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Tired of eating oatmeal every day? Try this quick, nutrient-dense healthy breakfast alternative that will start your morning the right way.The post Gogi Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl appeared first on Born Fitness.
By Dr. Mercola While no one knows exactly what the effects of consuming pesticide-soaked genetically-engineered (GE) crops will be over time, all of humankind serves as "lab rat" as a few massive corporations profit handsomely from their experiment. The good news is, although we've lost some battles, we seem to be winning the war. Awareness about the potential risks of GE foods continues to grow, largely through the publicity generated by state direct ballot initiatives that bypass the legislatures. The latest polls suggest more than 90 percent of Americans now want to know what's in their food. As a result of increased public awareness, industry has ramped up their efforts to maintain the status quo, pouring exorbitant amounts of money into anti-labeling campaigns in order to control the public, press and government.Economic Impacts That Are Rarely DiscussedWith mounting scientific evidence about the human and environmental costs of GE foods and industrial agriculture, 64 n...
By Dr. Mercola The Iowa caucuses will be held in February 2016, which is sure to bring corn to the forefront of the presidential campaigns. Iowa is the leading producer of both corn and ethanol and, as The New York Times, pointed out:1 "Modern tradition holds that you can't win Iowa (first in the nation!) without selling your soul on ethanol." Surveys suggest the majority of Iowa caucus goers support The Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires oil companies to increase ethanol in gasoline from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons in 2022. This includes 77 percent of Democratic caucus goers and 61 percent of Republicans, according to The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll.2 Support for the mandate continues even as it becomes clear the amount of corn required to meet this mandate, and the natural habitats that will be further lost to support it, will devastate the environment. Still, as NPR put it, there are signs that "ethanol is not the campaign f...
Spoiler alert: Protein is not dangerous or a threat to your liver or kidneys. But there are circumstances where you need to limit how much protein you eat.The post The Curious Case of Why People Fear Protein appeared first on Born Fitness.
By Dr. Mercola One of your most basic health principles is to eat real food. This will radically reduce your exposure to the tens of thousands of chemicals added to processed foods, most of which are not even on the label.Many are still under the illusion that whole grains are good for you, but while this may have held true for your grandparent's generation, it's not true today. The thing that people tend to forget is that virtually all grain products you buy today have gone through industrial processing. Grains have also been altered through time, and growing methods differ significantly from even a generation or two ago. We also prepare grains differently these days.Sprouted whole organic grains may be the lone exception to my recommendation to avoid grains, but all those whole grain loaves of bread, whole grain pastas, and whole grain cereals - they're actually processed foods, and are best replaced.You can read more about these issues in Authority Nutrition's article,1 "Modern W...
By Dr. Mercola Many Americans diets are lacking in healthy fats, and this includes the animal-based omega-3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Although omega-3s are most well known for their role in heart health, they're important for so much more. Your brain, bones, mental health and even your risk of cancer are all impacted by these beneficial fats. In the U.S., Americans spend about $1.2 billion on omega-3 fat supplements every year,1 although few are aware of what dose, and what sources, are best. I firmly believe that getting the correct macronutrients, especially fat is, one of the the most important choices you can make in your diet. You need to have the absolute highest quality fats to build your cell membranes and optimize your mitochondrial function. How Much Omega-3 Is Right for You? There is no one answer to this question, as how much omega-3s you need depends on your body size, age, health status, the type of omega-3 and more. There is n...
By Dr. Mercola Eighty-seven percent of U.S. adults say they like onions,1 which is great news since they're one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Rich in vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids and other phytochemicals,2 an onion a day may help keep the doctor away. Onions are surprisingly high in beneficial polyphenols, which play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Polyphenols also play an important role as a prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in your gut, which is important for health, weight management, and disease prevention. Onions contain more polyphenols than even garlic or leeks, and are one of the best sources of a type of polyphenol called flavonoids, especially the flavonoid quercetin.Onions Provide Disease-Fighting Quercetin Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that may help fight chronic diseases l...
By Dr. Mercola Whether you believe it's beneficial to eat beef or not, how it's raised has a significant impact on human health and the environment. Nicolette Hahn Niman has an interesting skill set that has allowed her to see the issue of how we raise livestock from many different perspectives.  She's a rancher, an environmental lawyer, author, and mother. Her story began about 15 years ago, when she was living as a vegetarian attorney in Manhattan, and got the chance to work for Robert Kennedy Jr. "When I went to college, I majored in Biology because I love nature, and I was already involved in environmental causes. It was actually in college, as a freshman, that I became a vegetarian. Largely because I believed that it was the right thing to do as a citizen of the world. I heard a lot about how meat was resource intensive. I remember specifically hearing that beef was the main cause of deforestation in the Amazon. So I made the choice at that time to become vegetarian," ...
Beef is a staple ingredient in many dishes, as it serves as one of our major food sources for protein and energy. Selecting grass-fed beef is important[jls1] . Grass-fed beef comes from cows that are allowed to forage on grass, making them highly valuable for their nutrients. Grass-fed beef is rich in omega-3s, which are beneficial in preventing heart disease.   It's wise enough to  avoid CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) beef, since it came from cows that [ECR2] are typically raised with artificial growth hormones and injected with antibiotics. Eating CAFO beef can expose you to excessive antibiotics that can take a toll on your overall health and put you at risk for many diseases.   If you want to serve your family a healthy beef dish, try spicing it up with jalapeno chilies and cumin in this beef bean chili recipe.   Ingredients:   2 pounds ground grass-fed beef (17% fat) 2 cups chopped onions 2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves 1 mediu...
By Dr. Mercola Contrary to what infant formula companies want you to believe, infant formula cannot replace breast milk when it comes to protecting your baby's health and promoting healthy long-term development. In fact, breastfeeding offers a long list of life-long health benefits not just for the baby but for mother as well. Considering the fact that babies have been successfully raised on breast milk since the beginning of mankind, it stands to reason that breast milk is a perfect food in every way, providing a growing infant with everything it needs.Modern science confirms this logic, and it is my hope that more women start reevaluating their choice to substitute breastfeeding with infant formulas. Nursing even has health benefits beyond nutrition. As noted in the video above, breastfeeding helps expand your child's palate and allows his oral cavity to develop properly, which helps prevent breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea, and all the health risks associated w...