The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet.

Common Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has been used for decades to treat epilepsy by completely eliminating seizures in both kids and adults.

More recently, the ketogenic diet has also gained attention as an effective way to lose weight, reverse type 2 diabetes, calm the stomach, and decrease sugar cravings. Being in ketosis may also improve blood pressure, decrease acne, and increase physical activity.

What is Ketosis?

If you correctly follow the keto diet for just a few days, the body goes into ketosis. While in ketosis, the body's primary source of fuel changes from glucose to ketone bodies, which are compounds derived from fatty acids. Unlike many other molecules, ketone bodies can permeate the blood-brain barrier and provide energy for the brain in the absence of glucose. 

This recipe stemmed from an intolerance to a common way to make ketogenic coffee (Bulletproof coffee), and has ...

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Who doesn't want a strong immune system?? Quite frankly, being sick sucks, but if you want a fighting chance to resist invading bacteria and viruses, your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental and nutritional assaults.

Check out these 5 major ways you may be suppressing your immune system:

#1 Age

The aging process somehow leads to a reduction of immune response capability, which in turn contributes to infections, more inflammatory diseases, and more cancer. There seems to be a connection between nutrition and imunity in the elderly, specifically regarding a deficiency in certain micronutrients.

#2 Stress

The closely linked relationship between mind and body makes scientists suspect chronic stress takes a toll on the immune system.

#3 Low Quality Diet

Research has long recognized that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseas...

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Cranberry-Pom Smoothie Bowl

1/17/2017 6:00 AM

The phytochemicals found in cranberries and pomegranates keep your heart healthy, in part by triggering the production of blood pressure-lowering nitric oxide, which inhibits arterial plaque buildup. Meanwhile, nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce the risk for cardiac arrest.

Crunchy Cranberry-Pom SMOOTHIE BOWL

1 cup frozen cranberries

1 cup pomegranate juice

½ cup rolled oats

6 oz plain, vanilla, or berry low-fat yogurt

Toppings

¼ cup chopped or slivered almonds

¼ cup blueberries and blackberries

1 Tbsp flaxseeds

In a blender, combine the first four ingredients. Blend until the desired consistency is reached, then pour into a bowl and sprinkle with toppings.

Makes 2 servings

Per serving: 324 cal, 11 g fat (2 g sat), 49 g carbs, 27 g sugar, 74 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 11 g protein

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Are you looking for a superfood that tastes great, is high in vitamins and nutrients, and can fit into a vegan, vegetarian, or raw food diet? Don't look any further! 

Hemp has dozens, if not hundreds, of uses. The plants can be used for water and soil purification and make an effective biofuel, and the fibers can be used to make rope, clothing, paper, and even jewelry.

And, yes, hemp is edible. The shelled seeds of the hemp plant, also known as hemp hearts are nutritional powerhouses that can be used in much the same way you'd use flax, chia, or sesame seeds.

I know what you're thinking, so let's get it out of the way.

Yes, hemp is made from a species of cannabis.

No, hemp hearts will not make you high. Whereas hemp grown for medicinal or recreational purposes can contain between 2-20% of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, hemp hearts contains no more than 0.2%. You won't fail a drug test or get a cheap buzz off of hemp hearts.

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What hemp hearts do contain is protein, almost...

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Even if you don't suspect your body has much inflammation happening internally, it probably does -- unfortunately! Inflammation is the amount of stress in a person's body that will sooner or later cause a genetic weakness to show itself.

What causes all this horrible inflammation?

#1: A person's response to stress and how effectively they recover from the stress can drive inflammation.

#2: If the body has any toxins accumulated, they cause a lot of inflammation.

#3: Most people are sensitive to sugar, which causes insulin and cortisol to be released too frequently. These are both very powerful & important hormones, but when they're released more often than they should be, they cause inflammation. 

Luckily, there are many natural, nutrition-related remedies to reduce this inflammation, and here are some of our favorites. 

Turmeric

A conversation about reducing inflammation wouldn’t be complete without including turmeric.

Turmeric is a bright, yellow-orange colored powder, which you may have ...

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If your hardwood floors are in need of a shine, try this simple and pure recipe that leaves nothing behind.

Cleaning your home should leave it cleaner, right?

Unfortunately, many conventional cleaning products actually pollute your home with the respiratory chemicals, hormone disruptors, carcinogens and aquatic toxins they contain. Instead, make your own version using just three all-natural ingredients.

Wood Floor Cleaner

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tbsp olive oil

10 drops lemon essential oil

  1. In a spray bottle, combine all ingredients with 1 liter of hot water.
  2. Shake well.

Before using, vacuum or sweep floors. To use, spray floor evenly with wood cleaner, then follow with a damp mop.

If your hardwood floors are under warranty, be sure to follow specific cleaning instructions. Always do a spot test first to check compatibility with your floor’s finish.

Article courtesy of cleaneating.com

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