Is Peanut Butter Healthy-Here’s What You Need To Know

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Is Peanut Butter Healthy? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Peanut butter: as the old song says, “it’s good for your dad, it’s good for your mother”!

Peanut butter makes everything better! Dark chocolate is delicious, but adding peanut butter gives you the world’s most delicious candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Toast and jam is a great way to start your day, but with a bit of peanut butter, you get the PB&J, the sandwich you can never stop eating.

Smoothies are a tasty treat to help you consume more protein, but with a scoop of peanut butter, it’s like a whole blender full of healthy, peanut-flavored goodness straight from the gods themselves.


DID YOU KNOW?

 

Did You Know 91% of American households use peanut butter? U.S. sales of peanut butter came close to $1.2 billion in 2015 alone. That’s a lot of people with a peanut butter-induced smile on their faces!

Sadly, we have to look the nutty gift horse in the mouth and ask the tough question: Is peanut butter healthy?

Below, we’ll take a look at peanut butter both the pros and cons to answer the question “Is peanut butter good for you?”

The answer may surprise you…

The Facts: Peanut Butter Nutritional Info

Before we can get into the details, first we have to know all the facts.

Here is a look at the cold, hard data on peanut butter’s nutritional value:

In the basic serving size (32 grams, or 2 tablespoons) of everyone’s favorite smooth, creamy peanut butter, you get:

Let’s take a closer look at that nutritional data, so we can better understand how eating peanut butter affects us:

The point of this article is to answer the question “Is peanut butter healthy?” Well, to answer that question, let’s take a look at the things that make peanut butter such a great addition to your diet:

Of course, for every pro, there has to be a con, right? To truthfully answer the question “Is peanut butter good for you?” we have to look at the downsides/risks/dangers of peanut butter:

Allergic reactions — This is one of the primary arguments against not only peanut butter, but all peanut products! According to Food Allergy Research & Education, roughly 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies.

Only EIGHT foods account for 90% of the allergic reactions, and peanuts (all nuts, really) are on that list of the “Hateful Eight”. Roughly 3 million people suffer from tree nut and peanut allergies. The number of children (under the age of 18) living with peanut allergies has increased by 300% since 1997.

Thankfully, there is a light at the end of the peanut-shaped tunnel: F.A.R.E. estimates that up to 20% of children outgrow their peanut/nut allergies. However, it’s vital to understand that for children with peanut allergies, peanut butter is a DANGEROUS food–one that can cause symptoms like runny nose, digestive upset, skin reactions, itching, and shortness of breath.

Aflatoxins — Uh-oh, you see the “-toxins” there, don’t you? Time to freak out? Perhaps…

According to Wikipedia, Aflatoxins are “poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals that are produced by certain molds (Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus) which grow in soil, decaying vegetation, hay, and grains”. Where do you think these molds are often found? That’s right, in improperly stored peanuts.

The good news is that 89% of aflatoxins are killed off during the processing of peanuts into peanut butter. The bad news is that aflatoxins have been linked to a number of health problems, including liver cancer, impaired child growth, and even reduced mental function/performance. Thankfully, the USDA monitors the levels of aflatoxins in peanut butter, so the risk of being exposed to these toxins is fairly low. However, it’s vital to understand that the risk is still there.

Atherogenic — To put this in layman’s terms, it may increase the risk of atherosclerosis (constriction of the blood vessels). Peanut butter has been used to induce atherosclerosis in animals (for research purposes). It usually only works if cholesterol levels are high, but it’s definitely something to be aware of.

So, we’ve looked at the good and the bad, and it’s time to answer the question: Is peanut butter healthy? The answer: Yes, but…

Yes, peanut butter is healthy. The high nutritional value makes it a useful addition to your diet, and it can help protect your heart, reduce your risk of diabetes, and promote feelings of satiety that will prevent you from overeating.

But, if you’re not careful, it can cause you to gain weight, and there is always the risk of allergy.

Understanding this will help you to keep peanut butter in its correct place on your menu!

Not certain peanut butter is the right spread for you? Looking for something with a slightly different (read: lower in fat, higher in nutrients) nutritional profile? Here are a few healthy alternatives to peanut butter:

Some other recent alternatives for peanut butter are Sunflower Seed Butter and Cookie Butter. Both are relatively easy to find, mostly right next to peanut butter in large chain grocery stores. Both have a nice nutty flavor and is smooth and easy to spread. You won’t even feel like you’re missing out peanut butter with these two!

Try these peanut butter alternatives if you want a healthy snack, or if you’re just looking to give your palate a break!

The 15 Terrible Coffee Side Effects You Need to Know About

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Last Updated: 28th September 2016

You’ve just read the title, and now you’re thinking “What? How could anyone say anything bad about coffee? My precioussss…”

Gollum comparison aside, most coffee drinkers are pretty passionate about their Java. Being a coffee snob is pretty much a way of life these days. With so many different cultivars of coffee in so many different recipes, it’s hard not to love coffee.

But don’t get up in arms just yet!

We’re passionate about coffee as well. I’ve been known to down my fair share of Joe–everything from a proper espresso to a cappuccino latte to frappes and even the lesser-known drinks (like Bulletproof Coffee).

Note: I REFUSE to try Pumpkin Spice Latte. Sue me.


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You know the old saying, “Too much of any good thing can be bad for you”? Coffee is so delicious and wonderful that there HAS to be downsides to it!

In this post, we’re going to take a look at coffee side effects to answer the question “Is coffee bad for you?” once and for all.

Set aside your passion for coffee for a moment so you can critically examine the side effects of coffee listed below.

Even if you know everything there is to know about coffee, you may learn a few things about the potential drawbacks of coffee…

Coffee Side Effects


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Here are some of the reasons that drinking coffee ruins you:

  • Makes all other beverages bland and boring by comparison. I mean, really? A cup of tea after drinking espressos for years? You’re better off drinking hot chocolate, or maybe a mocha. Oh right, that’s coffee again.
  • Becomes an important part of your life until you can’t function without it. Morning is probably not a great time in your household, not until the first cup of Joe is nearly empty. (This might lead to relying on it to stop snoring and other related sleep apnea issues!)
  • Makes you prone to fits of rage if someone is taking too long at Starbucks. “Come on! Do you really have to customize your order? You’re here for a cup of coffee, not a low-fat, soy milk, odd-flavored dessert!” Sound familiar?
  • Increases your tendency to scoff at people who drink regular coffee. You’re so used to slow-brewing your own home-ground Arabica that you can’t imagine how anyone can drink the pathetic stuff brewed in the break room.
  • Your head is stuffed with useless information. You know what a “cupping” is, what a “microlot” batch is, you understand terms like “leguminous”, and you say things like “tastes like Kenya”.
  • You’re going broke. Regular store-bought coffee just doesn’t cut it for you anymore! If it’s not way overpriced, free-trade, organic, specialized coffee, you won’t let it touch your palate.

Pretty nasty side effects, right? And that’s before we even get to the effects coffee has on your body…

The Real Side Effects Of Coffee


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Humor aside, coffee does, unfortunately, come with some unpleasant side effects. We may not be talking “sprouting warts on your tongue” or “breaking out into hives”, but the coffee side effects are very real.

Here are some of the side effects of coffee you need to know about:

Increases blood pressure — It’s a well-documented fact: caffeine raises your blood pressure. However, did you know that the increase in blood pressure is caused by vascular resistance, and not by an increase in your heart rate or blood flow?

This means that caffeine makes your heart work harder to pump blood through your body.

High blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors in coronary heart disease. Roughly 70 million American adults (29%) suffer from high blood pressure. If you are one of these adults, drinking coffee will only make the problem worse.

Essentially, it will force your heart to work double-time just to pump oxygen and nutrients through your body. For those with high blood pressure, perhaps it’s time to cut back on the Java.

Increases acid production — Specifically hydrochloric and gastric acids. Both of these acids are necessary to break down the food in your stomach. However, too much acid can cause problems in your stomach.

The acid can eat into the stomach lining (causing ulcers), or it may increase your risk of acid reflux.

This is even more of a problem if you drink coffee first thing in the morning, when there is no food in your stomach to mitigate the effects of the acid.

Oddly enough, it’s not the caffeine’s fault! One study discovered that the roasting of the coffee is most likely responsible for the increased gastric acid release.

Men who consumed regular and decaf coffee had higher levels of gastric acid than men who consumed non-coffee caffeine supplements.

Worried about an increase in stomach acid? Either drink your coffee on a full stomach, or cut back on the acid-producing foods in the meals where you have a cup of Joe.

Causes stomach/digestive problems — Not everyone who drinks coffee experiences digestive problems or a “rumbly tummy”, but most people suffering from IBS, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, peptic ulcers, and Crohn’s disease will find that the coffee irritates their digestive system and makes their stomach/digestive problems worse.

You see, when you drink coffee, you increase the production of acid in your stomach. This increase in acid weakens your stomach lining, making it easier for bacteria (like the H. pylori bacteria responsible for ulcers) to burrow into the stomach tissue.

And the effects aren’t limited to your stomach! Coffee can also irritate your small intestines, causing cramps, abdominal spasms, and alternating constipation and diarrhea–a condition known as IBS. Thankfully, this is a fairly rare side effect of caffeine!

Contributes to heartburn/acid reflux — Have you ever felt a burning, stabbing pain in your chest after drinking coffee? How about a feeling like the top of your stomach (mid-chest) is on fire? If so, coffee may be causing acid reflux or heartburn.

Caffeine relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle that stops food from coming back up your throat once it hits your stomach. When the sphincter relaxes, it allows food and acid to come back up the esophagus, and the acid burns the unprotected tissue of your esophagus.

Coffee isn’t the only drink that can cause heartburn and acid reflux–caffeinated sodas and teas are also responsible. Still, if you’ve got that stabbing, burning pain, perhaps it’s time to give your body a break and cut coffee/caffeine for a week or two.

Affects brain and central nervous system — We all know that coffee makes us feel awake, but do you know why?

Coffee doesn’t actually cause your body to produce more energy; instead, it shuts off the part of your brain that registers tiredness.

Coffee antagonizes the receptors in your brain that recognize adenosine, the chemical that signals fatigue. By turning off these adenosine receptors, coffee tricks your brain into thinking that you are more alert, awake, and focused than you really are.

This blocking of the adenosine receptors will make you feel awake and alert, but woe to you when the caffeine wears off. Because these receptors have been shut off, they become MORE sensitive when the caffeine stops blocking them. Hence, you feel the “coffee crash”.

Caffeine also affects your central nervous system, and it can cause problems like:

  • Anxiety
  • Jitters
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness

Something to be aware of as you sip your Java!


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De-sensitizes your body to caffeine — We all know what happens when you drink coffee regularly: you have to drink more and more to get the same effects.

Caffeine is as addictive as nicotine and recreational drugs, and it affects your body the same, meaning no matter how much you drink, you never get the same “high” you got the first time.

The more coffee you drink, the more you need to drink to get that same effect. This is why so many coffee drinkers go from mild Americana-style coffee to cappuccinos and espressos. For espresso drinkers, there are few options–like Death Wish Coffee (the name speaks for itself…)

Not only is it hard to get the same “high”, but you develop a dependence on caffeine in addition to the tolerance. If you stop drinking coffee, you get the “shakes”, a headache, and other downsides.

Affects nutrient absorption — One of the most notable examples is coffee’s effect on calcium absorption. Coffee essentially interferes with your body’s ability to absorb calcium, preventing it from reaching your bones.

Excessive caffeine intake can lead to bone thinning and osteoporosis. (For those taking green coffee bean supplements, this is also one of the green coffee bean extract side effects…)

Excess body fat — Now, to be clear, this isn’t a side effect of coffee, per se. Just drinking black coffee can actually stimulate weight loss, and will increase your energy at the gym.

However, how many people actually drink their coffee black and ENJOY IT? A large majority of people add milk, sugar, or both to their coffee. And don’t get me started on the fancy coffees you get at Starbucks!

Between the cream, whole-fat milk, high-sugar flavorings, and whipped cream toppings, you can end up consuming upwards of 500 calories in a single cup of coffee. Drink two or three of these per day, and you’re talking about A LOT of extra calories.

It’s a bit of a hard saying. To keep your coffee healthy, you have to keep it simple. However, this makes it bitter and harder to drink. Tough call, right?

Laxative and diuretic — This one is a bit of a mixed bag. Many people depend on coffee for their regular bathroom trips, thanks to the fact that caffeine triggers peristalsis–or the contraction of your bowel muscles that send the waste material toward the exit.

By triggering peristalsis, coffee helps to empty your digestive system, eliminating waste.

However, it’s not all good. First, your body may become dependent on the caffeine to trigger this muscle activity, meaning it will be unable to excrete waste without the aid of caffeine.

It also acts as a diuretic, making your body flush water–fluid that may be necessary for a healthy body. To make things worse, a lot of the food emptied from your intestines as a result of the caffeine isn’t fully digested. You end up missing out on vital nutrients thanks to the fact that coffee empties your bowels before they’re ready.

Add to that an increased risk of irritation/inflammation, and you’ve got a good reason to hesitate before drinking coffee.

For a normal, healthy person, coffee won’t cause problems with your digestive tract. However, if you suffer from gastrointestinal disorders (like IBS, gastritis, Crohn’s disease, etc.), it may be a good idea to check with your doctor before drinking coffee.

Other negative side effects — Here are a few more minor side effects of caffeine and coffee:

  • Coffee, if consumed in excess, may increase your risk of gout.
  • Coffee drinkers between the ages of 18 and 45 have a higher risk of mild hypertension, potentially increasing their chance of developing cardiovascular disorders.
  • One study discovered that women who drink up to 250 milligrams of caffeine per day had a 150% higher chance of developing fibrocystic breast disease than non-coffee drinkers. If the caffeine intake increased to more than 500 mg per day, the chance of FBD increased to 230%.
  • According to the University of Alabama, women who drink a lot of coffee have a 70% higher chance of developing incontinence and leaky bladders.
  • Headaches aren’t only caused by coffee withdrawal, but can be result of too much caffeine.
  • Women going through menopause often notice more vasomotor symptoms thanks to coffee.

Also, intake of at least two caffeinated beverages a day of men and women prior to conception increases the risks of miscarriage. Studies show that male preconception consumption of caffeine was just as strongly associated with pregnancy loss as that of females. This leads to the conclusion that caffeine intake of both parties during this time directly contributes to pregnancy loss. 

A lot of negatives, right? Sounds almost more harmful than good, doesn’t it?

So, now it’s time to answer the question, “Is coffee bad for you?” Are the side effects of coffee a deal-breaker, or can you keep drinking regardless?

In the end, it comes down to individual choice. You know what the coffee side effects are, and you can see how caffeine affects your body. You’re a grown-up able to make a wise, informed decision for yourself!

Top 10 Watermelon Juice Benefits and Juicing Tips

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1. Prevention Of Cancer

Many people who are fans of heating healthy and juicing know that tomatoes have high amounts of Lycopene, which is what makes it that lovely red color. What many don’t know is that watermelon contain more Lycopene that tomatoes do! It is the Lycopene that gives watermelons their lovely red color.

There have been studies that have shown that Lycopene, which is found in watermelons, can help prevent heart disease as well as prevent cancer of the prostate, lung, ovaries, pancreas, breast, bladder and colon.

It doesn’t just stop there neither as some people have Lycopene for cataracts and asthmas too although more research is needed to prove officially this.

Because of these benefits, it has been found that people who consume more Lycopene-rich foods will have a reduced risk of heart disease and forms of cancer.

It has also been proven that Lycopene can help to protect your skin from UV damage so while you should still not skip on putting on your sun lotion, having a large glass of watermelon juice will help to protect further your skin. For a truly powerful Lycopene juice, you can also add tomatoes and pink grapefruit to the juice.

2. Increased Nutrition Consumption

It has been proven that your body can absorb more nutrients when you juice fruits and vegetables than eating whole fruits and vegetables.

When you juice watermelon, the minerals, vitamins and nutrients will all broken down and be made compact so your body can absorb the nutrients more.

This means that all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in watermelons can be absorbed. Such vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in watermelons include potassium which is good for heart health, vitamin B, which can reduce stress, vitamin A, which is good for bone health and Lycopene which is good for cancer prevention.

All of these benefits that can be found in watermelons will be better absorbed when juiced.

3. Improved Kidney Health

Watermelons are highly cleansing which is why they are a great source of food to improve kidney health. It has been proven that consuming watermelon can help to flush out the bad in your kidney including ammonia and uric acid.

When there is a build-up of uric acid in the blood, it can cause Gout which is a painful disease.

To avoid chronic kidney diseases such as Gout, it is recommended to consume fruits such as watermelons. It is also known that the watermelon juice health benefits can help with kidney stones.

I talked about earlier how you can also eat the rind and seeds of watermelons for additional benefits. If you have problems with your kidneys or are just looking to cleanse your kidneys, then I recommend also adding the watermelon seeds ready for juicing. It is the watermelon seeds that provide the most kidney cleansing benefits.

4. Better Blood Flow

The organic compound citrulline is an amino acid which is found in high amounts in watermelons.

The name “citrulline” is a form of the Latin word for “watermelon” because it was where it was first isolated in 1914.

Citrulline can be converted into arginine by your body once consumed. Arginine is an essential amino acid that can help improve blood flow and relax blood vessels.

This conversion that happens inside your body after you have consumed watermelon can lead to so many other health benefits such as reduced stress and sore muscle relief after exercising.

5. Liver Protection

There was a study done in 2011 which found that watermelon specifically had a therapeutic effect on the liver.

It turned out that if a person consumes watermelon, then it reduced liver damage from exposure to carbon tetrachloride which can be mostly found in cleaning agents and fire extinguishers.

Carbon tetrachloride can also be found in the air if you work or live in an industrial area as it can be found in some industrial products. If you work around carbon tetrachloride then drinking watermelon juice can help to protect you liver from over exposure and avoid liver damage.

6. Sore Muscle Relief

So many fitness buffs turn to processed shakes and supplements to recover and provide sore muscle relief after a workout.

If you tend to turn to processed shakes and supplements, then you may be surprised to hear that watermelon juice has provided the body with more citrulline than supplements do.

This is because the body can absorb citrulline from its natural source more than from a processed source.

If you’re looking to relieve muscle soreness the day after a workout or straight after a workout, then have a glass of watermelon juice ready in the refrigerator.

7. Weight Loss Advantages

So many of us want to lose weight, especially as it gets closer to the summer months. If this is you, then you will love watermelon juice as the citrulline that helps improve blood flow has been tested for weight loss. It was found that citrulline interferes with the accumulation of fat.

This is still in the early stages of testing though as it has only been tested on animals but there are only benefits of drinking watermelon juice that there is no reason not to drink it.

It is low in calories so is great for if you’re on a diet and wish to snack.

8. Stress Relief

The vitamin B6 is found in watermelons and is a vitamin that is mostly known to help reduce stress levels. Instead of reaching for that glass of wine after a hard day at work, reach out to your watermelon juice instead.

It will help to reduce your stress levels and anxiety far more than alcohol can.

As well as helping reduce stress levels and anxiety, it can also help with fatigue. If you’re not feeling at your best and are just feeling fatigued, then it may be an indication that your body need vitamin B6. Having a glass of watermelon juice a day can help to avoid being fatigued and stressed.

9. Anti-Inflammatory

As well as having watermelon juice ready for after a workout for therelief of sore muscles, it is also recommended to have a glass of watermelon juice before a workout. This is because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

As well as helping to relieve muscle soreness after the event, it can help to prevent muscle soreness if consumed before a workout. To have the best of both worlds, have a glass of watermelon juice before you work out and a glass of watermelon juice either after your workout or the day after.

10. Anti-Aging Agent

The Lycopene, which I spoke about earlier that is found in watermelons, has been linked to anti-aging benefits.

The main reason for this is because Lycopene can help to protect your skin from UV damage. The more skin is exposed to UV damage, the more it will become damaged and when the skin is damaged the more aging it appears.

To help fight against aging, make sure to protect your skin with high factor sun lotion and to include Lycopene in your daily diet. Lycopene can also be found tomatoes and pink grapefruit as well as in watermelons.

3 Bonus Watermelon Juice Benefits

They are the top 10 benefits of adding watermelon juice to your diet. I bet you didn’t know that watermelon could help to protect your skin from UV damage, can help prevent cancer and improve heart health as well as many other health benefits, do you?

Because I take care of my readers, though, I am going to give you 3 more benefits to having watermelon juice in your diet… just in case you’re not sold yet. Here are the three bonus benefits:


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1. Vitamins And Minerals

Watermelons tend to be mostly beneficial for its antioxidants, but that does not mean it doesn’t offer vitamins and mineral benefits too. What you may not know is that watermelons are actually quite high in vitamin C, which can help protect against immune deficiencies, prenatal health problems, and skin wrinkling.

When you add the watermelon seeds to your juice, then you can also benefit from the added iron and zinc which is great for fatigue and fighting cancer as well as many other things.

2. Source Of Energy

Not only can watermelon juice act as a source of energy but it is an instant source of energy because of the carbohydrates, electrolytes, and minerals that are found within. Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee for an instant boost of energy, reach out for a glass of watermelon juice.

Not only is it tastier than coffee but it has so many more health benefits.

This is why watermelon juice is a great choice of juice for before workouts to give you the energy you need to get the most of your workout session.

Unlike coffee or processed energy drinks, watermelon juice will help to keep your body hydrated and provide a natural source of instant energy.

3. Improve Skin Conditions

It has been found that watermelon juice can help with some skin conditions including acne. This is because it can help to remove excess oil from the skin which is a major known cause of acne.

It can also help to keep the skin hydrated in a much more natural way than chemical face creams and washes which can also cause or irritate acne.

How To Make Watermelon Juice

Now that you are sold on why you should add watermelon juice to your diet, here is how to make it:


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  • Scrub the outside of the watermelon with a brush and apple cider vinegar to remove any sprays or waxes.
  • Cut the watermelon into quarters with each quarter usually providing enough juice for two people.
  • Slice the watermelon into sizeable chunks that will fit into your juicer. Leave the watermelon rind on and do not pick the seeds out to get the main benefit of watermelon juice.
  • Turn your juicer on and slowly feed each watermelon slice through for juicing.
  • As soon as you have placed all your slices through the juicer simply pour the juice into a glass and enjoy.

You will get all the benefits from the entire watermelon by juicing the rind and the watermelon seeds as well as the pulp.

For further added benefits you can add cucumber to your watermelon juice to create a watermelon cucumber juice.

Watermelon cucumber juice benefits have all the above as well support digestive health.

Coconut water can also be combined with watermelon cucumber juice. It can replace the plain water. All together, one glass keeps your body well-hydrated. You can also add mint leaves and lemon juice for a refreshing twist.

Have you used Watermelon Juice recently? Share your experience with the community in the comments below!

The 8 Best Cold Press Juicers To Use At Home

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What could be better to start the day with a cup of freshly made juice? Drop in a bit of ice, stir until chilled, and kick it back. Ahh, delicious!

Did you know?

 

Store-bought juice is often full of sugar, preservatives, flavorings, and other suspicious (unhealthy) ingredients. Homemade juice, however, is fresh, packed with nutrients, and excellent for your health.

Veggies and fruits are loaded with an impressive range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants: from the flavonoids in blueberries to the Vitamin C in oranges to the Vitamin A in carrots to the folic acid in spinach!

If you want to be healthy, it’s vital to add more raw foods to your diet. Not a big fan of salads, soups, or fruit salad? Drink down a cup of homemade juice to get all those vital nutrients!

Below, you’ll find a few of the best machines to turn your raw fruits and veggies into homemade juice. Our list is populated with the best cold press juicers to use at home, no matter what type of produce you want to juice!

But first, here’s everything you need to know about cold press juicers…

Cold Press Juicers 101

What the heck is a cold press juicer? How is it different than any other kind of juicer?

There are two types of juicers you need to know about:

Centrifugal Juicer — This type of juicer uses a spinning blade to pulverize the fruit, and the centrifugal force presses the produce against a metal strainer to extract the juice. The spinning filter separates the juice from the pulp.

Cold Press Juicer — Also known as a “masticating juicer,” this type of juicer uses a chewing press rather than a spinning blade. The chewing press spins much more slowly, compressing the fruits and vegetables to extract the juice.

So, what’s the difference between the two?

Centrifugal juicers extract the juice quickly. You can get a full cup of juice in less than a minute, and the machine is fairly easy to clean. Best of all, these juicers are CHEAP!

However, on the flip side, the fast-spinning blade generates a lot of friction, which in turn generates heat that destroys the antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and digestive enzymes in the fruits and veggies.

They tend to be much noisier, extract less juice from for your produce and make juice that is very foamy.

Cold press juicers may not operate as quickly, but they are much quieter. The amount of friction is reduced, meaning less damage to the nutrients in your food.

The juice produced in cold press juicers tends to last longer, and there are minimal foaming and juice separation. You get the most from the fruit you juice, and the juice is higher quality.

As you can clearly see, cold press juicers are far better option–despite their higher price tag and slower operation.

If you’re willing to invest a bit into a quality juicer that will last longer, you’ll get top-shelf juice from your fruits and vegetables. Definitely a good choice for you!

The Best Cold Press Juicers for You

We’ve done extensive research and scoured the internet to find the best cold press juicers to use at home. After testing them and reading thousands of reviews, we’ve come up with the best on the market.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about these quality cold press juicers:

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer

This bad boy is one of the best-selling cold press juicers around, thanks to its high-efficiency masticating press system. It comes with a 2-HP motor that spins the chewing press at a mere 80 RPM, slowly crushing your fruit without generating unnecessary heat.

The dual-stage juicer extracts the juice then squeezes the pulp to ensure maximum yield. Best of all, the juice it produces is enough for up to 72 hours after juicing!

But it’s more than just a juicer! You can use it to make nut butter, baby food, pesto, and soy milk, and it can be used to grind coffee, extract paste, and mince herbs and garlic. It’s like a food processor built into a cold press juicer–two for the price of one!


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Pros:

  • One of the most efficient, durable machines for the price
  • Produces the driest pulp around (meaning maximum juice extraction)
  • Clean-up is quick and easy
  • Comes with a 15-year warranty
  • Chews through even the toughest grasses and veggies

Cons:

  • Smaller feed chute (you have to cut the produce smaller before feeding it into the juicer)
  • Auger tends to wear out

Price: $299.95

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Omega J8004 Nutrition Center

If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper cold press juicer, this $240 model is a good option to consider. It functions similar to the J8006–2 HP motor spinning the blades at 80 RPM to ensure maximum yield with minimal damage.

It extracts the maximum amount of juice from the fruits and veggies you feed into it, and the juice will last for up to 72 hours in the fridge.

There are minimal foam and froth produced by this juicer, so you can enjoy a cup of fresh juice within minutes. The dual-stage juicing ensures that the pulp is as dry as possible, and more juice ends up in your cup.

It also comes with the grinder feature–allowing you to make baby food, nut butter, pesto, ground coffee, herbs, and spices.


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Pros:

  • Slightly cheaper than the top-rated Omega model
  • Can chew through any vegetable or grass, no matter how fibrous
  • Comes with multiple attachments for more efficient pressing
  • Has a 15-year warranty
  • Extremely durable and long-lasting

Cons:

  • Made with a plastic body (rather than the metal used by the J8006)
  • Takes a bit longer to clean

Price: $233.99

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SKG New Generation Wide Chute Anti-Oxidative Slow Masticating Juicer

This cold-press juicer comes with a 240-watt motor that spins the press at 60 RPM, meaning minimal damage to the digestive enzymes in your juice.

The 3-inch wide chute makes it easy for you to feed fruits and veggies into the juicer without extra chopping. It offers an excellent yield, but it preserves the natural flavors of the juices.

The sealed juicing space reduces the amount of oxygen that enters the juicer, preventing oxidation. It can be used to make smoothies, sorbets, and tofu as well as fresh juice, and you’ll find that it’s a highly versatile, highly-efficient juicer.


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Pros:

  • Made of stainless steel
  • Multiple functions
  • Comes with manual and a book of recipes
  • Built-in silicone scraper keeps the strainer free of clogging pulp
  • Has a 10-year warranty for motor and body

Cons:

  • Hefty (23 pounds) and large
  • Noisy
  • Rubber components tend to be a bit flimsy

Price: $297.00

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Omega Juicers VRT350X

Thanks to the design of this vertical-style juicer, you get the maximum yield from your juice. Gravity drags the fruits and veggies downward into the masticating press.

The 2 HP motor spins the press at 80 RPM for maximum yield. The juicer produces a very dry pulp, meaning most of the juice from your fruits and veggies end up in your cup.

The auto-cleaning system keeps the strainer free of clogs and pulp as you juice, and you’ll find that it’s a relatively easy machine to clean. It’s a cheaper appliance than most of the other models on this list, but it’s a worthwhile investment.


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Pros:

  • Highly efficient with a high yield
  • Beautifully compact; fits on any kitchen counter
  • Comes with a reverse setting that makes it easy to dislodge stuck veggies
  • Easy to use and clean

Cons:

  • Can’t handle very fibrous grasses or veggies
  • Some pulp leaks into juice
  • Small feed chute

Price: $204.00

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Tribest SW-2000-B Slowstar Vertical Slow Cold Press Juicer

This bad boy comes with a 200-watt motor that spins the press at a stately 47 RPM, drastically reducing friction and preventing any damage to the enzymes in the juice.

The machine runs beautifully quietly, making almost no noise as it crushes the juice from your fruits and veggies. The 3-stage press generates up to 30 ft./lbs of torque, which ensures that the press can crush just about everything you put in the juicer.

There is minimal risk of jam or clog with this juicer, and you’ll find that it comes with multiple attachments to make nut butter, sorbet, and sauce. With a dual-blade auger, it crushes your fruit at twice the speed of other cold press juicers.


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Pros:

  • Extracts juice more quickly than most cold press juicers
  • Made of durable BPA-free plastic
  • Comes with a 10-year warranty
  • Crushes the produce at 47 RPM; better quality juice
  • Excellent for juicing high-fiber grasses and foods

Cons:

  • Pricey–one of the most expensive juicers on this list
  • Has a tendency to leak from the silicone sealing ring
  • Motor gets hot after extended use

Price: $379.95

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Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000

For a top-of-the-line juicer with a price tag to match, this Tribest cold press juicer is a good option. It’s designed to eject the pulp automatically as it crushes your produce, making it easier to clean after juicing.

It is a multi-purpose juicer that also serves as a grinder to make nut butter, baby food, and sorbet. It’s user-friendly and easy to assemble and made to be easily portable.

The press spins at a high 110 RPM, but it does an excellent job of extracting juice and producing dry pulp. You can adjust the pressure setting according to the produce you are juicing, and it’s an extremely efficient juicer.


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Pros:

  • Comes with “reverse” setting to prevent clogs
  • Pulp is very dry, meaning excellent yield
  • Easy to clean–a quick rinse is all it takes
  • Versatile

Cons:

  • Pricey–most expensive item on this list
  • Tends to clog with more fibrous veggies
  • Can’t run for too long

Price: $529.99

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Omega Vertical Juicing System Silver VSJ843RS

This vertical juicer is designed to auto-clean, increasing the efficiency of the juicer and reducing the amount of post-juicing clean-up required. The auger spins at just 43 RPM, making it one of the lowest-friction juicers on the market. With the new addition of a dual-edge auger, the machine squeezes juice and breaks down fiber with maximum effectiveness.

It’s useful for even the most fibrous of vegetables and grasses and is an extremely versatile machine.


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Pros:

  • Compact design makes it easy to use anywhere
  • Slow operation means less heat build-up
  • Can blend juices before pouring them into the container
  • Minimal foam and froth
  • 15-year warranty

Cons:

  • Takes a LONG time to make juice
  • Tends to leak when juicing harder veggies (raw carrots or beets)

Price: $399.95

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Hurom HU-100 Masticating Slow Juicer

This cold press juicer spins at 80 RPM, using just 150 watts of electricity. It’s a quiet juicer that gets the job done–a real workhorse appliance. The heavy-duty strainer will extract the maximum amount of juice from your produce, and is 800% more durable than regular plastic.

It can do more than just make juice–it’s also useful for nut butter, nut milk, baby food, sauces, and baby food. The pulp may be a bit wetter than you’d like, but it’s a durable appliance that will last for years to come.


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Pros:

  • Very easy to clean
  • Can slice through high-fiber veggies and grasses
  • Excellent customer service
  • Durable machine
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Juice extraction on par with centrifugal juicers
  • Takes a long time to extract juice

Price: $289.50

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So What’s Next?

These juicers should give you plenty of options when you go looking for your next cold-pressed juicer.

There’s a lot of different alternatives on the market, so it’s important to compare what’s available between price, quality, ease of use and more. All of these are different factors that you need to consider when buying a cold press juicer.

It also helps to consider how long you’re planning to keep your juicer. This is where durability comes in. Either you want a permanent kitchen fixture or you’re planning to upgrade to a better model soon, make sure to keep in mind that the length of warranty is the best indicator of durability.

Have you purchased a cold press juicer recently? Share your experience below in the comments!

8 Health And Nutritional Benefits Of Celery Juice

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You may be looking for insomnia remedies right now. This is one of the best celery juice benefits, and you can start falling asleep on a nightly basis without any issues.

It is a surprising benefit for some because it is also a natural boost when you’ve had a long and hard day.

The benefit is in the magnesium.

This mineral helps to relax the nervous system, so you feel tired and calm. Those who have a magnesium deficiency will find that they find it harder to sleep, and are often stressed at even the slightest problem.

It is not easy to control until you answer the deficiency problem.

Drinking celery juice also helps to reduce blood pressure. This is a common reason for insomnia because it can raise the stress levels.

The two create a vicious circle, making sleep even harder to come by.

Of course, reducing the blood pressure is a benefit to itself, and happens due to phthalides in the vegetable.

Researchers have found that the blood pressure in animals dropped by 12-14 percent just by eating the vegetable.

You will get more by drinking it, so you could see better result as the compound dilates the blood vessels and relaxes the artery muscles, making it easier for the blood to flow.

You can also stress less about the risks to your body over time, due to all the health benefits of celery juice.

By adding it to your diet, you’re decreasing the risk of cancer, lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of stones (urinary, gallbladder and kidney) for properly bodily function.

How much easier will you find managing your health now?

Juicing is good for you when you use the right vegetables.

Celery juice benefits are among the best, compared to so many options out there. The juice works as a natural option for reducing blood pressure, easing stress and adding electrolytes back into the body.

Celery juice can be combined with apples and carrots for effective weight loss aid. The combination of sodium and potassium in celery and the vitamins and minerals found in apples and carrots safely speeds us the loss of water weight and reduces high blood pressure.

If you haven’t started juicing yet, or you’re looking for something to start with, celery juice is the one you want to choose.

There is never a moment too late to start enjoying the health benefits of celery juice. You don’t just need to drink it on its own to get all the benefits, either; just make sure you get enough!

Do you drink celery juice?

Let us know in the comments below!

Everything You Need To Know About Almonds for Weight Loss

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Last Updated: 30th September 2016

Almonds have long since been considered a health food and their reputation for aiding weight loss is certainly well deserved.

Although regularly consuming small portions of all nuts can help to contribute towards a healthy and happy body, eating raw almonds for weight loss is by far the most successful way to wave goodbye to those unwanted pounds.


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Most people shy away from including almonds in their diet plans when they are trying to lose weight because of their relatively high-calorie content.

It is automatically assumed that all high-calorie foods are detrimental to diets.

However, this is a common misconception and studies have shown that using almonds for weight loss is an effective way to assist in shedding fat.

Why Should You Eat Almonds?


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Although almonds are made up of a whopping 72% fat, the majority of their fat content comes from the monounsaturated fats that contribute towards a healthily functioning body.

Consuming almonds is an excellent way to top up your “good” fats as they provide a quality source of the essential fatty acids needed to maintain a healthy heart and cholesterol levels.

Evidence from research indicates that regularly eating foods that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as almonds, avocado, and olive oil, can contribute towards successful weight loss.

One study found that individuals who followed a controlled diet incorporating a small portion of almonds lost more weight than those individuals who followed the same diet but with added complex carbohydrates in place of the high fat snack.

The people following the diet enhanced with almonds consumed a daily total of 39% fat whereas the diet enhanced with complex carbohydrates had a daily total of just 18% fat, completely dispelling the myth that high-fat foods are detrimental to weight loss.


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The International Journal of Obesity conducted a similar study which found that a restricted diet enriched with almonds improved the abnormalities contributing to metabolic syndrome in individuals.

The study concluded that the combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity that results in metabolic syndrome were all eased by the simple inclusion of a small portion of almonds in the daily diets of the participants.

The group of participants were put on calorie controlled diets with one-half consuming a small portion of almonds and the other consuming the equivalent amount of calories from complex carbohydrates on a daily basis.

Although both groups did lose fat on the restricted diets, it was found that the weight reduction over the 24 week period was significantly greater in those individuals who had consumed almonds than in those who did not.

The findings suggest that eating almonds in moderation can play a crucial role in combating not just obesity, but other health problems that are associated with being over.


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Carbohydrates make up just 15% of each almond’s total nutrients meaning that they are an ideal addition to the diet of anyone who may be following a low carb diet such as the paleo diet.

It has been suggested that opting for a low carb diet which incorporates foods high in monounsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to decrease the stubborn “bad” fats that encircle vital organs and can be found in the area surrounding the stomach.

Many individuals opt for snacks that are high in carbohydrates such as chips or muffins when they are on the go simply because these are the foods that are most widely available.

Most people do not realise how detrimental to weight loss this high carbohydrate convenience foods really are and rely on them to stave off hunger pangs when they strike.

Why not try using almonds for weight loss yourself and keep a small packet of them handy for those times that you need a quick snack on the go?

Almonds for Muscle Building


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Almonds have the highest protein content out of all the nuts and this, when combined with the quality source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that they provide, can contribute toward losing fat and achieving a lean look.

The amino acids found in almonds are the building blocks of muscle and are crucial when it comes to growing and maintaining the muscle mass needed in order to achieve the toned look that many people desire.

The combination of the high protein and fat contents in almonds also provide a boost in energy levels meaning that eating almonds can benefit you when participating in physical activity as they can help to enhance performance.

In addition to this, it has been suggested that almonds act as an appetite suppressant due to their ability to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Evidence suggests that the high levels of the monounsaturated fat present in almonds can leave people feeling fuller for longer, meaning that they are less likely to reach for that unhealthy cookie while in between meals.

The Nutritional Content of Almonds


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Almonds are by far the most nutrient dense nut and are absolutely bursting with the vitamins and minerals required to maintain a healthily functioning body.

They provide an excellent source of Vitamins E, K, B16 and B12 in addition to Riboflavin and Folate to name just a few.

Almonds also contain high levels of a multitude of minerals including Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium and Manganese, all of which play a key role in aiding cellular processes in the body and help activate energy productively.

This means that simply including a small handful of almonds in your daily diet is enough to guarantee that your energy levels will soar, leaving you less likely to experience that mid-afternoon slump that can so leave you reaching for a sugary quick fix.

The seemingly endless health benefits of almonds do not end there though as, in addition to providing a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, almonds also provide an excellent source of fiber.

Just 20 almonds per day provide 3.5 grams of fiber meaning that the tasty nut makes an ideal addition to the diet of anyone who struggles with digestive issues such as bloating and constipation.

Almonds and Heart Health


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In addition to easing the health problems associated with metabolic syndrome, it has also been suggested that including a small portion of almonds in an individual’s daily diet can prevent the onset of heart disease.

One report in the Journal of the America Heart Association examined a study that took place over a six-week period and concluded that regularly consuming almonds decreases the level of “bad” cholesterol in the body.


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In the study, a group of 48 individuals consumed a calorie controlled diet with one-half eating a small portion of daily almonds and the other half instead eating an isocaloric muffin substitute.

Although the two variations of the calorie controlled diet did not differ in terms of saturated fat or cholesterol levels, it was found that those individuals who had consumed almonds had decreased levels of non-HDL, or “bad” cholesterol, in the body.

It was also found that, although both groups lost weight, the group whose diet included almonds lost more weight than the carbohydrate group, particularly around their stomachs and legs.

These findings reinforce those from previous studies and indicate that the regular consumption of almonds is a simple and easy way to not only reducing body fat but to also prevent heart disease.

Almonds for Aesthetics


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In addition to having the ability to help reduce fat and maintain muscle in the body, the regular consumption of almonds is thought to provide a variety of beauty benefits.

Regularly eating almonds provides the body with an excellent source of Vitamin E which, not only helps to keep your heart healthy but is also imperative when it comes to both the protection and appearance of your skin.

The mixture of tocopherols and tocotrienols found in almonds help to protect the skin’s collagen and elastin proteins, meaning that regularly eating almonds can assist your skin in protecting itself from free radical damage.

The collagen and elastin proteins in the body are what keep skin firm and taut, therefore, by eating small portions of almonds and strengthening these proteins, your skin will adopt a more youthful appearance.

There is also evidence to suggest that eating almonds can help to defend your skin from damage caused by the environment.

Almonds provide a quality source of up to twenty different antioxidant flavonoids that work in conjunction with Vitamin E to protect your skin and keep it looking in great condition.

Almonds do not only contain the antioxidants and vitamins essential to keeping your skin looking great, but they can also contribute towards the improved condition and overall appearance of your hair.

Nutrients such as Copper, Manganese and Magnesium have all been linked to healthy hair, and high levels of each of these minerals can be found in almonds.

With fat loss, a healthy heart, youthful looking skin and shiny hair guaranteed, why wouldn’t you start to incorporate regularly a handful of almonds into your daily diet?

How to Include Almonds in Your Diet

In order to use almonds for weight loss and achieve the maximum health benefits from this delicious high-fat snack, you should aim to eat one handful of plain almonds each day.

Unfortunately, that means that salted, dry roasted or other processed varieties of the nut just won’t cut it.


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A pre-packaged bag of almonds in your handbag makes an ideal snack for times when you are away from home and hunger strikes.

Snacking on almonds will enable you to keep those hunger pangs at bay between meals without giving into

easily accessible and convenient junk food.

If the thought of eating plain almonds each day fills you with dread and you find yourself craving the salted or dry roasted variety, why not try making your own version of jazzed up almonds for when hunger cravings strike.

Try tossing a handful of almonds in some raw, organic maple syrup or honey and placing on a baking tray before sprinkling with chilli flakes and roasting for around thirty minutes.

This twist on the healthy snack will ensure that your taste buds are satisfied without compromising the nutritional value of the almonds.

Other ways to incorporate almonds into your meals include throwing a handful into salads, stir fries or even trays of oven roasted vegetables for added crunch.

Almonds also work well when chopped up and added to homemade muesli or smoothies, and they also make delicious toppings for yogurt when combined with mixed berries or chopped banana.

You could even include almond butter spread in your diet by purchasing a tub of natural almond butter; just ensure you check the labels to find one with nothing added to it.

This delicious spread is similar to peanut butter and can be used to top some wholemeal toast or even added to porridge to make a satisfying and nutritious breakfast.

You could also try spreading two tablespoons of almond butter over sliced apple or banana for a delicious and filling snack between meals.

Other ways you can reap the health benefits of almonds while minimizing your waistline include incorporating almond milk and almond flour into your daily diet.

Try substituting regular flour for flour made from ground almonds when making pancakes or baked goods and swap full-fat milk for almond milk poured over cereal and added to hot drinks.

Incorporating almonds into your daily diet plan assists in the fat loss helps keep your health hearty and provides an energy boost enabling you to reach your optimum performance during workouts.

Almonds have a multitude of nutritional benefits that positively impact the human body from the inside out.

Tocopherols and tocotrienols are true forms of Vitamin E found in almonds which are proven powerful. These two protect collagen and elastin which are vital for firm and young-looking skin.

With the guarantee of weight loss, endless additional health benefits and so many delicious ways to incorporate almonds into your daily diet, why aren’t you already on the way to the store to pick some up?

Share with us in the comments below, how often do you use almonds in your diet?

12 Foods With Incredible Mood Boosting Benefits

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Last Updated: 30th September 2016

What is it about food that makes us so happy?

There’s something amazing about a nice meal, whether with friends, family or that special someone in your life!

Time simply flies when you’re eating with the right people.

The social aspect of meals plays a large role in the happiness. Studies have proven that social activity and interaction with others can help to reduce your risk of depression and boost your mood. Sitting around the table with people you like/love definitely will make you happier.

But did you know the food you eat can also make you happy?

There are a number of foods that can affect your mood positively, helping to drive away feelings of anxiety, stress, worry, and depression.

Here are twelve of the best foods with incredible mood-boosting benefits:

1. Chocolate


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This one probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, why else is chocolate one of those “comfort foods” we all crave when we’re feeling blue? There has to be something about chocolate that’s guaranteed to make you feel happy, right?

Chocolate contains compounds that are similar to valproic acid, a compound that is commonly found in mood stabilizing and anti-convulsant drugs. Dark chocolate (70 to 95% cocoa) can help to enhance your mood, putting you in a “positive mood state”–according to a 2013 study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

However, be warned: researchers from the UCSD found that people who eat a lot of chocolate tend to increase your risk of depression. Stick with no more than 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate per day!

2. Turkey


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When you think of turkey, no doubt you immediately picture a Thanksgiving dinner with your whole family. There’s something amazing about sitting around a table, giving thanks to all the important people in your life.

Perhaps turkey is the reason you feel so good at Thanksgiving…

Turkey is one of the best natural sources of tryptophan, a chemical that is used by your brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is the “feel good” neurochemical that stabilizes and controls your mood. Getting more tryptophan is the key to raising your serotonin levels, meaning you feel better.

Don’t keep turkey only for your Thanksgiving dinner, but eat it on a regular basis to improve your mood. You’ll feel happier after a big turkey meal, and you’ll find that you sleep a lot better as well (tryptophan helps you to sleep).

3. Carbs


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Have you ever stopped to look at the common ingredient in just about every single “comfort food” on the planet? From the fairy bread of Australia to the treacle pudding of Britain to American apple pie, almost all comfort food contains carbohydrates–either in the form of a grain of some sort (wheat, rice, oats, etc.) or sugar.

Make no mistake: comfort food is usually NOT healthy. It tends to be high in both calories and carbs, which can increase your waistline.

That being said, carbs are some of the best food to help boost your mood. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, a study was published that detailed how people on a low-carb diet are more irritable and more prone to negative emotions: anger, depression, confusion, and hostility. Those on a low-fat diet tended to have a more positive mood.

Why is this? It’s believed carbs are needed for the production of serotonin, which improves your mood and makes you feel happier. If you’re feeling a bit blue, have a slice of bread or a bowl of oatmeal!

4. Fish


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The oilier, the better!

Fish is pound for pound, the healthiest protein on the planet. It contains a hefty dose of muscle-building amino acids, but it’s also packed with minerals and healthy fatty acids. One of these fatty acids is Omega-3, which plays a vital role in mood and emotional states.

A 2006 paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry proved that an Omega-3 deficiency can be a “contributing factor” in mood disorders. It suggests that increasing Omega-3 intake could be a viable treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, and even for unipolar and bipolar depressive disorders!

Which fish should you be eating?

Salmon is the best source of Omega-3 fatty acids, but mackerel, herring, Bluefin tuna, sardines, and albacore are all good options.

If you want to feel better and happier, add more fatty fish to your diet!

5. Brazil Nuts


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All nuts are a good source of fatty acids (including Omega-3s), making them a useful addition to your diet. However, one specific type of nut stands out from the rest: Brazil nuts.

Brazil nuts are an epic source of selenium, a mineral linked to depression. In one study, men who didn’t get enough selenium in their diet suffered from depressed moods. An extra-high intake of selenium won’t necessarily make you feel better, but it can help to PREVENT bad moods, depression, and “the blues.”

A single Brazil nut contains a whopping 160% of your daily recommended selenium intake. Just a few of the nuts can go a long way toward reducing your risk of depression and mood disorders.

Bonus: The high-fat content of Brazil nuts can help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

6. High-Fiber Foods


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It may be a bit hard to believe, but there is actually a link between high-fiber foods and a better mood. How do you ask?

According to the journal Nutrition, one Canadian study found that a low-fiber, low saturated fat, and low Omega-3 diet was linked to an increased risk of suicide attempts. While it’s a well-known fact that fatty acids can help to balance mood, it was surprising to discover that dietary fiber could have any effect on mood. Perhaps it’s that fiber helps to balance out digestion, promoting healthy absorption of those important fats. Or, it may be that a diet rich in whole foods can help to protect you against depression–as a 2009 study indicated.

Either way, adding more high-fiber foods to your diet is the way to go! Not only will it help to improve your mood, but it can promote weight loss, reduced appetite, and fat burning. It can’t hurt to try it!

7 Saffron


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Did you know that Saffron is the single most expensive spice in the world? It can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per pound! That’s a lot of money to pay, but once you taste the spice (used in Spanish paella), you can understand why it’s so pricey.

One of the benefits of saffron is its ability to improve your mood. Saffron has historically been used to treat depression, and a 2007 study posted in a German medical journal provided the proof that saffron can have anti-depressive effects–both in vivo and in a number of pilot clinical studies.

Pricey it may be, but it’s definitely worth consuming in order to improve your mood. The good news is that you only need to use a small amount of saffron to add flavor to your food, and even small doses can help you feel better.

8. Coconut


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Coconut is one of the healthiest high-fat foods on the planet. Coconut oil is a highly popular “cure all” remedy, and it’s a wonderful addition to your meals. Thanks to its high unsaturated fat content, it’s a heart-smart oil that just tastes delightful.

But in this case, it’s the SMELL of coconut that has the effect on your mood. In one 2010 study, the scent of coconuts helped to improve heart rate and heart period variability among those performing stressful tasks. Despite the stress, coconut oil helped to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Feeling stressed and depressed at work? Get some coconut fragrance in your office or home, and you’ll relax. No stress can get you when you’ve got the smell of coconut wafting through the air! Plus, your room will smell like a tropical beach. What’s not to love?

9. Lentils


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Lentils are a high-carb, high-fiber food, meaning they can help to improve your mood. However, they’re also low in fat and rich in protein, making them–along with beans, garbanzos, and other legumes–some of the healthiest foods for you!

These little legumes also contain a wide range of polyphenols, antioxidants that can improve your mood. In Nutritional Neuroscience: An International Journal of Nutrition, Diet and Nervous System, a 2012 study examined the link between polyphenol consumption and better brain function. These antioxidants help to increase the plasticity of your brain synapses, improving overall function and increasing your brain’s ability to produce neurochemicals–including serotonin.

If you want to have a happier, better-functioning brain, it’s a good idea to eat polyphenol-rich foods. Lentils just happen to be one of the best!

10. Tea


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There is an endless war for dominance between tea and coffee. Tea is the single most consumed beverage in the world, with coffee coming in somewhere after water and beer. Americans love their coffee, but perhaps the rest of the world has it right by drinking tea…

A 2008 article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that it’s the theanine in tea (black, green, and white tea) that helps to improve mood. The mixture of caffeine and theanine helped to not only improve heart rate and increase energy levels, but it also helped to relax subjects, dilate blood vessels, reduce blood pressure, and even improve mood.

Want to feel better? Do as the British do and have a cup of tea! Add a bit of sugar to obtain the mood-boosting benefits of carbohydrates, and stir in some milk to add calcium (another mood-boosting nutrient) into your drink.

11. Oysters


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Oysters: you either love their elegant sophistication or hate their slimy saltiness!

Whether you love or hate them, oysters are one of the best mood-boosting foods around. No, it has nothing to do with their flavor or texture, but it all comes down to one simple nutrient: zinc.

Zinc plays a vital role in your emotional health and mood. Low zinc levels in your blood are a contributing factor to depression, and getting more zinc in your life can have an anti-depressant effect. In one study, women who increased their zinc intake showed less hostility, were less angry, and were happier than women who did not.

Not an oyster fan? Here are a few more foods to try:

  • Veal liver (11.9 mg per 100-gram serving)
  • Dark chocolate (3.3 mg per 100-gram serving)
  • Sesame seeds (10.2 mg per 100-gram serving)
  • Pumpkin seeds (10.3 mg per 100-gram serving)

12. Dark Greens


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Dark, leafy greens like broccoli, chard, spinach, and arugula are all excellent foods to add to your diet. Thanks to their high-fiber content, they can reduce your appetite, prevent hunger pangs, and improve digestion. However, these foods also contain another vital nutrient: calcium.

Calcium plays a vital role in the absorption of fatty acids–like Omega-3s, which improve mood. Way back in 1994, a study was published that detailed the results of two experiments. Both proved that calcium supplementation helped to “greatly elevate mood” over the placebo.

It’s believed that calcium deficiency is linked to PMS-related depression.

It’s vital that you get enough calcium, no matter who you are. Calcium plays a role in fat burning, bone health, and brain function, as well as regulating your mood.

Yes, dark greens are the all-around healthiest sources of calcium. However, you can always get more from milk, yoghurt, cheese, and ricotta

The more calcium, the better!

Whichever you try, make sure that you’re making ​yourself feel awesome (inside and out) in the process!

It really helps if you choose what you eat. Not only do these foods boost your mood, but it also greatly affects your overall disposition. It’s great to know that you’re keeping yourself healthy while projecting positive vibes.

Do you have any foods that we missed?

Let us know in the comments below!​

The Ultimate Guide To The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

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Last Updated: 30th September 2016

Coconut oil is used for a variety of needs. Many people choose it as a healthier option to cook in while some use it for oil pulling because of the nicer taste. Why has it become a preferred choice over likes olive, sesame and vegetable oil?

The truth is that coconut oil offers people numerous benefits. It is full of extra nutrients compared to many other oils, and in larger amounts than others. This will help people in many ways, including aiding with weight loss and offering a reduced risk of ailments.

Welcome to your ultimate guide on the health benefits of coconut oil. Just why should you make the switch to it today?

Coconut Oil As  A Superfood?


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One thing you may not be aware of is that coconut oil is considered a superfood. What does this mean? It is one of those foods that offers various nutrients that are good for the whole body. It can fight against cancer, aid your skin health, and help improve your sleep all at the same time. It is one of the superheroes of food.

Many of the health benefits come from the fatty acids. While people will say that fat is bad for your health, that is not necessarily the case. It depends on the type of fat, and also depends on the amount you have. Using coconut oil in your cooking means that you use a recommended amount of healthy fats. These help to boost brain function, aiding with many other areas of your health.

Extra virgin coconut oil is your best option, but not the only type out there. Most of them will be better than your standard vegetable oil.

Therapeutic Benefits For The Brain


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Coconut oil has been known to help fight off Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and other brain disorders and ailments. This is due to the fatty acids, which are turned into ketones. For years, saturated fats were demonized, but now it is known that they are not as bad as many originally believed. In recommended amounts, saturated fats can be good for you.

This is especially the case when it comes to coconut oil. The type of fatty acids it contains are known as Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). These are medium length fatty acids, which are much better than the long-chain ones that you will mostly get in your diet, from the likes of steak and cheese. The medium chain fatty acids metabolise in a completely different way to others. They travel from the digestive tract, straight into the liver.

What benefit could this give you that affects the brain? They are quickly used up as a source of energy or turned into the ketones. It is the ketone bodies that aid brain disorders, and can even help to prevent or halt some disorders.

Burn More Fat Throughout the Day


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While you are consuming fat, you will still find that you burn more throughout the day by using coconut oil. It sounds strange, but you do need fat to lose weight! And with obesity currently one of the biggest problems in the world, it makes sense to find a way to curb it in your life.

There are many people who calorie count. After all, the health professionals recommend that people stick to a certain amount on a daily basis. The problem is that one calorie is not the same as another. It all depends on where those calories come from; as in, what all the other nutrients are like.

This all goes back to those MCTs. Remember that they can increase your energy expenditure? That means you burn more calories from coconut oil than you would from foods that have the long-chain fats. This was proven in studies, with one showing that the energy expenditure in 24 hours increases by 5 percent by opting for 15-30g of MCTs. That’s an extra 120 calories burned in a day more just by switching to coconut oil!

What does that mean for your weight loss? As long as you stick to a healthy and balanced diet (and that is the important part), you will find that you lose more weight on a daily basis. While you increase this, you help your health in so many other ways. Obesity is linked to so many other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, strokes and insomnia.

Decrease Your Appetite


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Burning more fat isn’t the only way coconut oil can help you lose weight. Another benefit is that it reduces the hunger you feel throughout a day, meaning you eat less on a daily basis. By consuming fewer calories than your body burns, you will lose more weight. Again, this does rely on you following a healthy and balanced diet. Remember, a calorie is not the same in every little thing you eat, so you need to follow a recommended diet.

How can coconut oil help to suppress your appetite and is that healthy for you? The good news is, unlike those hunger suppressant tablets, this is a healthy option. It all works due to those fatty acids turning into the ketone bodies. When compared to long-chain triglycerides, the MCTs led to men eating 256 fewer calories in a day, according to the results of one study involving six men.

It is currently unknown what this would do over the long term. The studies that have been conducted have been for short term weight loss efforts. Could there be a danger of using coconut oil all the time? Most scientists do not believe so, because of all the other health benefits found in the oil. It is also likely that the body will manifest even itself out over time once within a healthy weight range.

Weightloss From the Belly


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Sticking with fat and weight loss right now, coconut oil helps to encourage fat loss from the belly. This is one of the most dangerous places for fat to build up, and is very common in men. Women will an apple shape will also find that they have a lot of extra belly fat.

Like calories are not equal, neither is fat in the body. It all depends on the location, and belly fat leads to many other health problems. Most of the fat is within layers of the skin (you’ll know because you can grab it), but fat in the belly is known as visceral fat. It builds within the spaces between your organs, putting strain on the organs and causing them to not work efficiently. It can lead to issues like cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal problems. It is also linked to inflammation that can cause cancer.

By promoting fat loss around the stomach, you instantly reduce the risk of numerous health problems that could shorten your life span. The coconut oil helps due to the type of saturated fat and all the benefits already mentioned.

Studies have shown that men can lose 2.86cm within four weeks. While this will not sound like a lot, it is better than nothing at all and moving the fat loss in the right direction. The studies were also undertaken without any other dietary or exercise changes, so it is possible for people to drop waist sizes much quicker.

Improve Skin Conditions and Fight Against Hair Damage


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The skin and hair are two parts of the body that noticeably get damaged. It could be due to sun damage or just dry out from the amount of heat and products applied. Either way, other people start to notice, as well as you. Coconut oil can help to counter both of these problems.

Many oils help to reverse skin damage or heal various skin ailments, and can help to boost natural oils in the head to help the hair. Coconut oil is no different, and there is no need to eat it daily to see the benefit. You can apply the oil directly to the skin or hair, or you can opt to pull it to see this benefit.

Coconut oil acts as a natural moisturising cream. When applied directly to the skin, it helps to soothe ailments like eczema and psoriasis. While using it, it also improves the lipid content of the skin, so your skin starts to produce naturally the extra oils that you need. This is something other moisturising creams fail to provide, making you need more.

It also works on the hair in a similar way. The head can stop providing the natural oils due to chemical use or old age, and the hair dries out and becomes damaged. Just by applying coconut oil overnight and wrapping it in a shower cap, you improve the look of your hair and encourage natural oil production, so you don’t have to do this all the time.

Another way it protects the sun and hair is by working as a sunscreen. Studies have shown it can block about 20 percent of the ultraviolet rays, helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer. However, it may not be something to replace your own sunscreen on a regular basis. This will likely depend on your location and the amount of time you spend in the sun.

Fight Against Bacteria Build Up`


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Oil pulling has already been mentioned, and this is one of the ways to use coconut oil to maximise all the benefits. One of the biggest benefits is that the oil attracts bacteria to it. When you’re oil pulling, you get all the bacteria in your mouth to cling to the ingredient, and when you spit it out, they’re all gone from your mouth.

Any oil can be used for this, but coconut oil is believed to be the best of all. It tastes nicer, too, which is important when you need to pull the oil for 15-20 minutes!

While removing the bacteria from your mouth, you’re benefitting your health in numerous ways. The first is that you give yourself better breath. Bacteria build up at the back of the mouth is one of the most common reasons for bad breath, and usually happens during the night. By oil pulling on a morning, you get rid of the bacteria and give yourself a fresh start to the day, without using chemical-laden mouthwash.

There are also some speculations that oil pulling improves oral health. Not only do you get rid of the bacteria causing bad breath, but also the plaque builds up between and on the teeth. Your risk of cavities is reduced considerably, and your teeth can become whiter. It makes take time, but it could be worth it for the amount of money you would otherwise spend on dental bills, teeth whitening products and mouthwash.

Improve Immunity Against Diseases


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Coconut oil is also full of lauric acid, which is something breastmilk is in the abundance of. The lauric acid turns into monolaurin when it is digested and absorbed by the body, and that has its own health benefits; one of those being the ability to improve the immune system.

Too many people find they have a poor immune system, and they pick up general colds on a monthly basis. They can end up with other viruses, diseases and infections because their bodies are failing to fight off everything.

Coconut oil can help to boost the body’s immune system through the monolaurin. This leads to fighting viruses and diseases a lot easier, including staph infections. The staph infection reduction has been proven through, and scientists have found that this is because the oil is 40 percent or more lauric acid. It is the richest natural source in the world, except for breast milk, which shows why breast really is best for babies.

The lauric acid can also be effective in the fight against cancer. It protects against some of the cell changes, ensuring that they repair healthily rather than cancerous. This is especially beneficial when more antioxidants are included in the diet.

Fighting against infections and diseases is not just beneficial for the health. There are financial benefits, as it will mean fewer trips to the doctors and less money spent on over the counter or prescription medication.

It’s not just your immune system that is helped to work more effectively. Coconut oil is full of antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Not only will your immune system be helped, but the coconut oil will help to prevent the diseases from becoming a problem before your immune system has to do too much work.

Fight Yeast Infections


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Just sticking with the infections part for the time being, you may have noticed the fact that coconut oil is full of antifungal properties. This means that this one oil helps to fight and protect against yeast infections. This is especially the case for the levels of Candida in the body, which is known to cause thrush and other yeast infections around the private area or in the mouth.

By oil pulling, you can help to eliminate thrush quickly, improving sore throats and mouth sores. This is something many individuals have found, even if they are not too sure about the taste of the oil. They believe the oily taste and the time spent pulling are worth it when they can physically feel and see the benefits.

The antifungal properties come from the levels of lauric acid and caprylic acid in the coconut oil. Lauric acid has already been mentioned, but the caprylic acid offers the antimicrobial and antifungal properties. They actively fight against the bad bacteria building up in the body, while promoting the good bacteria (again, yes, your body needs some bacteria for a healthy digestive system).

One of the main reasons people have Candida in the body and suffer from regular yeast infections is due to sugar intake. While it’s worth not demonizing sugar, there are healthy alternatives and coconut oil is one of them. Coconut is naturally sweet and works as an excellent substitute. It’s worth baking with this oil rather than olive or sunflower because you can reduce the amount of sugar or sweetener you use.

This isn’t just about yeast that causes problems like thrush. Bad bacteria in the gut cause digestive problems, including constipation and stomach upsets. By getting the bad out and promoting the good, you give your gastrointestinal system a protective layer and make sure it works to its optimum level.

Lowering Your Cholesterol Levels


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High levels of cholesterol are problematic for the health. This leads to clogged arteries and heart disease. So, it’s normal to want to lower it and focus on a healthier lifestyle.

There are many worries that saturated fats cause high levels of cholesterol. In some instances, this is true, but as mentioned above, it is not the case when coconut oil is in play. The saturated fats in coconut oil are of the medium-chain length, which helps to reduce cholesterol levels. Many professionals agree that it helps to lower the LDL cholesterol (the bad one), which many animal fats and other saturated fats increase.

At the same time, it can improve the levels of HDL cholesterol (the good one) in your body. This really is a positive thing, and like saturated fats and carbohydrates, your body needs some cholesterol to work at an optimum level. The important part is getting the right type of cholesterol in the body. While the level of HDL cholesterol may be high, keeping the LDL cholesterol low helps to protect your heart from disease.

Another benefit linked to cholesterol is your blood pressure, and coconut oil helps to reduce that too. High blood pressure leads to stroke and possible death, and can mean people are on medication to help keep it lower.

With the help of coconut oil, your arteries will remain more flexible, and you will prevent numerous health complications. You could even see your medication be reduced or eliminated completed just by making this one change.

Better Absorption of Calcium and Vitamin D


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In fact, it is not just calcium and vitamin D absorption that benefit from using coconut oil. This ingredient helps to improve the absorption of all vitamins and minerals. It’s worth focusing on calcium and vitamin D because it can be difficult to get these in various parts of the world.

Vitamin D mainly comes from the sun but is a requirement to help with the absorption of calcium. Calcium comes from dairy and green leafyvegetables and helps to improve bone health. It makes sense to make sure you get both of them in recommended amounts on a daily basis.

Osteoporosis is a growing concern around the world, especially in older people. It causes weak bones, and can lead to brittle or broken bones very easily. Calcium helps to bulk the bones out with healthy components, improving the strength and reducing pain felt on a daily basis. And if you can get that from coconut oil (along with all these other health benefits), then why not add it to your daily diet?

It’s not just through helping the absorption of calcium that osteoporosis becomes a thing of the past. The coconut oil also has a lot of antioxidants. These help to fight and prevent cancer, but also help to right against the free radicals that also cause osteoporosis. So, you’re helping your bone health through vitamin D and calcium absorption, while fighting against the reason for osteoporosis occurring in the first place! It really is a win-win situation.

Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


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Do you remember that bit about being naturally sweet? Sugar doesn’t just cause more Candida in the body; it also causes insulin resistance. Artificial sugars are the most to be concerned about, as natural sugars do not often have the same insulin response. These artificial sugars are found in cakes, biscuits and refined products. Coconut oil is a natural form.

When sugar goes into the body, it is released as glucose for energy. The pancreas has to release then insulin to help counter the sugar levels, and it can lead to an overproduction of the insulin, and the body starts to become resistant. When you then have more sugar, the body produces more insulin to combat the glucose, and you become a risk for Type 2 diabetes.

It’s so important to reduce this. Diabetes causes so many other health problems, and can even lead to amputations.

Coconut oil isn’t just naturally sweet meaning you have fewer refined sugars on a daily basis. It also helps to balance the amount of insulin released, so your digestive system becomes a healthier place. Your pancreas doesn’t have to do as much work, but you still get the energy levels that you need.

You will also feel more awake. Sugar does leave to a sudden burst of energy because of the glucose, but it also leads to a sudden crash. With coconut oil, you won’t get that problem.

How would it feel to know that you have not caused your body to become resistance to insulin? The good news is you can even repair some of the damage you have already done. If your doctor has said you are a risk for Type 2 diabetes, now is the time to make the switch to coconut oil and reverse some of the damage. If you’re already on medication, you could find that your levels drop with the use of coconut oil, and your medication can be lowered. Some people have found they can completely cut out their diabetes medication.

How Can You Use Coconut Oil to Get All the Health Benefits?


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With so many health benefits, it is time to look at how you can use it to really take them all in. There are just so many options, and you won’t even need to taste it if that’s something you’re not looking forward to! It depends on how important all the health benefits are to you, and whether you’re willing to get used to the taste—and you really will get used to it.

The quickest and most effective way to use coconut oil is through your cooking. It can completely replace any other oil you currently use, and it is an excellent option since it doesn’t go rancid. The oil doesn’t break down at the higher temperatures like some other options do. Whether you want to cook eggs, bake cakes or make roast potatoes, this is certainly something to start using instead.

Most supermarkets now sell the oil on the same shelves as olive and sunflower oil. Because it is becoming so popular, it is also cost-friendly. It may be worth investing in an oil sprayer to transfer your oil into, so you can limit the amount you use on a daily basis and make sure it is cost effective for you.

Another option is to add it to your smoothies. This can seem questionable at first; oil in smoothies? The benefit is that your smoothies will become creamy, without all the extra calories. You really don’t need that much to get all the health benefits; just a tablespoon or two will be more than enough.

When you’re making a smoothie next time, consider switching your water or milk for the oil. It’s especially great for those leafy green smoothies, such as kale and spinach. All these natural ingredients work together extremely well.

If you make homemade mayonnaise, you will also benefit from coconut oil. Homemade mayonnaise is much better for you than the shop-bought varieties. There are fewer calories, and you know exactly which ingredients have been added. When you add in the coconut oil, you’re giving yourself a lot of good saturated fats and gaining all the health benefits mentioned above.

Moving on from cooking and food, another option is to let your skin absorb all the health benefits. Coconut oil is a favorite body lotion for many because the skin absorbs it all quickly. Unlike other oils, specially manufactured oils and moisturising creams, the coconut oil doesn’t leave that damp, oily and slippery feeling. Instead, your skin is left feeling soft and gentle.

Using it in a topical way will also help you apply it directly to some of your health problems. If you have psoriasis or eczema, you can apply it directly to help counter the irritation and soothe the skin. If you have a baby with bad diaper rash, the antibacterial properties can help to heal that naturally and quickly.

Coconut oil can also be mixed with other essential oils. This can lead to many more health benefits while creating a hand cream or moisturiser that you’re proud of having. It becomes a great massage oil if you could only convince your other half to pamper you in this way! And if you shave regularly, you can use coconut oil instead of the expensive aftershave creams. The oil will also help to promote healing if you’ve cut yourself accidentally.

Coconut oil has also become an excellent makeup remover. There are some anti-aging properties from all the other health benefits, and applying directly to the face (where you are more likely to see signs of aging) will help to remove wrinkles and improve the elasticity within your skin. Stretch marks become a thing of the past, and you could even help to reduce the appearance of your acne scars.

It’s much cheaper to use coconut oil than the makeup removers in stores. There is no bad oily smell, and you can always add an essential oil if you want something specific. One thing that manufactured removers have is that clinical smell, which you get rid of with coconut oil.

Finally, you can apply it directly to your hair. It works to remove dandruff (by acting as a moisturiser) and will help to improve your dry hair effectively. If you have oily hair, you may not want to opt for this method of use too often, but once a week can be a major benefit. Apply it overnight and wrap your hair in a shower cap. Let it do the work naturally and then just wash it out the next morning.

There are just so many health benefits to coconut oil. It’s a wonder why more people don’t take advantage of it. You don’t need to use it in your cooking if you don’t want. Using it topically will help to get direct benefits to areas of the body that really need it. Make a switch to coconut oil today and improve your health right away.

Coconut is one of the healthiest fruits there is. Coconut oil is packed with nutrients that helps prevent and cure even the most serious diseases. Often underappreciated, it is one of those things we take for granted for its thousands of benefits.


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The Benefits Of Lemon Water In The Morning (And How To Make It)

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Last Updated: 3rd October 2016

How do you start your day? Perhaps it’s with a cup of steaming coffee or tea, or a hearty breakfast before heading off to work. Or, if you’re the early morning gym-going type, no doubt you have a small pre-workout snack.

All of these are great ways to start the day, but perhaps you’d be willing to consider one small addition to your morning routine: a cup of lemon water.

“Lemon water?” you may be thinking.

“What the heck is sour water going to do for me?” Well, I’m so glad you asked!

Read on to find out the MANY benefits of lemon water in the morning (including for those of you who are sleepy heads and suffer from bad sleep and need to use a sleep apnea mouthpiece. You’d be surprised by the sheer number of ways water with a bit of lemon juice can make you healthier…

Benefits of Lemon Water: Bonus Hydration


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Did you know that as many as 75% of Americans may have a problem with chronic dehydration? According to a study published in Medical Daily, three out of every four Americans fail to drink the recommended 10 cups of water per day.

If you think 10 cups of water is a lot, consider how much our bodies rely on water. Our bodies are 60% water, but our muscles are 75% water and our brains 85%. Imagine what happens if you don’t get enough water. It’s like an engine running out of oil–the machine starts to break down!

That’s one of the best things about a glass of lemon water in the morning. It starts your day off right, giving you the liquid your body craves after a night’s sleep. Lemon juice makes the water tastier and more enjoyable, encouraging you to drink it.

Benefits of Lemon Water: Digestive Aid


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Had a long night of tossing and turning as a result of acid reflux or indigestion? Have a hard time digesting certain breakfast foods (oats, cereal, eggs, tomatoes, etc.)?

Want to ensure you have healthier digestive function all day long? Down a glass of lemon water to kick the day off right!

Lemon is a very acidic food so that it can contribute to problems like stomach cramps or ulcers. However, despite its high acidity, lemon promotes an alkaline pH in the body.

Lemon juice can also help your body to absorb the aluminum hydroxide in the antacid you’re taking to deal with the acid reflux. Drinking more water can help to reduce the risk of constipation, and the lemon will help to stimulate healthy digestion and elimination of waste.

The acid in lemon juice will also help to break down your food more efficiently, making it easier for your body to extract maximum nutrients from every meal. It slows down the absorption rate and prevents blood sugar spikes.

As a bonus, lemon juice helps to loosen the toxins floating around in your GI tract, relieve the painful symptoms that accompany indigestion, and even reduce the risk of burping and bloating resulting from excess gas production in your gut. Lemon water can keep your digestive system purring like a kitty all day long.

Benefits of Lemon Water: Immune Booster


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Lemons are one of the best sources of ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C. Your immune system relies on Vitamin C to function properly.

Without enough Vitamin C, it is unable to defend against certain bacteria, viruses, germs, fungi, and parasites. Getting more Vitamin C can essentially improve your body’s natural immunity and defenses against pathogens.

You remember how your mother used to feed you orange juice to give you more Vitamin C to fight off a cold or flu? Vitamin C won’t be an effective deterrent against the common cold, but it can help to reduce both the severity and duration of the cold. You’ll get better faster, and the symptoms of your cold won’t be quite as bad.

The beauty of drinking lemon water in the morning (and throughout the day) is that it provides you with plenty of Vitamin C. You won’t have to take a Vitamin C supplement to combat a vitamin deficiency, as you’ll be getting more than enough of this important vitamin in your daily diet.

Benefits of Lemon Water: Good Source of Potassium


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Do you have any idea how important potassium is for your overall health? It’s very possibly one of the most vital minerals, for some reasons:

  • It plays a role in regulating fluid balance. Together with sodium, potassium ensures that there is enough water in your body to maintain healthy function, but not so much that you retain fluid It’s the other electrolyte that balances out sodium.
  • It keeps your brain healthy. Potassium ensures that your brain gets enough oxygen to function properly, stimulating cognitive function and increase neural activity. Plus, it dilates the blood vessels in your brain, preventing strokes.
  • It is vital for healthy bones. The mineral neutralizes certain acids in your body, preventing those acids from interfering with calcium absorption. Thanks to potassium, your bones can get all the calcium they need to stay strong.
  • It is important for heart function. Remember how potassium helps to regulate sodium levels? High sodium levels can lead to hypertension or high blood pressure. By consuming more potassium, you reduce the risk of high blood pressure, preventing heart strain and excessive wear and tear.

And these are just a few of the MANY, MANY reasons you need more potassium. (Click here to find out more…)

Lemons are an amazing source of this vital macromineral, with 138 mg of potassium per 100 grams of lemon. Your body needs about 3,500 mg of potassium per day, so adding lemon water to your diet makes it easier for you to reach your daily intake of this mineral.

Benefits of Lemon Water: Breath-Friendly


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Worried about bad breath?

Drink a few cups of lemon water to deal with the problem!

Bad breath is primarily caused by bacteria, either in the mouth, throat, or digestive tract. If you’ve got bad breath, it’s a sign that there are too many bacteria flourishing in your body. Just brushing your teeth isn’t going to be enough to deal with the problem. It will only mask the bad smell for a little while. The bad breath will return in the end.

Unless, of course, you find a way to kill off the odor-causing bacteria, which is where lemon comes in. Lemon is a potent antiseptic (why else do you think it’s used in so many odor and germ-killing products?) that is more than capable of killing off the bacteria that is responsible for your bad breath.

To deal with the problem, drink a few glasses of lemon water throughout the day, and swish each mouthful around before swallowing. The acid in the lemon juice will kill off the bacteria, leaving your mouth free of the bad smell.

Warning Notice!


Citric acid can wear away at the enamel of your teeth. If you swish your mouth with lemon water, wait a few hours before brushing your teeth. Or, simply brush before drinking.

Benefits of Lemon Water: Fight Inflammation


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Inflammation is one of the four cardinal signs of injury (along with redness, pain, and heat), but it’s probably the most common. Even minor injuries that don’t cause pain or redness may cause swelling, preventing your body from repairing the damage.

Thankfully, lemon water is one of the best inflammation-fighting foods. All citrus fruits–including oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and lemons–are packed with Vitamin C. Your body needs Vitamin C in order to produce collagen, a protein that is used to make repairs to every part of your body: skin, blood vessels, connective tissue, and even your bones. Getting more Vitamin C makes it easier for your body to make repairs to damaged tissue.

The antioxidants in lemons are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents. They can help to reduce swelling (even minor internal swelling), thereby enabling your body to repair any damaged tissue. For those with inflammatory diseases (such as arthritis), lemon water can be a simple yet highly effective method for combatting the swelling.

Benefits of Lemon Water: Weight Loss


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This is one of those benefits of lemon water that come closer to myth than fact.

Lemon does offer a few benefits that can make weight loss easier:

  • It suppresses your appetite. Thanks to the pectin (a type of fiber) found in lemons, you will be less likely to develop uncontrollable cravings or strong hunger pangs. However, the amount of pectin in lemon water is so minimal that it won’t really stop you from feeling hungry. At best, it will delay the hunger for a little while.
  • It stimulates your metabolism. Drinking more water (more than 8.5 cups per day) will help to boost your metabolism, by as much as 100 calories per day. Water helps to improve metabolism by up to 30%, making it easier to lose weight. However, the lemon itself has little to do with this. It’s simply the act of increasing water intake that benefits your metabolism.
  • It limits calories. Lemon juice has almost no calories–just 29 per 100 grams. A single glass of lemon water has fewer than 10 calories, making it a diet-friendly drink that you can pretty much enjoy at will. It will be a flavorful drink you can enjoy instead of juice or soda.

As you can see, the weight loss benefits of lemon water do exist, but that doesn’t mean lemon water is a proper “weight loss remedy.” Though drinking more lemon water WILL help you to lose weight, it’s no replacement for a healthy diet and workout program!

Benefits of Lemon Water: Reduce Bloating


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Bloating is a problem that is fairly common in this modern day and age, thanks to the wide range of chemicals and additives used in the manufacturing of the food and drinks we eat. These chemicals cause our bodies to retain water, leading to the swelling we know as “bloating.”

However, that’s where lemon juice comes in! Lemon is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the healthy elimination of water via your urine. Simply put: it makes you pee more.

By increasing urine output, it reduces the amount of water in your body. This effectively prevents bloating and water retention, helping to prevent “water weight gain”. Plus, it reduces the risk that excess water retention causes high blood pressure and impairs heart function. Definitely, a good reason to add lemon water to your diet!

How to Make Your Own Lemon Water


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You’d think making lemon water would be as easy as squeezing a lemon into the water, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple… ( Check out this awesome water lemon infuser we found out )

The real benefits of lemon water come from EVERY part of the lemon, not just the juice. This includes the oil and the fiber in the pulp. To make proper lemon water takes a bit more time than you’d expect.

Here is how it’s done:

Step 1: Cut the lemon into thin slices. You’ll use 2-3 lemons per pitcher.

Step 2: Place the lemon slices in a 2-quart pitcher. (It’s best to make a large quantity at once)

Step 3: Fill the pitcher with water, and place it in the fridge.

Step 4: Let it sit in the fridge for 3-4 hours to ensure that the maximum nutrients are extracted from the fruit.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy!

The beauty of this is that you can use the same lemon slices for at least 2-3 pitchers of lemon water before they lose their flavor and nutrients.

Just like that, you’ve got delicious lemon water to start your morning off right! By adding lemon water to your diet, you benefit your body in many ways–as listed above. It’s quick, easy, and helps to improve your health with only a few sips.

And aside from the fact that it benefits your body, it also makes you feel great. It gives you the right kind of energy you need and lifts your spirit for a sunny day feel.

Do you drink lemon water regularly?​

Let us know in the comments below!

Gluten Allergy Symptoms (What To Look Out For)

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Last Updated: 3rd October 2016

Gluten-free diets are all the rage these days! People are trying the new no-gluten kick as a means of losing weight, burning fat, and eliminating “toxins”. For the majority of people, eliminating gluten is absolutely unnecessary–and often borderline unhealthy. After all, many of the foods that contain gluten are perfectly safe.

However, for roughly 1% of the U.S. population, gluten can be very harmful their health. The consumption of even small quantities of gluten can lead to pretty strong gluten allergy symptoms, many of which can interfere with their quality of life.


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Knowing how to recognize the gluten allergy symptoms is vital for those who are actually allergic or intolerant to gluten. Below, you will find out everything you need to know about both forms of gluten allergy and the accompanying symptoms…

Celiac Disease vs. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

There are two types of gluten allergies/intolerances:

Celiac Disease — Celiac disease is actually an autoimmune disorder. Basically, your immune system sees gluten as a threat, so it attacks the gluten particles in your body. It does so as the gluten is being absorbed into your bloodstream via the villi in your intestines. By attacking the gluten, your immune system also damages the villi, leading to malnutrition. The damage caused by this autoimmune disorder can be severe and long-term.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity — Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is less of an autoimmune disorder and more like lactose intolerance. With non-celiac gluten sensitivity, you do not suffer from celiac disease nor do you have a wheat allergy. However, when you eat foods that contain gluten, your body reacts strongly, with unpleasant gluten allergy symptoms.

The two conditions share a few similarities, particularly in the symptoms. However, the truth is that they are two very different creatures! Celiac disease can be very serious while non-celiac gluten sensitivity is much more of a food intolerance than anything else. Those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity are far less likely to experience severe side effects when encountering minuscule quantities of gluten in their food. With celiac disease, however, even trace amounts of gluten can cause serious harm.

Gluten Allergy Symptoms: Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is the more serious of the two, and it’s the one most likely to show up in children as well as adults. According to Beyond Celiac, roughly 1 in 133 Americans suffers from celiac disease. 83% of them are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed while only 17% of celiac sufferers receive an accurate diagnosis of their problem. It can take anywhere from 6 to 10 years for a celiac sufferer to be accurately diagnosed.

Celiac Disease in Children


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Abdominal Bloating/Gas — When your intestines are damaged by your immune system, they are unable to absorb nutrients properly. Improperly digested nutrients that pass through the intestines encounters the bacteria living there. As the food is broken down, gas is released. The more gas that is released, the fuller your stomach gets–leading to bloating and flatulence.

Constipation — This is another problem that results from the damage to your intestinal villi. The intestines struggle to digest your food properly, often absorbing too much water from the food you eat. If the fecal matter is too dry, it will be harder for your intestinal muscles to push out the waste disposal exit–a problem we all know as constipation.

Stomach Pain — The damage to your intestinal villi can be serious if you are exposed to too much gluten in your food. For those with celiac disease, stomach pain is a symptom of your body attacking itself.

Chronic Diarrhea — Diarrhea is the result of improper digestion, which is caused by the damage to your intestinal villi. If they are too damaged, they are unable to absorb sufficient water from your food. The highly liquid fecal matter passes through your digestive system too quickly, causing chronic or long-term diarrhea problems. (Note: Chronic diarrhea can be hazardous to your health as it can cause dehydration and malnutrition.)

Vomiting/Nausea — Stomach upset is normal with celiac disease, as it’s your body’s way of getting rid of anything that could harm it. Vomiting is a protective measure against the gluten that it senses will harm your intestinal tract.

Pale, Foul-Smelling Stool — Pale stool is a sign of serious damage to your intestinal tract, and the foul smell is another side effect.

These are the symptoms most common among children, and they can have long-term consequences for the child’s growth and development.

  • Infants with celiac disease will often suffer from poor health, and they will not grow as fast as they should.
  • Celiac children will often be irritable, experience sudden changes in their weight (loss is more common), and they may be shorter than other children their age. Their teeth may suffer, as the disease results in a wearing away of the enamel protecting their teeth from damage.
  • Celiac disease is even known to delay the onset of puberty.

All of these things are very serious problems, so it’s in your best interest to keep an eye out for the gluten allergy symptoms that will warn you whether or not your child is at risk for celiac disease.

Celiac Disease in Adults


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When it comes to adult celiac, the digestive issues mentioned above are some of the most common gluten allergy symptoms. Celiac disease affects the adult digestive system as much as it does a child’s, but the side effects of consuming gluten as a celiac sufferer often extends far beyond their digestive system.

The symptoms of gluten allergy in celiac adults tend to be much more severe and widespread, including:

  • Osteoporosis — When your villi are damaged, your body is unable to absorb nutrients properly. This means that your body isn’t getting enough calcium to nourish your bones, leading to a “wasting” or degeneration of your bone mass. Osteoporosis is a very common side effect of the long-term untreated celiac disease.
  • Headaches – According to one 2003 study, celiac disease is one of the triggers for migraine headaches. Italian researchers found that people with migraine headaches had a 1000% higher chance of celiac disease than their healthy, headache-free counterparts.
  • Anemia –Anemia is a lack of iron in the body, which limits your production of the red blood cells that transport oxygen and nutrients. Your body needs iron to produce red blood cells, but with your villi damaged, there is a deficiency of iron.
  • Depression/Anxiety – You’d be amazed by how closely linked your digestive tract and emotional state are. If you don’t get the right balance of nutrients, your body is unable to produce sufficient quantities of all the important neurochemicals. Without that balance, your emotional state can be thrown out of balance. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and a host of emotional disorders.
  • Fatigue –If your body isn’t able to absorb nutrients, it cannot produce energy from the food you eat. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of digestive problems, as it is the result of insufficient calories absorbed via your food. Without enough calories taken into your body, it doesn’t have the energy to function.
  • Joint Pain – According to the Center for Celiac Research, the symptoms of gluten intolerance can show up anywhere in the body. This is because partially digested gluten particles are able to leak through the damaged villi and enter the bloodstream. Wherever they are deposited, the body sends antibodies to attack them. If the particles happen to end up in your joints (a surprisingly common occurrence), you may suffer from joint pain similar to rheumatoid arthritis (another autoimmune disorder).
  • Canker Sores – Celiac mouth sores are very similar to canker sores. However, it’s uncertain as to why they form as a result of celiac disease only that they do.
  • Menstrual Abnormalities — Celiac disease can affect the function of the reproductive system, leading to irregularities with menstruation and ovulation. A large number of celiac sufferers have problems with their menstrual cycle.
  • Miscarriages/Infertility — some medical studies have examined why celiac disease can cause infertility. A few studies have discovered a link between infertility and celiac disease while others found no correlation. Celiac disease has been known to cause gonadal dysfunction, which can lead to both infertility and a higher risk of miscarriages. For those with unexplained infertility, it’s a good idea to get screened for celiac disease.
  • Tingling — If you notice a tingling in your hands and feet, you are likely experiencing what is known as peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition that causes your arms, legs, hands, and feet to tingle, feel numb, or even feel extra hot. Celiac disease is a known cause of the nerve damage that leads to peripheral neuropathy.

As you can see, the symptoms can be very serious. If you notice any of these gluten allergy symptoms, it’s in your best interest to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible!

Gluten Allergy Symptoms: Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is NOT an autoimmune disorder. It is simply your body’s inability to process, digest, and absorb gluten properly. It’s a much more common problem than celiac disease, and thankfully a far less severe one.

Some of the symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity include:

  • Brain Fog — Also known as “mental fatigue,” this is one of the most common symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Basically, the consumption of gluten affects your brain, impairing cognitive function to the same degree as drinking a lot of alcohol. The impairment of cognitive function can grow serious if sufferers don’t eliminate gluten from their diet.
  • Fatigue – This is more than just your body’s inability to absorb energy. Your intestinal tract is suffering as a result of exposure to gluten, but your brain is also suffering (as the above symptom illustrates). Fatigue often accompanies impaired cognitive function, causing you to feel drowsy.
  • Headaches –The headaches caused by gluten sensitivity may not be as serious as the migraines common with celiac disease, but they’re no less painful or debilitating. When suffering from a gluten headache, you may be unable to think straight or function properly.
  • Digestive Problems – Just like with lactose intolerance, your body is unable to absorb nutrients thanks to the gluten interfering with healthy digestion. This causes undigested food to pass through your intestines, where it is broken down by bacteria. The breaking down process produces gas, which can cause bloating and stomach pain. Increased flatulence is another side effect of consuming gluten.

The problem with non-celiac gluten sensitivity is that it’s much harder to test for than celiac disease. It is not an autoimmune disorder so it won’t have any of the markers that prove your immune system is attacking itself. It’s also not a wheat allergy so your body won’t respond negatively to the presence of wheat. The problems only show up when you encounter gluten.

That’s why it’s so important that you recognize and understand the gluten allergy symptoms listed above! If you understand the signs of a gluten allergy–either celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity–you can recognize that something is going wrong in your body and take steps to correct it. If the symptoms disappear after you cut gluten from your diet, you’ll know that you found the source of the problem. From there, it’s up to you to lead a healthy, gluten-free life!

The best way to go is to keep in mind that health should always be a priority. These guidelines are only simple information, it is up to you how to apply it in your life. Just remember that it never hurts to be conscious and to be mindful of what causes harm to your body.


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