to normalize water weight without any direct effort on your part.

4. Lose Water Weight Tip #4: Sweat It Off

Sweating is one of the best things you can do to get rid of excess water weight. Instead of trying to sweat it all at once, use the power of accumulated days.

Aim at building up a sweat on a daily basis. You will be more than surprised when you reap the additional benefits of losing excess water weight.

Sweating works by getting rid of the excess sodium you might be carrying in the body. At the same time, it helps remove all the nasty toxins and detrimental compounds from the system.

5. Parsley Tea

It has been scientifically shown that parsley is one of the best natural diuretics. It is packed with antibacterial and antioxidant properties as well.  It works by increasing the amount of urine excretion and helps remove excess sodium, which is known to retain water in the body.

In one study, rats were given water with parsley extract for 24 hours and then plain water for another 24 hours. When they drank parsley water, they urinate more compared to when they were given plain water.

Parsley Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • A few tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

Instructions:

  • Put the parsley in a cup
  • Pour the boiled water over the parsley
  • Steep the tea for a few minutes
  • Strain and pour the tea in another cup
Knowing These 12 Symptoms of a Stroke Can Be Life-Saving

Knowing These 12 Symptoms of a Stroke Can Be Life-Saving

Stroke is the 2nd leading cause of disability worldwide.  About 15 million people around the world suffer strokes every year and a third of them die as a result. As for the U.S, stroke is currently the 5th leading cause of death.

While the incidence of stroke is decreasing in the developed world, it is constantly on the rise in the developing countries. While only an estimate, stroke mortality will triple in the next two decades in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.  People of all ages can be affected by stroke, but elderly individuals are at an increased risk.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is obstructed. Lacking oxygen, brain cells die off. Stroke sufferers are likely to lose abilities or memories situate in the affected parts of the brain.

Types of Stroke

Hemorrhagic :t occurs when an enlarged artery bursts or a blood vessel leaks, causing pressure in the brain.

  • Intracerebral hemorrhage occurs when the damaged vessel leaks blood in the brain tissue, killing brain cells. Sometimes it occurs due to a genetic malformation of arteries and veins in the central nervous system.
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs as a result of bleeding in the space between the brain and the tissues nearby. It is usually caused by a burst aneurysm, use of blood-thinning medication, or a head injury.

Ischemic :  This is the most common type of stroke and it is caused by a blood clot or a blockage in a blood vessel which restricts the blood flow to the brain.

  • A blood clot can be formed and break off anywhere in the circulatory system. It can get stuck in the brain if it reaches a blood vessel which is too small for it to allow passage.
  • A thrombotic stroke happens when a blood clot forms within one of the arteries that supply the brain with blood, causing a blockage.
  • A transient ischemic attack (TIA) refers to a temporary blockage of blood to the brain.

What Contributes to Risk of Stroke?

Here are the major risk factors for a stroke:
  • Poor diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Hypertension
  • Age
  • Chronically high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis or other cardiovascular diseases
  • Genetics/heredity
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Stress and depression

12 Symptoms of a Stroke

The symptoms depend on the part of the brain affected by the restriction of blood supply. Here are some of the major symptoms of a stroke:

1. Pain on one side of the face

Sudden and unexplained pain on one side of the face, chest, arm, or leg is not typical, but not uncommon either.  It is worth noting that women are more prone to experiencing atypical stroke symptoms.

2. Blurry vision

Blurred vision, inability to focus, sudden difficulty in seeing properly, and similar changes can indicate a stroke.

3. Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Generally, there is a significant difference between the stroke symptoms in women and women. Having difficulty breathing or swallowing are just a few examples. Other signs that typically affect women include irritation, nausea, vomiting, sudden pain, hiccups, seizures, and fainting.

4. Tremors

Hand tremors are quite uncommon but a proven symptom of cerebral infraction-obstruction of blood supply to the brain.

5. Loss of Balance

Loss of balance, lack of coordination, and dizziness are very common symptoms of stroke and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

6. Difficult to walk

Instability, trouble walking, and numbness/ tingling anywhere in the body can indicate a stroke.

7. Facial paralysis

This is the most common stroke symptom, manifested by sudden weakness or paralysis of one side of the face, arm, or leg.

“Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Similarly, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile,” notes the Mayo Clinic.

8. Headache

A sudden, sharp, and debilitating headache, particularly in younger individuals, might indicate stroke. Women are more likely to experience this symptom compared to men.

9. Confusion

If you find yourself confused, disorientated, or unable to think normally out of the blue,  it might be a sign of stroke.

10. Vertigo

Dizziness and imbalance that come hand in hand with vertigo are often symptoms of stroke. Vertigo on its own is a matter of imbalance in the inner ear and can be treated effectively.  As for brain stem stroke, the prognosis is as follows:

“Dramatic recovery from a brain stem stroke is possible. Because brain stem strokes do not usually affect language ability, the patient is able to participate more fully in rehabilitation therapy. Most deficits are motor-related, not cognitive. Double vision and vertigo commonly resolve after several weeks of recovery in mild to moderate brain stem strokes.”

11. Trouble speaking

Stroke often affects the area of the brain that is in charge for speech. Hence, slurred speech, inability to speak, or inability to understand speech are quite common when suffering a stroke.

12. Fatigue

Women are likely to experience fatigue, confusion, and weakness at the moment of having a stroke.

Preventing Stroke

To prevent stroke, consider these lifestyle changes:

  • Give up smoking
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Keep a healthy weight

FAST for Stroke

The acronym “FAST” is used to spread the warning signs and what to do when someone is having a stroke.

  • F (Face): Ask the person to smile and check out their face, looking for any droopings on one side of the face
  • A (Arms): Ask the person to raise both arms.
  • S (Speech): Ask the person to say a phrase without slurring.
  • T (Time): Don’t waste time.
Milk is not for food only. Here are 7 reasons to use it in your garden

Milk is not for food only. Here are 7 reasons to use it in your garden

There are a few universal truths which we have been sure of forever. Some of those are that plants only like water and that cats like milk. Although plants thrive on water, they like milk as well!  According to Science Focus, most cats are lactose intolerant and should be sipping water only.  Judging by thus, it turns out that we are pretty much wrong on both accounts.

Interestingly, various sources suggest that milk can be beneficial for your garden and the plants.  If you are interested in learning more about this, read on!

1. Milk acts as a fertilizer

The calcium content in milk helps strengthen the structure of a plant.  The same nourishing properties that people and animals reap from milk could actually help nourish and protect plants too.  According to Gardening Know How, the sugars found in milk help produce healthier crops.

2. Milk can disinfect

When applied in areas with direct sunlight, milk develops potent antiseptic properties.  As recommended by Cape Gazette, dip the garden pruners in milk to disinfect them instead of using bleach and similar detrimental chemicals.

3. Milk can prevent fungus

Applying diluted milk to the surface of the plants helps fight off fungus disease like mold and rot. For optimal results, combine part milk to two or three parts water. Spray the solution on the leaves of the plants every ten days. For the most success, use the solution at the beginning of the season as prevention.

4. Milk improves the health of your soil

Using milk in the compost pile or the soil makes it healthier as it absorbs all the vitamins and fats present in the milk.  Many people pour powdered milk into the soil, but feel free to use a watered-down mixture, which helps keep bad smells away.

5. Protect your tomatoes

A mixture made up of one part skim milk and ten parts water helps protect tomatoes from disease and rot.  Spray the plant every couple of weeks to keep diseases away.  According to Harvest to Table, do this until the middle of summer.

6. Milk can deter some insects

When used properly, cow milk can help deter bugs like mites, thrips, and aphids. According to a study published in the Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture, you need to use whole milk to maximize the results.

7. Milk and Molasses

Although milk works wonders in the garden, you can maximize its power by combining it with molasses. This combination provides the needed sugars that strengthen the plants and keeps weeds away at the same time, given that these ingredients create unfavorable conditions for weed seeds.  Specifically, insects have no pancreas to digest the sugars found in milk, which makes it ideal fungicide and soft bodied insecticide.

You can spray it on the compost and garden soil before planting and when insects appear, as needed. Spray directly on them and the areas they reside in.  The combination of milk and molasses indeed works as a highly useful soil drench.

Too much mucus in the body can lead to more illness! Avoid these 4 foods to get rid of mucus buildup

Too much mucus in the body can lead to more illness! Avoid these 4 foods to get rid of mucus buildup

Mucus is a slimy mixture of mucins, water, epithelial cells, leukocytes, and electrolytes that is secreted by the glands lining the body cavities like esophageal and nasal cavity.  Simply put, phlegm (mucus) is produced in areas like the intestines and the nose.

Although mucus is a defense mechanism, too much of it can worsen allergies and colds, leading to painful and even miserable coughs.   In fact, this is body`s attempt to reduce or get rid of the annoying mucus buildup.

The good news is that reducing mucus buildup doesn’t have to be that difficult. There are a few simple ways to alleviate the irritation by avoiding certain mucus-causing foods.  When mucus goes from helpful to irritating, like when fighting off allergies or a cold, there are 4 foods you should avoid:

Getting Rid of Mucus: Foods to Avoid

1. Dairy products

Dairy products are the major culprit when it comes to mucus buildup. Although there are many myths regarding this, it is well-known fact that eating dairy products can make mucus thicker.

According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, dairy products like yogurt and ice cream can thicken mucus for one suffering from head cold.

A 2007 study published in the European Respiratory Journal showed that subjects who were regularly given milk powder were more likely to experience “nasal congestion, breathlessness, wheezing and reduced lung function, than participants who worked in an office environment.”

2. Certain varieties of fruits and vegetables

It is a well-known fact that eating fruits and vegetables is one of the healthiest things you can do for you. They are an essential part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

But, some varieties might increase mucus production though. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, these are the major triggers:

  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Banana

If you are fighting off a cold, seasonal allergies, or a sinus infection, avoid these foods for a while.

3. Wheat

Most nutritionists claim that wheat is one of the most common causes of respiratory symptoms. “Mucus flows where wheat goes,” according to cardiologist William Davis, M.D.

It is very difficult to establish the reason why wheat increases mucus production as there are countless components in it. But, the bottom line is that wheat should be avoided if you are to reduce the flow of mucus and congestion. “The reduction in mucous production in sinuses and airways is among the more common observations among the wheat-free,” according to Dr. Davis.

4. Beverages that lead to dehydration

This one is quite challenging because while reducing mucus would be best, morning coffee or tea is difficult to give up. However, beverages like coffee, soda, and tea consumed in large quantities can lead to dehydration.

According to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, dehydration leads to thicker mucus. They suggest drinking water instead, in order to help the body keep mucus lubricated and thin.

DIY Essential Oil Laundry Powder You Can Make In Minutes For Clean Heavenly-Smelling Clothes

DIY Essential Oil Laundry Powder You Can Make In Minutes For Clean Heavenly-Smelling Clothes

Let`s face it! There is nothing better than the heavenly smell of freshly-washed clothes lying out to dry on a clothesline.  In order to have this scent, most people turn to commercial laundry detergents.

The problem with these products is that they are packed with countless chemicals which are detrimental to the human body, even when using them on clothes only.  According to the Environmental Working Group, more than 82 percent of laundry detergents are highly hazardous. So, this is definitely not just your imagination. As a matter of fact, a couple of years ago a team of researchers reported on the highly toxic chemicals in laundry detergents and similar laundry products.  Here are some of them:

1. Fragrance

In order to produce a fragrance, manufacturers use a wide range of chemicals.  Naturally, none of them is listed on the label.

2. Cleaning Agents

Some of these cleaning agents include petroleum distillates (linked to lung damage and cancer),  linear alkyl benzene sulfonates (toxic to the aquatic life and irritating to the skin and eyes), nonlphenol ethoxylate or NPE (toxic to nerves, irritating to skin, potential hormone disruptor), diethanolamine (associated with skin and eye irritation and liver problems),  and many more.

3. Bleach

Bleach is known to irritate the lungs, skin, and eyes as well as to contribute to kidney damage, liver, and respiratory issues.

4. Phosphates & EDTA

These chemicals have been long linked to environmental damage. While most detergents have removed these, they are often utilizing ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in its place.

5. 1,4-dioxane

This chemical is a by-product of detergent manufacturing and is found in almost detergents.  It is a known carcinogen associated with organ toxicity.

6. Stabilizers

These chemicals, such as ethylene oxide and polyalkylene oxide are associated with dermatitis, lung irritation, and eye damage.

7. Brighteners

Benzoxazolyl, diaminostilbene disulfonate and similar chemicals are highly detrimental to the overall health.

The good news is that you can make your own laundry detergent! This simple DIY recipe calls for only two ingredients which are chemical-free and completely safe to use.

Essential Oil for Laundry

Essential oils are much healthier and safer alternative to laundry detergents. They leave the clothes smelling heavenly after using them. Some of the most popular for their amazing smells include peppermint essential oil, lavender, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, cedarwood, chamomile, and more.

Essential oils are not only famed for their nice scent. As a matter of fact, they offer a wide range of health benefit, antibacterial properties, and potent antifungal effect.

It has been found that peppermint, orange, eucalyptus, and lemongrass oils work against 22 strains of bacteria; palmarosa and aegle are effective against 21 strains of bacteria,  and citronella and geranium oils are effective against 15 strains of bacteria.

How to Make Laundry Powder Detergent with Essential Oils

Ingredients:

  • 20 drops of essential oil
  • 1 cup of rock salt/ Epsom salt

Instructions:

  • Mix the essential oils with the salt until fully combined
  • Use a tablespoon of the mixture for each load of laundry
  • Put in washer drum prior putting the clothes in to let it dissolve
  • Put on regular cycle
Scientists Find the Appendix is NEEDED for THIS

Scientists Find the Appendix is NEEDED for THIS

It seems that people rarely think of appendix and its importance and the only mention of it is when it has to be removed. But, what exactly does this organ do?

The appendix is a tube-shaped sac attached into the lower end of the large intestine. Medically, it is known as ‘vermiform appendix’ due to its worm-like shape.  This organ was disregarded as useless for a long time and considered as a souvenir of our revolutionary past.

Charles Darwin and many other scientists believed that this organ is a vestigial one which once helped people digest tree bark. Given that tree bark is not a part of human`s diet anymore, the appendix as such was thought to be unnecessary as was no longer serving any use. However, a recent research from the Duke University Medical Center suggests otherwise.

Surprising Findings

The appendix might produce and even protect beneficial probiotics in the digestive system. Researchers believe that the human digestive system contains bacteria needed to digest food properly. When a disease attacks, these bacteria are destroyed. In such instances, the appendix can serve as a reserve for good bacteria. Once the immune system fights off the disease, the bacteria re-colonize the digestive system.

Conventional medicine has long believed the appendix was a useless organ that served no function whatsoever. But, recent evidence suggests that this organ might play an important role in the development of the immune system. Namely, a research has shown that lymphoid tissue builds up in the appendix after birth. Consequently, the appendix aids in the maturation of B lymphocytes and supports the production of antibodies. The appendix manufactures molecules that help in the movement of lymphocytes to various areas in the body.

Based on current research on the topic, it seems that the appendix serves as a reserve for beneficial gut flora. As mentioned above, when disease reduces the number of beneficial bacteria in the intestines, the appendix may store them for back up.

In addition, it has been shown that those who had their appendix removed could be 4 times more likely to suffer from an irritation of the large intestine, known as Clostidium difficile colitis. This condition typically occurs when the body is low on gut flora, which might explain the relationship between the appendix and its role in keeping healthy probiotic levels. Although the research is still taking place, it does show that appendix is needed for maintain optimal health.

It is worth noting that although it plays an important role in the human body, the appendix carries the risk for appendicitis. This condition starts with a pain in the middle of the abdomen which might come and go. Within a few hours, the pain affects the lower right-hand side and it becomes more severe. Walking, coughing, or pressing the area may worsen the pain.

The most common symptoms of this condition include being sick, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, flushed face, and high temperature (fever).   Although appendix removal is not always the only option in case of appendicitis, it cannot be taken for granted. According to studies from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 300-400 Americans die from this condition annually.

The 10 Most Effective Hormone-Balancing Foods For Accelerating Metabolism and Losing Weight

The 10 Most Effective Hormone-Balancing Foods For Accelerating Metabolism and Losing Weight

Insulin and glucagon are hormones responsible for the regulation of blood sugar levels.  The first once lowers blood sugar while the latter raises it.  Balance between these hormones is of utmost importance in order to keep healthy blood sugar levels. The pancreas is the most important part of the endocrine system for regulating blood sugar.  Meals including protein-rich foods, fiber, and good fats are of utmost importance when it comes to regulation of blood glucose.

Protein

Protein keeps blood sugar levels in check as it doesn’t affect them. But, it has been shown to induce rapid gluconeogenesis, which is the production of glucose in those with an insulin deficiency.  This is why swapping carbohydrates for protein will not protect you from a sugar spike. As a matter of fact, certain protein and carbohydrate-rich whole foods won’t spike your blood sugar.

Proteins Manufacture Hormones

When you consume protein-rich foods, the body breaks it down into amino acids which are utilized by the body to produce hormones.

Good Sources Of Protein

Protein should cover about ten percent of your daily calorie intake, which equals about 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men.

Beans

Beans are loaded with protein and they contain up to 13 types of protein. They are quite versatile and can be made into dips, spreads, or burgers.

Lentils

A 100-gram serving of raw lentils has about 20-30 grams of protein. Lentils are packed with amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants needed for optimal health. They are very diverse and can be added to foods like chili, tacos, soups, salads, omelets, burritos, and many more.

Spirulina

Spirulina is dried and powdered seaweed which is available in the form of a plain powder or pills.  A tablespoon of spirulina provides 4 grams of protein, 40 grams of vitamin A, and up to 95 grams of potassium.

Healthy Fat

A diet high in junk foods that are packed with unhealthy fats can lead to insulin resistance, which occurs when cells lose their ability to respond to insulin properly. According to a study involving 1,703 subjects, eating healthy fats decreased blood glucose and blood pressure levels within a week.

Hormones From Healthy Fat Let You Know When You’re Full

The fat you eat ends up in the adipose tissue where it is stored for further use. Being part of the endocrine system, the adipose tissue produces and regulates hormones like leptin, which tells you when you are full.

Good Sources Of Fat

Avocado

One avocado contains 29 grams of fat, very little sodium, almost no sugar, and no cholesterol or trans fat. You can use it as healthier alternative to butter, mayo and other fatty products.

Nuts And Nut Butters

Nuts are packed with minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and just like any other healthy fat, they are cholesterol-free and low on sodium and sugar. Add nuts to your oatmeal or salad and enjoy a tablespoon of nut butter on your toast.

Flax Seeds

A tablespoon of ground flax seeds contains 3 grams of fat, so it is not as nuts or avocado. But, it does contain solid amounts of omega-3 fats and minerals.

Fiber

Glucose and insulin levels typically spike after a meal, but eating fiber-dense foods helps prevent them. Fiber is digested slowly, so it takes some time to completely empty the stomach.

Fiber Clears Excess Hormones

Fiber clears excess hormones, particularly sex hormones. It has been scientifically shown that postmenopausal women who eat plenty of fiber have lower levels of estrogen in their blood.

Good Sources Of Fiber

Split Peas

A cup of split peas has 50 grams of fiber. Green split peas are also packed with calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A and K.  You can add them to salads, soups, and other lighter foods.

Wholegrain Foods

When you purchase flour, pasta or other grain products, opt form brown grains and avoid white ones like white pasta or white rice. The more refined, the more of its fiber is lost.

Fruit

Fruit is the easiest way to get fiber. A cup of passion fruit provides 24.5 grams of fiber, an avocado provides 13.5 grams of fiber, and a cup of raspberries provides 8 grams of fiber.

Do These 20 Things RIGHT AWAY to Avoid Cancer, Debt and Unhappiness Later in Life

Do These 20 Things RIGHT AWAY to Avoid Cancer, Debt and Unhappiness Later in Life

Thinking about the future can be quite scary, but the truth is, the future will always be beyond reach.   Your 30s are the time to be enthusiastic, ready to seize the day, and set the stage for the upcoming years. This is the best time to start living a life that will make you happy not only today but always!

Many people would ask what they can do in their 30s that will be beneficial for them once they reach their 50s.  Well, here are some of the things that should be done to give you the chance to be comfortable, healthy, and happy and still thriving in your 50s.

20 Things To Do At Age 30 That Will Benefit You At Age 50

1. Repair And Improve Family Relationships

One of the things that people regret the most when they get old is not finding the time to be with their family and love, support, embrace, and forgive them.

2. Spend Time Outdoors

There is something refreshing and calming about spending time outdoors. Don’t hesitate to spend time out in nature when you are stressed out or exhausted. Find the time to appreciate the beauties of nature which posses a healing power which can be also found in oceans, mountains, grass, and amidst trees.

3. Move Your Body

Exercising on a regular basis is the key to optimal health and longevity. Make this a priority and take time to take care of yourself and be in motion as often as possible.

4. Stop Eating Junk/Processed Foods

Swap the processed stuff for whole food from Mother Nature that nourish the body, heal, and set you up for a long life full of vitality and energy.

5. Stop Smoking

While smoking is one of the leading causes of premature death, thousands of people refuse to give it up. However, quitting smoking is a must, given the numerous chemicals that reach smoker`s lungs from their cigarettes.

6. Save Money

At this point, you most likely have a good amount of money that is not needed for day-to-day expenses.  Make it a habit to save money so that you can enjoy them later in life.

7. Learn To Be Present

When you are constantly thinking of the past and over-thinking the future, you miss out on the present moment.  You need to be fully present in order to achieve happiness and contentment. Meditate, spend time outdoors, and enjoy the little things that matter to you.

8. Set Goals

Set goals and don’t put them off.  More importantly, don’t be discouraged if you fail! Setting goals is the key to reaching your full potential.

9. Sleep

Make sure you are getting at least 8 hour of sleep per night, or one uninterrupted 4-hour cycle of sleep every day.

10. Take Care Of Your Teeth

Many diseases actually stem from poor dental hygiene.  Take care of your teeth, brush and floss regularly, and use natural methods to keep them in good shape.

11. Memories Not Things

It has been scientifically shown that people who focus on making memories instead of enjoying material stuff are more satisfied and fulfilled.

12. Serve

Serving helps find joy in giving to others, boosting your energy, and pulling you out of your problems. There is nothing more satisfying than taking time to care for others.

13. Do Things That Scare You

Don’t run away from the things that scare you! Do something scary once in awhile and find the time to hold that snake, go on that trip, or ride that roller coaster.

14. Read

Books connect you to those of the present, past, and future, broaden your perspective, and make you smarter.  At the end of the life, you will not remember a TV show you have watched, but rather reading a book that expanded your mind and filled your head with new ideas.

15. Travel

Find the time to travel and walk in different lands, see new sights, meet new people, and fill your head with new ideas.

16. Love And Understand Yourself

Spend time with yourself, doing things that you love and that make you happy. Don’t forget that it is YOU that matters the most and learn to enjoy self-discovery.

17. Journal

Write down your experiences and reflect them later on to see how far you have come and what is that filled up your life.

18. Care For Your Friends

Spend time with your friends and sacrifice for them, if needed. The relationships you build now will bring you much satisfaction later on.

19. Declutter

Make it a habit to sell or give away things that are serving no use! Put priority on cleanliness and keep less stuff in your space. As strange as it seems, this will help you breathe easily and feel mentally clear.

20. Start A Garden – A Real One

Plant your own plants and fruit trees and create your growing system.  By the time you reach 50s, you will be able to enjoy your own, organic food.