7 Amazingly Easy Steps to Achieve True Nutrition

In the past few decades, it has become overwhelmingly apparent that diet and nutrition plays a significant role in our overall health.  The old saying “You are what you eat” is taken more literally by the day, it seems.   A lack of various nutrients is linked to almost every type of disease and may lead to chronic illness or even death if the deficiency is untreated.  Likewise, consuming too many of some vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients, may also lead to sickness or cause unwanted side effects (and in extreme cases, may become toxic.)  In this article, we’ll discuss the “True Nutrition” concept and several easy alterations that you can make to your diet today that will put you on the course to obtaining true nutrition.

What do we mean by true nutrition?

As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, by not obtaining any of certain nutrients, not consuming enough of a nutrient, or consuming too much of a nutrient will all produce unwanted side effects or negative changes to the body that may go unnoticed for some time.  So, when I refer to “true nutrition” in this article, I will be referring to an adequate amount of all nutrients with good balance.  It is important to note that all individuals absorb, store, and process nutrients differently due to genetic factors.  Some underlying conditions may also affect nutrient absorption.  For example, people that are lactose intolerant lack an enzyme that breaks lactose down into smaller sugars.  Many people that are lactose intolerant feel bad after consuming dairy products which may make them more susceptible to deficiencies in good sugars, fats, calcium, vitamin D, etc. if dairy products are not substituted with another food that provides these nutrients.

Illustrating portions of food groups for a balanced diet

Educate Yourself about Beneficial Ingredients that Contribute to True Nutrition

The first step to achieving true nutrition is to self-educate on diet and nutrition topics and to make this a reoccurring habit so that you will be informed about the latest scientific evidence on nutritional needs.  Most of the population (excluding the health / medical industry populations) has the perception that we now have scientific evidence for most biological factors of the body and that we have the majority of medical things figured out.  However, this is not so accurate.  While we have a much better understanding of the human body’s biological processes, there is still so much that has not been discovered, or that is not totally understood at this time.  For this reason, today’s true nutrition may be drastically different than next year’s true nutrition.  Most doctors will concur that we probably aren’t giving totally accurate advice, but that we have enough data to know that we’re on the right path towards true nutrition.  So, most likely, true nutrition will not have drastic changes in the near-future.

I remember just 20 years ago being in middle school and learning about food groups and the FDA’s Food Pyramid.  If you were familiar with this illustration, it suggested that the majority of our diets (at least 6-11 servings per day) consist of bread, grains, cereals, rice, pastas and other carbohydrates.  Then, it suggested that we eat 3-5 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruits, 2-3 servings of dairy, and 2-3 servings of meats, beans, and nuts per day.  The pyramid also suggested using fats and oils as sparingly as possible.  However, today we understand that there were quite a few issues with this plan to achieve true nutrition.  The first issue being that the minimum amount of food servings that would be consumed by an individual would be 15 servings.  For a child or person with a low BMI, this can be way too much food to consume (which may have contributed towards some of our current obesity problems in the United States).  Also, this is a massive amount of carbs, starches, and saturated fats (many which will convert to excessive amounts of sugar and fat in the body).  In those days, we also did not fully understand the importance of certain fats and protein necessities either.  We also didn’t realize the amount of benefits that phytonutrients and other nutrients present in fruits and vegetables provide.  And today, there has been quite a bit of talk about how the USDA’s Food Pyramid may have been financially motivated, which would mean that the USDA was simply benefiting corporations over the US population’s health which is their primary duty.  Pubmed is a great place to stay educated on nutritional topics.  Almost all controlled studies are published on Pubmed for the public and others in the medical communities to view.

Determine True Nutrition Goals with Blood Work

After educating yourself about beneficial vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that contribute to true nutrition, it is important to have your dietician or physician conduct a blood test to determine if you’re getting appropriate amounts of each true nutrient.  Most individuals overall consume enough vitamins and nutrients, but it is extremely common for an individual to be deficient or to have an abundance of at least one or two vitamins/nutrients.

The most common causes for nutrient deficiencies are a poor assortment of foods, genetic factors, and other conditions within the body that prevent nutrient absorption.  By obtaining blood work, your physician will quickly and accurately be able to identify these imbalances affecting true nutrition and will be able to recommend the best plan of action to get these nutrients within normal ranges.

Importance of Phytonutrients in True Nutrition

When the majority of us were children, we probably all heard “Take your vitamins!” on a daily basis.  These days, we still hear it – just from online ads versus our parents.  Less often, do we hear that we need to take our minerals, but the importance of minerals is becoming more evident by the year.  However, a new group of nutrients has come to surface in the last 20 years that go by the name of “Phytonutrients”.  “Phyto” is the Greek word for “plant”, so essentially phytonutrients are nutrients in plants that assist their survival and thwart off threats like bugs, fungi, germs, etc.  As science continues to reveal, if a nutrient is beneficial to the survival of a form of life, there’s a good chance that it’s beneficial for another form of life (considering that we’re all made out of the same organic chemicals).

Some examples of phytonutrients are resverotrol, flavanoids, glucosinolates, carotenoids, phytoestrogens, and Ellagic acid.  Phytonutrients seem to be amazingly effective at fighting cancer, fighting free radicals in the body that destroy tissues, and many can even be converted into vitamins and other nutrients in the body.  Scientists have been studying these phytonutrients heavily and are finding that they are beneficial for a long list of diseases and conditions that humans often contract.  Many scientists are also toying with curing disease with large amounts of the nutrients, since they’re only currently available to us in small amounts in the food that we eat.

As we said, achieving true nutrition is a concept of packing your body full of as many healthy nutrients as possible.  So, why wouldn’t we try to get as many of these phytonutrients as possible?  Well, it may be kind of difficult to get every single one of them, as there are over 25,000 forms that have already been discovered, but the good news is that most common fruits and vegetables come with a huge assortment of them.

Buy REAL produce for true nutrition

It’s becoming more and more evident that people that buy real produce (from local farmers) tend to have higher amounts of several healthy compounds that contribute to true nutrition.  Over the past decade, produce from local/organic farmers versus big box store produce (usually coming from “power farms”) has been heavily debated and studied by scientist and nutritionists.  Power farms are typically corporate suppliers that harvest huge amounts of food in certain pieces of land.  They are equipped with very efficient tools to harvest crops and also use pesticides to thwart off insect threats and other chemicals to help yield high amounts of quality produce.  However, many scientists have hypothesized that the soil that the produce is grown on eventually becomes depleted in nutrients due to plant consumption of these nutrients.  This repeated consumption of nutrients by plants may lead to lower levels of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in the soil.

In addition to soil nutrient depletion, many scientists have also argued that the pesticides and other chemicals used by power farms may be excessive and possibly toxic to humans.  There have even been claims that some of the “harmless” chemicals aiding in maximum produce yields may build up in certain individuals bodies and eventually become harmful versus harmless.  However, most of these claims were not backed up by any scientific evidence until recent years.  Now, many scientific communities are discovering methods of testing not only the nutrient concentration in certain crops, but also discovering methods to test how many nutrients our bodies actually absorb after eating certain foods.

One of these very important studies backing real produce nutrition content, published by the The British Journal of Nutrition, proves that organically grown produce from local farmers contains significantly higher amounts of antioxidants, phenolic compounds, flavones, flavanones, flavoids, carotenoids, xanthophylis, and healthy carbohydrates – all which greatly contribute to total nutrition.

Don’t Forget Raw Foods for True Nutrition

You may have heard of the “Raw Diet” before because the concept of this diet has existed since the 1800s and has been pretty popular in recent years in the United States and other parts of the world.  The diet suggests that people should consume at least 75% of all food intake in its raw form.  Most forms of the raw diet also suggest only eating 100% natural, organic, non-processed, and non-genetically modified foods.  The reason that many believe in this type of diet is because cooking food denatures enzymes and other true nutrients in the food and may denature many of the enzymes that are also available.

Indeed, cooking food does kill off some of the vitamins in the food (especially water-soluble vitamins), and cooking foods may change the form of some important enzymes in the food.  However, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s important to eat 75% raw food.  I believe that the 20-40% range may be more appropriate considering that the majority of people often consume plenty of the essential vitamins and produce many of the enzymes (that are denatured by the cooking process) inside their bodies.  The reason that I would only recommend eating around 30% vs 75% is because studies have shown that eating almost entirely raw does not help contribute to true nutrition and can sometimes even result in negative effects.  Bacteria could be a large contributing factor of these negative effects because cooking food kills nearly all of the harmful bacteria that are found on common foods that we eat.

Add Black Pepper Extract for a True Nutrition Boost

You wouldn’t think that black pepper would have much of an effect on true nutrition at all (besides possibly making foods that we don’t particularly care for taste better).  However, black pepper extract has shown to increase absorption of many different nutrients, and can also increase bioavailability of a wide variety of herbal supplements (ex: curcumin).  What’s also impressive is that only about 5mg of black pepper extract is needed to achieve this huge boost in true nutrition.

Black pepper extract’s patented form goes by the name “Bioperine”.  Black pepper is a form of Piperine which doesn’t have a significant impact on the body alone, but black pepper extract has the ability to inhibit many enzymes that target certain molecules.  By inhibiting the enzymes from breaking down these molecules (like herbal supplement or produce nutrients), the body has a much higher supply that can be absorbed.

A Detailed Diet Plan is Essential for True Nutrition

Nobody said that obtaining true nutrition was going to be easy.  In addition to adapting your taste for healthy foods, feeling hungry, and possibly spending a little more than you normally would while grocery shopping, you’re going to have to do quite a bit of planning.  This step should occur after educating yourself about nutritional content in different foods and how those nutrients interact with each other and your body.  The steps that I take to achieve true nutrition diet planning are:

  • Educate yourself about the most beneficial vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that contribute to true nutrition
  • Determine what you need or lack in achieving true nutrition – The easiest way to determine this is to get blood work done by your physician or a nutritionist
  • Determine your goals for achieving true nutrition – Your physician or nutritionist knows best!
  • Find your favorite ingredients – Find ingredients that are easy to eat and help you achieve your true nutrition goals
  • Determine the right amount of each ingredient needed to achieve your true nutrition goals
  • Coordinate shopping and meal schedule to ensure that food does not spoil
  • Stick to the plan!

 

10 McDonalds v Burger King Foods Compared

With the ever faster pace of the lives we are living, preparing quality home cooked meals has become nearly impossible, which is why the fast food chains have been growing at an exponential rate and pretty much everyone in the western world is now feeding from such chains for a big part. While fast food may often be pretty delicious, it is usually extremely caloric, full of fats and carbs and low in useful nutrients, making it extremely harmful to our overall health.

At the very least, understanding the composition of these fast foods is important to keeping as healthy and possible which is why we decided to take a look at the two top fast food chains, McDonalds and Burger King and compare their products in caloric content and other nutrients.

1. Beef burger

McDonalds Bugrer

In the category of beef burgers, McDonalds burgers are certainly the more harmful one. A single Patty Beef Burger from McDonalds contains 530 calories, 240 of them coming from fat, while Burger King’s Bacon Double Cheese Burger only has 390, 190 of these coming from fats. Considering the fact these two burgers are fairly similar in taste, the Burger King option is definitely the smarter choice, simply having far fewer calories per serving, meaning you will be gaining less fat while enjoying the same dish.

2. Fries

BK Fries

Another area where Burger King beats McDonalds is fries. While small fries at McDonalds have 340 calories and 2 grams of protein, the same serving at Burger King only has 230 caloeries and double the protein. This means Burger King’s fries are not only less caloric but also better for your muscles as well as the difference in protein content will make some difference in the long run. If you have issues with sodium rich foods however, McDonalds can be a better options as their fries don’t come pre salted meaning you can reduce the amount of sodium you take in compared to Burger King fries.

3. Beverages

McDonalds Shake

A 12 oz smoothies at McDonalds is has 210 calories, consisting of 47 grams of carbs with 3 grams of fiber. The Burger King smoothies on the other hand are a bit less caloric, with 190 calories, 44 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber, providing pretty much the same nutritional value each. This makes the choice all yours and when it comes to smoothies we don’t have much of a preference.

4. Hamburgers

Whopper

When comparing McDonalds hamburgers with Burger King Whoppers, we once again come up with McDonalds as winners. The main reason is that McDonalds actually offer small burgers with 240 calories in 98 grams of meat while Burger King only offer a much bigger 290 gram burger with a huge 650 calories. This means eating a hamburger at McDonalds will be a healthier choice, as it will have you ingesting fewer calories and generally eating a smaller meal, which is always the healthier and better choice. Overeating leads to obesity and heart disease, so if you have to eat one, go for the McDonalds hamburger.

5. Salads

McDonalds Salads

If there is one area where McDonalds actually beats Burger King in calorie counts, it is their salads. Because you get an option to order a salad without any dressing at McDonalds, these salads are not necesarrily high in calorie count at all, meaning they can actually be healthy. Burger King salads on the other hand tend to have a lot more calories and in some cases the number goes up to three times higher than that in McDonalds salads.

Burger King is the healthier option in the majority of areas, salads are simply not one of them, and McDonalds must be commended for the fact they offer some fairly nutritious and non-caloric salads to their customers, aside from their other more caloric dishes.

When taking trips to McDonalds you may want to consider ordering a salad instead of a burger every once in a while to combat the calorie count as it is well known ingesting fewer calories will reduce your chances of developing heart diseases, obesity and the other illnesses that plague our fast paces generations.

6. Breakfast menu

McDonalds Breakfast

Both chains offer breakfast menus. McDonalds meny with bacon, eggs and cheese bagel contains 530 calories, with some vitamins, iron and calcium provided by the food. On the other hand, a breakfast at Burger King containing the same food comes with only 370 calories and 10% of the daily intake of the aforementioned minerals and vitamins. Burger King certainly comes out on top in this category as the much lower calorie count does matter a lot.

7. Chicken nuggets

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets in general are not a very healthy choice and a small portion of 4 nuggets at Burger King will come with 190 calories and 360 mg of sodium. The same dish at McDonalds contains pretty much the same amounts of nutrients, again leaving the choice up to you. What we are saying is, if you choose to eat chicken nuggets, it won’t really matter which of the two chains you pick.

8. Fish Food

Fillet-o-Fish

Even the fish burgers at these two chains are pretty caloric. McDonalds Fillet-o-Fish for instance has 190 calories, 5% sugars and 15% protein content, while the Burger King’s altenrative, Big Fish goes even further with 500 calories and the same amounts of nutrients. Burger King’s Big Fish also has more saturated fats than Fillet-o-Fish, making it a generally unhealthier choice and one to be avoided. McDonalds is the clear winner in the fish burger category.

9. Desserts

Sundaee

When it comes to the sweets the two chains compare quite the same. The two desserts we took a look at are Chocolate Fudge Sundae from Burger King and McDonalds, and the two showed pretty much the same stats, with 280 calories and 15 mg of cholesterol in each. Considering they are both the same thing and the calorie counts are not too high, both desserts are reasonable options if you are just looking to treat yourself, but as always, remember not to stuff yourself with these too often.

10. Chickenburgers

McChicken

Burger King offers the healthier chicken burger alternative in their Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich which features 380 caloeis and 730 mg of sodium, as opposed to McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich which has 510 calories and 820 mg of sodium, both higher amounts and more harmful. The huge amounts of sodium in both are however, quite dangerous, but picking the one with less calories and sodium may save you at least a little bit.

 

The 10 Foods That Can Change Your Eye Color In 60 Days

They say eyes are the mirrors of our souls and while the color of our eyes is certainly a thing of genetics it is not something that is 100% set in stone based on our parents’ traits. Not only can you never really tell what someone’s eyes will be like before they are born but the color is also variable throughout life quite a bit. Even simple dietary changes can actually go a long way to changing the eyes color completely.

The iris of the eye is what gives it it’s color. The presence of pigment called melanin is what determined the eye color. This is why eye color changes through the formative years as the concentration of melanin varies greatly during that time. There are three genes responsible for the color of the eyes. We have managed to gain understanding of two of those while the third remains somewhat shrouded in mystery. While we used to think that two parents would necessarily have the offspring with a certain kind of eyes, there is actually a very good possibility that two mixing DNAs can produce a third set of genes unlike the former two, meaning all sorts of anomalies can happen.

What is more, other aspects of our lives can affect the eye color more than you may think and it seems it is possible to change your eye color by changing your diet. Here are the top 10 foods that can help you change the color of your eyes:

10. Uva ursi tea

Uva Ursi

The Uva ursi tea has a soothing effect on your eyes, instantly giving them a brighter look. The Uva tea also has other uses such as urinary tract infection healing and an antiseptic and diuretic. The plant can also be used to cure skin conditions and apparently arthritis, according to some more recent research.

9. Honey

Honey

Adding more organic honey to your diet is one way to enhance the eye color. People who eat a lot of honey tend to have lighter shades of their natural eye color. What is more, honey is great for your health as well, as it has all the good sugars such as fructose which is ideal especially for mail diet as it is great for libido. Honey also alleviates acid reflux and can be used to speed up the recovery of wounds and burns. Honey can also be used against infections of all sorts.

8. Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea

This incredible tea lowers down the concentration of stress hormones in your bloodstream and gives your eyes a warmer hue. It is used to heal mucous membrane inflammations and is used to relieve various gastrointestinal discomforts. It is also used as a soothing bath for anogenital inflammation. When applied topically, it heals all sorts of sunburns and scars.

7. Olive oil

Olive Oil

The wonders of Olive Oil are numerous and alluring. It is the best medicine for every ailment. It’s fascinating components such as the linoleic acid, linolenic acid and oleic acid render a beautiful, soft hue to the color of your iris. This oil is also said to work wonders for joint pain and is termed as the best organic moisturizer. It reduces the effects of stress and lowers the concentration of bad cholesterol in the blood.

6. Ginger

This rhizome is known for its magical powers at reducing the inflammation of the colon thereby preventing colon cancer. It greatly reduces muscular aches, nausea as a result of chemotherapy and ovarian cancer. Research has proved that ginger reduces the symptoms of asthma and heals liver damage caused by over medication. It is also known to relieve the symptoms of dysmenorrheal. It is, in addition to all this, wonderful at bringing gradual changes to your eye color.

5. Onions

Onions

The regular use of onions in the diet has shown gradual changes in eye color and also, in the skin. Onions are also vital in reducing chances of colorectal cancers. These sulphur rich compounds are also infused with vitamin C and works wonders for your skin and hair. A major constituent of onions, folate, is known to alleviate depression and helps cure insomnia. This also keeps the appetite in check.

4. Spinach

Spinach

The carotenoids and zeaxanthin in spinach can give a special kind of youthfulness to your eye color and the high iron concentration will make them brighter. The vegetable is also a powerhouse nutritionally, also containing Vitamin A, magnesium and potassium in great amounts. Spinach also contains the stress alleviating alpha-lipoic acid and has been known to help prevent cancers and asthma as well as reduce the blood pressure and improve bone strengt

3. Nuts

Nuts

If you are keen on changing your eye color, nuts are the primary source of nutrition you should incorporate in your diet. Almonds are the lowest calorie nuts yielding six grams of protein and fourteen grams of fat per twenty-three nuts. Add a variety of nuts to your diet to witness a gradual lightening of your eye color. Avoid using roasted nuts as their nutrients have already been destroyed by exposing them to high temperatures.

2. Fish

Fishhhh

We all know fish contains a ton of great nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K as well as mnerals such as iron and calcium.

Seafood is a rich source of all kinds of vitamins and minerals particularly vitamins B, C A, D, E and K. Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorous are the prime minerals present in fish meat that yield color changes in the eye. This change can be made permanent by including fish products in your diet regularly.

1. Meats.

Meat

Meats are rich in various minerals like zinc and magnesium which are helpful in bringing about color changes in the iris. Meat products provide us with a power house of proteins necessary to maintain all the vital processes of the body. They also help in sustaining a continuous state of well being.

 

8 Incredibly Nutritious Fermented Foods

Fermenting food has been a process used for centuries to keep the food edible longer by killing off the bacteria that would otherwise destroy it. Famous fermented foods include beer, kefir and yogurt. Fermented foods are great for your overall health as they will improve your digestive health by increasing the number of good bacteria in your digestion. There is no better way of naturally increasing the amount of good gut flora than eating fermented food as it contains so many natural probiotics. While you may have never heard of them, these are the 8 healthiest and most nutritious fermented foods out there:

1. Kombucha

Kombucha

Based on tea, Kombucha is another strange fermented food. Kombucha can be black or green and flavored with various herbs and fruit. All Kombucha contains a small amount of alcohol that gets produces in the fermentation process, and some types have been known to contain up to 3% alcoholic content. The drink comes closest to apple ciders in both taste and alcoholic content and depending on how it is made it can have plenty of beneficial health effects.

2. Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

The fermented cabbage known as Sauerkraut is extremely rich in Vitamins B, C and K as well as all sorts of good bacteria including leuconostoc and lactobacillus. Sauerkraut was first made by peasants who needed to preserve food for the winter time but as the time went, it was introduced as a part of diets around Europe all year long. Fermenting cabbage is extremely simple. All you need to do is shred it, put it in some unrefined salt until its nice and juicy and then store it in containers. This way, cabbage will remain edible for up to half a year.

3. Kimchi

Kimchi

Another fermented cabbage dish, Kimchi is in many ways similar to Sauerkraut. Kimchi originates from Korea, which goes a long way to show how international cuisines tend to come up with similar ways of keeping food preserved and cooking it. Kimchi does include some other ingredients like radish, shrimp and red pepper and some ginger is also often included, making a much richer dish than Sauerkraut. There are many different ways to prepare and cook Kimchi but the dish is usually made by sinking Chinese cabbage and other ingredients in salt, killing the bacteria. The good bacteria than work to convert sugars into lactic acid, fermenting the food and it takes several weeks for Kimchi to fully ferment and be ready for eating.

4. Miso

Miso

Miso is a Japanese soybean paste made to add flavor to soups and other similar dishes like dips and sauces. This dish is also made of soy beans, by using salt and a special fungus to ferment the beans. The dish is extremely salty but also very nutritious and good for your cardiovascular health. The dish also has powerful antioxidant features and is one of the main ingredients in the Korean Cheonggukjang soybean paste.

5. Lacto-Fermented Pickles

Lacto-Fermented Pickles

Lacto-fermentation is used to create some of the healthiest and most delicious pickles out there. Using non iodized salt to ferment your cucumbers or other vegetables is what lacto-fermentation requires. This process will lead to your vegetables becoming rich in Calcium as well as antioxidants and good bacteria which will greatly benefit your digestive and overall health. The process of fermentation is extremely simple and almost any type of vegetable will work including cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes and others. Simply add salted water into a jar with the veggies and leave it like that for a few weeks. This will make your vegetables fully fermented, tasty and nutritious.

6. Tempeh

Tempeh

The Indonesian dish made of soy is made using a controlled fermentation process on coy beans. The resulting product looks like a cake or vegetarian burger and is an extremely protein and vitamin rich food with a host of dietary fibers. Tempeh and Tofu, both Indonesian in origin are two very popular and common vegetarian dishes made of soy and used in thousands of international cooking recipes.

7. Coconut Yogurt

Coconut Yogurt

Most yogurts are made by fermenting cow milk and adding other stuff, but coconut yogurt is certainly one of the oddest and most intriguing fermented foods. In addition to the probiotics contained in pretty much any kind of yogurt, coconut yogurt also contains a number of other great nutrients like calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as powerful antibacterial and antiviral features. If you are allergic to dairy or simply prefer the coconut flavor over the regular yogurts, coconut yogurt is a great source of nutrients, good bacteria and other banefits.

8. Kefir

Kefir

A very common fermented drink, Kefir is extremely rich in probiotics, and being milk based also very rich in Calcium. Kefir is made in a similar way to yogurt, using bacterial yeast and the resulting product is a mix of yeast, lactic acid, protein and lipids. All brands of Kefir contain lactobacillus as well althought they may significantly differ in type and quantity. A single night is sufficient to ferment Kefir and the drink actually contains a small dose of alcohol.

 

8 Parts Of Coconuts You Can Use

Coconuts used to not be a traditional part of the American diet but recent revelations as to their health benefits have made various coconut products a very major part of diets of both Americans and Europeans. However, the full potential of this plant is far from harnessed by the most. Coconut can actually be used for much more than just food as both fuel and shelter can be created out of this rich plant and the cultivation of it is 100% sustainable. All parts of the plant can be used for something, from the tree to the fruit and  this is what makes coconut one of the more valuable plants on the planet.

8. Coconut Husks

Coconut Husk

The coconut husks are the outer layer around the fruit and can be used for fuel as a great source of charcoal. Another common use for the husks is burning them as mosquito repellent as the insects hate the smell of burning coconut husks. A natural fiber called coir can also be made of coconut husks and used to make various ropes, mats and other household items, and in some countries even stuff matrasses. Coconut husks can also be used to make floors.

7. Coconut Shells

Coconut Shell

The coconut shells are also a good source of fuel and can also be used to make bowls or other interesting household items. Items such as musical instruments and aquarium caves are also made of these shells and interestingly enough crushed shells can be used as coarse aggregate in reinforced concrete beams.

6. Coconut Palm Tree Trunks

Coconut Tree

The tree trunks of coconut palms are used in some parts of the world to make furniture and even entire houses. Residents of the Hawaii islands use it to make canoes and various containers as well. The timber made of the tree is also used for burning wood and construction materials and has been used as a substitute for many other hardwoods that are less sustainable and endangered.

5. Coconut Water

Coconut Water

One of the more commonly used parts of coconut, the coconut water is found within the fruits and a lot of it can be found on the inside of younger coconuts. The older coconuts also still contain some water but less. The more mature brown coconuts which you usually find in supermarkets tend to have harder meat and are hairy on the outside. Coconut water is completely pure and sterile and it was used in WWII emergency rooms when sterile glucose solution was scarce, and pumped into patients’ veins with success. The coconut oil is extremely healthy and is often used as a refreshing drink by athletes of all sorts after hard training sessions or games.

4. Coconut Leaves

Coconut Leaves

The leaves of a coconut can be used to create items such as brooms and baskets, and are used for this in some parts of the world. In some climate, the leaves can also be used to create roofs and even entire temporary shelters. The central vein of the leaves is so strong that it is used for kindling after drying of and making cooking skewers.

3. Coconut Roots

Coconut Roots

Rare are the plants where so many parts can be used and coconut is certainly one of them as even the roots of the tree can be used to make dye. Simply boiling the roots in water will create the dye. What is more the roots of coconut can be used in medicine as cured for diarrhea and dysentery and are even used for making mouthwash. These roots can even be used to make natural toothbrushes, as strange as it may seem.

2. Coconut Meat

Coconut Meat

The coconut meat is also hidden on the inside of the coconut fruit shell. The meat is very nutritious and generally healthy and can be eaten as such or used to make products like creams and milk. The more and more popular coconut yogurt is also made of the coconut flesh. All these products contain tons of great nutrients and can be bought in most supermarkets in the world. Dessicated coconut meat is what you will most commonly find though and it is a nutritious product in itself.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is made out of the coconut meat and the uses for it are extremely umerous. This highly nutritious oil can be used for anything from cooking to skin moisturizing, hair conditioning and mouth washing. Coconut oil is used in manufacturing of various cosmetics and health products and its benefits include immune system and metabolism boosting as well as improving the function of the thyroid gland. Even more, coconut oil is also a source of energy and a powerful weight loss and heart health protection agent.

12 Amazing Vegetables You Never Heard Of

Eating healthy should be one of our top priorities without a doubt, but for the most of us that means just repeating the same dishes over and over again due to an apparent lack of choices. However, there are a ton of healthy foods out there, vegetables in particular, that you have probably never even heard of. This is our list of 12 interesting vegetables that you probably didn’t know about, but which will allow you to expand your healthy menu and have a more versatile diet.

12 Unusual Vegetables That You Have Probably Never Heard Of:

1. Hubbard Squash

Hubbard Squash

An interesting kind of squash, Hubbard Squash is yellow to orange in color and while the exterior may be somewhat unattractive the inside is packed with all sorts of nutritious goodies including Vitamins A and C, potassioum and dietary fiber. Whether you serve it with pasta or in a stew, this squash will certainly be a great benefit to your diet health-wise.

2. Celeriac

Visually, this vegetable is much different that celery, but it got its name for the similarity in taste. Inside you will find rich deposits of potassium, magnesium and Vitamins B6, C and K. On the outside, you can recognize it by its knobby root and you will be able to buy it at a fairly low price for such a valuable source of nutrition. You can use Celeriac in salads with other delicacies like apples and walnuts or you can cook it and prepare it in a fashion similar to mashed potatoes. The choice is yours and the recipes are many, so have at it.

3. The Purple Sweet Potato from Okinawa

Coming from the tiny island of Okinawa, the home of some of the world’s oldest living people, this potato looks quite normal, if a bit lighter skinned. The inside of this potato however, is quite a bit darker than a regular potato, with dark and purple colors of the interior. The purple pigment inside is actually considered to be one of the sources of the old age people on Okinawa seem to regularly experience, and a powerful antioxidant that cleans your body of all sorts of poisons. The potato is very sweet and can be used in preparation of both regular dishes and desserts.

4. Fiddleheads

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Coming from newly developed fern, this funny named vegetable has kind of a grass like taste and is usually grown and eaten in Asia and France. The vegetable can only be picked during spring and while it is not easy to find in most markets, if you do stumble upon it, you should definitely give it a try.

5. Purslane

Purslane

Most similar to Dandelions and extremely nutritious, Purslane is a popular part of some of the world’s cuisines such as Greek. Purslane is a great source of nutritional fibers and Omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely healthy. Additionally, this peculiar vegetable is also a great source of vitamins C and E and has a lemony taste. You can use Purslane for sandwiches or salads and it is a very light, crunchy veggie which will fit well in many recipes.

6. Romanesco

Romanesco

Romanesco looks a lot like a cauliflower and has a green color of a lime. The vegetable is grown almost exclusively in Italy and tastes just like a cauliflower. It has a very interesting shape as the pattern of the spirals on it is very mathematically accurate, known as the mathematical Fibonacci. While this one is basically same as cauliflower it will certainly make for some more interesting conversations due to this peculiarity. The vegetable is a great source of vitamins C and K as well as dietary fiber and carotenoids.

7. Yardlong Beans

Yardlong Beans

The very long beans that clearly got their name for this trait can actually extend well above two feet, which is amazing for a vegetable. They are best harvested before their seeds begin to grow bigger but after the pods have dried off, making the taste similar to that of Black-Eyed Peas. These fascinating vegetables are usually used for preparation of Chinese Green and Red Noodle.

8. Gai Lan

Gai Lan

Known by some as Chinese Broccoli due to its taste, Gai Lan does not actually contain the florets present in broccoli and is quite a bit more bitter. The vegetable stalks are usually boiled or stir fried in preparation for eating.

9. Oca

Oca

Reffered to as the New Zealand yam for its popularity in this country in the 1800s, the plant is now available around the world and is extremely popular in South America as well as the USA. Oca is a great source of nutrients such as Vitamin C, iron and potassium and since there are so many types of this vegetable, it comes In many various flavors as well. Normally, Oca is somewhat sweeter than potatoes.

10. Mizuna

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Mizuna is commonly used in Japan and is a type of mild mustard green with spicy taste and a variety of powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals present inside. The antioxidants inside it have been known as powerful cancer repellents. For the best results be sure to use the freshest possible Mizuna with green leaves, as they will contain the most nutrients for optimal effect on your immune system.

11. Kohlrabi

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Roughly eaning Cabbage Turnip in German, Kohlrabi is very similar to regular turnips and includes much of the same nutrients including Vitamin C and fibers. The two top layers are peeled and thrown away while the inside has a great taste both raw and cooked. Asian stores will often have this strange vegetable in them and you may find some at the Farmer’s market but not always.

12. Sea Beans

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Also known as Sea Pickles or Sea Asparagus, Sea Beans usually grow in the US swamps and along the beaches of various other countries. The Sea Beans are basically just little seeds with tiny leaves barely visible to the naked eye. The seeds can be eaten without cooking but are very salty and very similar to Asparagus. Using a light butter coating like the French do will greatly improve the flavor and give you a better experience.

 

 

Top 10 Probiotic Rich Foods For Digestive Health

It’s a well-known fact that our gut contains both good and bad bacteria within and that these bacteria can come through a variety of sources. Probiotics are the common name for the good bacteria, most of which belong to either Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium groups. Probiotics serve to help our digestive tract move the food in an efficient way. Probiotics also help with many digestive conditions such as the irritable bowels or diarrhea. One common cause of losing probiotics in our gut is the use of antibiotics that kill of both the good and the bad bacteria and eating foods rich in probiotics helps restore the balance in our guts. Here is the list of the 10 best foods to eat when trying to restore the levels of probiotics in your gut.

1. Spirulina

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Spirulina is a king of food that is very rich in protein but also some other valuable nutrients, like iron, which is fairly rare for non-animal products, making it a great choice for vegans. Another nutrient that is present in a high dose in spirulina is calcium which serves to improve bone health and is great for pregnant women. Spirulina is also a great antioxidant, 4 times more potent than blueberries and its only real downside is the fairly unpleasant taste which can be annulled by eating spirulina as a part of a smoothie or in capsules. Spirulina is of course also a great source of probiotics and consuming it will improve your gut flora.

2. Kefir

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Kefir is one of the more famous fermented foods and is a dairy product similar to yogurt. Many types of good bacteria live in kefir and consuming this food is one of the best ways of restoring your gut flora as there are more probiotics in kefir than almost any other food out there. Kafir, like most dairy products is also high in calcium making it great for your bones as well.

3. Kombucha

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Another fermented drink, kombucha is often used in Asia as an energy enhancer and general health booster. There are a number of probiotics living inside kombucha and along with the vitamins B and C, kombucha is an excellent addition to your diet. This fermented tea is great for most people and may only be somewhat problematic if you tend to have issues with the candida yeast.

4. Miso

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Traditionally made in Japan, Miso is made of beans, rye and barley and is a great source of both types of probiotics. The Miso paste is never eaten alone and is usually used to create either a Miso soup or several types of sauces and spreads, which are all highly nutritional.

5. Yoghurt

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Yoghurt is probably the best known source of probiotics, avalilable in stores in any country of the world. The process of making yoghurt is simple and involves adding bacteria to regular milk. This makes it rich in Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium and since it is made of milk, it is also very rich in calcium. While yoghurt in theory is a good probiotic rich food, it often ends up being trash food because many manufacturers add much sugar and corn syrup to it. A healthy and well-made yoghurt however is the best probiotics source you can easily add to your daily diet.

6. Umeboshi Plums

Umeboshi Plums

Another interesting Japanese food, made of nanko plums mixed with shiso leaves, Umboshi Plums are pink and highly rich in probiotics. These plums are great for digestion and nausea issues and have also been known to help cure hangovers.

7. Sauerkraut

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The famous German pickled cabbage is one of the most commonly found fermented foods in Europe. When properly fermented, sauerkraut becomes a great probiotics source but also a powerful source of vitamins B, C and K as well as magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium, making it one of the richest sources of nutrition you can get your hands on. Sauerkraut is also a great antioxidant and some research has showed it to even reduce the chances of developing cancer.

8. Pickles

Pickles are another easy way of introducing probiotics to your diet. The problem here is that there are two types of pickles. The ones pickled in vinegar are no source of probiotics at all, so you will want to find the ones that are actually fermented. Fermented pickes will usually not be found in normal supermarkets and you may need to find a healthy food store in order to buy some.

9. Tempeh

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Tempeh is made of soybeans and is a common meat replacement used by vegans and vegetarians around the globe. Tempeh is a great source of probiotics but also other micronutrients, such as copper, fiber and vitamin B2. The copper combined with manganese found inside Tempeh serves to greatly enhance your collagen synthesis which helps with healing of all sorts of wounds. Tempeh is a great nutritional source with lots of protein, but due to the very caloric nature it should be consumed in moderation.

10. Kimchi

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Kimchi is another kind of fermented cabbage, similar to sauerkraut, with the addition of radish and cucumbers, which is commonly made in Korea. Kimchi is eaten with almost any meal in Korea and is very rich in vitamins A, B, C and calcium and iron as well as probiotics which help regulate the gut flora.

Nourish Your Skin by Eating These 10 Foods!

The skin is the largest organ of our bodies, with an area of about 20 square feet, but can vary depending on height and weight. Aside from aesthetic purposes and giving us a unique appearance that gives us our identity, the skin serves several major functions in the body. It is a vital organ as it protects the body from all the harmful microorganisms in the environment, and it helps our internal organs through the regulation of heat inside the body, allowing us to adapt better to our surroundings. The skin assists our brain in deciphering the size, shape, and texture of everything we touch through skin receptors. It is only proper for us to take good care of our skin. Food can help nourish our skin by giving it the proper nutrients to make our skin cells become more resistant to damage, as well as maintain its healthy-looking glow. Here are 10 foods that can achieve this goal.

 

  1. Water
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young teenager drinking water after exercise.

It is the basic necessity of every body, as the average adult is composed of 60% water. When we drink inadequate amounts of water, the body automatically directs this to the more vital processes inside the body, leaving the skin dry and dehydrated. Just like a kitchen sponge without water, the skin may look tough, shriveled and easier to break. Also, the pores become rigid, trapping dirt and oil, making the skin prone to acne. If the body takes in a lot of water, the skin gets rehydrated, and the moisture of the skin allows it to become more pliable, allowing pores to secrete the natural oils the face needs to protect it, then shrinking back to normal size, giving the pores a “tighter” look.

 

  1. Soy

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Vitamin E, found in soy, is one of the essential vitamins that take care of the skin, allowing formation of new skin cells and absorbing energy from UV light. This vitamin is an antioxidant, preventing free radical damage to the skin therefore keeping the skin looking young. Although this vitamin is found in the skin, additional intake of vitamin E helps increase its photoprotection properties, giving additional benefits to the individual. Soy also contains isoflavones that aid in improving skin elasticity and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles, improving the overall appearance of the skin.

 

  1. Pumpkin

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Beta-carotene found in cooked pumpkin is the reason why it made the list as one of the foods that promote skin nourishment. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A inside the body, which in turn is converted into retinoic acid. The effects of this substance lead to the development of fewer wrinkles and a smooth skin tone. It also promotes collagen, and prevents its breakdown, leading to healthy, elastic skin cells that are resistant to damage, therefore preventing fine lines and creases.

 

  1. Oysters

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Oysters contain a primary substance needed for skin health: zinc. Eating only 6 oysters gives you 500% of your daily-recommended amount of zinc in only 57 calories. Zinc is needed for cell growth and replication, and has been found to be an agent for clear skin. Zinc deficiency can lead to a lot of skin, nail and hair problems, like white spots on fingernails, hair loss, dry skin and acne. Supplement your diet with zinc or eat zinc-rich foods such as oysters to help boost your skin health.

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate (in this case, 70% cocoa or higher), is beneficial for the skin through multiple ingredients that fight off aging skin and acne breakouts. It contains flavonols, which are antioxidants that aid the skin to help it ward off damage from the sun, which can lead to wrinkles. It also increases blood flow to the skin, improving hydrationg as well as skin thickness, thus keeping it looking fresh and moist. Another reason to consume dark chocolate is because it lowers stress hormones that cause the breakdown of collagen in the skin leading to wrinkle formation. It also assists in preventing sunspots by fighting off free radicals that oxidize and create unsightly marks.

 

  1. Kiwi

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As one of the leading vitamin C sources in the world, kiwi has a lot more to offer than a boost in immunity. This fruit is way underappreciated and it’s about time to add it to the diet of those who want their skin to be healthier. The vitamin C in kiwi helps in the repair of damaged tissues, as well as their growth. It also affects collagen formation, and will affect elasticity, wound healing and damage resistance of the skin. Kiwi also has antioxidants that help prevent wrinkles and fine lines, as well as adds protective shielding from UV skin damage.

 

  1. Eggs

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This breakfast staple contains protein and zinc, two things needed for healthy skin repair and rejuvenation. Wounds can cause the skin to become scarred and unsightly, and although the protein in eggs does not guarantee the avoidance of scarring, it definitely helps give the body enough nutrients to promote a healthy wound-healing process. Zinc assists in keeping the skin healthy, and prevents problems associated with deficiency that may affect hair and nails as well.

 

  1. Pomegranates

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Polyphenols in pomegranates are antioxidants that help keep skin blood flow abundant, causing the skin cells to appear rosy and well nourished. This results to healthier cells and less formation of ageing spots, fine lines and wrinkles, all the while keeping the skin moisturized. These polyphenols have also been found to reduce the risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers, and therefore serves a photo-protective effect on the skin.

 

  1. Red wine

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Although red wine can seem counter-effective because after all, it is an alcohol and alcohol is supposed to dehydrate us, it still has its own role in keeping the skin healthy. A study has shown that sunspots are less likely to form in people who consume at least half a glass of red wine a day. Red wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol, which prevents tumor formation and battles oxidative stresses from the sun. A good way to consume red wine is by washing it down with plenty of water after consumption to prevent the skin (and your body) from becoming dehydrated.

 

  1. Sunflower seeds

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These little seeds are packed with vitamin E, an essential compound for skin health. It helps keep the face pimple-free, according to a study in Experimental Dermatology, wherein people with lower amounts of vitamin E were more prone to pimples compared to those who had higher blood levels of vitamin E. It is said to help the immune system battle inflammation, which is the main cause for acne formation.

Top 10 Energy Boosting Foods

Food we eat is the main source of energy and other things our body needs to survive. We draw all our power from the nutrients we ingest through food or supplementation and it should come as no surprise that some foods will help greatly improve your energy levels.

Carbohydrates are normally the main source of energy in our organism and in lack of those, the body starts to burn fats and proteins for energy. While these are the main sources, there are also many compounds out there hidden in various foods that can further power up our bodies and make us more energized. This is the list of the 10 foods that will boost your energy and quickly improve your productivity when you are feeling down.

1. Wholegrain cereal

Wholegrain Cereal

Glucose is one of the best sources of energy and mixed with dietary fibers, wholegrain cereal are fantastic source of fuel for your body. Eating complex carbohydrates found in these cereal is much healthier than eating processed foods as they will give you more sustained energy, without the crashes caused by processed sugars and low quality carbs. What is more such sugars cause your insulin to skyrocket, resulting in fat being stored more easily, which can lead to obesity. Wholegrains on the other hand keep your insulin levels in check and help you maintain a healthy metabolism without such issues.

2. Nuts

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With a high concentration of good fats, fibers and protein, nuts are one of the healthiest foods out there. The high concentration of protein in nuts can help you recover after workouts or long days of work and the good fats in them can serve as an excellent source of sustainable energy. Having the extra source of energy should your cabs be depleted is always a good idea and recent studies have claimed that eating a diet rich in fats is a much better idea than eating a carb rich diet anyway.

3. Quinoa

Quinoa

The extremely high concentration of amino acids and protein in this peculiar grain makes Quinoa on of the world’s healthiest foods. The amino acids lysine and cysteine and other ingredients like magnesium and phosphorus make Quinoa a very powerful dietary choice. The balance of nutrients and amino acids in Quinoa serves great to balance your energy levels while also supporting the function of cardiovascular and digestive systems.

4. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Even small doses of pumpkin seeds will serve to greatly power your body as the seeds have a similar structure to Quinoa. Using pumpkin seeds in your post workout shake will also help your body recover fast and recover the energy you lost during a workout, so it is a great idea to use them in that way as well.

5. Guarana

Guarana

Very commonly used in energy drinks, Guarana comes from a Brazilian shrub and contains a lot of caffeine. In its purest form, Guarana seeds, Guarana can contain up to 100% more caffeine than coffee. Everyone knows that caffeine is one of the most powerful stimulants, so consuming Guarana berries will help keep you stimulated and the theobromine in them will support the function of your central nervous system.

6. Goji Berries

Goji Berries

Somewhat less known that the likes of Quinoa, Goji Berries have been a source of energy for the Chinese people for many centuries. Goji Berries increase your blood flow, improve brain activity and recover your muscles which causes you to feel more rested and energized when consuming them. The blood flow boost will also reduce stress and improve your libido which can often be impaired by being fatigued. Goji Berries are one of the less known but very powerful energy boosters out there.

7. Chocolate Milk

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Maybe not as healthy as some of the others on the list, chocolate milk is still a pretty good energy source. Chocolate milk contains potassium and alectrolytes which help with muscular function and blood acidity. Sweating through hard work or exercise makes us lose electrolytes and drinking this product will help us replenish them which boosts energy and alleviates fatigue.

8. Soybeans

Soybeans

Another food rich in the energy converting Vitamin B as well as valuable minerals, soybeans are another great energy source. Vitamin B turns carbs into glucose which your body can use for fuel and also helps the oxygen transportation which prevents fatigue and makes you more energized. Oxygen depletion leads to tiredness and eating soybeans will alleviate these symptoms and make you feel more powerful.

9. Eggs

Eggs

Protein are the main source of power you need to build muscles and maintain them, and there is no food out there with purest protein than eggs. Eggs are not only rich in protein but also vitamins B and D which are also great for your energy as vitamin B serves to convert the protein into energy and eating eggs to start the day will give you energy for many hours to come and get you through the working hours of the day.

10. Bananas

Bananas are one of those common foods that have lots of nutritional benefits while not being too caloric or hard to digest. A banana has about 100kcal and inside you will find magnesium and potassium, both crucial to keeping a steady blood flow and your body well oxygenized. Eating a banana when you feel fatigued will give you a temporary energy boost and will not make you fat unlike eating a large meal or a smaller one of a very caloric food.

 

12 major health problems caused by high protein intake

Proteins are one of the major nutrients in the food we eat, together with fats and carbohydrates. Besides their role as a nutrient, proteins are the essential component in the structure of the human body and in all processes of growth in the human body. To stay healthy we need to have adequate protein intake in our food. But we need to be careful not to overdo the protein intake. It should be around 30 % of daily intake. Protein share in diet varies in each person and depends on age, physique and activity. If you take too much protein it can harm your health. The following are ways protein can do it.Health issues which are caused by high protein intake

 

  1. Causes constipation and diverticulosis

One of the main reasons of chronic constipation and diverticulosis is the lack of fibers in ingested food. Fiber-poor food can get to an obstacle in digestion already in the duodenum. There are a few fibers in protein rich food. No matter if it is meat, nuts or even vegetables such as ginger.

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2. Increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases

Your blood levels of HDL, LDL and VLDL can get very high if you often use high protein diet. These cholesterol molecules adhere to the wall of blood vessels and reduce their lumen which causes cardiovascular diseases. One way to deal with that is to use Atkins diet which will help you get your cholesterol level in the reference value.

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3. Causes vitamin deficiency

When you concentrate on a high protein intake you do not pay attention to other nutrients such as vitamins.  If you are on a high protein diet there is a bigger risk of developing symptoms of diseases such as anemia, asthma, night blindness which are caused by a vitamin deficiency.

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4. Ketosis development

If you are on a diet which demands a high protein intake you may have nausea or bad  breath. Both of them are side effects of  ketones. Ketones are normally generated substances in our body. But when we ingest a lot of proteins our body starts producing large amounts of ketones. Too much of ketones can create a state of ketosis.

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5. Enhances prion diseases

Prion diseases can be very dangerous, even lethal  such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ( the mad cow disease). Prions may cause irreversible changes in the human brain which alter physiological brain functioning. Since prions are protein particles the main entry way into our body is through the meat products we ingest.

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6. Emphasizes the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

The main symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is clinical dementia. Dementia is developed in later stages of a disease. Some of the early symptoms are different memory, language or orientation problems. If we take a look at a pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease we can see that one of the main causes of symptom development  are beta amyloid plaques. They are accumulated in the brain and on that way they interfere with signal transmission between neurons. Excessive protein intake can lead to accumulation of proteins in a form of a beta amyloid plaques.

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7. Damages the kidney cells

Our body breaks down molecules of protein to its basic elements. One of them is nitrogen which is used as energy source in our body. Nitrogen is carried by the blood throughout the body to the kidneys where it is excreted. When we burden kidney cells (nephrons) with a constant overload of nitrogen we can damage them causing several glomerular diseases. This can result in accumulation of breakdown products in our blood which will disturb homeostasis.

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8. Helps gout occurrence

The human body has a natural way of getting rid of the degradation products. If we burden those ways, degradation products can get accumulated in our body. For example, nitrogen is a breakdown product of proteins. It is excreted by the kidneys. When we have an overflow of nitrogen in kidneys it will produce a large amount of uric acid. After that uric acid is accumulated in joints, particularly in joints of the big toe. It will cause excruciating pain and it will force a man to live a sedentary life.

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9. Increases the risk of cancer

A high protein intake in food can lead elevate blood levels of factors which promote cancer, like Insulin-like Growth Factors (IGF-1).  The risk of cancer development is originated if protein p53 is activated. The risk is especially high for lung cancer.

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10. Damages the liver

The main goal of high protein diet is high intake of proteins. That will in the most of cases cause lower intake of carbohydrates which are the main source of energy for human body.Our body has no alternative but to use proteins to generate energy. On that way ketones will be created in great amounts which can cause the liver damage.

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11. Decreases bone density

You can change the metabolism of calcium in your body if you are on a high protein diet. Your body will excrete the calcium surplus by frequent urination and on that way it will cause osteomalacia and in more severe cases osteoporosis. Another way our body will deal with calcium surplus is by retaining it in our body in the form of kidney stones.

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12. Promotes weight gain

A large number of diseases are caused by overweight. The main cause of weight gain is a large intake of calories combined with a sedentary lifestyle. Protein rich meals are mostly also rich with fat. If we know that there are 9 calories in each gram of fat we can figure out that protein rich meals can cause overweight.

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Variety is the key

The previously mentioned facts should give you an insight what unbalanced diet can do to your body. You should always try to keep your food intake balanced and various. On that way you will have a healthier body.You also need to have fruits and vegetables on your menu.