Friday, June 19, 2015

Top 10 Iron Rich Foods

Iron is a trace mineral found in every living cell in our bodies. Iron is a primary component of two proteins: hemoglobin and myoglobin.
Hemoglobin is the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen to the body’s tissues.
Myoglobin is the part of the muscle cells that hold oxygen.
Since iron plays such a critical role in the body, the liver and bone marrow are able to store some iron in case it is needed.
It must be stored inside specialized proteins because free iron can cause damage to the body’s tissues.
Iron deficiency symptoms include:
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Weakened immune system
  • Leaky Gut or IBS
Consuming high iron foods are important for Pre-menopausal women have higher iron needs than men due to monthly blood losses.
If you are low in Iron it is also critical to get plenty of vitamin C in your diet since it increases iron absorption. The RDA for iron is 8mg/day for men and older women, while pre-menopausal women need 18 mg/day and the Daily Value is 18mg.

Top 10 Iron Rich Foods List

1) Liver3 oz: 5.6 mg (31% DV)
2) Beef steak3 oz: 1.8 mg (10% DV)
3) Navy beans½ c: 2.3 mg (13% DV)
4) Black beans½ c:  1.8 mg (10% DV)
5) Spinach½ c: 3.2 mg (18% DV)
6) Swiss chard½ c: 2.0 mg (11% DV)
7) Egg yolk1 large: 0.46 mg (3% DV)
8) Prunes1 cup: 1.6 mg (8% DV)
9) Artichokes1 cup: 2 mg (11% DV)
10) Collard greens1 cup: 0.17 mg (1% DV)
If you are iron deficient consume 2-3 servings daily of these iron food sources.

Top Health Benefits of Iron

EnergyAn iron deficiency is known as anemia. When there is not enough iron, the body cannot make hemoglobin which will result in light-colored red blood cells that cannot transport oxygen.
Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include lack of energy, poor mental function, and apathy. Pre-menopausal women and children are likely to get anemia if they are not consuming enough high iron foods.
Muscle FunctionWithout iron, the primary cells in the muscles, called myoglobin, cannot hold oxygen. Without oxygen, these cells will not be able to function properly, resulting in muscle weakness.
Brain FunctionThe brain is very dependent on oxygen for proper function. If iron is not present, the brain will not receive the oxygen it needs resulting in poor memory, decreased productivity, and apathy.
Children with iron deficiency tend to become irritable, restless, and are unable to pay attention in class. These symptoms will disappear once iron levels are restored.
Healthy PregnancyPregnant women should consume more iron rich foods than anyone else.  Pregnant women’s iron needs are around 27mg daily and this is often covered in a pre-natal multi-vitamin.  Also, pregnant women should consider consuming more healthy fat and folate rich foods during pregnancy.

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  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 4 Medjool dates (found in the produce section)


Place dates in the blender first with the raw, local honey. Pulse until smooth. Then add avocado. Process until smooth. Finish with the raw cacao and blend until well incorporated and has a frosting-like consistency. Frost as normal! Firms up great in the refrigerator and can last up to one week.

Jasmine Oil — Mood Booster and Stress Buster

Jasmine oil, a type of essential oil derived from the jasmine flower, is a popular natural remedy for improving mood, overcoming stress and balancing hormones. Jasmine oil has been used for hundreds of years in parts of Asia as a natural remedy for depressionanxiety, emotional stress, low libido and insomnia.
Research suggests that jasmine oil, which has genus species name Jasminum officinale,works by positively influencing the nervous system. Through aromatherapy or by penetrating the skin, the oils from the jasmine flower have an effect on a number of biological factors — including heart rate, body temperature, stress response, alertness, blood pressure and breathing.
Many people refer to jasmine oil as a natural aphrodisiac because it’s said to have a “seductive” scent that can increase sensuality. In fact, jasmine oil is sometimes nicknamed “queen of the night” — both because of the strong smell of jasmine flower at night and also because of its libido-boosting qualities.

What Is Jasmine Oil?

Traditionally, jasmine oil has been used in places like China to help the body detox and relieve respiratory and liver disorders. It’s also used to decrease pain associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Here are some of the most well-researched and loved benefits of jasmine oil today:
How can you use jasmine oil?
  • It can either be inhaled through the nose or applied directly to the skin.
  • It doesn’t need to be combined with a carrier oil and instead is recommended to be used undiluted for the best results.
  • You can also diffuse it in your home or combine it with other lotions, moisturizingcoconut oil or essential oils for many different household and body uses — like homemade massage oil, body scrubs, soaps and candles, for example.

Jasmine Oil Uses

1. Depression and Anxiety Relief

Many studies have found improvements in mood and sleep after using jasmine oil either as an aromatherapy treatment or topically on the skin, as well as it being a way to boost energy levels. Results demonstrate that jasmine oil has a stimulating/activating effect of the brain and also helps improve mood at the same time.
A study published in Natural Product Communications found that jasmine oil used on the skin over an eight-week period helped participants feel an improvement in their moods and a decrease in both physical and emotional signs of low energy. (1)

2. Increase Arousal

Compared with a placebo, jasmine oil caused significant increases of physical signs of arousal — such as breathing rate, body temperature, blood oxygen saturation, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure — in a study done on healthy adult women. Subjects in the jasmine oil group also rated themselves as more alert and more vigorous than subjects in the control group. The study results indicate that jasmine oil can increase autonomic arousal activity and help elevate mood at the same time. (2)
3. Improve Immunity and Fight Infections
Jasmine oil contains active ingredients, such as benzaldehyde, benzoic acid and benzyl benzoate. These naturally fight harmful bacteria and viruses within the body and on the skin, helping prevent sickness, irritation, fungus and viral infections.
Inhaling jasmine oil, either directly or by infusing it in your home, can help clear mucus and bacteria within the nasal passages and respiratory symptom. Applying it to your skin can also reduce inflammation, redness, pain and speed up time needed to heal wounds.

4. Help with Falling Sleep

Feel like you’re always tired but have trouble getting good sleep? Jasmine oil exhibits a calming effect that can act as a natural sedative and help you sleep better.
A 2005 study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that jasmine tea odor had sedative effects on both autonomic nerve activity and mood states. Inhaling jasmine along with lavender helped reduce heart rate and bring on feelings of calm and relaxation, which are all important for dosing off and avoiding restless nights. (3)
To diffuse jasmine oil in your home, combine several drops in a diffuser along with other soothing oils, like lavender oil or frankincense oil.

5. Decrease Symptoms of Menopause

Using jasmine oil either as an aromatherapy treatment or applying it directly to the skin can help decrease emotional and physical symptoms of menopause and work as anatural remedy for menopause relief.
In a study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, when menopausal women applied jasmine oil to their skin over an eight-week period, they showed improvements in energy levels, mood and menopause-related symptoms, including hot flashes, pain and depression, compared to women who weren’t using jasmine oil. (4)

6. Prevent or Treat PMS Symptoms

Massaging jasmine oil onto your skin or inhaling it can help to reduce PMS symptoms, including headaches, stomach cramps, acne and other skin flair-ups or restlessness.
Jasmine oil uses - Dr. Axe

7. Help with Post-Pregnancy Symptoms

Jasmine can help ease postpartum symptoms, including anxiety, depression, muscle pain and low energy. It also helps balance hormones naturally and has even been used traditionally to increase production of breast milk. Additionally, applying jasmine oil to the skin can help decrease signs of stretch marks and prevent scarring.

8. Reduce Respiratory Infections

Jasmine oil can help open nasal passages and airways and reduce pain associated with colds, flus or other illnesses. To create a natural vapor rub, mix jasmine oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil and eucalyptus oil. Massage it onto your chest, temples, neck and anywhere else you experience pain.

9. Boost Concentration

Diffusing jasmine oil or rubbing it onto your skin can help wake you up and boost energy. Its active ingredients help increase heart rate, body temperature and brain activity that are needed for active learning and problem solving. Try adding some to your bath wash and rubbing it onto your skin during a morning shower to help you ease into the day.
10. Promote Healthy Skin and Fight Blemishes
Jasmine oil is considered an antibiotic and antiviral — therefore, it can help calm skin irritation and inflammation. Try mixing jasmine oil into your lip balm, shower gel or body lotion to reduce blemishes, heal bruises fast, shaving irritation or pain associated with bug bites. Just make sure to first test your reaction to any essential oil by applying a small amount to a patch of skin in order to check for allergies.

11. Create a Calming or Invigorating Massage Oil

Depending on what other oil it’s used with, jasmine oil can either be uplifting or soothing. It can help increase alertness and arousal when needed, but also has a relaxing and pain-reducing effect that makes it a perfect massage oil.

12. Serve as a Natural Mood-Lifting Perfume

Instead of using expensive store-bought perfumes, try dabbing jasmine oil onto your wrists and neck as a natural, chemical-free fragrance. Jasmine oil has a warm, flowery smell similar to many women’s perfumes. A little bit goes a long way, so only use one or two drops at first, and mix it with a carrier oil to tone down the strength of the smell if you’d like.

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The Top 8 Foods That Blast Fat.

1. Avocados

Avocados are high in healthy, fat-burning monounsaturated fat that helps reduce weight and increase optimal health. Avocados contain a rare form of sugar,(found primarily in avocados) called mannoheptulose. Mannoheptulose helps to lower excess insulin levels that can prevent you from storing fat.

2. Wild Salmon

Salmon is a treasure trove of weight loss goodies. It contains healthy omega 3 fats that help to reduce and reverse the fat cell inflammation result from weight gain. It is also high in protein. Protein is one key to triggering specific hormones such as CCK to help you feel as if you have had enough to eat. Protein also helps to synthesize muscle and muscle is metabolically active – helping you to burn calories even at rest.

3. Raw nuts

Raw nuts Like nuts? You are in luck if you want to lose weight. Eat any kind of nuts for fiber to ward off hunger and to also get a good dose of protein and healthy fats to help you burn fat faster. Raw nuts such as raw pistachios, brazil nuts or almonds help to produce more testosterone naturally. Make sure you eat raw & organic nuts instead of roasted & salted to get the full weight loss and nutrition benefits.

4. Hot Peppers and Mustard

Hot Peppers and Mustard add where you can, Chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers or 1 tsp. hot mustard to increase your fat burning metabolism by 20-25%% for up to 3 hours after eating. Hot peppers and mustards can help reduce your appetite by increasing your body’s norepinephrine and epinephrine levels.

5. Green Tea

Green tea is more than just flavored hot water when it comes to weight loss. This special tea, research shows, is loaded with potent antioxidants called catechins. The most important of these is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), a substance that boosts metabolism. To achieve weight loss benefits drink 2-3 cups a day. Also, compounds in green tea increase levels of hormones that tell fat cells to break down fat. This releases fat into the bloodstream and makes it available to utilize as energy.

6. Olive Oil

Olive Oil there are a lot of healthy reasons to add olive oil to your grocery list for optimal health, but for weight loss, oleic acid in olive oil exerts a mighty effect that takes place in the small intestine. The oleic acid is transformed in the small intestine into a compound called OEA (oleoylethanolamide) that stops hunger and suppresses appetite by sending signals to your brain telling it you’re full.

7. Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)

Garbanzo beans also known as chickpeas, these slimming beans pack more than 2 grams of Resistant Starch per half-cup serving. Resistant starch is just another type of dietary fiber that very effectively makes you feel fuller longer. Garbanzo beans are also a great source of fiber and protein.

8. Nutrients

Okay, not a food but studies show that those who are deficient in nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, Magnesium and Zinc, have a higher percentage of body fat and belly fat and if that isn’t bad enough..these deficiencies can create bodies that can stubbornly hold on to fat.

The above foods are not only remarkable in helping you to lose weight, they are also an important part ofcreating optimal health. Go ahead and add them to your shopping list so you have them on hand and watch them help kick weight gain to the curb.

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