Acia Berry and its benefits

3 Apr

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Acai Berry  

 Acai berry has several health benefits such improving mental clarity, promotes sound sleep, supplies the body with vital vitamins, cleanse and detoxifies the body of toxins that are infectious, builds the immune system, enhances sexual desire and performance, help in fighting cancerous cell, reduces the aging process, it alleviates diabetes, helps it normalizing and regulating the cholesterol levels, helps in proper functioning of the heart, reduces inflammation, increases circulation as well as improves vision.   Acai berry has omega fat unlike saturated fats that is common with fast    foods, it also contains amino acid, protein, Vitamin A, B1 and E and electrolytes that is why it is becoming a miracle drink today. As, more consumers are finding out the benefits of Acai berry today so also are researchers amazed at the health benefits of the this small fruits.

However, combined with proper diet and exercise, the acai berry can be an excellent weight loss aid. Its natural combination of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids, phytosterols, and amino acids work together to help your body function better, process food easier, and burn fat more efficiently. Let’s break down how the acai berry helps people reach their perfect weight…

Acai Berry Boosts the Metabolism

The acai berry contains Omega fatty acids – the same medically recommended fats found in fish oil, olive oil and flaxseed. These fatty acids can’t be produced by the body, and must be obtained from the food we eat. Instead of being stored as fat, they are used by the liver to “kick-start” the metabolism. If you’re a slow starter when it comes to losing weight, or if you’ve reached the frustrating “plateau” phase of weight loss, adding some form of acai to your diet might be just the ticket to get over the hump.
Acai Berry Aids Digestion
The acai berry contains a generous amount of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system and helps cleanse your system of fatty foods.

Acai Berry Suppresses Appetite

As mentioned above, the acai berry has a generous amount of fiber. High fiber foods like acai help you to feel fuller faster and cut down on nagging cravings, needless snacking, and late night trips to the refrigerator.

Acai Berry Builds Muscle Tone

The acai berry is rich with amino acids, which your muscles need in order to function properly and grow from exercise. These amino acids combined with the fatty acids in the acai berry allow your body to burn fat more efficiently and help your muscles grow. Muscle, of course, makes your body look fit and toned. In addition, the more muscle your body has, the more calories you will burn, and the faster you’ll lose weight.

Acai Berry Increases Energy & Stamina
Jiu-jitsu practitioners and soccer players in Brazil often have a large meal of acai berry pulp before a competition. Why? Aside from being a perfect source of nutrition and carbohydrates, the high levels of antioxidants in the acai berry lead to a drastic increase in energy levels and stamina. If it gives a Jiu-Jitsu fighter enough energy for a competition, it’s going to really help keep your energy level up for cardio and exercise What is Acai Berry Known For?
You’ve probably seen the acai berry all over the television, health magazines and the internet but why? Its massive nutritional benefits are nothing to overlook. What is Acai Berry Going to Do for Me?

Each of the listed items has been proven have a positive effect in most all users of acai berry. Here are some the many true benefits of acai berries:

Increase Energy Levels
Better Digestion
Enhances Mental Focus
Improves Sleeping
Source of All Main Vitamins Needed
Acai Berry Contains High Amounts of Fiber
Cleansing and Detox of Harmful Toxins Within the Body
Re-enforces Immune System
Natural Enhancer for Sexual Hormones
Defends Against Cancer Cells
Healthy and Nourished Young Looking Skin
Eases Diabetes
Better Maintains Cholesterol Levels
Strengthen Hearts Functionality
Increases Circulation
Reduces or Removes Signs of Arthritis
Improves Vision Clarity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure You Want That Snack?

30 Mar

Here’s how much exercise a 150-pound person would have to do to burn off the calories in some popular snacks. Maybe you’d be better off with a peach or an orange (60 calories each) or a grande flavoured Skinny Latte (120 calories) instead?

Source: Arizona State University Healthy Lifestyles Research Center (sites.google.com/site/compendiumofphysicalactivities).

3 QUICK LOW-CARB SNACKS

13 Mar

Turkey Roll-Ups Are a Great Quick Low-Carb Snack

My first one is a turkey roll-up. All you do is just cut up some avocado, throw in a slice of red pepper, roll it up and enjoy. Easy!

Apples and Almond Butter Are an Easy Quick Low-Carb Snack

Next one are apples and almond butter. Now, if you want to go even lower carb, you can always use celery, that’s another option here, but this is really easy to make. Cut the apple, open the jar of almond butter, slather it on, eat it. Okay, we can do that!

Cut-Up Vegetables and Dip Are a Healthy Quick Low-Carb Snack

And finally, I’m always trying to get people to eat more vegetables. We should be having 5-10 servings of non-starchy vegetables a day, so I’d love you to have some cut up and in your refrigerator at all times. And a great snack, a great easy way to enjoy your veggies, is to cut them up and then serve them with some fresh guacamole. It doesn’t get better than this.

http://video.about.com/lowcarbdiets/3-Quick-Low-Carb-Snacks.htm

The 7 foods experts won’t eat

13 Mar
 By Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, PREVENTION | Healthy Living

1. Canned Tomatoes

The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people’s body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. “You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young,” says vom Saal. “I won’t go near canned tomatoes.”

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe’s and Pomi.

2. Corn-Fed Beef

The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. More money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. “We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure,” says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers’ markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It’s usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don’t see it, ask your butcher.

3. Microwave Popcorn

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group,

The problem: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize-and migrate into your popcorn. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes-the nation’s most popular vegetable-they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. “Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won’t,” says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”

The solution: Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn’t good enough if you’re trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.

5. Farmed Salmon

The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and publisher of a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. “You can only safely eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer,” says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. “It’s that bad.” Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.

6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones 

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society

The problem: Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. “When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract,” says North. As it turns out, the casein in milk protects most of it, according to several independent studies. “There’s not 100% proof that this is increasing cancer in humans,” admits North. “However, it’s banned in most industrialized countries.”

The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products.

7. Conventional Apples 

The expert: Mark Kastel, former executive for agribusiness and codirector of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods

The problem: If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don’t develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it’s just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. “Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers,” he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson’s disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples. If you can’t afford organic, be sure to wash and peel them first.

A List of Foods at Their Peak in SPRING

8 Mar

Look for your favorites, and healthy shopping!

1. Strawberries−spring strawberries are the first strawberries of the year, and can be very sweet.

2. Sugar Snap Peas – these have great crunch and a sweet taste when fresh!

3. Asparagus– fresh asparagus has a comfortable firm texture.

4. Carrots– spring carrots are juicy and sweet.

5. Cherries – sweet and tasty!

6. Onions – spring onions have a sweet taste to them.

7. Spinach – starts going out of season in early spring, so get it then!

8. Cherry Tomatoes – small, but sweeter than larger tomatoes and very juicy.

9. Cucumbers – look for them in late spring.

10. Blueberries – the biggest and most tasteful are found in late spring.

Source:  Texas Department of Agriculture

10 FOODS TO MAKE YOU FEEL GREAT

1 Mar

 

BLUEBERRIES The ultimate immune-boosting food. Rich in anti-oxidants.   
BROCCOLI Guards against cancer and is rich in a wide range of anti-oxidants, vitamins C and E, folate and iron.
CARROTS High in carotenes, known to boost the immune system.
LETTUCE AND SALAD GREENS Tangy varieties, such as chicory and endive, stimulate the liver, making them great detoxifiers. Most lettuces contain valuable amounts of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
BEETROOT Bursting with minerals and has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, immune-boosting and detoxifying properties.
BRAZIL NUTS You only need to eat two or three a day to benefit from their great combination of immune-boosting nutrients: vitamin E, selenium and B vitamins.
GRAPEFRUIT Has immune-boosting, antiseptic, wound-healing and anti-bacterial properties.
GARLIC Strengthens the heart and blood, and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Also thought to help lower blood pressure. A key ingredient is allicin, which has cancer-fighting potential.
CRANBERRIES Best known for helping to prevent and treat urinary tract infections, especially cystitis, in women. They have both anti-fungal and antiviral properties.
GINGER Stimulates the immune system and circulation.

 

 

9 MOST FATTENING FOODS OF WINTER

21 Feb
  1. Macaroni and cheese.
  2. Cream-based soups, bisques and chowders.
  3. Cream- and cheese-based casseroles.
  4. Cheesecake treats.
  5. Chili and stews loaded with ground beef, sausage, and/or cheese.
  6. Pies topped with whipped cream or ice cream.
  7. Cookies.
  8. Fried side dishes — chili cheese fries, onion rings, and plain old French fries
  9. Creamy pot pies with pastry on the top and bottom.  

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-nine-most-fattening-foods-of-winter