What are Nightshades? Are they bad?

Nightshades and your health

 

Overview – the basics about nightshade foods

Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, and cayenne peppers are classified as nightshade foods. A particular group of substances in these foods, called alkaloids, can impact nerve-muscle function and digestive function in animals and humans, and may also be able to compromise joint function.

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The Benefits of Soaking Nuts, Seeds, Grains, Beans & Legumes

Nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances found in nuts grains and seed can be minimized or eliminated by soaking. These inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.

Nature has set it up so that the nut, grain and seed may survive until proper growing conditions are present. Nature’s defense mechanism includes nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances that can be removed naturally when there is enough precipitation to sustain a new plant after the nut, grain or seed germinates. When it rains the nut, grain or seed gets wet and can then germinate to produce a plant. So we are mimicking nature when we soak our nuts, grains and seeds.

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“Sugar is Sugar”…. Really?

Anyone who still insists that “sugar is sugar” is way behind the times… There are in fact major differences in how your body processes different sugars, and it’s important to understand that when you consume fructose, your body packs on pounds at a much higher rate than it does when you consume glucose. The following summary details the main metabolic differences between fructose and glucose to help you understand how fructose can wreak such havoc with your health, and why it’s considerably worse for you than glucose:

  • After eating fructose, nearly all of the metabolic burden rests on your liver. But with glucose, your liver has to break down only 20 percent.
  • Every cell in your body, including your brain, utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is “burned up” immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is primarily converted into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.
  • The fatty acids created during fructose metabolism accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle tissues, causing insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Insulin resistance progresses to metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.
  • Fructose is the most lipophilic carbohydrate. In other words, fructose converts to activated glycerol (g-3-p), which is directly used to turn FFAs into triglycerides. The more g-3-p you have, the more fat you store. Glucose does not do this.
  • When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Fructose is essentially largely converted into fat!
  • The metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which triggers your “fat switch,” causing you to gain more weight.
  • Glucose does not do this, as it suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.

Just thought I would share this often misunderstood information with you.

You can google “ foods High in Fructose“ to find the foods you may choose to avoid eating in the future.

Is Resveratrol the “Fountain of Youth”? Resveratrol Study says “Yes”!

A Harvard Resveratrol study shows Mice lived 30%longer. Anti Aging Resveratrol Video shows results as seen on Oprah, Barbara Walters, ABC, CNN, and 60 Minutes.

Is Resveratrol the “Fountain of Youth”? More than one Resveratrol study shows it’s great anti aging potential. However, some people have reservations about its anti aging effects, but all can agree the matter deserves greater investigation.

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Acai Berry at it’s Best! What is Freeze
Dried? What is ORAC Value?
Why Freeze Dried Acai Berry is Best.
All Freeze Dried Acai Berry is Not created equal.
Which Acai Berry should I buy?

The Freeze Dried Acai Berry Process and Why it’s the Best

When the acai berry is freeze dried, It is placed in a cool environment (20c) and the water that is contained in the acai berry is slowly removed while keeping the nutritional structure of the fruit intact. Freeze dried acai berry retains the vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids of the acai berry, therefore having all the health benefits that the natural acai berry has to offers. This freeze dried process preserves almost all of the delicate, beneficial ingredients and allows them to be absorbed by the body when the freeze dried acai berry is consumed. Freeze Dried Acai also has a higher ORAC Value.

A heat drying process destroys the delicate phytonutrients in the acai berry. These nutrients are the very reason you are purchasing Acai Berry, so be sure to get Freeze Dried Acai Berry with a High ORAC Value.
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