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Healthy Heart in a Teapot

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These days we know that heart disease is mainly due to inflammation not raised cholesterol levels. Inflammation can occur for many reasons including stress and injury. In many cases however inflammation is due to excess body fat. But losing weight and excess body fat won’t happen overnight, so healthy foods for the heart are very useful in helping to support your health in the meantime.

Because of the increased risk of heart attack it is important to get inflammation under control ASAP and this can be done with diet. There are many types of food to eat for a healthy heart – turmeric is a good one. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial. It speeds up metabolism, helps stabilize blood sugar and has many other positive effects upon the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome –the precursor to diabetes and heart disease.

Although generally used in hot dishes, turmeric can be drunk as a tasty, spicy tea.

Healthy Heart Turmeric Tea

1 teaspoon of turmeric                  1 teaspoon cinnamon

Rosella tea. Drink it daily to control weight, speed up metabolism, and decrease high blood pressure.

Rosella tea. Drink it daily to control weight, speed up metabolism, and decrease high blood pressure.

Pinch of nutmeg                               Pinch of clove

Xylitol or stevia to sweeten         Coconut milk or cream

Add the spices to a pot. Boil about 2 cups of water and pour over the spices. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Steeping the tea increases the availability of the beneficial spices.

Pour into a cup and add either cream or coconut milk to taste. If you prefer a sweeter drink add a little stevia or xylitol.

Drink daily to reduce any inflammation in the body.

These days we know that heart disease is mainly due to inflammation not raised cholesterol levels. Inflammation can occur for many reasons including stress and injury. In many cases however inflammation is due to excess body fat. But losing weight and excess body fat won’t happen overnight, so healthy foods for the heart are very […]

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Recipe to Riches verses Recipe to Health

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Recipe to Health or Recipe to Riches? Here at Recipe to Health you will find the recipes and advise to help you achieve life's real riches, the gift of good health.

Recipe to Health or Recipe to Riches? Here at Recipe to Health you will find the recipes and advise to help you achieve life’s real riches, the gift of good health.

The new TV show Recipe to Riches is all about creating a great dish that tastes great and will sell well in the supermarket. Recipe to Riches ultimately has one winner. Unlike Recipe to Riches, Recipe to Health helps everyone to win.

We have all the heard the clichés that “money can’t buy you happiness” and “without your health you have nothing”. It is certainly true that being rich cannot compensate for having pain, cancer, diabetes, heart disease or other debilitating disease. Of course it is true that being wealthy might afford you better health care. But hopefully most of us realize that what we do with our life (i.e. eat good food, avoid stress and toxic environments) and what we don’t do (i.e. exercise, enjoy life) will largely determine our long term health.

Our health is our wealth.

It is the little things that we do each and every day that largely determines which way the pendulum of health or disease will swing.

In this age of information overload, we cannot say that we don’t know how to eat healthily. It is true that some people will have specific health problems, food intolerances, or gut issues that create special eating requirements, but for most people, the rules of healthy eating are simple. Here’s a quick reminder:

9 Steps to Healthy Eating

  1. Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sugar is a modern day poison. Fat in our diet is not the problem. Excess sugar in the diet is the cause of multiple health problems such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, insulin resistance and increased risk of cancer.
  2. Eat fresh, whole foods like vegetables, nuts, and grains. If you are overweight, limit sugary fruits to one piece a day.
  3. Eat adequate protein. That means 30% with every meal. Proteins include meat, fish, dairy, eggs, tofu, protein shakes. You will also get some protein from vegetarian sources such as legumes and quinoa.
  4. Avoid processed foods. What are processed foods? Basically any food in a packet or can. Any foods where you can’t identify the initial ingredients. As one of my nutrition lecturers once pointed out, “there is no such thing as a ‘bread tree’, ‘a biscuit tree’ or   ‘a pasta tree’.  These are processed products that are often high in gluten and sugar.
  5. Start your day with a protein rich meal that will give you sustained energy. Sugary cereals and fruit will give you a boost of sugar (and temporary energy), which will quickly be followed by a spike of insulin to process the sugar, which after a few hours will results in a plummet of your blood sugar levels and your energy. Protein will give you increased satiety and will not have a negative impact upon your insulin.
  6. Drink plenty of filtered water. Start the day with juice of a lemon in some water to aid digestion.
  7. Avoid sodas and soft drinks.
  8. Drink alcohol in moderation. Red wine is a vital part of the healthy Mediterranean diet.
  9. Do cook at home. After a while you will develop your own style and can quickly put together something yummy without any recipes. Cooking can be incredibly enjoyable, saves you money and helps you control what does or doesn’t go into your food and your body.

Whilst living a rich life can mean being financially wealthy, to others living a rich life means doing exciting or stimulating things, living a fruitful and varied life, experiencing different things or enjoying the little thing that life has to offer. Without good eating and lifestyle habits, ill health may prevent us from experiencing the rich, mosaic of life.

Recipe to Riches, the TV show can have only one winner. Recipe to Health on the other hand, can help everyone experience the true richness of life that comes from being healthy.

Written by Naturopath, Nurse and Formulating Chemist, Vivienne Savill

Eggs are a great source of protein for the candida diet.

The new TV show Recipe to Riches is all about creating a great dish that tastes great and will sell well in the supermarket. Recipe to Riches ultimately has one winner. Unlike Recipe to Riches, Recipe to Health helps everyone to win. We have all the heard the clichés that “money can’t buy you happiness” […]

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How Does Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Affect Cancer

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Our risk of cancer is increasing significantly but it is reassuring to know that certain lifestyle changes can reduce our risk.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the number of global cancers has increased by 120% over the past decade to around 12 million new cases a year. Our basic genes have not changed so it must therefore be the expression of these genes that has changed. Numerous lifestyle factors have now been identified that influence this negative expression of our genes and obesity is high on the list.

Think of the internal environment of your body as being like a garden bed. Things will die, struggle or flourish in your garden, according to how you treat your garden. Fill your garden full of poisons, fail to provide your plants with the nutrients they need or fail to water the garden and problems will occur. The good plants that you wish to grow may shrivel up and die allowing the weeds to take hold.

Our body is the same as a garden, requiring good nourishment, removal of toxins, regular maintenance and protection from the damaging environment. Our malignant cells will only flourish in an unhealthy internal garden.

Obesity has been found to contribute to cancer deaths in around 30% of cases. Not only is the prevalent greater in people with obesity, but there is also an increased risk of mortality especially if there is also metabolic syndrome (See How to Stop Metabolic Syndrome Naturally) or diabetes. This can be due to the problems that obesity creates including:

  • High levels of insulin
  • Increased oxidative stress and free radical damage
  • Increased levels of oestrogen in both men and women

High levels of insulin and blood sugar results in higher levels of free insulin-like growth factor and thus the promotion of ;

  • Poor control of the normal cell cycle
  • Decreased natural cell death (apoptosis)
  • Promotion of cancer progression, tumour growth, malignancy and metastasis

If you are overweight you are probably asking “is there any good news here?”. And my answer to that would have to be “yes” and “no”. Yes, because research tells us that by changing our diet and lifestyle we can support healthy weight loss plus control blood sugar and insulin levels. By doing this we are not only promoting longevity in those that already have cancer, but are also decreasing the risk of getting cancer. So in terms of cancer development a healthy diet is definitely preventative medicine.

Cancer cells thrive on glucose or sugar. So a healthy diet must be one with an adequate mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Keep carbohydrates to 40% of the diet, protein 30% and good fats to around 30%b- with every meal. For more information on controlling obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and diabetes, click on the link.http://recipetohealth.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=17&action=edit

Our risk of cancer is increasing significantly but it is reassuring to know that certain lifestyle changes can reduce our risk. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the number of global cancers has increased by 120% over the past decade to around 12 million new cases a year. Our basic genes have not changed […]