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People who adhere strictly to raw food vegetarian diets are thin but have surprisingly robust bones, U.S. researchers reported. Although nutritionists and the food industry have warned that a diet without dairy foods can lead to the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, the team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found the vegans they studied had many of the signs of strong bones. "We think it's possible these people don't have increased risk of fracture but that their low bone mass is related to the fact that they are lighter because they take in fewer calories," Dr. Luigi Fontana,...

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Don't be fooled by people that say Celery has nothing but water and fiber in it. The benefits of celery begin with it being an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, in addition to vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6. Administered as an anti-hypertensive agent for centuries, celery continues to prove that there are many cardiovascular benefits as well. In recent pharmacological studies, celery demonstrates both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevent heart disease. Celery also provides dietary fiber that boosts digestion and weight loss. In addition, celery’s high percentage of water and...

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About two-thirds of the population do not get enough vitamin D, which could increase their risk of depression, diabetes, heart disease and early death. That's according to research from Intermountain Healthcare, which recently at a national conference is presenting three abstracts that bolster the growing link between vitamin D levels and a wide range of health issues. While the vitamin has long been known to promote calcium absorption and strengthen bones, it has also been increasingly linked to diseases, from heart disease to autoimmune diseases and some cancers. Using its vast database of electronic medical records, the Heart Institute at...

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INFLAMMATORY FOODS Dairy (Except butter, Kefir, Yogurt and some Cheese) Velveta Cheese Fatty meats Margarine Processed and cured meat Alcohol Vegetable oils Food additives, MSG, etc. Refined sugar Aspartame Refined Carbohydrates, flour made items, etc. Trans Fats Most cereals Pasta Pancakes/waffles Tortillas Donuts Bagels Muffins (whole wheat somewhat better) Biscuits Canned foods Boxed foods Bottled Juices Coffee Creamers Hot spices    ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS   Olive oil Green leafy vegetables, eat a stalk of celery every day All vegetables, especially beets and beet greens Nuts Berries Seeds (Sun Flower, Hemp, Pumpkin, Chia, etc.) Fatty fish, salmon, tuna, cod, etc. Tomatoes Fruit...

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Since it has been determined that most chronic illnesses are the result of inflammation, it behooves everyone to seek anti-inflammatory foods.  Those illnesses include diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and more.  Of course, all of the inflammatory foods are readily available and are advertised constantly to entice everyone to use them. Don’t be duped by coercive advertising and get caught in the vicious addiction of these foods.  Inflammatory foods seem to get our attention and once used are difficult to stop.  We like them and they are considered to be our “warm fuzzy” foods.  They are cheap, fast and...

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