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Food and Nutrition

Fast, healthy burgers at home - MSNBC (video)

Skip the greasy fast-food joint and save calories by making your own meaty and tasty burgers at home with these deliciousrecipes from David Zinczenko, the author behind "Cook This, Not That!"

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Peruvian 'hot plant' may boost libido - CNN (video)

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen investigates an aphrodisiac in Peru that may be the solution for women with a low sex drive.

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[alzheimer] Health Benefits of Purple Fruit - ABC News (video)

Why you should add them to your diet.

- A substance in purple fruit binds to poorly bound iron, which are linked to toxins, which may be linked to degenerative diseases such Alzheimer, Parkinson, and multiple sclerosis.

- Blue berries, concord grape juice, dried figs, black raspberry sauce

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Diet S.O.S.: Dairy and Vitamin D; Bottled vs. Brewed Green Tea - Today (video)

TODAY's diet and nutrition expert Joy Bauer answers viewers' questions about their diet dilemmas, including how to increase vitamin D absorption by eating more dairy.

Vitamin D
- Absorption assisted by fat and some proteins
- Can be absorbed from fat-free dairy products
- Supplements should be taken with large meals

Bottled vs. Brewed Green Tea
- Bottled has lower (significant) polyphenol content

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Sarah De Heer from KitchenDaily tells us how to pick the best apples - ABC News (video)

Sarah De Heer from KitchenDaily tells us how to pick the best apples.

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Foods That Fight Cancer - ABC News (video)

Find out how eating vegetables can help reduce cancer risk.

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Food Dangers for Pregnant Woman - ABC News (video)

Learn what foods are best for you when you're expecting.

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NAAO; Kids in New York get schooled on the ABC's of eating - CNN (video)

Kids in New York get schooled on the ABC's of eating. CNN's Stephanie Elam reports.

- NAAO; National Action Against Obesity.

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Jamie Oliver with Anderson Cooper; Jamie Oliver aims to help kids - CNN (video)

In March, CNN's Anderson Cooper sat down with Jamie Oliver to discuss his crusade to change the way kids eat.

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Jamie Oliver with Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Shopping healthy for your family - CNN (video)

In April, Jamie Oliver took CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta around a grocery store to show him how to shop healthy.

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DASH Diet May Help Reduce Kidney Stones - ABC NEWS (video)

A diet meant to stop hypertension is also shown to reduce kidney stones.

- DASH: Dietary, Approaches to, Stop, Hypertension
- A diet high is fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dairy product but low in red meat and sugar drinks.
- May reduce hypertension and prevent kidney stones.
- The study group that ate this diet also seemed to have high citrate levels an important salt that prevents calcium stones.

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New evidence on how cranberry juice fights bacteria that cause urinary tract infections - EurekaAlert! (article link)

- "A number of controlled clinical trials —— have concluded that cranberry juice really is effective for preventing urinary tract infections,"
- Estimates suggest that urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about 8 million medical visits each year, at a total cost of more than $1.6 billion.

The results suggest that the beneficial substances in cranberry juice could reach the urinary tract and prevent bacterial adhesion within 8 hours after consumption of cranberry juice.

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Dr. Warburg looked at a complex relationship between acidic body chemistry, toxicity (caused by fermenting sugars), low oxygen states and corresponding sub-optimal performance of the body - (news flash)

There is a much discussion today about good health and body chemistry.  This has spawned a broad movement toward achieving balanced pH.  For most, this means consuming more foods that produce alkalizing effects and less foods that create acidifying effects.  The rationale dates back to work done by Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg who in 1931 was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology / Medicine.   Dr. Warburg looked at a complex relationship between acidic body chemistry, toxicity (caused by fermenting sugars), low oxygen states and corresponding sub-optimal performance of the body.

Wheatgrass: When pH Balanced » The Body Performs Optimally - (news flash)

Since most of us develop an acidic body chemistry over time, we need alkalizing foods to restore pH balance.  Wheatgrass juice is a powerful alkalizer.  It is also a preferred food because it seems to possess the ability to single-handedly change people's body chemistry when used in sufficient amounts.  As a result, it is exactly the kind of food needed to help jump start the processes of the body.  It is also the perfect food to consume when life's challenges (like traveling for work) get in the way of the lifestyle choices you prefer.  For many, consuming wheatgrass juice is like have a license to exist in the world around us.

It is important to note that we don't want our bodies to be either alkaline or acidic; rather, we are trying to achieve balance.  We love our wheatgrass juice; but don't think it appropriate to live on it alone.  You can help your body build a solid long term foundation by using some wheatgrass juice and making great choices at the grocery store.

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Wheatgrass Benefits: Alkalizing vs acidifying foods - (news flash)

Maintaining a balanced pH level in the body is critical for longterm good health. The problem with the typical North American diet is that our bodies can become overly acidic. Why is this important? Acidosis creates many health problems and a pH balanced body resolves them. The rationale dates back to work done by  Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg who in 1931 was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology / Medicine.   Dr. Warburg looked at a complex relationship between acidic body chemistry, toxicity (caused by fermenting sugars), low oxygen states and corresponding sub-optimal performance of the body.

Wheatgrass juice is a powerful alkalizing agent which can help body gain and maintain a balanced pH. Your local health food store usually has pH test kits available. Note that the the perfect pH level for human blood ranges between 7.2 and 7.35. Your testing kit should have instructions which discuss the various ranges of all bodily fluids.

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How Diet Affects Body pH - (news flash)

The various foods and beverages you consume release either alkaline or acidic residues into your body when your body digests them. As these residues are released into your body, your body attempts to filter the residues out and maintain proper body pH balance. So if, for example, you eat a lot of acid producing foods like meat, cheese, and sweets, your kidneys would pull minerals from your body like potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium to counteract the acid and keep your body pH in check.

By being careful about food pH and consuming foods that are more in-line with your slightly alkaline body pH, you can ease the strain on your kidneys and lessen the need for your body to surrender important minerals in the name of maintaining body pH. Examples of alkaline-producing foods are fresh vegetables, some fruits, nuts, and legumes.

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Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains chlorophyll, all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K - (news flash)

Wheatgrass
Another key component of the Living Foods Lifestyle® is freshly juiced wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains chlorophyll, all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K. Wheatgrass is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

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Adding garlic to your diet has several health benefits including assistance in warding off cancer and boosting the immune system - WSJ (video)

Adding garlic to your diet has several health benefits including assistance in warding off cancer and boosting the immune system. Video courtesy of Fox News.

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Scientists see risks and benefits in foods with nanotechnology - Reuters (article link)

(Reuters) - In a taste of things to come, food scientists say they have cooked up a way of using nanotechnology to make low-fat or fat-free foods just as appetizing and satisfying as their full-fat fellows.

- Nanotechnology -- which, among other things, may be used to alter when, how and where in our bodies food is digested.
- "We are unpicking the mechanisms of digestion used to break them down so we can design fats in a rational way that are digested more slowly."
- The European Commission has set up a research project called NanoLyse aimed at devising ways of detecting and measuring nano technology in foods.

"These particles could be hazardous and we need to know more about their effects both in the body and in the environment," -- "Since these particles are very small, they can...enter cells or even the nucleus of a cell if they have the right characteristics."

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Downside of meat-based diets, low-carbohydrate diet resulted in higher mortality rates - CNN (video)

CNN's Monita Rajpal reports on a study that examines the effects of eating or denying certain food groups.

- People talking their experience with the Atkin's diet.
- A high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet resulted in higher mortality rates.
- Low-carbohydrate diet that were high in protein, tofu, and legumes showed lower rates of mortality and cardiovascular diseases.
- If your protein is coming from just meat then you are not getting all the nutrients you need including things like fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

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