Friday, December 26, 2014

The Many Health Benefits of Avocado

Avocado Uses and Health Benefits
Discover interesting facts about avocado, including its uses and benefits, through the infographic "Avocado Uses and Health Benefits: Facts About This Food". Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.
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Live Longer with This Diet

This  article by Dr. Colbert - Divine Health

A recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital associate professory Immaculata De Vivo suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet could be the beneficial in prolonging your life. While history has already shown the diet to be good for lowering your weight and your risk for cardiovascular disease, this new information boosts the idea of increased lifespan.
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The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet is high in fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, nuts, and unrefined grains. It also has fish and olive oil. Meat, dairy and saturated fats are kept as low as possible. Red wine is allowed with a dinner meal. Many Mediterranean diet meals are seasoned well and provide delicious meat-free alternatives to be incorporated into any family setting.
Fruits and Dried Fruits
(apples, bananas, berries, figs, oranges, peaches, plums, pomegranate, strawberries)
(acorn squash, alfalfa sprouts, arugula, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, romaine, shallots, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, zucchini)
( barley, oats, quinoa, rice, wild rice, cornmeal, polenta, whole wheat pasta and noodles, whole wheat pitas, tortillas, and breads)
(fava beans, chickpeas, lima beans, white beans)
Nuts, Nut Butters, Seeds
(Olive oil, peanut oil)
Herbs and spices
Fish, Shellfish (not recommended), Seafood
( anchovies, cod, flounder, halibut, salmon, sea bass, tuna, shrimp, clams)
Shellfish e.g. clams, mussels, shrimp
Further Insight Into the Study
The study took data from women from the Nurses' Health Study, 4,676 of them, and looking at their diets. The women who ate a Mediterranean diet were shown to have longer telomeres, which are thread-like parts of the chromosomes that protect the strand. Telomeres help protect the genetic components of DNA. Over time, people's telomeres shorten. As they shorten, there is a higher chance of age-related disease and a lower life expectancy. Keeping telomeres longer and reducing the rate at which they shorten, could be the key to advancing life expectancy.
Risk Factors for Telomere Shortening
These include:
Sugar-high food and drinks
Eating antioxidant rich foods such as those on the Mediterranean Diet can help reduce inflammation and tress on the body.
Test Calculations
The study took the women and had them do blood testing and food diaries to address the link between telomere length and the Mediterranean Diet. They calculated a diet score between 0 and 9, with 0 being a diet that did not relate to the Mediterranean Diet and 9 being strictly the diet. With each single point, there was an average of 1.5 years of telomere aging. While you can't regrow telomere length, you can stop its progression. Another finding was that not a single food item was a superfood, rather the whole diet was the important factor in telomere length.

Monday, December 1, 2014

How to use Coconut oil

coconut uses infographic
Learn how the coconut tree provides all-around benefits -- from its husks and roots to coconut oil -- through our infographic "Plant of Life: An Infographic on Various Coconut Uses." Use the embed code to share it on your website.