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Benefits of Moringa Seeds for the Skin:
You can make natural moisturizer by extracting the oil of the moringa seeds. This oil provides nourishment to your skin and keeps the skin healthy and glowing.
Skin Health and Protection:
Moringa seeds are rich in Vitamin A, which is very effective for a healthy skin. Being an antioxidant, it reverses the actions of the harmful free radicals that form in the body and protects the cells of the skin from getting damaged. It is also needed for increasing the formation of collagen, which keeps your skin firm and young looking. Various signs of premature ageing of the skin like appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and sagginess of the skin are prevented by consuming moringa seeds regularly.
Treatment for Skin Problems:
Many of the skin care products make use of the benefits of moringa seeds. The oil extracted from these seeds is an important ingredient in many of the beauty products and they keep your skin free from pimples, blackheads, acne, black spots and many other skin problems. As a result your skin becomes more bright and clear with a natural glow.
Benefits of Moringa Seeds for the Hair:
Better Hair Growth:
Vitamin A and zinc that are contained in these seeds also help in healthy hair growth. Vitamin A is good for the scalp and maintains the health of the hair. Zinc strengthens the immune system and helps in keeping the sebaceous glands unclogged.
Improves Blood Circulation:
The antioxidant properties of moringa seeds keep the internal system of the body healthy, which in turn benefits the hair too. Vitamin C in these seeds help in increasing the blood circulation in the scalp and thus provides more nutrients to the hair follicles, leading to the growth of strong and healthy hair.
Health and Medicinal Benefits of Moringa Seeds:
Moringa seeds are rich in antioxidants and therefore very beneficial for your health as they act against the harmful actions of the free radicals in the body. These seeds are rich sources of Vitamin A, C and B complex and many other antioxidants and keep you in good health.
Moringa seeds have anti-carcinogenic properties and therefore they are very effective for preventing cancer. They destroy the cells causing cancer and thus prevent the growth and development of cancer cells in the body. Researchers say that if you take moringa seeds daily for 3 weeks, you get relief from colon cancer.
Zinc is found in good amounts in moringa seeds and this is necessary for the secretion of the hormone insulin. By maintaining the normal secretion of insulin, it helps in keeping the levels of sugar in the blood normal. So, if you are suffering from diabetics, have the extract of moringa seeds and your sugar level will be normal.
Vitamin C is present in high quantities in moringa seeds and this act as an antioxidant protecting the body from various infections and making the immune system strong. It curbs the harmful actions of the free radicals and prevents various diseases.
For Strong Immune System:
Moringa seeds are rich in Vitamin A and so it is good for keeping your immune system strong. It protects you from various infections and diseases. They are also good for repairing the mucous membrane. Vitamin A is also good for healthy eyes and provides you good eyesight. Moringa seeds are therefore good for preventing diseases of the eyes as well.
Oleic acid is a monosaturated acid that is very essential for a healthy body. Moringa seeds are rich in this fatty acid. As a result, it is an excellent substitute for the animal fats that are full of highly saturated fats that are harmful for the body. Oleic acid helps in increasing the amount of good cholesterol in the body and lowers the levels of bad cholesterol, thus keeping the heart healthy. It can help in preventing the formation of blood clots that may lead to severe cardiovascular problems.
Prevents Heart Problems:
According to the researches made by scientists, these seeds are very effective in lowering the amount of oxidized lipids in the body and are very useful for maintaining the cardiac health. They help in preventing the damages done to the heart tissues.
Rich in Minerals:
In addition to vitamins, moringa seeds are also rich in many minerals that are useful for the body like calcium, zinc, copper, iron, magnesium and so on. All these minerals are useful for the body in one way or the other. Calcium is essential to keep your bones and teeth healthy, while iron is important for increasing the number of red blood corpuscles in the body and to prevent anemia. Zinc is needed for the production of sperms and it is also good for having healthy hair. Magnesium is good for bones and teeth, as well as for the health of the heart and for diabetic patients. Copper is needed for the proper absorption of iron in the body. It is also good for treating arthritis and for the proper stimulation of the brain if taken in appropriate quantities.
Rich in Proteins:
Proteins are one of the essential nutrients needed by the body for many of its functions. It keeps your body healthy and energetic and provides you stamina for carrying out various activities. Athletes require protein rich food to stay in good form. Moringa seeds have high content of protein. So you can include these seeds in the powdered form in your daily diet to get enough protein that you require per day.
Treatment for Joint Pains:
The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa seeds are also well known. Because of this property, it is very effective in reducing soreness, inflammation etc. It is also effective for treating arthritis and gets you relief from joint paint.
Despite what you might have heard, a raw food diet is not another “fad diet” as we normally think of one. In fact, some experts on raw diets say that they’re essentially the opposite: “anti-diets” and more like a lifestyle that simply promotes eating more real foods in their natural state.
A raw food diet, also sometimes called “raw foodism,” is about eating mostly or all unprocessed and uncooked foods so you get all the nutrients without the dangerous additives. So are you ready to take part in the raw food revolution? Let’s take a look at what a raw food diet is, who can benefit from one and how to do it.
What Is a Raw Food Diet?
The goal of eating more raw foods is to obtain plenty of nutrients in an easy-to-digest manner, one that our bodies are naturally suited for. While there’s no need to go completely raw or to declare yourself a “raw vegan,” making sure to consume at least some raw vegetables and fruits every day is important for just about everyone.
Raw foodism has been around since the 1800s, and both studies and anecdotal evidence show the benefits of a raw food diet include: (1)
- lowering inflammation
- improving digestion
- providing more dietary fiber
- improving heart health
- helping with optimal liver function
- preventing cancer
- preventing or treating constipation
- giving you more energy
- clearing up your skin
- preventing nutrient deficiencies
- lowering the amount of antinutrients and carcinogens in your diet
- helping you maintain a healthy body weight
Maybe you’re wondering how much raw food it takes to consider yourself someone who eats a mostly raw food diet. There isn’t one single type of raw food diet that you should strive to follow — rather there’s all sorts of different variations of raw food diets out there, all with different advice and degrees to which foods can be cooked.
Depending on the exact type you choose to follow, raw food diets can include far more than just fresh produce. In addition to raw fruits and vegetables, you might consume fish, sea vegetables, fermented foods, sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, eggs, and even some meat and raw dairy products. (2)
The thing that ties various raw food diets together is that generally no foods that have been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives are included. This means avoiding, or at least greatly reducing, most popular packaged and processed foods sold in the grocery store like breads, bottled condiments, cereals, crackers, cheese, refined oils and processed meats.
It can be hard to transition from the diet you currently eat to one with more raw foods — especially if you currently think you “don’t like” raw fruits and vegetables much, which are definitely a major proponent of a raw food diet. If you’re skeptical of raw food diets and worried about whether or not you can tolerate eating more raw foods, remember that it’s all about taking small steps. There’s no need to completely make over your diet overnight. In fact, you’ll likely maintain a healthier way of eating when you transition things slowly.
Studies show the more you rush into a new way of eating and the more you consider it just a quick-fix “diet,” the likelier you are to gain any weight you’ve lost back and to give up, which only sabotages your efforts. Plus, adding in more high-fiber foods and raw foods slowly might mean you experience less digestive problems and cravings, which can happen when you change up what you normally eat.
Who Can Benefit from a Raw Food Diet?
We can all afford to eat a healing diet with more raw fruits and vegetables, and here’s the primary reasons why …
While you might think otherwise, cooked foods are usually harder to digest than raw foods, plus cooking nutrient-dense foods tends to destabilize some of their valuable enzymes and destroy certain antioxidants and vitamins. Raw foods also help alkalize the body, reduce acidity, and have less of a chance of fermenting in the gut and causing inflammation/autoimmune reactions. This applies to all of us, but some people who can especially benefit from eating more raw foods include those with:
- cancer (3)
- heart disease
- high blood pressure and high cholesterol (4)
- kidney disease
- gallstones or gallbladder disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- autoimmune disorders
- food allergies
- joint pain (5)
- muscle aches and pains
- hormonal imbalance
- trouble with weight gain/obesity
Let’s first take a look at how enzymes in foods are impacted when they’re cooked.
There’s some debate over this topic, but many experts feel that foods heated over about 112 degrees Fahrenheit retain less vital enzymes. Digestive enzymes are used by the body to break down foods to smaller and more operable nutritional units. This point shouldn’t be overlooked, because it’s not only how many nutrients a food has to offer that matters, but how we are actually able to absorb these nutrients. (6)
Within the human body, the pancreas and other cells produce enzymes to help with digestion (called endogenous enzymes) while raw foods also supply some enzymes (called exogenous enzymes). The greater our intake of exogenous enzymes, the easier time we have fully digesting nutrients without overly taxing our systems.
Each food is a bit different in terms of when it starts to lose some of its nutrients. Many high-antioxidant foods are sensitive to cooking because phytonutrients don’t stand up well to high temperatures. The temperature at which a food starts to be depleted of nutrients due to cooking is called the “heat labile point.” At this point, chemical configurations start to change within the food, enzymes are lost and the food becomes less beneficial.
Another reason to eat more raw foods is because of how they easily make their way through our digestive systems. The longer a food sits in our digestive tracts, the likelier it is to ferment and cause problems. Pre-fermented foods themselves are good for you (more on that below), but a food fermenting in your gut causes gas, inflammation and toxic waste to accumulate. During fermentation in the gut, proteins putrefy and fats go rancid, which negatively affects the mucosal lining of the gut and can lead to intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome).
Finally, raw foods have a big impact on the acid/alkaline balance in our bodies. Diseases develop more easily within the body when acidity rises, because acidosis lowers immunity. The body can become overly acidic due to environmental pollutants, stress, processed and refined foods, lack of nutrients, and mineral-deficient water. Cooked foods create even more acidity in the body, but on the other hand, raw foods neutralize acid and help alkalize the body.
While weight loss isn’t the primary goal, you’re also likely to feel full when eating lots of raw foods from consuming plenty of fiber and nutrients, so this can help you curb cravings and eat less overall if that’s one of your goals.
Raw Food Diet vs. a Vegan Diet: What’s the Difference?
Thinking of becoming a “raw vegan” and wondering how this differs from a general raw food diet? The two have a lot in common, but eating a diet high in raw foods doesn’t necessarily mean you need to avoid all animal products, which vegans do. Some raw food diets include raw fish, raw dairy products, raw meats or eggs, and even some cooked animal foods too. Again, there isn’t an ideal percentage of cooked versus raw foods you should try to live up to. The goal is just to move your food intake to one that’s more natural, nutrient-dense and unprocessed.
What do vegans eat? Raw vegans don’t consume any animal products whatsoever and very few cooked foods, which means this way of eating can be hard to keep up with and unattainable for many people. On top of that, there are plenty of nutrients available in animal foods and benefits to including some of them in your diet. For example, organ meats, like chicken liver or kidneys, are often called superfoods and are some of the most nutrient-dense foods there are, extremely high in things like vitamin A, B vitamins, phosphorus and iron.
Some nutrients are simply more easily obtained when you include some animal foods in your diet. For example, if you compare the nutrient density of organ meats to that of vegetables like spinach or carrots, the organ meats outperform many of them. Other animal foods make smart food choices too: Eggs are a great source of choline, fish are the single best way to get anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and beef is rich in things like zinc and selenium.
I don’t recommend a raw vegan approach because it’s too easy to run low on critical vitamins and minerals, plus protein. It’s true that some plant-based foods have protein, but they aren’t “complete proteins” — meaning they don’t supply all of the essential amino acids that the body cannot make on its own like animals foods can.
The reason I recommend avoiding raw veganism and including high-quality animal products in moderation is to make it easier to obtain enough amino acids, healthy sources of saturated fats and omega-3s, iron, B vitamins (especially vitamin B12 and folate), zinc, and selenium. (7, 8) Vitamin B12 benefits red blood cell formation and improves cellular function; iron prevents anemia and fatigue; folate is important for converting chemicals in the body for proper cellular functions and cellular division; and omega-3s lower inflammation and improve heart health.
If you struggle with low energy, fatigue, being underweight, infertility, depression or neurological issues, loss of muscle mass, or weak bones, a vegan or vegetarian diet will likely make it harder to recover. I recommend, in addition to eating plenty of fruits and veggies, that you include some organic, pasture-raised or grass-fed animal proteins — calf liver and chicken liver, cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, raw/fermented dairy products, and pasture-raised poultry are all great options.
Quality of animal foods is very important — and that’s one of the reasons I don’t promote a “Paleo diet.” The Paleo diet has some great things about it (and also usually includes plenty of raw foods), but in my opinion, people eating this way tend to consume too much meat and don’t stress eating organically as much as I do.
How to Eat More Raw Foods in a Balanced Way
As you’ve probably gathered by now, it’s all about balance. You’ll likely feel your best when you consume plenty of raw foods in addition to some that are lightly cooked.
Here are some of my favorite raw foods to start eating regularly:
- Leafy greens
- Citrus fruits (several servings per day)
- Sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds
- Coconut kefir/raw and organic regular kefir
- Raw veggies like carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
- Raw yogurt
- Extra virgin coconut or olive oil
- Cultured veggies (like sauerkraut or kimchi)
- Watermelon and cantaloupe
In order to move your diet in the right direction, try taking these steps below, which will help you incorporate more raw and anti-inflammatory foods into your diet:
- At each meal, plan to fill half your plate with fresh, non-starchy veggies and fruit. Make a reasonable portion of those raw, but some cooked can be beneficial too (which you’ll learn more about below).
- Lightly cooking food at temperatures less than 100 degrees, steaming, juicing, sprouting and using slow cookers are ways to gently cook the food you aren’t eating raw. Remember that you have the power to individualize your diet and choose what works best for you. Typically on a mostly raw food diet, about 75 percent to 80 percent of what you eat each day will be plant-based foods that were never heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit, but here’s room for variation.
- Replace bad fats with good, healthy fats. Get rid of any hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, soybean oil, canola oil and vegetable oils. Replace these with good fats like extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocado and nuts/seeds, which are essential to hormone production, cancer prevention, brain development, weight loss, cellular healing and lowering inflammation.
- Focus on having quality animal products in moderation. This greatly lowers your exposure to pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones in meats while supplying important nutrients and fatty acids like arachidonic acid, conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Replace all sugary snacks and refined grains. This includes all white rice, white pasta, cereal and white bread, plus pizza, sugary sauces/condiments, soups, crackers, fruit drinks, canned foods and sweetened yogurt. Instead, have soaked/sprouted grain products (like sprouted beans, Ezekiel bread or sourdough bread) in moderation. The fermentation process turns the normally inedible (raw grains and legumes) into the edible. Also eat real fruit for a sweet treat instead of sweetened snacks.
You’ll find that roughly eating this way helps you easily consume lots of superfoods like fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouted seeds and nuts/nut butters, cold-pressed extra virgin olive or coconut oil, fresh herbs, freshly squeezed vegetable juices, fermented veggies, and herbal teas if you’d like. Plus, you’ll get to eat a lot of food and feel very satisfied since raw foods are large and so low in calories.
The Importance of Fermented Foods in a Raw Food Diet
A staple of nearly every civilization on earth in one form or another, fermented foods are some of the healthiest things about eating a raw food diet. Fermented foods are raw and naturally develop probiotics during the period when they undergo fermentation, which happens when oxygen converts some of their nutrients. Fermented foods have been eaten for thousands of years in the form of yogurt, kefir, sourdough breads, kombucha, and cultured vegetables like sauerkraut, kimchi and kvass.
Probiotics supplied by fermented foods, which are “good bacteria” that reside in your gut, are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system. They help you to repopulate your gut with beneficial microbiota after you’ve begun the process of clearing away built-up toxins and waste. Probiotic foods encourage a healthy microbiome, are great for your digestive system, improve immunity, help clear up your skin, and are even beneficial for maintaining hormonal balance and a healthy weight.
Regardless of whether you eat a raw food diet or not, you can benefit from including more fermented foods in your diet to prevent digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease and frequent infections.
Are There Any Risks of Raw Food Diets?
Why might an all raw food diet not be the best option? There’s merit for cooking certain foods to bring out more of their nutrients — plus cooking allows you to eat some animal products that many people would be hesitant to eat raw. In other words, cooking does degrade some nutrients, but it also makes others more digestible.
Cooking foods with antioxidants called beta-carotene and lycopene (like squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes, for example) helps release their nutrients and make them more absorbable, plus it makes them taste a lot better too! (9) Cooking is also useful for killing bacteria and pathogens that can live in some foods, like certain fish or eggs and meat.
In addition, some vegetables like those in the cruciferous vegetables family (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, mustard greens and Brussels sprouts) contain goitrogen compounds, which in excess can block thyroid function and contribute to hypothyroidism, but these are mostly deactivated by heat and cooking. And some studies have also shown that peppers and mushrooms become more nutrient-dense when cooked.
Is there anyone for whom a raw food diet isn’t a good fit? Yes. Keep this in mind: While including more raw food in your diet has plenty of benefits, a raw food diet tends not to work so well for people with certain gut types. Raw foods diets aren’t for everybody, since raw fruits and vegetables can be hard to digest for some people lacking certain enzymes or digestive capabilities and because they’re high-fiber diets.
If you have a sensitive digestive system, such as inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis, cooking more of your food might be a better option. If we’re unable to digest the vitamins and minerals in foods, we risk nutrient deficiencies and other illnesses. This can happen when we can’t break down fibrous vegetable cell walls to unleash stored nutrients, so in some cases cooking with low to medium heat can help predigest fibers for us and release more essential vitamins and minerals. (10)
Raw Food Diet Takeaways
- A raw food diet is consider an “anti-diet” and more like a lifestyle that simply promotes eating more real foods in their natural state that’s about eating mostly or all unprocessed and uncooked foods so you get all the nutrients without the dangerous additives.
- Raw food diets supply more nutrients than vegan diets, because there are some nutrients and proteins you simply cannot get without consuming animal products. In addition, raw food diets sometimes include a few cooked foods.
- You can eat more raw foods in a balanced way by following the following steps: at each meal, plan to fill half your plate with fresh, non-starchy veggies and fruit; lightly cook food at temperatures less than 100 degrees, steam, juice, sprout and use slow cookers to gently cook the food you aren’t eating raw; replace bad fats with healthy fats; focus on having quality animal products in moderation; and replace all sugary snacks and refined grains.
- Fermented foods also play a key role in a raw food diet.
A Ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance, but also some potential initial side effects.
A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less by accident. The main difference between strict LCHF and keto is that protein is restricted in the latter.
A keto diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis. It’s possible to measure and adapt to reach optimal ketone levels for health, weight loss, or for physical and mental performance. Below, you can learn how to use keto to achieve your personal goals.
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a natural state for the body, when it is almost completely fueled by fat. This is normal during fasting, or when on a strict low-carb diet, also called a keto diet.
Ketosis has many potential benefits, but there are also side effects. In type 1 diabetes and certain other rare situations excessive ketosis can even become dangerous.
1. Introduction to Low Carb
A low-carb diet means that you eat fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat. This can also be called a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF) or a keto diet.
For decades we’ve been told that fat is detrimental to our health. Meanwhile low-fat “diet” products, often full of sugar, have flooded supermarket shelves. This has been a major mistake, that coincided with the start of the obesity epidemic.
Studies now show that there’s no reason to fear natural fats. Fat is your friend (here’s why). On a low-carb diet, you instead minimize your intake of sugar and starches. You can eat other delicious foods until you are satisfied – and still lose weight.
How does it work? When you avoid sugar and starches, your blood sugar stabilizes and the levels of the fat-storing hormone insulin drop. This increases fat burning and makes you feel more satiated, reducing food intake and causing weight loss.
- Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats (like butter).
- Avoid: Sugar and starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes).
1. Ketosis Explained
The “keto” in the word ketosis comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”.
Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can be converted to blood sugar).
Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are then consumed as fuel in the body, including by the brain. This is important as the brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day,
Maximizing fat burning
On a ketogenic diet your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat. Insulin levels become very low and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, and studies show that ketogenic diets lead to more weight loss.
When the body produces ketones it’s said to be in ketosis. The fastest way to get there is by fasting – not eating anything – but obviously it’s not possible to fast forever.
A low-carb or “keto” diet, on the other hand, can be eaten indefinitely and also results in ketosis. It has many of the benefits of fasting – including weight loss – without having to fast.
Learn more about a ketogenic diet
Ketones are brain fuel
It’s a common misconception that the brain needs carbs. The truth is that the brain happily burns carbs when you eat them. But if you don’t eat too many carbs, the brain is happy to burn ketones instead.
Fortunately our bodies has evolved to be smarter than that. Normally we have fat stores that lasts so that we can survive for many weeks (if not months) without food. Ketosis is how the body makes sure that the brain can run on those fat stores too.
Bottom line: We do not need to eat any carbs at all. The brain can happily run on fat.
Many people even feel more energized and focused when the brain gets to run on ketones, made from fat. And it certainly speeds up fat loss, if you’re trying to lose weight.
2. The Benefits of Ketosis
There are many benefits of ketosis. By giving your body and brain an almost unlimited supply of energy, you can increase your mental and physical endurance. It also reduces hunger, facilitating effortless weight loss.
Furthermore, as getting into ketosis requires eating very few carbs, it can effectively reverse type 2 diabetes. Ketosis has also been used for a long time to control epilepsy – often even without drugs.
3. How to Get Into Ketosis
To get into ketosis you need low levels of the fat-storing hormone insulin. The most important way to do that is to eat a strict low-carb diet, also called a ketogenic diet.
On top of the necessary ketogenic diet there are many ways to increase ketosis further. The most powerful is adding intermittent fasting.
4. Symtoms & How to Know You’re In Ketosis
How do you know you’re in ketosis? It’s possible to measure it by testing urine, blood or breath samples. But there are also other telltale signs, that requires no testing:
- Dry mouth and increased thirst. Unless you drink enough and get enough electrolytes, like salt, you may feel a dry mouth. Try a cup of bouillon or two daily, plus as much water as you need.
- Increased urination – another ketone body, acetoacetate, can end up in the urine. This makes it possible to test for ketosis using urine strips. It also – at least when starting out – can result in having to go to the bathroom more often. This is the main cause of the increased thirst (above).
- Keto breath – this is due to a ketone body called acetone escaping via our breath.
It can make a person’s breath smell “fruity”, or similar to nail polish remover. This smell can sometimes also be felt from sweat, when working out. It’s often temporary. Learn more
Other, less specific but more positive signs include:
- Reduced hunger – many people experience a marked reduction in hunger.
This may possibly be caused by an increased ability of the body to be fueled by its fat stores. Many people feel great while eating just once or twice a day, automatically ending up doing a form of intermittent fasting. This saves both time and money, while also speeding up weight loss.
- Increased energy – perhaps after a few days of feeling tired (the “keto flu“) many people experience a clear increase in energy levels. This can also be experienced as clear thinking, a lack of “brain fog” or even as a sense of euphoria.
How Do You Measure Ketosis?
There are three ways to measure for ketones, which all come with pros and cons:
5. Side Effects, Fears & Potential Dangers
When starting a low-carb ketogenic diet and reaching ketosis it’s common to get some side effects during the first week. Possibilities include headache, lethargy, irritability, leg cramps, constipationand heart palpitations.
These side effects are usually relatively minor and transient, and most of them can be avoided by getting enough fluid and salt.
Ketosis vs. ketoacidosis
There are many misconceptions about ketosis. The most common is mixing it up with ketoacidosis – a rare and dangerous medical condition that mostly happen to people with type 1 diabetes if they don’t take insulin.
Ketosis and ketoacidosis are not the same thing.
Ketosis is a 100% natural state, under full control by the body. It can be caused by a low-carb diet or by a brief period of fasting.
Ketoacidosis is a severe malfunction of the body, with excessive and unregulated production of ketones. This leads to symptoms like nausea, vomiting and stomach pain followed by confusion and finally coma. It requires urgent medical treatment, as it can potentially be fatal.
It’s like the difference between drinking a glass of water vs. drowning in an ocean. Both situations are about water – but they are not the same thing. Drinking a glass of water will not make you drown. Nor does ketosis result in ketoacidosis.
If you have a functioning pancreas that can produce insulin – i.e. you don’t have type 1 diabetes – it would be extremely hard or, most likely, impossible to get ketoacidosis even if you tried. That’s because high ketone levels result in release of insulin, that shuts down further ketone production. In other words, the body has a safety net that normally makes it impossible for healthy people to get ketoacidosis.
6. How to Reach Optimal Ketosis
Getting into ketosis is not a black or white thing. It’s not like you’re either in ketosis, or out of ketosis. Instead, you can be in different degrees of ketosis, as this chart demonstrates.
The numbers below refer to values when testing blood ketone levels.
- Below 0.5 mmol/L is not considered “ketosis”. Although a value of, say, 0.2 demonstrates that you’re getting close. At this level you’re still far away from maximum fat-burning.
- Between 0.5 – 1.5 mmol/L is light nutritional ketosis. You’ll be getting a good effect on your weight, but perhaps not optimal.
- Around 1.5 – 3 mmol/L is called optimal ketosis and is recommended for maximum mental and physical performance gains. It also maximizes fat burning, which can increase weight loss.
- Values of over 3 mmol/L aren’t necessary. That is, they will achieve neither better nor worse results than being at the 1.5 – 3 level. Higher values can also sometimes mean that you’re not getting enough food (“starvation ketosis”). For type 1 diabetics, it can be caused by a severe lack of insulin that requires urgent attention.
- Values of over 8 – 10 mmol/L are usually impossible to get to just by eating a ketogenic diet. It means that something is wrong. The most common cause by far is type 1 diabetes with severe lack of insulin.
Symptoms include feeling very sick with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and confusion. The end result can be a state called ketoacidosis, that may be fatal. Needless to say abnormally high ketones requires immediate medical care.
How to achieve ketosis
There are many things that increase your level of ketosis. Here they are, from most to least important:
- Restrict carbohydrates to 20 digestible grams per day or less – a strict low-carb diet. Fiber does not have to be restricted, it might even be beneficial.
- Restrict protein to moderate levels. If possible stay at or below 1 gram of protein per day, per kg of body weight. So about 70 grams of protein per day if you weigh 70 kilos (154 pounds). It might be beneficial to lower protein intake even more, especially when overweight, and then aim for 1 gram of protein per kg of desired weight. The most common mistake that stops people from reaching optimal ketosis is too much protein.
- Eat enough fat to feel satisfied. This is the big difference between a ketogenic diet and starvation, that also results in ketosis. A ketogenic diet is sustainable, starvation is not.
- Avoid snacking when not hungry. Unnecessary snacking slows weight loss and reduces ketosis.
- If necessary add intermittent fasting, like 16:8. This is very effective at boosting ketone levels, as well as accelerating weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal.
- Usually not necessary: Supplement MCT oil and/or Bulletproof coffee.
- Usually not necessary: Supplement exogenous ketones.
Turmeric Tea Benefits
Turmeric is a bright yellow-orange spice commonly used in curries and sauces. It comes from the turmeric root. The spice has been used for its medicinal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties for thousands of years.
Turmeric tea is one popular form of consuming turmeric. It has a unique but subtle flavour. The tea is also great way to reap the following health benefits of turmeric.
- Eases arthritis symptoms
Turmeric tea’s strong anti-inflammatory properties can help ease inflammation and swelling in people with arthritis. This reduces painful symptoms. One study found that an active compound in turmeric, called curcumin, was effective in reducing pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
- Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease
While research is still searching for what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease, it seems as though the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent it. Turmeric’s antioxidants prevent damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Even more importantly, some research shows that turmeric can reduce the synaptic marker loss and the accumulation of amyloids linked to Alzheimer’s development.
- Helps prevent cancer
Turmeric tea’s many medicinal properties, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, could contribute to cancer prevention. The National Cancer Institute has recognized curcumin as an effective anticarcinogen, or substance that helps prevent cancer.
- Maintains ulcerative colitis remission
Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a chronic condition that causes ulcers in the lower end of the gastrointestinal tract. Turmeric could help maintain remission from symptoms. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, a study found that UC patients in remission had significantly lower relapse rates if they consumed turmeric.
- Boosts the immune system
The medicinal properties in turmeric may be able to boost the immune system, even in people with immune disorders. One study theorized that turmeric can moderate the immune system.
- Lowers cholesterol
Lowering LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol can help reduce your risk of developing some serious conditions, including heart disease and stroke. There is evidence that turmeric is effective at doing just that. For example, a 2008 study that found that a low dose of curcumin was associated with reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels.
- Can help treat uveitis
Uveitis is an inflammation of the iris. Some early research has indicated that curcumin found in turmeric may actually be as effective of a treatment as corticosteroids, but without the side effects.
How to make turmeric tea
To make turmeric tea at home, follow these steps:
- Boil 3 to 4 cups of water on the stove.
- Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric and stir.
- Simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea into another container.
- Add in honey, fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice, and milk to taste.
Potential risks and complications
Turmeric is generally safe as long as you consume it in moderation. You should check with your doctor about drinking turmeric tea if you have had:
- inflammation of the gallbladder or gallbladder stones
- obstruction of bile passages
- stomach ulcers
- diabetes (turmeric supplements may lower blood sugar)
Taking too much turmeric may cause side effects, however. These include:
- increased stomach acidity, which can cause ulcers
- a blood-thinning effect
Because turmeric may thin your blood, you should stop drinking turmeric tea two weeks before surgery. Do not take turmeric tea if you are on blood thinners, either.
Who should drink turmeric tea?
Turmeric tea is considered safe for most people to drink. It can relieve pain and inflammation without the side effects that even over-the-counter medications like NSAIDs can cause, such as internal bleeding, ulcers, and reduced white blood cell count.
Almost anyone can benefit from drinking turmeric tea, especially because it can boost the immune system and act as an anticancer agent. People with pain caused by inflammation can perhaps benefit the most. People who have diabetes or who take blood thinners should talk to their doctors before trying any turmeric supplement, however.
We at Planet Organics would like to take this opportunities wish all of you
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Happy Holidays.
During this festive period, our physical store will be taking a break from
26th until 27th June 2017. We will resume operations on the 28th June 2017.
However Dear Patrons, Can proceed ordering organics groceries
and vegetables in our website which is up for 365days and to be
informed that all the deliveries will we recommence back on 3th of July 2017.
Have a great day ahead from all of us at Planet Organics.Thank You.
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Fruits and vegetables are considered really essential for human body. They fulfil the required nutritious needs of our body in a better way. That’s because they are vitamin and minerals rich. Apart from that, they contain a good percentage of amino acids and carbohydrates. These are the reasons, why they are important for our health.
When we look at the benefits of the organic vegetables only, they certainly are more effective for our body than any other food. Doctors and health experts put emphasis on us touse them in our diet more often.
Fighting The Bloat:
They fight against the belly bloat. When you consume the organic veg, they actually improve your health and reduce your gastric issues. Apart from that, they also play a vital role in preventing the constipation problems.
The Youthful Glow:
Most of the people, especially the ladies want to look young forever. In such a desire, the organic veg can help you a great deal. They keep you young, improves the glow of your face and makes you beautiful.
The minerals and the vitamins that are present in these veggies are really helpful in reducing the stress of your mind. Your mind remains fresh and you can live an active yet energetic life.
Your Bones Are Protected:
When your bones are strong, actually you are strong. The stronger bones are the guarantee of energetic and active life. Vegs keep your bones protected and makes them strong, so you can live healthy and energetic life.These are some of the benefits which make the vegetables important for our health.
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We are looking for Store Assistants who are passionate, self-motivated and team oriented to join the Planet Organics Rangers team.
1) Administrator ( FT/ PT)
2) Customer Service (FT/PT)
3) Neighborhood Coordinator ( FT/ PT)
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96-2B JALAN PJU 1/3B SUNWAYMAS COMMERCIAL CENTRE
Please contact us at 016-7040300 for more details!
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Kindly be informed that we will be closed for Chinese New Year from for Chinese New Year from 26/1/2017 - 1/2/2017. Last delivery date will be 25/1/2017. you may place your order latest by 24/1/2017. We will resume business on 2/2/2017.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a "Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year on 2017 & Gong Xi Fatt Chai".
The Management of
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- Don't eat fruits immediately after meal as the fruits will be oxidized before it gets digested causing the stomach to be bloated with air. Best to consume before meal or 1-2 hours after meal.
- Don't drink tea after meal because tea leaves contain high acid that will cause food protien to be hardened and difficult to be digested.
- Don't loosen your belf after meal as it will easily cause the intestine to be twisted and blocked.
- Don't bathe after meal as increase blood flow to the limbs will decrease blood flow to the stomach. This will weaken the digestive system and cause indigestion.
- Don't walk after meal. Contrary to common belief, walking will hinder nutrient absorption by the digestive system from the food we take.
- Don't sleep immediately after meal. The food we take will not be able to be digested properly will lead to gastric and infection in the intestine, thus increasing the risk of getting intestinal cancer.
Planet Organics (formerly known as Little Green Planet) is one of several small businesses that are taking their grocers and greens into the digital realm.
The world is quickly adapting to the fact that fruits and vegetables can be bought online and delivered to consumers’ doorsteps quickly and efficiently. Finding a niche within a larger market, these grocers cater to people looking for organic products, itself a growing industry within the country.
Selling organic vegetables online seems like a natural move for Edward Yap, founder of Planet Organics. “The retail trends today are all pointing towards going online,” he says. “Food is now heading there as well. This is what people want.”
There is certainly a huge demand for it. Not only have large hypermarket chains like Tesco made the leap to include their goods online, major moves have been made to secure that online grocer pie. Earlier in November,
Ecommerce platform Lazada confirmed that it is spending US$30 mil to US$40 mil (RM133 mil to RM178 mil) to buy Singapore-based online grocer RedMart.
Now small businesses are trying to tap into the same space, too. “A lot of (local) entrepreneurs are starting to get into it,” says Yap.
•4 Celery Stalks
•1 cup Pineapple
•1/2 Green Apple
•1 cup Spinach
•1 knob Ginger
1. Add all ingredients to vegetable juicer. Gently stir juice and consume immediately.
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Have a prosperous year ahead!