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The Benefits of Edible Gardens

While many people use garden plants for ornamental purposes only, others have found some creative ways to make their gardening space into something more delicious. Enter edible gardens, a new trend that has people planting varieties of fruits and vegetables in their backyard that have a range of health benefits.

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While many people use garden plants for ornamental purposes only, others have found some creative ways to make their gardening space into something more delicious. Enter edible gardens, a new trend that has people planting varieties of fruits and vegetables in their backyard that have a range of health benefits.

 

Having an edible garden is very appealing, especially if you include some herbs and fruit trees in your yard. If the space in your yard is limited, you can choose to plant the herbs that offer you aesthetic and utilitarian benefits. If you want to minimize the time you allocate to maintenance, avoid planting the annual varieties that you will have to replace every year. Choosing the following perennial plants will help you to improve your health while beautifying your property:

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a fragrant plant that comes with lots of health benefits. Besides its fame as a culinary condiment, this plant is known for its appealing perfumes. In addition to spicing up your food, it is a great source of calcium, vitamins, and iron. Growing rosemary in the garden is quite easy since the hearty plant requires little maintenance once established. Whether you want to extract the powder from the dried leaves or use it in its fresh form, you can add this to any dish and improve your health significantly. Rosemary has plenty of medicinal benefits that include alleviating muscle pain, boosting the immune system, and improving memory.

 

Pawpaw

Since the pawpaw is rich in fiber, it helps you to metabolize other foods more easily. It also has plenty of vitamin B-6, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, and all the folate that you need on a daily basis. These powerful benefits have helped it become a favorite addition to an edible garden. Pawpaw provides a range of B-complex vitamins that work together to facilitate the conversion of protein, fats, and carbohydrates into energy. Besides its nutritional benefits, pawpaw comes with lots of therapeutic applications. The antioxidants combine with Vitamin C to boost your immune system while keeping any free radicals at bay. In addition to improving your immune system, pawpaw helps your body to easily ingest and break down other minerals that contribute to your overall health.

 

Lavender

Besides its ornamental benefits, lavender plays a huge role when it comes to eliminating free radicals from the body. You can find a ton of free radicals in the atmosphere, mostly due to environmental pollution. Considering that free radicals can cause cancer and shut down the immune system, including some herbs that enrich your body with antioxidants that help to fight these pesky polluters is a good idea. In addition to strengthening your immune system, lavender is responsible for:

 

  • Reducing the emotional stress and anxiety
  • Healing of wounds and burns
  • Improving sleep and brain functions
  • Healing acne and improving the appearance of your skin
  • Slowing the ageing process with the powerful antioxidants and minerals

 

Edible gardens give your property a great visual appeal while helping you to improve your health. As the trend continues to grow more and more popular in urban areas due to limited green space, it’s important to remember that this trend can still be carried out in open spaces as well. When planning what to include in your edible garden, be sure to include some edible herbs such as alliums, chrysanthemums, cinnamon, and garlic in addition to the choices above. Most of these herbs have the therapeutic and antiseptic qualities you require to improve your health. Trendy and impactful, urban gardens are truly the perfect blend of health of beauty.

 

This article originally appeared on ThorstenHagemann.uk.

5 Microbiome Myths

Your body’s microbiome is made up of all of the bacteria in your digestive system. A current nutrition theory is that when you have more good bacteria than bad bacteria you will experience better overall health. Science has just begun to examine gut health and how it relates to chronic disease, but there are some common myths that have already been discredited.

Your body’s microbiome is made up of all of the bacteria in your digestive system. A current nutrition theory is that when you have more good bacteria than bad bacteria you will experience better overall health. Science has just begun to examine gut health and how it relates to chronic disease, but there are some common myths that have already been discredited.

 

Here, we’ll discuss a few of those myths and why they don’t hold up next to the facts.

 

All GMO Foods are Detrimental

 

Proponents of microbiome health plans tend to mention GMO foods as dangerous. The problem is that the term GMO applies to a wide swath of genetically engineered foods. Some GMO foods have only been slightly modified, while others have been drastically changed. None of the scientific studies has proven that GMO food is less healthy than the same type of food grown without any modification.

 

Probiotics Include all Fermented Foods

 

Not all fermented foods work as probiotics. A true probiotic contains enough live microorganisms to impact the number of bacteria in the intestines. Some fermented foods contain bacteria that will die as soon as they are exposed to oxygen, which means as soon as you open the container the bacteria are ineffective anyway.

 

Avoid All Sugar

 

Leaky gut syndrome occurs when the mucous layer in your intestines becomes porous, which allows substances to come into direct contact with the epithelial layer. The most common advice for avoiding leaky gut is to cut all sugars out of your diet. The trouble with that method is that many nutritious foods contain sugars that are necessary for good health. Cutting out sugar has not shown a definitive benefit, but in fact has caused nutrition problems.

 

Bacteria Outnumber Other Cells 10 to 1

 

As recently as 10 years ago scientists believed that the human body contained 10 times more bacteria than other kinds of cells. Modern researchers have discovered that the true ratio is closer to 1 bacteria cell for every 1 other type of cell. The science regarding microbiome health is changing rapidly as more research is conducted.

 

Fiber and Fermented Foods are Best for Gut Health

 

Many of the digestive problems that are blamed on the microbiome can be treated by eating more slowly, avoiding too much caffeine, or eating regularly. Fibrous or fermented foods are not always a cure-all for these problems. In fact, fiber can cause illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome to become even worse. It’s always best to consider your entire eating schedule and make healthy adjustments for long term results.

 

To learn more about microbiome health, visit my blog at ThorstenHagemann.com where I discuss microbiome research at even more length.

 

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How To Eat Healthy Fats

Many people will tell you that fat is bad for you. After all, fat can be quite dangerous if too much is accumulated within the human body, leading to obesity concerns and a lesser quality of life. What may surprise you, however, is that not all fat is bad fat. In fact, some foods that are rich in the right types of fats can actually be extremely healthy. When you think about it, our bodies need some types of fat in order to survive. The types of fats that will improve your health certainly don’t come in the form of junk food type snacks, but rest assured that fat is not all that it’s painted out to be. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the foods with good fats that you should be eating and why they are considered a healthy item.

Thorsten Hagemann How To Eat Healthy Fats

Many people will tell you that fat is bad for you. After all, fat can be quite dangerous if too much is accumulated within the human body, leading to obesity concerns and a lesser quality of life. What may surprise you, however, is that not all fat is bad fat. In fact, some foods that are rich in the right types of fats can actually be extremely healthy. When you think about it, our bodies need some types of fat in order to survive. The types of fats that will improve your health certainly don’t come in the form of junk food type snacks, but rest assured that fat is not all that it’s painted out to be. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the foods with good fats that you should be eating and why they are considered a healthy item.

 

Avocados

There are a ton of medical benefits when it comes to Avocados. Full of the healthy fats, oils, and acids that your body craves, avocados actually contain a special monounsaturated fat that contains acids that will fight off hunger pangs. Along with the healthy fats, they are a great source of protein and fiber, making this fruitful fruit the perfect snack.

 

How to Eat: Avocados can be enjoyed in many different types of ways. Either sliced to be eaten on their own, or mixed up into guacamole with a side of chips, this delicious source of healthy fats will satisfy your hunger and build up your body.

 

Walnuts

Small but mighty, this nut is one of the best sources for several acids that are essential for your health. These include omega-3 fatty acids, otherwise known as an alpha linoleic acid, which is mainly found in plants. This small snack has the ability to improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of blood clots that lead to heart attacks. This is certainly one addition to your diet that you’ll be happy you added!

 

How to Eat: Similar to the avocado, walnuts are a great snack on their own or when mixed. If you are going to mix your walnut serving with something, many nutritionists suggest a trail mix partnered with other healthy nuts and dried fruits. You can also add walnuts to salads to give it an extra crunch.

 

Fatty Fish

Fish is a wonderful food to incorporate into your diet. Robust with flavor without weighing your stomach down, this light option can provide some crucial fats. By eating fatty fish dishes with salmon, trout, or herring, you’ll be gaining a lot of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of protein as well.
How to Eat: Easy to prepare, fish can be served as the main dish of your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Not only can it be enjoyed in it’s entirety as an entree, you can also have smaller servings of fatty fish in cooked sushi, on salads, or as part of a ceviche or seafood appetizer.

 

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Foods That Boost Your Mood

Sometimes something as simple as what you eat can improve your mood. With astonishingly less side effects than your leading mood-enhancing prescription, and definitely with less withdrawal effects, take a taste of these four foods to lighten your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and combat depression.

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Sometimes something as simple as what you eat can improve your mood. With astonishingly less side effects than your leading mood-enhancing prescription, and definitely with less withdrawal effects, take a taste of these four foods to lighten your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and combat depression.

 

Coconut

Columbia University found that just the scent of coconut reduces blood pressure, and coconut in its oil form is also considered to work better than anti-anxiety drugs in certain cases. Taking one to two teaspoons of coconut oil has been discovered to have the following benefits:

 

-Improves digestion

-Improves metabolism

-Higher testosterone levels

-Enhanced thyroid function

-Overall virus and bacteria elimination

-Inhibits certain cancers

-Heighten immune system

-Improves cardiovascular health

 

This overall boost in general health also almost instantaneously serves as a boost to your mood- healthy body equals a healthy mood. Make sure to purchase virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed to avoid unhealthy fats and to receive more potency.

 

Fish

Fatty, oily fish such as rainbow trout, tuna, salmon, and mussels allow the mood to be boosted by its high omega-3 content. Omega-3s are not produced by the body and enhance the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body. Dopamine is a chemical related to exciting and happy experiences, and low serotonin levels are linked to suicidal tendencies, depression, and over aggression.

 

Fruits and Vegetables

Numerous prestigious studies have found undeniable evidence that increasing fruit and vegetable intake improves not just the mood, but a person’s overall psychological health. While it has been found that only one in four Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily, it has also been found that only 11 percent of Americans consider themselves to be in a generally positive mood most days out of the year. The CDC recommends that adults consume up to 2 cups of fruit and day and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, and studies have found that increase fruits and vegetable intake to at least 8 portions causes the same upward mood change as becoming employed. Fruit high in antioxidants such as strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, the wonderful acai fruit, and the mulberry work great for boosting the mood. Vegetables such as red and yellow peppers, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens have the highest competency in boosting your mood.

 

Chocolate

The news will make a lot of people happy, no pun intended: chocolate is a great source of certain nutrients and helps to increase happiness. Dark chocolate reduces stress hormones, such as cortisol, that run rampant in the body during highly stressful experiences due to its high antioxidant content. Just be sure to be mindful of the high calorie count involved in increased consumption; it is a well-known fact that weight gain is correlated to an instant bad mood.

 

 

Obesity Surgery May Remake Your Microbiome

“Facing extreme threats to their well-being, over 200,000 Americans annually choose to undertake surgical intervention.”

Obesity Surgery May Remake Your MicrobiomeWhile shedding even a substantial amount of weight is increasingly achievable through the use of fitness and nutrition tracking tech, those suffering from severe obesity often require a more drastic form of intervention. Staple weight-loss strategies like starting a new exercise regimen, or cutting calories aren’t always effective, or even physically feasible for morbidly obese individuals carrying over a hundred pounds of excess body weight.

 

Facing extreme threats to their well-being, over 200,000 Americans annually choose to undertake surgical intervention. Bariatric surgery involves altering the stomach so that appetite is reduced and fewer calories are consumed and absorbed. As an emergency tactic, bariatric surgery validates itself by virtue of its results: morbidly obese patients who undergo bariatric procedures often experience tangible weight loss, and can be up to 40% less likely to die prematurely.

 

Gastric bypass surgery is widely considered the “gold standard” of bariatric methods due

to its comparatively high success rate; the procedure involves realigning portions of the stomach and intestines to effectively “bypass” a large part of the digestive tract, thereby limiting absorption of calories and nutrients.

 

Not only does the surgery alter the physical makeup of the human gut, new research suggests it also rearranges patients’ microbial profile in a massive way; according to a recent study backed by the National Institute of Health and conducted by experts at Arizona State University, patients who receive gastric bypass surgery cultivate in their digestive tracts an entirely different (and permanent) microbiome, full of beneficial, weight-loss promoting bacteria.

 

The realignment of gastric bypass patients’ digestive system leaves…

 

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Top Cycling Podcasts

If you’re truly passionate about biking, love for the sport doesn’t stop after going out for a ride. If you’re looking to stay plugged in to cycling news while stuck in the office or looking for some informative background news at home while relaxing, choosing a cycling-based podcast can elevate your day.

Top Cycling Podcasts

If you’re truly passionate about biking, love for the sport doesn’t stop after going out for a ride. If you’re looking to stay plugged in to cycling news while stuck in the office or looking for some informative background news at home while relaxing, choosing a cycling-based podcast can elevate your day.

Since podcasts are easily accessible and only require your ears to indulge, you can take your cycling interests with you everywhere you go. I highly suggest the podcasts listed below to stay up to date on the culture of cycling. Even if you’re new to cycling, there are podcasts for beginners as well. From the top spots on iTunes, to personal favorites, these are the podcasts to follow in 2017.

 

Cycling 360

An informative and comprehensive podcast, the Cycling 360 podcast covers topics such

as, “Cycling Without Stress,” and “Foot Pain and Cycling,” to give listeners real advice for the road.

 

The Cycling News

This world-wide-reaching podcast covers everything about professional cycling. The Cycling News podcast was created by the world center of cycling, and often features interviews with high profile cyclists.

 

Ask a Cycling Coach – TrainerRoad Podcast

This podcast is extremely popular since it gives listeners the chance to have Q & A’s with some of Cycling’s top coaches. Perfect for anyone training for a triathalon or looking for new techniques

Preventive Care Programs and Studies

Preventive care is one of the newest medical trends sweeping the globe. However, it’s practices are derived from classic care being taught in medical school systems for centuries. Essentially, preventive care revolves around the theory that with the proper medical attention and practices, one can prevent harmful diseases and chronic illnesses as well as simple issues such as headaches and pains. With new technology and innovative research, more and more universities and facilities are embracing preventive care as its own separate area of care, including new research and ties to microbiome health. The programs and studies listed here are some of the most highly recognized groups looking to dive deeper into this beneficial market.

Preventive care is one of the newest medical trends sweeping the globe. However, it’s practices are derived from classic care being taught in medical school systems for centuries. Essentially, preventive care revolves around the theory that with the proper medical attention and practices, one can prevent harmful diseases and chronic illnesses as well as simple issues such as headaches and pains. With new technology and innovative research, more and more universities and facilities are embracing preventive care as its own separate area of care, including new research and ties to microbiome health. The programs and studies listed here are some of the most highly recognized groups looking to dive deeper into this beneficial market.

 

UNC School of Medicine

The University of North Carolina is one of the first education courses of its kind. Focusing primarily on microbiome health, the UNC School of Medicine has their own Microbiome Core Facility in which students and staff take on rigorous experimental research. Some of their highlighted areas of research include modulation of the intestinal microbiome by prebiotics, Modulation of the intestinal microbiome and functional effects of probiotics on intestinal cells, and perturbations of the intestinal microbiota.

 

Princeton Longevity Center

As described on their website, the Princeton Longevity Center, located in the U.S., is “…a next-generation preventive medical facility providing one of the most advanced, integrated and individually tailored programs in the country.” Not only does this institution provide services for…

 

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