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Mint

What exactly is it good for? Well, it is a well known fact that it helps with digestive problems, abdominal pains or nousea. But what else?

Mint has been used in herbal medicines since the begining of time. In medieval times, it was used for headaches and until now is widely popular treatment  with calming effects or antibacterial agent.

MINT TEA is great for gastritis and helps with problems caused by the irritable bowel movement. Mint leaves aid relaxation of divestive muscles, therefore it is used  to lessen bloating or constipation. It is recommended to drink mint tea after having heavy meals or meals causing gas. People, children included, who suffer from digestive problems should drink mint tea (preferably made with fresh mint leaves) at least 3 times a day. Other uses for the tea include muscle aches or joint pain. In that case, professionals recommend 1TBSP of mint tea brewed in half cup of water and drunk 2-4 times a day. In this case, mint tea can be substituted with mint oil, as well.

MINT ESSENTIAL OIL is great for healing throat, chronic caugh or breathing issues. in thsi case, it is recommended to use essential oil vaporizer for inhalation purposes. Add few drops of mint oil into the water and inhale the vapors for 3-5 minutes. It eases the symptoms.

COSMETIC USES for mint are many. The smell of mint is very invigorating. In addition to that, mint oil or menthol has a cooling effect so it ofted added to many summer-time products. Menthol oil is, also, added to many foot care creams and balms because of its antibacterial properties.

As you can see, the uses are countless and I probably didn’t mention many. If you know of some, do add them in comments. I am sure some readers will appreciate your feedback.

 

 

Healthy Keto

Ketogenic diet can be as costly as it is restrictive. However, well worth all its sacrifices. After all, after switching to keto you will notice its so many benefits – such as: your improved health, your well being, your body’s ability to regenerate, its  muscle mass protective properties and loss of stuborn fat. In order to reap all these benefits, you must carefully plan out what you will eat.

I believe that the most important part of this diet goes beyond just eating fat. When you first learn about this diet, you hear of how you can eat ALL THE FAT IN THE WORLD –  bacon, sausages, cheeses, burgers. Even if they are top quality and you are huge fan of those foods, it may get boring after a while. So let me tell you a bit more about how to balance out your HEALTHY keto diet.

Fat sources:

  • saturated fats – animal fats (chicken tighs, bacon, lard, steak), coconut oil ( loaded with MCTs), dairy (not for everyone as it can be inflammatory)
  • monosaturated fats – olive oil, olives, nuts
  • polysaturated fats – omega 3 (supplements), fish, flax oil, chia seeds, avocado, sesame seeds, eggs

It is highly recommended that you supplement with the omega-3’s  because they support so many functions of your body. My personal research shows that krill omega oils are best and purest form of this supplement. Your daily dose should be about 1-2 grams of these fatty acids.

Next thing to pay attention to is where you get your flax oil. Because of its unsaturated fatty acids content, this oil is very sensitive to temperature, light and other aspects that may oxygenate it and ruin its nutritional benefits. Never buy flax seed oil that is kept on a store shelf at the room temperature. Try to buy only refrigerated variety. Because this oil is so unstable, many times, it may be better to resort to flax seeds instead. Note that even the seeds loose their nutritional properties when exposed to high temperatures.

Now, lets talk about eggs. Did you know that hard boiling the eggs converts the rich omega 3’s found in soft yolk into transfats by oxidizing the cholesterol? I bet you didnt know that. Hard boiled eggs are no better than fast food. And yes, you may have them once in a while ( I love deviled eggs, too), but keep it in mind and don’t overdo it 🙂 Another thing to wach out for is the dark film around the yolk when hard boiled. A greenish-gray ring may appear around a hard-cooked egg yolk. It’s caused by a chemical reaction involving sulfur (from the egg white) and iron (from the egg yolk), which naturally react to form ferrous sulfide at the surface of the yolk. It is important to remember that egg yolks should not be exposed to high cooking temperatures for longer than 2-3 minutes  if you want them to remain nutritious and get teh most health benefits out of them.

Protein sources:

  • animal proteins – beef, pork, veal, lamb, paultry, sausages, bacon etc.
  • dairy – cheese

It is best to use meat from known sources. Organic, free range or grass fed, grown with no GMOs are best types of meat. Did you know that Turkey and beef are a great source of the L-carnitine? Now, you do! L-carnitine helps your body to transport and use fats.  Don’t be afraid to reach for the chunks of meat with the most fat – in this diet, it is actually recommended.

I am not a big fan of protein powders. They can be useful sometimes and I do own some, BUT do not make them your primary source. EAT REAL FOOD.

Carbohydrate sources:

  • fiber – broccoli, spinach, etc
  • dark green and low carb veggies – kale, tomatoes, couliflower, etc
  • fruits – berries but never more than 10g a day

Eliminating fruits in your diet is very important, but you may add some berries here and there as an occasional treat.

Consumption of carbs, in general, must be carefully watched – even vegetables. Use apps like MyFitnessPal to keeo an eye on your daily intake. They should even be eliminated until you reach the state of being keto adapted. Carbs can hide in some foods (ex. nuts) so always read labels and check all of your food’s nutritional value. *Even eggs have carbs 🙂

 

 

 

 

Got Kicked Out Of The Ketosis?

It happens… and now what?

When you are not in the state of ketosis, your body stores about 2000 calories as glycogen for immidiate use for energy. In order to get back quickly into ketosis follow these directions that works best when used by those who are already keto adapted:

1. fast lasting for at least 36hrs

2. try high intensity workout (HIIT works best)

3. use exogenous ketones and or MCT oil

If you were not keto adapted, doing it the traditional way – slow and steady – works best.

 

 

Do Ketone Urine Sticks Work?

Frequent question if if the ketone unine strips work. The answer is not as simple as yes or no. Its both.

What they tell you is whether your urine contains ketone bodies – that is all. It may happen for various reasons. 1. your body is keto adapting and releases ketones it is not yet using. 2. for whatever reason your body is not using up all keones and releases them with urine 3. you are kicked out of ketosis and your bosy is releasing ketons it cannot use at the moment. What it basically means is that they are not currently used and the excess is being excerted via urine as ‘waste’.

You will releasing a lot more ketones during the adaptation period than once you are adapted (and using ketos to their full potential). It is a great tool in the begining of your keto journey, but later on – not so much.

Once keto-adapted, it is best to invest in the blood ketones meter for most accurate reads.

Dandelion – Overlooked Force Of Nature

You see this plant’s flower everywhere and many times treat it like a weed. Some have used its flower in a homeopatic remedies for years due to its many medicinal properties.  My family has been making a syrop out of it for years. It tastes like honey! I used it a lot prior converting to keto and I rarely get sick if at all. But very few people know about the power of its roots.

How can it help you? Well, it stimulates the production of enzymes (bile) so it is very beneficial for anyone who has digestive problems. Moreover, it detoxifies the liver, helps those prone to allergies, and lowers bad choresterol. Dandelion root is rich in iron, calcium, folic acid, magnesiuma and vitamins A&C.

It may come as a surprise, but scientists from the University of Windsor in Canada have recently discovered that Dandelion Root works better at fighting cancer than chemotherapy. While chemotherapy kills all cells alike – healthy and cancer affected. The dandelion root only attacks the cancer cells. Pamela Ovadje, who is the dandelion tea researcher, has been recognized for her anto cancer work. “The result of her was “eye-opening”  and it opened the door for more studies looking at different cell lines “to see that dandelion root extract does induce a selective form of programmed cell death in cancer cells in a very distinct manner.”

You can buy dandelion root tea at most health foos stores or online. But if you were to source it yourself, then try finding this plant far from major roads so it is protected from the modern world enviromental impurities.