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Fight Free Radical Damage And Disease With Polyphenols

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What does a leafy green salad topped with bright red strawberries and raw walnuts have in common with a glass of red wine? 

How can dark chocolate help you fight damage that occurs within your body on a normal basis? 

Why would your daily cup of joe be considered a disease fighter? 

The answer to each of these questions is: polyphenols. 

Leafy greens, strawberries, walnuts, red wine, dark chocolate, and coffee (sans the sugary additions), are all filled with polyphenols that benefit you in multiple ways! 

So, what are polyphenols, what other foods and/or drinks are they found in, and how can they benefit your body? 

What Are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are plant compounds. They are nutrients that your body needs in slightly less amounts than basic macronutrients like proteins, carbs, and fats. 

But, what makes polyphenols special? And, why do we need them? 

These micronutrients are a great source of antioxidants, which prevent and counteract damage that occurs within your body from free radicals.

So, let’s break that down a bit. 

Free radicals are molecules in your body that are not stable and can cause harm to your cells. 

They are made when molecules gain or lose electrons as a result of normal metabolic processes that occur on a daily basis. 

When these free radicals cannot be destroyed, they accumulate and cause damage, known as oxidative stress, within your body. 

Such damage is a major contributing factor in autoimmune diseases, cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular diseases.

Polyphenols inhibit certain actions carried out by enzymes that contribute to oxidative stress, thus lessening the damage caused by free radicals. 

Sources Of Polyphenols

The main source for polyphenols? Your diet. 

Eating a diet filled with a variety of spices, herbs, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains can ensure you are fueling your body with antioxidant rich polyphenols.

There are thousands of kinds of polyphenols, but generally they are categorized in only 4 groups. 

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are a class of polyphenols that are primarily found in fruits and vegetables. 

With carotenoids, together they give fruits and vegetables their bright colors. 


Have you ever heard of the advice to “eat the rainbow”? This is why. If you are eating fruits and vegetables with a variety of color, you are ensuring polyphenol consumption. 

Phenolic acid

This group of polyphenols are mainly found in the skin of fruits and the leaves of vegetables. 

Phenolic acids can easily be absorbed through the walls of your gut where they can combat free radical damage. 

Stilbenes 

Stilbenes are not nearly as common as flavonoids and phenolic acids. 

One of two stilbenes is resveratrol, and this is probably the one that you are most familiar with due to its presence in red wine and dark chocolate. 

Who doesn’t love a little wine and chocolate, right? 

So, when you hear of the antioxidant properties of red wine and dark chocolate, those health benefits are due to polyphenols (more specifically, resveratrol, of the stilbene group of polyphenols). 

Lignans

Another group of these micronutrients is known as lignans. These are also primarily found in plants, but they extend further than flavonoids and phenolic acids in that they are also found in numerous seeds, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. 

Here’s a list of some of the main foods (by category) that are rich in polyphenols:

Vegetables– spinach, chicory, endive, broccoli, artichokes, and red onion

Fruits– berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and elderberries), grapes, cherries, plums, apples, and pomegranates

Beans– black and white beans

Nuts and seeds– walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, chestnuts, and flaxseeds

Herbs and spices– cloves, star anise, sage, rosemary, dried peppermint, dried spearmint, cumin, thyme, and caraway

Chocolates– dark chocolate and cocoa powder (this one’s our favorite!)

Beverages– red wine, green tea, coffee, and black tea

Grains– oats, whole wheat, and rye

Benefits Of Polyphenols

So, we know that polyphenols combat against damage caused by free radicals in your body. And, we know the primary sources of this micronutrient, but how does that translate to benefits for you? 

  1. We mentioned earlier how polyphenols are a rich source of antioxidants and of their power to combat damage caused by free radicals. This is truly their primary benefit. 

Being filled with antioxidants, studies show polyphenols can protect against chronic diseases linked to oxidative stress. They have also been known to protect against some cancers and diabetes. 

  1. Polyphenols also protect against heart disease. One study found that in those individuals who increased their consumption of flavonoids, their risk of death from heart disease was lowered by 18%.

The antioxidant properties in polyphenols also contribute to reduced chronic inflammation which is a known contributing factor to heart disease as well. 

  1. Polyphenols may lower your risk of developing blood clots as studies have shown that they can reduce an overabundance of platelet aggregation (a cause of blood clotting). 

Resveratrol is one of the most common polyphenols that has been studied, verifying these findings. 

  1. Some studies have found that polyphenols can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. 

Cancer is another disease with its roots in chronic inflammation, which polyphenols have been routinely proven to reduce. And, a reduction in chronic inflammation is always a win for your health! 

  1. Polyphenols also help to maintain a normal blood sugar level

One British study showed that those who increased their consumption of polyphenols, decreased their risk of type 2 diabetes. 

Polyphenols have been known to decrease blood sugar spiking because they are able to prevent the breakdown of starches into simple sugars.

You can gain free radical damage protection and disease fighting “power” by incorporating foods rich in polyphenols into your diet… like my favorite super-chocolate!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t need an excuse to eat chocolate.

Chocolate cake…Chocolate ice cream…Chocolate milk shakes…

I love it all!

It’s why I was so excited when I found out about the power of a unique type of Peruvian chocolate. You see, most chocolate is grown over on the west coast of Africa.

But small batches of chocolate also come from the jungles of Peru.

And the difference is incredible.

Peruvian cacao is not only sweet like regular milk chocolate…

It’s also one of the healthiest and highest antioxidant foods on the planet.

Being 12x healthier than blueberries…

16x healthier than kale…

And 37x healthier than even broccoli.

This delicious chocolatey gift has been the food of emperors for nearly 2,000 years.

And the growing process was finally perfected during the late Incan empire.

Which is what gives us this unique Peruvian chocolate that not only tastes delicious, but can also…

* Promote healthy blood sugar

* Reduce free-radicals & fight inflammation, thereby slowing down aging in the body

* Make you fall asleep faster and STAY asleep through the night

* Even help preventing brain aging

It’s no wonder people have been saying things like…

“It has been a wonderful discovery and my body and mind have never been better. My aches and pains are minimal, my gut health has been amazing – gas and cramping is gone!” – Angela Kiesow

“This chocolate is so incredibly delicious, it really feels great to be eating something so healthy and satisfying. I’m losing weight, I feel great, and I have NO food cravings at all during the day!” – Dolores Adkins

“It actually makes me smile every time I eat some, it’s that good! It also gives me energy without the jittery side effects of too much caffeine. I used to get a Starbucks Mocha almost every day, and this healthier drink has taken its place.” – Jennifer Wilson

There is only ONE season a year that they grow this unique South American chocolate…

So make sure you get some BEFORE the end of this year’s growing season.

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>> This unique Peruvian chocolate is healthier than kale (tastes incredible AND packs more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than any vegetables)

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Low Carb Diet May Induce Remission Of Type 2 Diabetes

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Low-carb diets have been popular for some time now due to their proven substantial benefit to weight and/or fat loss. 

But, recent findings have shown that the benefits may be even greater than once believed…even inducing remission in people with type 2 diabetes. 

That’s right, aside from weight loss, improved cholesterol levels, potential boosts in brain health, and benefits to the health of your heart, low carb diets are now proving effective for diabetes patients as well. 

So, what is it about restricting carbs that brings such great benefits to those with type 2 diabetes? And, can these results be sustained long term? 

As low carb diets are often said to be difficult to maintain over long lengths of time, what can you do to ensure you don’t get burnt out?

Let’s take a look…

The Effects Of Carb Restriction On Type 2 Diabetes

The findings of a recent study have the diabetic world buzzing, and rightfully so!

Earlier this year, researchers at Texas A&M studied results from randomized trials assessing the effectiveness of low carb diets amongst those individuals with type 2 diabetes.

These studies found that participants who followed a low carb diet raised the likelihood of their diabetes going into remission by 32%.

Concerning 1,357 participants (spanning several studies), most of whom were between the ages of 47-67 and overweight or obese, those who saw such results followed a strict low carb eating regimen for 12 weeks. 

Researchers checked in on participants at both 6 and 12 months, and the greatest benefits were seen at 6 months. 

At 12 months, while some participants were still in remission, those rates were lower than the 6 month mark. 

The hypothesis is that those individuals who remained diligent in their adherence to a low carb diet saw continued benefit, while those who were less consistent lost the benefits related to their type 2 diabetes over time. 

So then, how exactly does restricting carbs benefit patients with type 2 diabetes?

Essentially, you can think of carbs to type 2 diabetes in a similar way that we think of milk to those with lactose intolerance. 

With lactose intolerance, a person’s body can not accurately process lactose. 

In the case of type 2 diabetes, a person’s body can not accurately process carbohydrates. 

So, someone who can not process carbohydrates accurately or efficiently, when consuming foods rich in carbs will experience high levels of blood sugar (consistently) and even weight gain. 

Normally, when we consume carbohydrates they get broken down into sugar. This sugar then enters our bloodstream causing blood sugar levels to rise. 

This spike then tells your pancreas to produce insulin to help your cells to absorb that blood sugar for energy (both for storage and immediate usage). 

In cases of type 2 diabetes, over time the body stops responding to that insulin which causes blood sugar levels to remain too high for too long. And, eventually that insulin production can stop altogether. 

So, for type 2 diabetes patients, eating a low carb diet decreases the strain on the body and lessens the body’s propensity to produce too much insulin. 

As eating fewer carbs helps the body to maintain healthy blood sugar (or blood glucose) levels, carb intolerance and insulin resistance improves as well.

Obviously then, maintaining a low carb lifestyle would be a crucial component in continuing to reap those rewards in one’s fight against diabetes, but many would argue this to be a difficult task. 

So, how can you successfully restrict carbs long term? 

Tips For Success While Cutting Down On Carbs

One of the biggest hurdles to successfully reaping the rewards of a low carb diet long term is the (often deemed) lack of sustainability of such diets. 

Even registered dieticians and nutrition experts agree that cutting carbs long term can be difficult…but certainly not impossible! 

So, what tips do the experts give regarding low carb success? 

1- Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Low carb diets can be highly restrictive. And, one mistake that many make is to dive headfirst into the deep end…no looking back. 

While such ambition is admirable, dietary restrictions of any kind that are fast and furious often fizzle out before they finish. 

Therefore, the experts recommend an approach with a slow beginning. 

Dr. Minisha Sood, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City advises her patients to “start with one meal at a time.” 

Dr. Sood recommends beginning with dinner as the meal to tackle first: “Aim to lower carb intake (at this meal) by about 50% by swapping out unhealthy, starch-packed carbohydrates for healthier sources such as healthy grains or lentils.”

From there, you can then begin to make similar healthy swaps at lunch, then breakfast, and snacks. 

2- Stay On Track Through Tracking

Keeping a food diary or journal to keep track of not only what you eat, but how those foods affect your body is a proven method to help you stay on track. 

I know that many people don’t like the idea of tracking food long term, but consider doing so as you begin your low carb eating regimen to see how your body reacts to various foods, track your gains in energy, and keep you motivated. 

In time, you may find that you don’t need to track as often. And, you can always drop or pick up this healthy habit as needed. But, in the beginning, keeping track is a great way to foster success. 

3- Talk To Your Doc

Keeping your physician in the loop when dealing with type 2 diabetes is very important. 

Your doctor or specialist knows your situation and can recommend a plan best suited to your needs. 

As different carbs affect different people in different ways, your doctor or a nutritionist can guide you to the best choices for your specific needs. 

4- The Buddy System

As with any diet or healthy eating plan, there’s often help in numbers. 

In fact, studies have shown people are more successful at adhering to dietary changes (and losing weight) when they have the support of a friend or buddy. 

Sticking to any diet long term is difficult, but having a support system along the way can increase your chances of long term success. 

5- Variety Is The Spice Of Low Carb Life

While there are plenty of delicious low carb food options available for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, not experiencing a variety of those options can hinder your ability to stay low carb long term, thereby missing the benefits to be had (especially regarding type 2 diabetes). 

Many cultures have eaten low carb diets for centuries, so…we can do it…we’ve just got to stay out of boring ruts when it comes to our food choices. 

Conclusion

Studies have proven that low carb diets can cause type 2 diabetes to go into remission. 

The only problem is, these results aren’t sustained long-term (post 12 months) if patients do not remain on a low-carb diet. In other words, at this point, research suggests that low-carb eating needs to become a lifestyle to reap long-term healthy rewards. 

So, if you have type 2 diabetes, consider talking to your doctor (first and foremost) about how a low-carb diet may benefit your condition. 

Then, once you get the green light and some direction from your physician or specialist, don’t forget to ease into this style of eating, keep track of your food intake and progress, incorporate a variety of foods, and enlist the support of a friend for long-term success. 

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Top Nutritionists Share Their Secrets to a Healthy Diet

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Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for overall well-being and longevity. But with so much conflicting information out there, it can be challenging to know where to start. To help cut through the noise, we spoke with some of the top nutritionists in the industry to get their expert advice on how to eat for optimal health. Here are their top tips and secrets to a healthy diet:

1. Focus on whole, unprocessed foods
One of the most common pieces of advice among nutritionists is to prioritize whole, unprocessed foods in your diet. This means choosing foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins. Processed foods, on the other hand, are often loaded with added sugars, unhealthy fats, and preservatives that can contribute to weight gain and chronic diseases.

2. Fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that are crucial for overall health. Nutritionists recommend filling at least half of your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal to ensure you’re getting a wide range of nutrients to support your body’s functions.

3. Don’t fear carbohydrates
Carbohydrates often get a bad rap, but they’re an essential source of energy for our bodies. Nutritionists recommend choosing complex carbohydrates like whole grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables over refined carbohydrates like white bread and sugary snacks. These complex carbs provide sustained energy and are rich in fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full longer.

4. Be mindful of portion sizes
Even healthy foods can contribute to weight gain if consumed in excess. Portion control is key to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing overeating. Nutritionists recommend using measuring cups, food scales, or simply listening to your body’s hunger cues to help gauge appropriate portion sizes.

5. Stay hydrated
Water is essential for keeping our bodies hydrated, aiding in digestion, and regulating body temperature. Nutritionists recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, and more if you’re physically active or live in a hot climate. Avoid sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices, as they can add unnecessary calories and contribute to weight gain.

6. Practice mindful eating
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to mindlessly eat while distracted by screens, work, or other activities. Nutritionists recommend practicing mindful eating, which involves slowing down, savoring each bite, and paying attention to hunger and fullness cues. This can help prevent overeating, improve digestion, and promote a healthier relationship with food.

7. Listen to your body
Ultimately, the best diet is one that works for you and makes you feel your best. Nutritionists emphasize the importance of listening to your body and paying attention to how different foods make you feel. If you notice certain foods cause digestive issues, fatigue, or other discomfort, it may be worth eliminating or reducing them from your diet. Experiment with different foods and eating patterns to find what works best for you.

In conclusion, a healthy diet is crucial for overall health and well-being. By following these expert tips from top nutritionists, you can create a balanced and sustainable approach to eating that nourishes your body and promotes longevity. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all diet, so listen to your body and make choices that support your unique needs and goals.

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Inside the World of Nutritionists: An Expert’s Guide to Health and Wellness

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Nutritionists play a crucial role in helping individuals achieve optimal health and wellness through proper diet and nutrition. These experts are trained to assess a person’s dietary needs and create personalized meal plans to address specific health goals, such as weight loss, improved digestion, or disease prevention.

Inside the world of nutritionists, there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can help individuals make informed decisions about their diet and lifestyle. Nutritionists are well-versed in the science of nutrition and can provide evidence-based recommendations on how to fuel your body for optimal performance.

One of the key roles of a nutritionist is to educate clients on the importance of balanced nutrition. This means understanding the role of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in the body, and how to incorporate them into a healthy diet. Nutritionists also emphasize the importance of hydration, fiber intake, and portion control in maintaining a healthy weight and preventing chronic diseases.

In addition to providing dietary recommendations, nutritionists also offer support and motivation to help clients stay on track with their health goals. They can help individuals overcome common challenges, such as emotional eating, food cravings, and navigating social situations that may tempt them to stray from their diet.

Furthermore, nutritionists can also provide guidance on interpreting food labels, navigating grocery stores, and making healthy choices when dining out. They can teach clients how to meal prep and plan ahead to ensure they have nutritious options available at all times.

In today’s fast-paced world, where unhealthy food options are readily available and fad diets abound, working with a nutritionist can provide individuals with a roadmap to sustainable health and wellness. By understanding their unique nutritional needs and making informed choices, people can improve their energy levels, mood, and overall quality of life.

In conclusion, nutritionists are valuable allies in the quest for health and wellness. By seeking their expertise and guidance, individuals can learn how to nourish their bodies in a way that promotes long-term health and vitality. Whether you are looking to lose weight, manage a chronic condition, or simply improve your overall well-being, a nutritionist can help you achieve your goals and live your healthiest life.

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