For Longer Life, Eat This Not That

Good Foods, Bad Foods and How They Affect Your Health

Apple
Sliced Apple

In a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, it reports that if you eating the right foods in the right amounts, your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes could be cut in nearly half.

That’s pretty impressive, but what does “eat right foods” mean?  It turns out that “sub-optimal” diets are the undeniably cause in the development of illnesses.  So, that being said, if you’re at a loss for what is good for you and what’s really not here are some food and/or dietary components that affect your health the most.

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Soybean and corn oils
  • Processed and unprocessed meats
  • Omega-3 fats
  • Sugary drinks
  • Seafood
  • Grain, nuts and seeds

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Is Your Flaxseed Rancid?

Is Your Flaxseed Rancid?

Flax Seeds

Fresh flaxseed oil clear, golden-yellow color free of cloudiness.  Flaxseed oil might contain particulates of ground flaxseed.  These particulates contain lignans, a beneficial class of phytoestrogen, and the label is marked “high-lignan.”  To check for rancidity, pour a tablespoon or two of flaxseed oil in a wine glass and hold it up to the light while tilting it slightly.  If you notice haziness or a dark-brown or dark yellow color, you have rancid flaxseed oil.  Rancid flaxseeds have a discolored, cracked, soft or otherwise damaged seed coats.

How to Know Whether Flaxseed Oil is Fresh or Rancid

Flax oil has a mild nuttiness like raw sunflower seeds or sesame seeds.  Fresh flaxseed oil gives a ligtness when inhaled.  To check the aroma of flaxseed oil, pour a few tablespoons in a wine glass, the shape makes a the aroma more perceivable.  Put your nose in the wineglass and inhale deeply.  Rancid flaxseed oil has a burnt and bitter odor.  A smell similar to used frying oil.  Any smell that deviates from nutty and leans toward bitter or burned indicates rancidity. Read More

What Are The Benefits of Ginger Oil?

Ginger has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, which make a potent home remedy.  You can use it for pain relief or motion sickness also.

Benefits of Ginger Oil

Ginger Root
Ginger Root

Ginger oil has many benefits associated with anti-inflammatory, digestive, antiseptic and stimulating properties.

  •  Pain-Ginger and ginger oil can help reduce day-to-day progression muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
  • Nausea, especially morning sickness-Ginger oil helps promote proper digestion, and can be a great remedy for spasm, dyspepsia, indigestion, and flatulence.  It can also increase your appetite, which is good for people who are trying to gain weight.
  • Food poisoning-Ginger oil’s antiseptic and carminative properties can help treat food poisoning, as well as intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery(chronic indigestion).
  • Respiratory issues-Ginger oil can help relieve and treat coughs, flu, asthma, breathlessness, and bronchitis.  Fresh ginger can actually remove mucus from the throat and lungs,  and is commonly added to tea for its soothing effects.
  • Heart ailments-Using ginger oil regularly can reduce your risk of blood clots and arteriosclerosis, as well as help decrease bad cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • Chronic disease-Research in the journal of Nutrition suggests that a daily intake of 2 to 4 grams of ginger may help prevent chronic diseases.

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