FOODS To Keep You Healthy And Possibly Cancer Free

Important Advice to Keep You Cancer Free

Imagine having the power to wield an enormous impact on your risk of developing cancer in your future, keeping your energy in check without pills , prescriptions and Doctor visits. In fact, you absolutely do have this power and this article is going to show you how to use it.

While there is no single food or habit that will surely cause cancer, there is also no single food or habit that will surely prevent it. To reduce your risk of being diagnosed with cancer you can influence any number of your day-to-day lifestyle practices, including nutrition. There are several choices you can make to exert a big difference to your cancer risk.

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Let Food Be Your Medicine

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, these are the top cancer prevention recommendations related to diet, nutrition, and physical activity:

Be a healthy weight ~ Check out BMI Chart
Be physically active (10 minutes here and there if an hour is too much)
Enjoy a better diet
Limit “fast foods” (Salts, Oils)
Limit red and processed meat
Cut down on sugary drinks
Limit alcohol consumption
Do not use supplements for cancer prevention
Breastfeed your baby if you can
Avoid smoking and other exposure to tobacco
Don’t get excess sun exposure

In this article, you’re going to learn more about some of these diet and nutrition-related recommendations so that you can wield your power to reduce your risk of getting cancer. You’ll also get some goals, tips, and strategies to make them work for you.

Fun fact: The healthy nutrition strategies in this article will not only reduce your risk of cancer, but they can also reduce your risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and excess weight gain.

[Note that when you hear phrases like “limit” and “cut down” they don’t necessarily suggest that you completely remove all traces of these foods from your diet. It simply prompts you to consider enjoying them less often and in smaller portions as part of an overall nutritious and well-balanced diet.] Everything in Balance.

What is cancer and how can nutrition reduce your risk of getting it?
Behind heart disease (which is number one), cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. Cancer happens when cells—from anywhere in the body—become abnormal and multiply uncontrollably. These cancer cells can cause damage by eventually growing into lumps or otherwise spreading throughout the body.

There are many different types of cancer and many different things can increase and decrease your risk of cancer. Cancer starts when there is an interaction between cells, the genetics inherited from parents, exposures to different compounds and viruses, and any number of other factors.

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Healthy Morning Routine

The good news is that many cancers are highly preventable with a healthy lifestyle that includes an abundance of nutritious foods. In fact, according to Harvard Health, a healthy dietary pattern can reduce your cancer risk by 10-20 percent.

[One of the main nutrition-related factors that can increase risk of cancer is excess weight. Studies show that excess weight can increase risks for cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx, larynx, esophagus), stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, colorectum, breast (post-menopausal), ovary, endometrium, prostate, and kidney.]

[How to] Enjoy a better diet [to reduce your cancer risk] [Incorporate your chosen keyword, if applicable] [H2 format]
What exactly is a “better,” cancer-risk-reducing diet? It’s choosing more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes like beans and lentils. These foods help reduce cancer risk in many ways. For example, they are full of essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Many fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes also contain other health-promoting compounds like antioxidants. Plus, these foods can help protect against excess weight because they can help you feel fuller longer due to their fiber and water content.

Fun fact: Fiber is a health-promoting carbohydrate found in plant foods. It’s a unique type of carbohydrate because it’s one that our gut can’t break it down to digest. This has many health benefits for your digestive system. For one thing, fiber can help you feel fuller and help your digestive system keep things moving and promote regularity. Fiber also supports a healthy gut microbiome by feeding your friendly gut bacteria. Getting your fiber from foods is recommended over fiber supplements whenever possible.

Fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes also contain antioxidants and protein. These foods are known to help protect against many cancers, including colorectal cancer. Non-starchy fruits and vegetables also protect against several cancers, including cancers located in the mouth and throat.

A recommended goal is to eat at least five servings of non-starchy fruits and vegetables and at least 30 grams of fiber each day. You can do this by including non-starchy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes in every meal and enjoying them as snacks. Examples of these foods are:

Flax Seeds




Chia Seeds



a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, pineapple, broccoli, bell peppers, leafy greens, and blueberries
whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat, and oats
legumes include black beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), and lentils

The 10 most high Constipation foods:


Fried Foods


Tender Meat



Highly processed foods

White Rice, White Bread

Not drinking clean water

Limit “fast foods” to reduce your cancer risk

“Fast foods” are convenient foods that are often very processed. “Processed” means they’re heavily manufactured and don’t resemble their natural state. (Think of an apple picked from a tree and how much it goes through to become part of an apple pie). Examples of fast foods include burgers, fried chicken, potato chips, fries, cakes, pastries, candies, and candy bars.

Many fast foods are engineered to be very tasty (“highly palatable”) and are prone to be enjoyed often and in large quantities. Fast foods are almost always high in fat, salt, and starches or sugars. They also usually have a long shelf-life so they can be stored for a long time (e.g., they’re not “fresh” foods that can wilt or go bad quickly). Eating too many fast and highly processed foods is linked to increased weight, insulin, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

The goal to reduce your cancer risk—and improving your overall health—is to limit how often and how much fast food is eaten.

[How to] Limit red and processed meat [to reduce your cancer risk
Meat can be a good source of protein, iron, zinc, and Vitamin B12. However, eating too much red and processed meat is linked to many cancers, with the strongest link being to colorectal cancer.

Red meat includes beef, pork, veal, lamb, and goat. Processed meat is meat that has been salted, smoked, cured, or fermented. These processes are done to enhance the flavor of the meat and also to preserve it and increase its shelf life. Examples of processed meats are hot dogs, bacon, salami, sausages, and deli meats like ham. Research this – check out how much fiber, how do they kill these animals. what do these animals eat–possibly GMO corn?

Red and processed meats can contribute to cancer risk because they may contain or create cancer-causing substances when they’re processed and cooked (charred). They can also contribute to excess weight, which is a risk factor for many cancers.

The goal is to enjoy red meat up to three portions per week and have even less processed meat. When you do eat red meat, you can choose leaner cuts of it, or even substitute it from time to time with other higher-protein foods like poultry, fish, legumes, eggs, nuts, or dairy.

Cut down on sugary drinks [to reduce your cancer risk]
Sugar-sweetened drinks include sodas and energy drinks, as well as sugar added to other beverages like tea and coffee. There is strong evidence that high intakes of sugary drinks contributes to excess weight and increases risk of cancer.

Fun fact: Drinking coffee may protect against liver, endometrial, mouth, and throat cancers. Also, according to Dr. Bulsiewicz Coffee is a Prebiotic and has fiber. Drinking tea (but not maté tea) is linked to a reduced risk of bladder cancer. [(Consider enjoying them with a bit less sugar.)]

Pro tip: Did you know most coffee shops will happily make their signature drinks with half of the sugar/syrup? Simply ask for your drink to be “half sweet” and see if they can accommodate your [goal/aim/ambition/journey] toward better health, request stevia, and/or non-dairy alternatives.

Try to reduce your intake of sugary drinks by having them less often and in smaller amounts. When it comes to benefits of substituting sugar-sweeneted drinks with low-calorie artificially-sweetened drinks, the science is not clear. That’s why the recommendation is to enjoy water and unsweetened drinks.

Conclusion/Final thoughts
Cancer is no small health risk and the empowering truth is that you absolutely have the ability to influence your health and future with nutrition. The foods (and drinks) you consume contribute to your healthy lifestyle to reduce your risk of cancer. And the great news is that these strategies can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases at the same time.

By choosing more fruits, vegetable, whole grains, and legumes, and choosing fewer fast foods, red and processed meats, and sugary drinks, you can exert a big impact on your health. You don’t need to overhaul everything right away because small, sustainable changes to your day-to-day life can lead the way to improved wellness. [You can start by trying one of the recipes/meal plans that I’ve linked to in this article.]

Need help choosing or implementing more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes into your diet? I’m here for you. As a Certified Plant Based Nutritionist, I’d love to help.

[Wondering how to make that broccoli taste great or how to substitute legumes for ground meat? Want more tips and strategies to start kicking those sugary drinks to the curb? Need support to plan, shop, and prepare more nutritious and healthy meals for yourself or your family? Stay on my site to see if my product/program/service can help you.

American Cancer Society. (2020, June 9). American Cancer Society guideline for diet and physical activity.

Cleveland Clinic. (2022, October 19). Anti-cancer diet: These foods may reduce your risk for cancer. Health Essentials.

Didinger, J. C. (2019). Diet and cancer prevention. Colorado State University.

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (n.d.). Preventing cancer. The Nutrition Source.

Key, T., Bradbury, K., Perez-Cornago, A., Sinha, R., Tsilidis, K., & Tsugane, S. (2020). Diet, nutrition, and cancer risk: what do we know and what is the way forward? BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 368, m511.

National Cancer Institute. (2015, April 29). Cancer causes and prevention: Diet.

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All of us want to feel more energetic all day long. You will naturally go through some times of high activity which contrasts with times of rest.

The issue occurs when more energy and concentration will be required when there is more than they can give. Then…you are tired at night and unable to sleep and cannot. Check out these tips and follow them to see if they will help with your energy level.


Staying up late on the weekend and then expecting to wake up refreshed on Monday will not occur if you are not staying on a schedule. If your weekend was super packed and late nights – then go to bed early on Sunday night.


Make sure you do not skip breakfast – eat some protein and fat in the morning. Your brain needs protein, and the body does not store it. Just eat a little bit – possibly a glass of soy milk, a piece of non-dairy cheese or non-dairy yogurt, or a handful of nuts will keep you going instead of pure carbohydrates like a plain bagel.

Take a PowerNap for 5-10 Minutes a Day around Lunch Time Every Day

Take some time off your feet, meditate, do some deep breathing. Take a few moments to yourself and close your eyes.


Yah, Yah, Yah… drink your liquids…. Most people are in a constant state of dehydration from drinking up tons of coffee, tea, and sodas with caffeine. This is very stressful to your kidneys and can cause irritation to your bladder. Keep a travel bottle filled with your favorite flavour water or just plain water and keep with you all the time. Drink a glass of water right when you wake up, one glass at each meal, glass of water between meals. Whenever you leave the house keep your drinks with you.


Do you love to exercise? I don’t know about you … But, we don’t feel right if we go a day without exercising. It really messes with our sleep when we do not exercise. Others would say – exercise regularly – easier said than done. Without staying in an exercise program you will be short of breath + there are so many benefits of staying consistent with an exercise program. Do simple things like taking the stairs, move around when you are in line, do small ankle strength moves to keep you legs strong (and Balance). Park far away (safely) and walk. Clean up your exercise machines, download a podcast or book online = makes time go buy without feeling uncomfortable. Set an example for others!

Discover a Joke A Day

Laughter has serious benefits on your health. The chemicals in your brain experience pleasure, happiness, and peace increase with good, hearty laughs. Do you live alone? Watch funny movies, or ask SIRI to tell you a joke, haha. Think of alternative ways to laugh.

Avoid Confrontations and Situations with Negative Humans

Take Deep Breaths
Deep Breathing is Moving Your Insides

You know who we are writing about …. hmmm… These people will not control your thinking or bring you down. The complainers, gossipers, and generally unhappy souls will only drain your energy. I rather hang out with my dogs. Remember what they say…wealthy people talk/think about future plans and goals, poor people talk about others.

Consume Daily Supplements of the Highest Quality

Best way to get vitamins and nutrients is through what you eat. Some days this will not happen. Dr. Greger has the list of the Daily Dozen that would keep you at optimal health per all his studies. Days when we are able to follow this = our most productive days. Still take Amla powder, Black Curcurim, Flax Seed, Vitamin D, B12, Artichoke, Turmeric, Cinnamon, B6, Dandelion Root +++ daily.

What do you take daily?

Dr. Greger’s Holistic Nutrition Daily Dozen


Want to Clear Your Skin? Then Check out these Little Acne Skin Care Tips

As long as you know some wise skin care tips, acne will no longer be a problem. To have glowing skin is inexpensive to accomplish and using natural methods are an asset to know to have yourself some glowing skin.


Oil, they say is thicker than water. But —– Water is the plainest, most natural substance that you can use for acne skin care. When you wash your face, do it gently. Do not rub and scrub – you must wash it gently (Possibly use a Clarisonic brush). For the best acne skin care when washing your face use a mild NATURAL cleanser 3 times a day – Morning, Noon and Night. After a heavy workout you will need to clean your skin, too. Drinking lots of filtered water will keep your skin and body hydrated.

Drink. Water
Drink Water – Does wonders for your skin.

Do Not Pick Your Zits!

When you prick your pimples and blemishes as if you are picking a bubble – this only aggravates the skin and risks further inflammation and acne scars. Plus – this will also spread infections. Do Not Pick! Also, avoid touching and hand contact with your face (unless you are cleaning it of course) for better acne skin care results.

Shave With Care

Chose the best electric shavers and safety razors you can trust, they will be the most comfortable to use. Men with acne issues do not need to use super sharp blades to get rid of their beard. A regular shaver used with soap and water or a mild shaving cream will help you get that smooth finish. Doctors advise men to shave lightly, and shave only when necessary for acne skin care maintenance.


If you are someone who loves sun tanning or just want the sight of that sophisticated sunburnt look – forget it. This is an acne skin care no-no. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays redden the skin, making the skin drier. Short term the skin seems to be healing, but, long term this can cause more damage. Blemishes can seem more visible, leaving dark scar spots, plus, it can speed up aging and bring serious damage to the human skin. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. You started a great skin care routine – don’t ruin it now by getting sunburned. If you are using dermatology creams or prescribed acne creams you want to avoid the sun as they cause your skin to burn more.

Cosmic Cosmetics

Eye shadow, blush, moisturizers, and other cosmetics should be free from oily substances to permit healthy acne skin care maintenance. Even products used on your hair in forms of gels, aerosols, etc. that come in close contact with your skin may destroy a healthy skin care practice. Read ingredients, choose products labelled as non-comedogenic, those are products which do not provoke the formation and growth of blemishes and other related skin disorders.


An African beauty secret reveals that the power of shea butter which originated from the Karite Nut Tree. This juicy acne skin care tip – Karite Nut Tree was discovered in the semi-arid savannahs of West Africa and Central Africa. People in Africa, women in particular — have relied on shea butter as a vital tool for acne skin care cures for centuries now. Plus their skin shows this. Try adding once or twice a week to your routine until you are used to this treatment – after fully cleansing and toning your skin.


You will not need to visit the most expensive spas to get that destressing facial treatments and avoid spending so much money. Create a home-made magical elixir right in the comforts of your own home by purchasing simple spa tools round online or in beauty stores. Using home staples such as anti-inflammatory pats and antibacterial honey, calming cucumber or chamomile and multi mineral nutrients from nettle tea bags will help kick start your home spa experience. Remember – DIY.


Increase intake of organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink a warm cup of lemon water every morning. Acne skin care tools are free of toxins, will aid blood circulation and cell turnover. A salad or 5 fruits a day- + a handful of greens at every meal (Yes I do this) will keep the acne away and the reading glasses, too.

There is no simple pill or cream cure, medication, or acne treatment for acne problems. But there is a way to combat it by combining a number of these things = your own personal cure of acne. As the sole proprietor of our own skin, we must take full charge of what is our first armour against diseases and bodily injuries— OUR SKIN.

Start with a Healthy Diet (that does not mean clean eating is washing your Chicken), Relaxation, Exercise, Good Sleep, and move daily! Hydrate! Avoid toxic foods, Oils, Grease, and other substances.Balance yourself, your weight and your hormones.

Relax – it will all be OK.

Drink Lotsa Water

Super Greens Incredible Effects on Your Health and Body

Greens 3 – 6 Times A Day is So Good For You

Is it a Secret that eating lots of greens can have many health benefits? You may not know all the good advantages that greens can do for you – let’s check out all the wonderful benefits….

Chlorophyll – a substance found in all plants.

What does Chlorophyll do? This super green acts as a blood detoxifier, and this helps increase circulation to all your organs by dilating blood vessels… how amazing is that? Health Benefits of Chlorophyll are as follows: It helps with Boosting energy, Cancer Prevention, Heals wounds, Skin and acne care, stimulates the immune system, cleans your blood and intestines, great fro your kidneys, and improves the quality of your blood cells…plus many more.

Greens also help reduce offensive body odor – acting as a natural body deodorant. Wow, this is just two of the great reasons greens are so great for your body.

Keep reading….. What are super greens?

Super green foods come from young cereal grasses like wheat, barley, rye, alfalfa, oats, chlorella, kelp and many others as well.

Consuming greens have a whole lot of nutrients in them; they even have more nutrients than spinach (which is in itself an amazing green should be on your plate), eggs, broccoli, (and another powerhouse) and chicken – in calcium, iron, protein and all of the other categories as well.

The experts say that opting for super greens would be a superb benefit to your fitness.

Did you know that super green foods are the only veggies that can help many animals maintain their weight, strength and great health if consumed alone?

What are the super greens that have the most benefits? The list is probably endless – anything with dark green – Kale, Micro greens, Collard Greens, Spinach, Cabbage, Beet Greens, Watercress, Romain Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Arugula, Endive, Bok Choy, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens, Napa Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Parsley, Asparagus, plus plus….the benefits = lots of nutrients – studies have shown that eating greens will calm your Blood Vessels and lower Blood Pressure, Heart Healthy, clean skin, and more.

The word is out that greens are the way to go – Check out the top experts and what they say – Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr.Michael Greger, & Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Brenda Davis, Dr. Danielle Belardo, Dr. Angie Sadeghi, Dr. Vivian Chen, Dr. Melissa Mondala, Dr. Garth Davis, Dr. Bobby Price, Dr. Andrew Little, Dr. Nitu Bajekal, Dr. Shireen Kassam, Dr. Sondema Tarr, Dr. Anita Patel, Dr. Rene Rodriguea, Dr. Areli Cuevas-Ocampo, Dr. Tori Jaeger, Dr. Arti Thangudu, Dr. Robert Ostfeld, Dr. Richa Mittal, Dr. Purvi Parwani, Dr. Leile D.

Anytime you are hungry – opt for super green say the experts. Did you know that super green foods are the only vegetables that can help many animals maintain their weight, good health and strength even if consume just these foods alone? It really is true.

Super greens will boost your Immune System, so powerful are these antioxidants that they can help you grow and have many other health benefits as well. Can you tell how vital greens are for you? Have you ever watched or Read Dr. Esselstyn’s Books or YouTube videos? He prescribes eating greens six times a day for people with Heart issues – did you know that Heart Disease was the Number 1 cause of Death 40 years ago – since then they have such procedures as Stents, and other opening of your vessels and the number 1 cause of death to this day is still Heart Disease.

For instance, get your eyes checked. My eye sight since eating Super greens 2-3 times a day – 2 cups at each swerving – have reversed my eyesight – making it perfect 20/20. The Dr. was even impressed.

Eat more greens and share this to the people you care about.

What are your favorite greens? Do you have any recipes you would like to share?

Feng Shui Tips for Healthy Living

Your surroundings – especially your Bedroom having Good Feng Shui can significantly impart your life. Having soothing colors and sedating can help create fertile energy, – so be selective in choosing colors that are not over powering.

While we sleep our bodies regenerate, and choosing the proper colors is critical because we spend so much time in our bed/sleeping which is about 1/3 of our lives.

Too much Yang energy happens when there is too much light which could cause stress and irritability in those who are already sensitive. On the contrary, dim lighting creates a Yin energy that is excessively passive and isolated. Best, preferably – to have the exact correct lighting rather than over doing too much or too little light.

Setting Up Your Bedroom Feng Shui

Bedroom – As Far from the Front Door as Possible

It is reasonable to assume that configuring that a master bedroom should be far from the front entry will give you a sense of stability and safety. It is not always an option that the bedroom is far from the front door. We will give you some additional suggestions that you might want to keep in mind when planning your personal space.

The bed usually needs a “static” position rather than a “dynamic” position — so avoid putting it too close to the window on the other side of the wall. Regardless where the bed is positioned – a headboard offers you firm back support while you sleep….Especially a Sleep Number Bed!

According to Chinese astrology, sleeping with your feet pointed toward the entrance of your room and or home is a negative omen. When your body is being carried away, it is usual to place the deceased in this position, with their feet first. Certain Feng Shui practitioners will believe that is is beneficial to have some objects items blocking the way.

Always avoid clutter because it impedes the movement of energy. As poison arrows, piercing corners should not be protruding in any direction, as they are believed believed to be negative by nature. If you are dealing with “poison arrows” is out of the question, placing some “brown” colored objects near them will assist in neutralizing their negative effects.

Always remember to declutter regularly. When you have many items standing in the way – such as outcast items – they stand in our way and we need to get rid of them as quickly as possible to get on with our lives.

Better to keep all souvenirs from the past out of your bedroom – especially those that bring bad memories. No items with unpleasant memories or vibrations should be kept in your bedroom because this room is considered your Headquarters. Keep only items surrounding your bed happy memories and experience.

By setting up your bedroom and all the contents in pairs can increase your chances of meeting your long awaited love. We did this by putting up pink and red candles, flowers, etc.

Your Significant other and yourself should work together to create the bedroom being a place where you feel happy and relaxed – even if you sleep apart – ahhh. This is your place, and do not let anyone in without permission and heaven forbid with their shoes on! If others come into your bedroom without permission troubles related to love affairs would occur per feng shui.

Also, there are no reasons why you need a mirror near your bed. This is because it will be bouncing energy back and forth, good or bad energy. Keep a mirror from from the bedroom or away from the bedside table.

Also, there has been talk on the news stations lately that it not good feng shui to be sleeping facing East and South.

In Summary, Check out your surroundings – even if you don’t believe in Feng Shui – keep your areas tidy is always a good thing.

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Natural Remedies for Removing Toxins from Your Body

Yeah – it’s spring time right now as we write this – and pollen is in the air! Spring time is a great time for Cleaning Your Space and your Body and herbs are one of the best ways to fast-track this is detoxing and cleansing.

Herbal remedies are also becoming more acceptable and popular, this includes using herbs for detoxification. We love using herbs because they are more natural with less harmful ingredients and minimal side effects. The following information explains some Western Herbs commonly used for detoxification and why they will work for you.

Dandelion Root helps eliminate Toxins.


Dandelion Herb is Super for the whole body, specifically the Immune System. Dandelion works to eliminate toxins from the cells in the body. It also increases bile and helps things move along. This Herb is know for many benefits such as boosting white blood cells thus strengthening the immune system. May also help with digestion, reduce cancer risk, aid with weight loss, reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar, reduce cholesterol and more.

Liquorice Root

This herb/root has properties that work like an antioxidant by fighting viruses and helps the body produce antibodies. Licorice root may reduce GERD and acid reflux. Also, may help with mouth sores, cavities, aid diabetes, reduce menopause systems ….. and more.

Cascara Sagrada

This Herb translates from Spanish as “sacred bark” used by priests..supporting digestive health and as a herbal laxative. This will clean out your long system, usually with 6 hours of consuming…. expelling parasites (hopefully).

Black Walnut Hulls

This is another herb that helps eliminate products from your bowels by removing parasites and toxins. Only take this about 2 weeks at a time. Helps remove fatty materials and toxins.


Doesn’t everyone have garlic in their kitchen? That is why they call Garlic is the classic kitchen-pharmacy remedy and has been used for centuries as an antiseptic. Garlic detoxifies the gut and helps make the bowels with elimination…similar to a laxative. Also, they say Garlic will make you live longer.


Another great herb used for its cleansing power.. Goldenseal can rid the body of toxins and help remove obstructions. Goldenseal is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Goldenseal is also know to help with sinus infections, upper respiratory tract infections, heavy painful periods, indigestion and more. Some even say that taking Goldenseal will rid toxins and help you pass a drug test.

Some More Chinese Herbs That are Used for Detoxification

Pu Gong Ying

Pu Gong Ying is a dandelion plant…the parts of the plant above the root is used as a remedy.

Ju Hua

Ju Hua is also known as Chrysanthemum. This pungent herb must not be overcooked or it will lose its potency. This herb is said to promote longevity, protect the lungs, promotes vision, and clears heat from the liver and lungs.

Lian Qiao

Lian is from the Forsythia Flower has similar benefits as Ju Hua. This herb has cleansing powers and helps clear heat and toxins. Plus benefits the throat.

The main reason you want to detox is to rid your body of all the stuff floating around you and the best way is through your bowels. Using herbs is gentle on your system rather than other methods plus you will receive nutrients that are beneficial to you.

For more thorough best to consult a Herbalist or Naturopath.

How to Eliminate Free Radicals and Live a Happy Pain-Free Life

How to Eliminate Free Radicals and Live a Happy Pain-Free Life

Free Radicals – What Are They?

We’ve all heard of free radicals before, but what are they, exactly? According to, a free radical is “an atom or molecule that has an unpaired electron and is therefore unstable, capable of causing chain reactions, that destabilize other molecules and generate more free radicals.” 

In other words, they’re unstable little buggers that can cause all sorts of damage if they’re not kept in check. 

Luckily, our bodies have built-in mechanisms for dealing with them – but it’s still important to be aware of free radicals and their effects. 

Not to mention, many of our modern-day habits lead to the accumulation of free radicals, so it is also essential to take these out of the equation.

So read on, and next time someone mentions free radicals, you’ll be able to sound like you know what you’re talking about!

What Exactly Are Free Radicals?

So as you just learned, free radicals are atoms and molecules that have an unpaired electron.

Due to their instability, each free radical can seamlessly latch onto other molecules in the body.

As a matter of fact, a free radical will always choose the closest molecule to latch on to and take its electron, and that same molecule, in turn, becomes a free radical.

So you see, once this process has started, it can grow into a hardly controllable chain reaction and cause many negative changes in the organism.

Now, free radicals are naturally found in the body, but the thing is that just like anything else if there’s too much of it, that will likely lead to some damage!

So What Leads To Free Radicals?

This ‘surplus’ of free radicals that we said can be quite damaging can be caused by a variety of factors, such as environmental and

habitual factors.

When we’re talking pro-free radical factors, think:

  1. Tobacco Smoking
  2. Alcohol
  3. Air Pollution, Environment
  4. Processed Foods

Now, it’s important to remember that a surplus of free radicals change the ways that cells function, thus damaging lipids, proteins, and even DNA.

The best-case scenario is that you won’t develop any serious conditions but will age rather quickly.

And at that – isn’t something we would want!

Antioxidants – The Defense System

Alright, what we learned so far hints that free radicals are like an evil army trying to destroy the organism.

And we know for a fact that the organism itself can recognize such things and act against them.

In this case, the body’s defense system against free radicals is built on the foundation of antioxidants!

Essentially, antioxidants are protective substances that help neutralize the potentially damaging effect of free radicals.

As the name suggests, antioxidants buffer the oxidative reactions inside of the cells.

Now, the body naturally produces antioxidants, such as alpha-lipoic acid and glutathione, but it is important to remember that food also provides a flurry of antioxidants.

Essentially, the primary food-derived antioxidants are:

  1. Vitamin A, C, E
  2. Beta-carotene
  3. Manganese
  4. Zinc
  5. Copper

An important thing to remember is that the body would naturally control the free radical production and its neutralizing in normal conditions.

However, in our modern-day cities, the conditions are everything else but normal, which implies that we should aim to minimize environmental and habitual factors while also focusing on macro and micronutrient-rich foods.

Both of these combined will ensure that our bodies thrive in the best environment possible while also getting all the nutrients needed to recover, grow and fight off any unwanted free radicals!

My Favorite sources of antioxidants:

  1. Grapes
  2. Carrots
  3. Turmeric
  4. Walnuts
  5. Apples
  6. Broccoli
  7. Multivitamin supplements


Obviously, free radicals are bad for your body. They cause damage to cells and DNA….but they can be neutralized with antioxidants (Plant Based Diet?).

You cannot eliminate them, but you should know how to minimize the effects.

So, if you want to age gracefully and live a happy, pain free life – avoid bad habits, breathe fresh air and eat plenty of nutrient rich foods!

Stay tuned to this blog and we will help you thru this process with more content to have a superb life!

6 Ways Apples Keep You Healthy

Six Ways Apples Keep You Healthy

Apples – An Apple A Day Keeps All Doctors Away Has Truth to this Old Saying

There is no easier way to add a does of nutrition to your day than by crunching on a tasty apple. You probably first experienced its delightful flavor as a baby when apple sauce introduced you to real food. And now, whether it’s a Red Delicious, Pink Lady ( My Fav) a Granny Smith, or Crisp Fuji … you think of apples as an old friend. Grown throughout the world, apples are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are fat free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. In short, eating an apple is a smart part of a healthy lifestyle and Healthy Over Fifty!

Regulates You Daily

You will not have to worry about staying regular anymore. Whether your problem is visiting the bathroom too often or not enough, apples can help + Flax Seed.

A British Researcher, Dr. D.P. Burkitt, believes one of the easiest ways to prevent all sorts of illnesses is to avoid constipation. He calls the diseases caused by chronic constipation “Pressure diseases.” Appendicitis, diverticular diseases, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernias, and even varicose veins can all be caused by straining to pass small, hard stools.

Just one apple with its skin contains 4 – 5 grams of fiber – the most important nutrient in keeping your bowels working like a well oiled machine. Keeping yourself regular without relying on harmful laxatives could be as easy as replacing that afternoon snack of potato chips or cookies with a crisp, delicious apple. And think of the calories you will save. The average apple has about 80 calories while a serving of chips weighs in at 150 calories and you will get at least 200+ calories from cookies (Never mind the sugar!).

But that’s not all apples can do. They’re also good for diarrhea, thanks to an ingredient called pectin. This carbohydrate has a congealing effect in your intestines that helps firm things up and return you to normal. Apple sauce is actually the best apple product for diarrhea, since it’s made without the high fiber skin. But watch out for extra sugar. Some brands of apple sauce dump a truckload of sweeteners into an otherwise healthy food, and too much refined sugar can make diarrhea worse.

Keeps Your Body Young

By know you know antioxidants can protect you from many of the diseases that seem to be a part of aging. In fact, so many people are taking supplements for antioxidant protection that it’s become a multibillion-dollar industry. But the evidence is mounting that whole foods can do more than you for pills.

When scientists compared a 1,500-milligram Vitamin C Supplement to one small apple, the results were astounding – the antioxidant values were equal. That means a fresh apple has more than 15 times the antioxidant power of the recommended daily does of Vitamin C. And that’s just for starters. The researchers also found an ordinary apple was able to stop the growth of colon cancer and liver cancer cells in test tubes. Unpeeled apples were especially effective. The question you need to ask yourself is: Why waste money on flavorless supplements when you can get better antioxidant firepower from a sweet, crunchy fruit? Cuts your risk of Heart Disease. Sometimes it’s hard to remember which food is good for which part of your body. The next time you pick an apple, examine it carefully. It is shaped like a heart – and that should help you remember apples are good for your heart.

Magnesium and Potassium in apples are what regulate your blood pressure and keep your heart beating steadily, and it’s the flavonoid quercetin, a naturally occurring antioxidant, that protects your artery walls from damage and keeps your blood flowing smoothly.

In fact, adding flavonoid-rich foods like apples to your diet has been scientifically confirmed to lower your risk of heart disease. There’s proof of this in a study of Japanese women who ate foods high in quercetin. Quercetin is basically a pigment the is in the foods group – called flavonoids – Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Tea, and Wine (yummo wine has some positive results). Foods that contain quercetin include: Onions, Apples, Grapes, Berries, Broccoli, Citrus Fruits, Cherries, Green Tea, Red wine and Capers.The Japanese women in the study eating the apples were less likely to get coronary heart disease than other women and had lower levels of total and LDL or bad Cholesterol.

Strikes at the Heart of Strokes

Apples are a smart choice for helping avoid strokes. Scientists aren’t sure which ingredient in this multi-talented fruit to credit, but the connection is clear – people who regularly eat apples are less likely to have strokes than people who don’t.

Person holding red apple fruit

Protects Your Joints

In areas of the world where fruits and vegetables make up a large part of the diet, very few people get arthritis. Compared this to modernized countries where fruits and vegetables have been replaced with fast, processed food and you will find up to 70 percent of the population suffers from some sort of arthritis. Just a coincidence? Not according to nutrition experts. They link this trend in part to boron, a trace mineral many plants, including apples, absorb from the soil.

If you eat like most people, you will get about 1 to 2 milligrams (mg) of boron a day, mostly from non-citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, and nuts. Experts believe; however, you need anywhere from 3 to 10 mg a day to affect your risk of arthritis. To boost your boron intake to this level, you would have to eat more than nine apples a day.

This is probably an unreasonable amount for most people and would not be advised … but don’t despair. Pair an apple with other boron-rich foods like a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a large handful of raisins, and you will not only have a delicious afternoon snack, but you will make your joint saving quota of boron at the same time.

Helps You Breathe Deeply

Your lungs are assaulted every day by cigarette smoke (even other people), air pollution, pollen, stuff in the wind, aerosols, and other air-borne nasties.

On top of that perhaps you suffer from asthma, emphysema, or similar lung conditions. If all you want to do is take a deep breath, then grab an apple.

A five-year study of more than 2,500 men from Wales found those who ate five or more apples per week were able to fill their lungs with more air than men who did not eat apples.

Experts believe you might be getting some special protection from the antioxidant quercetin. Unfortunately, eating apples cannot reverse a lung condition you already have, but you might add a new line of defense against further damage.

Pantry Pointers

Buy apples that are not bruised, firm, and have a good color. Take them out of the plastic bag and store in your frig in the produce bin or in a paper bag. Since the apples will absorb odors, keep them away from strong-smelling foods like garlic and onions.

In Summary

Eat at least one apple a day. Your body and teeth will be sooo happy. 2022 Susan Alfano © All Rights Reserved.

Why Health Is Important to Everything In Your Life

How To Optimize Health For Your Life

As the old saying goes, “Health Is Wealth.” Yes is’t true! Your health affects everything else in your life – from your relationships to your career (Income).

You will not be successful or happy without good health. And, if you are healthy, it will make it easier for you to do all those other things well too!

But how do we know what our best health looks like? There are many different ways that people define “Health”.

Others believe that they need to focus on Mental Wellness First.

Well, … the truth is somewhere in-between. In this article we will focus on what we refer to as “The Big 3 of Human Existence.”

In our eyes, those bit 3 of human existence are – Mindset, Movement & Recovery.

Ok – Let’s get into this ….. just like living in the Blue Zones.

The Big 3 of Human Existence

Let’s face it – the modern-day ways of living have kicked us out of balance across all three fundamental aspects of our existence.

This, in turn is perhaps what gave rise to a variety of Chronic Mental and Physical Conditions.

Well …. you are not guilty here because after all, in a world where most jobs are sedentary and we get the chance to get bad food delivered right to our front door… it’s impossible NOT to fall for certain temptations.

But hey, let’s have a look at these “big 3” and then make use of some cliff notes that provide tips on how you can optimize each aspect!

The Mindset

Your mindset is the sum total of all your beliefs, perceptions, and thoughts.

To have overall health – Your mindset will set your beliefs that guide your way through life.

The mindset leads to thoughts, feelings, actions, and in turn, habits and emotions.

It can be a belief about oneself, a situation, a habit, a way of thinking, or anything else in between.

There are two primary mindsets recognized in today’s world – The Fixed Mindset & The Growth Mindset.

In short, the fixed mindset is quite closed to the world’s opportunities, sees the effort as fruitless, and is generally pessimistic both about themselves and the world around them.

On the other hand, the growth mindset is quite unlimited – It recognizes and takes massive action towards opportunities, loves challenges & knows that effort is always rewarded.

The difference here in terms of health? Well, the growth mindset is always willing to do the necessary things that will support and optimize the body”s innate ability to stay healthy!

So, how can you bust the cloud that the modern-day ways of living have generated over our minds?

Here are our three best tips:

  1. Stay aware of your thoughts, feelings & behaviors.
  2. Ask yourself questions, such as “Why am I doing this? How does this affect my body? What can I do better?”
  3. Leverage your most powerful tool – AWAReNESS. Use AWARENESS to make powerful, conscious decisions.


OK, SO you read about Mindset for Health…it all starts from mindset because that is what dives thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, which trun to habits the more you repeat them. (Yes, you have mental habits, too.)

Because the modern world has such an impact on mindset, it also affects the way we move our bodies.

To be frank… think about this – We all have access to the most complex biological machinery in the known universe – Our Human Body!

But the truth is that this machine has been left in vain – it’s just sitting there, begging for it’s full potential to be unleashed.

The modern-day sedentary lifestyle has turned the human body into the equivalent of a high-end sports car that just sits in a long-forgotten barn.

But the truth is … you can get it back, as long as you realize that fitness is something innate in all of us – We were BUILT to move and to perform well physiclally.

So here are our best three tips to get back on track with your movement:

  1. Engage in both low and high-intensity training (Cardio activities, Resistance Training).
  2. Do a multiple of movements – Jump, Crawl, Climb, Swim, Dive, Sprint, Balance and Coordinate!
  3. Believe that your body is a high capable machine, not just something to use when you want to reap the pleasure of life!


Last but not least —– we have recovery. That is – How you eat, how you sleep, and how you manage stress.

Without a doubt, the majority of people experience frequent burnouts, and this has turned into the new normal.

But listen, it does NOT really have to be that way ….

Though we are bombarded with processed foods and a myriad of stress factors, you can in fact go against the river and find YOUR place on the shore.

A place where recovery is nourished and not destroyed.

A place where your thoughts, beliefs, actions, emotions, and habits all work in synergy to do what they would otherwise do in nature – Keep you healthy, alive, and sharp as a Katana.

Take Home Message

Analyze your thoughts, beliefs, actions and stay aware of your habits. Move in as many ways as possible and enjoy your body’s innate abilities for high performance. Focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods, minimize toxic habits and drink plenty of water.

Stay aware of the stress factors, and don’t let them pass straight to your mindset, unchecked.

Make powerful decisions for your health, because this is where everything starts.