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Smoothie Recipe For You with Pineapple and Cucumber

This superfood smoothie is sweet, tart, and refreshing. It’s the perfect way to start your day, especially if you’re trying a new diet orperforming a cleanse. With just five ingredients, this recipe is a breeze to whip up in the morning. And, it’s best with fresh pineapple. If you’ve never cut a whole pineapple, don’t be intimidated. With the pineapple upright, use a sharp chef’s knife and shear off the rough, outer peel. Then, cut the fruit into slices or chunks.

Pineapple is a nutrient powerhouse. A single fruit contains over 400 grams of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C,[1] as well as the phytonutrient bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that offers many benefits. It soothes irritation, promotes systemic function, supports the immune system, and may encourage normal cell development.[2,3]

Coconut water has enjoyed a lot of positive attention the last few years. One of the most impressive characteristics of coconut water is that it is as good, if not better, than plain water for rehydrating after exercise. In fact, some studies report that coconut water is more palatable and easy on the stomach than plain water.[4]

The lemon juice takes the nutritional profile of this recipe to the next level. Lemon juice is useful for at-home detoxing and research suggests that it supports normal liver and kidney function.[5] In fact, adding lemon juice to smoothies or water is one of the easiest and most effective strategies for supporting normal kidney function. Limonin, a phytonutrient found in lemons, soothes irritated tissue and reduces oxidative stress.[5] Lemons are a significantly better source of citric acid than other citrus fruits.[6]

Finally, cucumber is a hydrating and detox-promoting vegetable that adds a delicious, refreshing kick that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Superfood Smoothie with Pineapple and Cucumber

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Yields: 3-4 servings

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled (the peel can be left on if the cucumber is unwaxed)
  • 8 ounces coconut water or plain water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Raw maple syrup to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until completely smooth.
  2. Check the flavor, add raw maple syrup for desired sweetness.
  3. Serve at room temperature or over ice.

What functional foods or secret ingredients do you add to your smoothies? Leave a comment below and share your tips with us!

 

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Spicy Mushroom and Stir Fry Recipe with a Savory Twist

If you want a fast and delicious vegan dinner tonight, try this Indian-inspired spicy mushroom stir fry with garlic, black pepper, and chives. I found the recipe on One Green Planet but modified it slightly to use organic ingredients. It’s a great vegan side dish that goes well with just about anything and, best of all, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry Recipe

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2-3

Equipment

  • Sauté pan
  • Large roasting pan
  • Garlic slicer or shredder

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp organic cooking oil of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp organic mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp organic cumin seeds
  • 1 or 2 organic red chilies, crushed
  • 1 medium-sized organic red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups organic baby bella mushrooms, thickly sliced or quartered
  • Himalayan crystal salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground organic black pepper
  • 2 tsp organic cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp organic chives, chopped
  • Juice of one half organic lime

Directions

  1. Heat oil on medium heat for 1 minute in a sauté pan.
  2. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the pan. Cook until the mustard seeds begin to crackle.
  3. Add red chilies and red onions. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onions wilt and begin to crisp at the edges.
  4. Stir in mushrooms and cook for another 4 minutes.
  5. Add Himalayan crystal salt, black pepper, cilantro, and chives. Mix well.
  6. Squeeze in lime juice and serve.

Interesting Facts About Mushrooms

  • If you read the nutritional information on a package of mushrooms, you’ll notice that some contain vitamin D and some don’t. When exposed to sunlight, mushrooms produce an active form of vitamin D. Most commercially grown mushrooms are raised indoors, in the dark, and lack the nutrient. Some growers expose their mushrooms to artificial ultraviolet light to induce vitamin D synthesis.[1]
  • Mushrooms are the only plant source of vitamin D. Meat is the only other food source of vitamin D.[1]
  • Mushrooms contain the same form of vitamin B-12 as meat.[1]
  • Mushrooms have umami—a meaty, savory flavor and one of the five basic tastes. If you have a craving for meat and salt, try a mushroom dish. It might satisfy those cravings.[1]
  • Mushrooms are a terrific source of copper, potassium, folate, and niacin (B3).[2]
  • Foraging for mushrooms in the wilderness, also known as mushroom hunting, is fun but it’s important to exercise caution. Many poisonous mushrooms are nearly identical to safe varieties.

Do you appreciate the health benefits of mushrooms? What are your favorites? Share your experience and leave a comment below!

 

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Incredible Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranates have exploded in popularity in recent years and it’s due to their ever-growing list of amazing health benefits. Rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants, pomegranates defend against free radicals, soothe irritated tissue, and promote healthy aging. Best of all, pomegranates are as delicious as they are nutritious. Let’s look at some of the incredible health benefits of pomegranates.

Best Pomegranate Benefits

1. Pomegranates Are a Dense Source of Nutrients

Pomegranates are bursting with vitamins and minerals. Pomegranate seeds, sometimes referred to as arils, are a great source of fiber and micronutrients. Below is a nutritional breakdown for one cup of pomegranate arils.[1]

2. Pomegranates Contain Powerful Antioxidants

Pomegranates contain anthocyanins and punicalagins—both powerful antioxidants.[2] A balanced diet rich in foods that contain antioxidants may help reduce free radical damage. Excessive free radicals can lead to serious health problems and accelerate cellular aging. Some research even suggests that pomegranates support normal tissue growth at the cellular level.[3, 4]

3. Pomegranates Promote Cellular Integrity

The cells in your body are constantly bombarded by chemical and biological agents that cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress triggers the release of 8-Oxo-DG—something that you definitely don’t want. High levels of 8-Oxo-DG usually accompany muscle weakness, decreased liver function, skin aging, and reduced brain function. Studies suggest that people who eat pomegranates or supplement with pomegranate extract have lower levels of 8-Oxo-DG.[5]

4. Pomegranates Encourage Healthy Aging

Pomegranates contain polyphenols known as ellagitannins. When ellagitannins are metabolized, the metabolite urolithin A (UA) is produced. Studies reveal that UA can fight the effects of age-related decline and help preserve exercise capacity and muscle function. It’s believed that UA does this by supporting normal mitochondrial function.[6]

5. Pomegranates Support Brain Health and Memory

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) occur when protein and fat molecules bond with a sugar molecule. They occur naturally when foods like meat, eggs, and poultry are cooked at high temperature. Scientists believe AGEs play a role in the onset of neurological decline, type-II diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. The appropriately abbreviated “AGEs” accelerate aging at the cellular level. Remember the punicalagins? They can inhibit AGEs from forming in food or mitigate the effects of AGEs in the body altogether.[7]

6. Pomegranates Help Protect Against Harmful Organisms

Some evidence suggests that pomegranate rind extract may defend against harmful organisms. According to one study, a preparation that included pomegranate improved the outcome of treatment plans that addressed antibiotic-resistant bacteria.[8] Another study found that pomegranate peel contains phytochemicals that encourage fungal balance.[9]

7. Pomegranates Soothe Red, Irritated Tissue

When the tissue inside of your body is red and irritated, it can negatively affect your health and wellness. Some compounds in pomegranates, such as polyphenols, can help soothe irritation.[10] It’s believed that reducing systemic irritation can promote overall wellness and help protect against many serious health conditions. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 48 obese and overweight participants found that pomegranate supplementation reduced systemic irritation.[11]

8. Pomegranates Support Heart Health

Some reports suggest punicalagins positively affect the heart and vascular system. One study had ten participants drink one ounce of pomegranate juice every day for a year. At the end of the study, participants’ blood pressure was an average of 12% lower and atherosclerotic plaque levels dropped 30%.[12]

9. Pomegranates Contribute to Prostate Health

Lycopene is a phytochemical found in red colored fruits and vegetables like pomegranates, tomatoes, and watermelons. According to one study, people who consumed a diet rich in lycopene had better prostate health.[13] Lycopene is one of several phytochemicals found in pomegranates that appear to nutritionally support the prostate.[14]

10. Pomegranates May Help With Joint Health

Osteoarthritis is a common and painful condition. In a study of people with knee osteoarthritis, scientists found that drinking pomegranate juice improved knee function and reduced the breakdown of cartilage.[15] Similar studies found that adding pomegranates to the diet of individuals with active rheumatoid arthritis supported overall wellness.[16]

11. Pomegranates Can Boost Exercise and Performance

Pomegranates may help you perform better. One study found that taking pomegranate extract 30 minutes before a workout could help enhance blood flow and delay fatigue during exercise.[17] Another study linked drinking pomegranate juice to better recovery following strength training.[18]

12. Pomegranates May Improve Your Mood

Research suggests pomegranates may aid mental and emotional health. In a study involving both men and women, drinking pomegranate juice improved participants outlook, mood, and response to anxiety.[19]

How to Add Pomegranates to Your Diet

There are many ways to incorporate pomegranates into your diet.

Eat Raw, Organic, Locally-Grown Pomegranates

Be conscious of where your food comes from and how it is grown. Eating organic food, especially pomegranates, is a fantastic foundation for everyone. The seeds of the pomegranate are a nutritious, crunchy snack and pomegranate juice is an easy way to obtain antioxidants and nutrients.

Can’t Buy Organic? Grow Your Own!

When organic fruits and vegetables are not readily available, grow your own. The pomegranate tree does best when planted in well-drained soil. Although it can grow in partial shade, this fruit-bearing tree loves full sun and warmth and is fairly drought tolerant.

It’s best to buy pomegranate cuttings from a local nursery. Look for cuttings approximately fifteen inches in length. Don’t expect to harvest fruit right away, you’re going to need a little patience. Pomegranate trees yield fruit approximately three years after planting. The red, bulbous fruit of the pomegranate should be harvested when the color is a deep red hue. You can also tap the fruit to listen for a tinny, metallic sound that indicates it’s ripe. A pomegranate tree of average size can yield approximately 8-10 fruits per crop and should produce two to three crops per year.

Pomegranate Extract and Supplements

Often combined with other health-promoting herbs, pomegranate extract is included in many supplements. Global Healing Center’s Cell Fuzion™ is a concentrated blend of powerful antioxidants that support healthy cellular aging, mitochondrial function, and DNA integrity. It’s an exceptional formula that integrates organic, naturally-sourced pomegranate extract with the most potent antioxidants available.

Are you hooked on pomegranates? Do you have a favorite recipe? Have you ever tried to grow your own? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

 

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

The Relation of Between Meat Consumption and Cancer

One of the central philosophies of Global Healing Center is an adherence to a raw, organic, vegan diet. It’s also one of the most controversial. There are many reasons to adopt a vegan diet, such as religious beliefs, a desire to not harm animals, or simply to support one’s health. While we at Global Healing Center do love our animal friends, the reason we promote this lifestyle is because of the health benefits. One of the greatest health benefits of a vegan diet is a decreased risk of many types of cancer.

Meat Is Carcinogenic

There is a strong, well-documented, well-established relationship between the consumption of animal products and many types of cancer. An exhaustive nutritional study involving over half a million people found that those who eat large amounts of meat, particularly red and processed meat, faced a significantly higher cancer risk.[1]

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), processed meat is a carcinogen and red meat is “probably carcinogenic.”[2] Before you think this is fringe science or a new theory, consider that the American Cancer Society recommends that you limit your consumption of red and processed meat and other sources of high-fat protein, including chicken.[3]

The cancer risk from a diet high in animal protein (20%+ of total calories) is now considered to be on par with smoking. Unsurprisingly, a diet high in plant protein shows no such effect. This could be because plant-sourced protein does not stimulate growth hormones, like IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), animal protein does. [4]

IGF-1 in Meat Assists Tumor Growth

IGF-1 is a growth factor that promotes cell division in the body, which is a great thing if you’re a growing child. In adults, however, excess IGF-1 in the body can encourage the growth of tumors. The higher the levels of this hormone, the greater the risk of developing several types of cancer. IGF-1 helps transform normal cells into cancerous cells by both inhibiting normal cell death and stimulating cell division.[4, 5] These corrupted cells then metastasize to other areas of the body.[6]

Of course, there are other factors that promote cancer in the body. Methionine, an amino acid found primarily in animal products, promotes the growth of tumors and cancer.[7] It’s not only animal protein that elevates your cancer risk, however.

Saturated Fat Increases Cancer Risk

Consuming saturated fat from animal sources contributes to common types of cancer and decreases the likelihood of surviving a cancer diagnosis.[8] Pancreatic, prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer show the strongest correlation with saturated fat consumption.[9]

  • The saturated fat found in dairy and red meat increases your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.[10, 11, 12]
  • A diet high in saturated fat from foods like beef and cheese is linked to aggressive prostate cancer.[13]
  • Breast cancer risk and mortality increase with red meat and dairy consumption.[14]Survival rates actually dip significantly with high saturated fat intake after a breast cancer diagnosis. Alarmingly, animal product consumption during adolescence seems to predict breast cancer risk years before cancer development and diagnosis.[15, 16]
  • Up to 50% of all cases of colorectal cancer can be attributed to diet and lifestyle, specifically the consumption of dietary fat, red and processed meat, and dairy.[17] In fact, higher consumption of animal products before diagnosis predicts a higher risk of dying from this type of cancer.[18]

Meat and Pediatric Cancer

What a mother eats during pregnancy can increase or decrease the risk of the child developing some types of childhood cancer. Genetic changes linked to cancer can begin in the womb.[19]

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is both the second most common childhood cancer and the second most common cause of mortality for children under 14. The risk of developing ALL is linked to maternal smoking habits[20] and the type of protein the mother consumed while her child was in utero. Eating plant-based protein such as beans, vegetables, and fruit during pregnancy seems to lower the risk of children developing this disease.[21,22]

Brain tumors, which account for 20% of the cases of childhood cancer, are linked to maternal diet during pregnancy.[23] In particular, the consumption of cured meat and sausage seems to significantly increase the risk of brain tumors.[24, 25] Consuming dairy or eggs while pregnant also boosts the risk of the child developing brain tumors. Conversely, a diet high in grains, fresh fish, and cruciferous and yellow-orange vegetables reduces the risk of developing brain tumors.[26]

Lifestyle Is Key to Prevention

Many complex and interconnected factors such as genetics, environment, exposure to hazardous material, and diet determine your cancer risk. Genetics play a significant role but, unfortunately, there’s not a thing any of us can do about the genes we’re born with. Nutrition, however, is something most of us can control. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer is to follow a raw, organic, vegan diet.

If you absolutely cannot go all vegan, you should, at least, reduce your consumption of meat and dairy. Baby steps are an effective way to elicit change. Start by going completely meatless one day a week. After a month of “Meatless Mondays,” add a “Fruitarian Friday” or “Salad Sunday” to the mix. Continue in this manner until you feel comfortable with a primarily plant-based diet. To help, we have many healthy and delicious vegan recipes that include everything from complete dishes to sides and even desserts.

Going vegan will not guarantee that you’ll never develop cancer but it is a strategy that can help reduce your risk.

Do you follow a vegan diet? Do you have any tips for a successful transition or favorite recipes? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.