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August Issue of Natural Alternatives
July 28, 2011

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


August 2011

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates


IN THIS ISSUE:

1) HEALING PROPERTIES OF RAW WALNUTS

2) A CLEANSER THAT SOOTHES SUMMER SKIN

3) FEEL-FULL QUICK TRICKS


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1) HEALING PROPERTIES OF RAW WALNUTS
By Dr. Edward Group


Walnuts are perhaps best-known for being the quintessential healthy brain-food. But who knew that walnuts were also winning top prizes for their heart-healthy, free-radical fighting, antioxidant properties as well?

Raw walnuts have 15x more antioxidant potency than vitamin E.

Recent scientific evidence shows how the walnut may possibly be the number one food on the planet for heart healthy antioxidant support. And it’s not just that the walnut alone that was studied for its antioxidant quantity.

The study included many varieties of tree and ground nuts, with walnuts ranking top dog over other healthy nuts, like almonds, pecans, peanuts and pistachios. In fact, just a handful of walnuts holds two times more heart-healthy antioxidants than all other commonly-purchased nuts.

In a recent March 2011 report, given at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in California, scientists offered an in-depth analysis demonstrating how walnuts have a unique mix of more free-radical neutralizing antioxidants, as well as higher quality antioxidants than any other nut on the planet. The study analyzed both the amount and quality of antioxidants found in walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias and pecans. The study was direct and conclusive: Walnuts hold the largest amounts, and the highest potency’s, of antioxidants, as compared to other nuts. The study also found that the nut has up to 15 times more antioxidant potency than vitamin E, an oil known for its strong antioxidant effects. This suggests that walnuts may play a role in preventing us from getting cancer, as well as other free-radical-based diseases.


What the walnut has that other foods may not:
1.A unique combination of nutritional benefits and antioxidants
2.A complete high-quality protein that packs almost as much protein-punch as meat
3.Tons of vitamins and minerals 4.
5.A natural form of dietary fiber in a raw and easy to eat form

Because of these great health benefits, the scientists conducting the study encourage us to include more walnuts in our diet. The best way to eat them is in-the-raw and organic, as we can reap most of the antioxidant benefits this way. In fact, years of research by other scientists suggest that the regular consumption of small amounts of nuts, such as walnuts, can lower our chances of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, gallstones, as well as other health issues.

Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who did the analysis, explains: “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them. This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet… There’s another advantage in choosing walnuts as a source of antioxidants. The heat from roasting nuts generally reduces the quality of the antioxidants. People usually eat walnuts raw or unroasted, and get the full effectiveness of those antioxidants.” [1]

It’s important to eat nuts for antioxidant support, and the aforementioned study says that you only need 7 walnuts a day for great levels of antioxidants! And yet, despite these high numbers of antioxidants, most people are not eating nuts!

n fact, research from Vinson shows that nuts only make up approximately 8% of the daily antioxidants found in the average person’s diet. This may be due to a lack of awareness around their health benefits, but may also come from the myth that nuts are “high in fat,” and should be avoided. This is sad news, as the fats in nuts are some of the best fats on the planet, and are high in healthy forms of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (the kinds that do not clog your arteries).


2) A CLEANSER THAT SOOTHES SUMMER SKIN


Sun, sweat, and wind can leave the skin on your face irritated, greasy, parched—in other words, a mess. To the rescue: this Yogurt-Honey Cleanser created by Linda Collins of Salon Blue in Carle Place, N.Y..

Unless you spend the summer at the movies, your skin is bound to suffer. Sun, sweat, and wind can leave the skin on your face irritated, greasy, parched—in other words, a mess. To the rescue: this Yogurt-Honey Cleanser created by Linda Collins of Salon Blue in Carle Place, N.Y.."The lactic acid in yogurt softens and soothes the skin," Collins says, "while the honey cleanses and moisturizes it."


What you need


1 cup plain yogurt
2 1/2 tablespoons of unflavored honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice (for oily skin)
Cotton pads (optional)
Warm water


How to get started

In a bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey. (For oily skin, add a teaspoon lemon juice to help absorb excess oil.) You might want to patch-test the mixture first, behind one ear. Wait one hour, watching for any irritation.
With clean hands or cotton pads, apply the mask liberally to your freshly washed face and neck (even your decolletage), and leave on for five minutes.
Rinse well with warm water, lightly pat dry, and follow with your favorite moisturizer. Repeat one or two times a week.


3) FEEL-FULL QUICK TRICKS


Curb Hunger
It’s not just what you eat that can make you more satisfied—it’s how you eat, too. Try these tips to feel fuller longer.

H2O some more
Drink two 8-ounce glasses (16 ounces total) of water before each meal. It will fill up your stomach and trim up to 60 calories per meal.
Flavor of the day
Use vinegar/vinaigrette and cinnamon for flavor (where possible). These two ingredients can help regulate blood sugars after meals, and help you feel full longer after eating, according to a study from the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences in Zurich, Switzerland.
Foods that fill you up
These bites help you feel full fast without putting a huge dent in your daily calorie count. Green and orange vegetables contain about 90% water, which fills your stomach and makes your brain register fullness.
Spuds
Potatoes (white & sweet) contain hunger-fighting resistant starch. A new study in the British Journal of Nutrition found RS may boost satiety to help you stay full for up to 24 hours—and eat about 320 calories less per day.
In the sea
Fish contains omega-3 fats, which can also help stop tummy grumbling for hours. Fish-eaters felt more full than beef-eaters, plus downed 75 fewer calories at the next meal, according to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Go a little nutty
The complex trio of fiber, protein, and fat in nuts activates satiety so you chow down on fewer calories throughout the day. (Plus, they may increase metabolism up to 11%!).
Add some oats
Oats have a filling fiber compound called beta-glucan which helps the body release CCK, a hunger-supressing hormone.
Variety of beans
Beans contain a fiber-protein balance to increase fullness. As an added bonus, a diet rich in legumes may also up your metabolism, according to a Spanish study.
Egg-cellent
Eggs are protein-packed, so it’s no wonder a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found eating them helps control appetite for up to 36 hours. Source: health.com


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


Livia
http://www.natural-health-and-healing.com
Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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