The Better (to the Best of) You

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Each of us has a potential to become a better version of ourselves. The focus of this blog is to provide information that can improve our lives in many areas, enlighten our attitudes and views concerning ourselves and the world around us, ultimately allowing us to become the best version of ourselves.

How To Earn Your First $100K Online

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How to Get the Lowest Car Insurance Rates

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You finally got your dream car or at least your first car.  But, before you can take road trips or hang out with friends and create amazing memories, you’ll need car insurance.   Here are some great ways to get the lowest car insurance rates:

  1.  Compare Rates for Different Carriers

-Different companies have different rates based on a variety of factors.

-Use an auto insurance quote finder to compare rates of the top companies.

2.   Avoid Gaps in Coverage

If you are switching policies, make sure you are completely covered at all times. If you let your insurance coverage lapse by forgetting to make the premium payments, your rates are likely to be increased.

3.  Maintain Good Credit
Insurance companies typically check your credit score when determining your insurance rates because they have found a correlation between bad credit and the likelihood of making a claim

4.  Drive Less
Many companies offer a low-mileage discount for drivers who have a short commute or drive few miles each year.

5.  Request a High Deductible
One of the easiest ways to reduce your car insurance premiums is to increase your deductible. Just make sure you have the funds to pay the deductible if you get in an accident.

6.  Claim all Your Discounts
If your car has extra anti-theft or safety features such as anti-lock brakes, most insurance companies will give you a discount on your premiums. You may also be eligible for a discount if you have taken a defensive driving class or, if you are a student, you have good grades

7.  Drive Safely
Of course you should drive carefully to avoid accidents and tickets anyway, but bad driving can also raise your insurance rates or even lead to a nonrenewal of your policy. While too many speeding tickets can cause a problem, causing an accident will typically raise your insurance costs by as much as 40%.

8.    Consider Moving
While this may be a bit drastic, auto insurance rates vary widely from one location to another because of the likelihood of an accident or a theft. In general, car insurance rates are lower in rural areas, so you may want to look into the potential for higher or lower insurance rates if you are thinking of moving.

9.    Work with One Insurance Company
After you shop around for insurance rates, choose one company for all your insurance needs. Most offer a discount for combining car and homeowners or renters insurance with one provider.

10.    Lower Your Coverage
The Insurance Information Institute (III) suggests dropping collision and/or comprehensive insurance on older cars to save money. As a rule of thumb, III says that if your car is worth less than 10 times the premium, it may make sense to drop that coverage.

Conclusion

The important thing to recognize is that car insurance should be customized to meet your needs. Consulting with an insurance agent can be the best way to make sure you are taking advantage of every possible discount and that you and your car are still adequately covered.


References:  Investopedia

 

 

 

 

 

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9 More Reasons to Use DAILY Coconut Oil

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I’ve run across some VERY interesting studies recently on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, includingcoconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat…

The findings may surprise you!

A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days.

Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat. Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘ bad’ cholesterol.

The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management. The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oilprompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass. The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such ascoconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.

Yet another study that assessed body weight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets including a low-fat diet, high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) and a high fat diet with MCFAs. In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for the diets. At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories). Those in the MCFA group (coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.

Another added bonus of consuming organic coconut oil (and coconutcream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer. Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver – these have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect helping you to lose fat faster.

If you thought from reading about how using coconut oil daily for helping to reduce abdominal fat is pretty incredible, you’re going to be blown away by the powerful health benefits of coconut oil on the page below…

>> 9 MORE reasons to use DAILY coconut oil (including benefits to thyroid, brain, skin, oral health, heart health, detoxing, cancer, and more)

To Your Optimal Health,

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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Sugar Intake

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Ever tried to cut back- or even eliminate- sugar? It’s not so easy.

Nature gave us a sweet tooth for a reason- and it wasn’t just to frustrate our diet efforts!

We humans – unlike other animals- don’t make our own vitamin C. Vitamin C is most abundant in fruits. So nature gave us taste buds that would make these relatively sweet tasting foods desirable.

Unfortunately the whole system has become deregulated since just about everything you buy now has sugar in it, and there’s a huge disconnect between the purpose of our original wiring- to make sure we got enough vitamin C- and the way that wiring is used today (to make sure we get enough Krispy Kreme donuts!)

Giving up- or cutting back- on sugar is no picnic. But the rewards are tremendous. Eliminating (or even reducing) sugar can benefit your health in more ways than you can imagine.

Here’s a list of my Top Ten Ways to Start Reducing Sugar……..

  1. Don’t add it to foods. This is the easiest and most basic way to immediately reduce the amount of sugar you’re eating. Biggest targets: cereal, coffee and tea.
  2. Don’t be fooled by “healthy sugar” disguises. Brown sugar, turbinado sugar, raw sugar … it’s all pretty much the same thing as far as your body is concerned.
  3. Make a real effort to reduce or eliminate processed carbohydrates. Most processed carbs — breads, bagels, most pastas and snacks — are loaded with flour and other ingredients that convert to sugar in the body almost as fast as pure glucose. That sugar gets stored as triglycerides, which is a fancy way of saying fat.
  4. Watch out for “fat-free” snacks. One of the biggest myths is that if a food is fat-free it doesn’t make you fat. Fat-free doesn’t mean calorie-free, and most fat-free snacks are loaded with sugar.
  5. Shop for color. The more your grocery basket looks like a cornucopia of color, the better. It usually means you’re getting more fresh vegetables and low-glycemic fruits such as berries and cherries.
  6. Become a food detective. This tip is from the wonderful author and nutritionist Anne Louise Gittleman, who adds, “To reduce sugar, you have to know where it is first.” Start reading labels.
  7. Beware of artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately, they can increase cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. They can also deplete the body’s stores of chromium, a nutrient crucial for blood-sugar metabolism.
  8. Do the math. Look at the label where it says “total sugars” and divide the number of grams by four. That’s the number of teaspoons of sugar you are ingesting. This exercise alone should scare the pants off you.
  9. Limit fruit. (Notice I didn’t say “eliminate.”) Fruit has sugar, but it also has fiber and good nutrients. Just don’t overdo it. For weight-loss purposes, keep it to two servings a day and try to make most of them low-glycemic (grapefruit, apples, berries)
  10. Eliminate fruit juice. It’s a pure sugar hit with none of the fiber and less of the nutrients that are found in the fruit itself.

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Artificial Sweeteners May Boost Blood Sugar? New Study.

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People might consume artificial sweeteners because they think it will help them curb real-sugar consumption and prevent weight gain, but the chemicals may actually have an opposite effect. A new study has found that zero-calorie sweeteners may alter metabolism and increase blood-sugar levels, at least in mice and some people.

The negative effects of artificial sweeteners on metabolism seen in the study may have to do with how the sweeteners interact with the bacteria living the gut, the researchers said.

The results don’t mean that eating sugar is healthier than consuming artificial sweeteners, study co-author Dr. Eran Elinav, a researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said at a news conference Tuesday (Sept. 16). However, the study does suggest that artificial sweeteners may be harmful, at least in some people, Elinav said.

Sugar has been around for a loooong time, but it wasn’t until the Europeans brought it to the New World that it became commonplace, and eventually fueled our growing society.

In experiments, the scientists added an artificial sweetener — either saccharin, sucralose or aspartame — to mice’s drinking water, and found the animals ended up having higher blood-sugar levels than the mice that drank sugar water, or just water. Saccharin is sold under the brand name Sweet’n Low, sucralose has the brand name Splenda and aspartame is found in NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful brands.

The researchers also found that artificial sweeteners seemed to change the function of the gut bacteria in the rodents. When the researchers used antibiotics to suppress the bacteria, the differences in blood-sugar levels between groups of mice on different diets disappeared, according to the study, published today (Sept. 17) in the journal Nature.

Next, the researchers studied about 400 people, and found that the gut bacteria in people who consumed an artificial sweetener were different from the gut bacteria in the people who ate sugar. Participants who used artificial sweeteners also had higher blood-sugar levels than participants who used sugar. [5 Ways Gut Bacteria Affect Your Health]

“Artificial sweeteners were extensively introduced into our diets with the intention of reducing caloric intake and normalizing blood glucose levels without compromising the human ‘sweet tooth,'” the researchers wrote in their study. “Our findings suggest that [artificial sweeteners] may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intended to fight.”

Sugar May Boost Risk of Heart Disease, Death

Your personal gut bacteria

There are trillions of bacteria living in human guts. Collectively called the microbiome, these bacteria are crucial for the normal functioning of the intestines, and their composition could potentially influence diverse functions of the body. For example, previous studies have tied the balance of bacterial species in the gut to people’s risk of conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

But people can have different compositions of bacterial species, and that could potentially contribute to how they respond to different foods, the researchers said.

In the study, the researchers also carried out another experiment. They added saccharin to diets of seven people who didn’t normally consume sweeteners. After only four days, four of these participants showed increased levels of sugar in their blood and changes in the composition of their gut bacteria.

The gut bacteria composition of these participants differed from that of the other three participants, even before they consumed saccharin, the researchers found. This finding suggests that people may respond differently to artificial sweeteners depending on their gut-bacteria compositions, the researchers said.

“What was super striking and interesting to us was the fact that [people’s] susceptibility to [the effects] of sweeteners could be predicted ahead of time, even before the individuals consumed the sweeteners,” said study co-author Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

It’s not clear how, exactly, changes in the bacterial species in the gut could contribute to increased blood-sugar levels, but scientists have some ideas. For example, it could be that the consumption of artificial sweeteners causes people to have more bacterial species that extract fat from the diet, which would contribute to obesity, said Taylor Feehley and Cathryn Nagler, researchers at the University of Chicago who wrote about the new study in the same journal.

Should you ditch the diet soda?

Previous studies have looked at whether people who replace sugar with artificial sweeteners have a lower risk of developing the health problems linked with consuming too much sugar, such as obesity and diabetes.

But although some studies found artificial sweeteners to be beneficial, others yielded mixed results, the researchers said. Some studies even found links between consuming sweeteners and a higher risk of obesity and high blood sugar, but those studies were observational (and didn’t have randomized control groups), and it remains unclear whether artificial sweeteners may cause metabolism changes, or if people who are obese to begin with consume more of the sweeteners, Elinav said.

The new study is not conclusive, either. The results need to be confirmed in future research before recommendations about consuming artificial sweeteners can be made, the researchers said. Still, the findings should provoke discussion among the scientific, medical and public communities.

“By no means do we believe that based on the result of this study are we prepared to make recommendations as to the use and dosage of artificial sweeteners,” Segal said. “We simply point to the immense body of experiments that we carried out both in humans and in mice. In none of these experiments have we seen any beneficial effects for the use of sweeteners.”

Source:  Original article:  Discovery

Do you still eat artificial sweeteners?  Why?  Comment below.

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How to Lose Weight While Staying Healthy – The Ultimate Eating Plan

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Here are four videos discussing “what you should eat” and general healthy practices by some top experts:

This video talks about why “sugar” is bad for you.  Highly recommended if you want to understand the mechanism.

 

 

WARNING:  Please consult your doctor before any drastic changes to your diet or exercise plan.  Also, let your doctor manage any weight gaining problems (hypothyroidism, weight-gaining medications [steroids, antidepressants, etc.], etc.) BEFORE you start this plan.

It appears that a lot of people want to lose weight, but don’t care much for exercise.  Although I recommend strength training and cardio as a part of any weight loss plan, you can lose weight without exercise.  The key is great self-control in what you eat.  I have done this and it works.  After researching many theories, listening to many experts, reviewing various diets, and my own experience, I find this works best:

Here is what you should AVOID:

1.  Basically any white carbohydrate:  pasta, potatoes, milk, rice, batter (fried foods), etc.

2.  Sugar beverages: soda, juice, sweet tea, gatorade, vitamin H2O (key is to avoid fructose + anything artificial)

Sugar snacks:  candy, pastries, desserts, ice cream

3.  Oils keep to a minimum (safe ones are olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil)

4.  No fast food or eating out as much as possible (not only does it make you gain weight, a lot of chemicals and artificial ingredients are used to cut costs and increase profits).  Also, even when you do go out YOU decide what you eat.  For example, some people avoid buffets because of all the unhealthy food.  No one forces you to eat all of it.  Every buffet has a salad bar and healthy selections.  I have gone to buffets plenty of times and have eaten as healthy as I can.  If you can’t resist the temptation, avoid the situation.

Here is what you should EAT:

1.  Meat: chicken, fish (avoid red meat if possible).  Hormone free chicken and wild caught fish.

2.  Vegetables, mostly green – kale, broccoli, spinach, carrots, peas; some different color vegetables have much more nutritional value (blue corn, purple potatoes, red bell peppers, etc.)

Fruits – if you need sugar, lower sugar fruits are good options (raspberries, blackberries, etc.).  Of course, you will get results much faster if you avoid the sugar.

3.  Plenty of water; tea (especially green tea as it increases metabolism), coffee is ok with no added sugar and some milk alternative (almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc.).  If you really need a different taste, I recommend squeezing some lemon juice into your water.

4.  Beans – black, red, pinto

5.  Nuts – walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans

 

You should follow this diet Monday-Friday and Sunday.  Take a break on Saturday and eat what you want within reason, but still try to avoid refined, processed, or artificial ingredients.

Remember, you can’t chose your genetics, but YOU can choose what goes in your mouth!  Plus, studies have show that changing your diet can “turn off” some of the genes that express some chronic diseases.

Now, go lose some weight without even exercising.  Exercise (cardio and strength training) to maximize results.

Comments?  Anything else you do to lose weight?

Post your results below if you try this.  You can see results as quickly as 1-2 weeks.

Please SHARE this with anyone your care about.  We can make a real change in people’s lives.

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Secrets the Millionaire Next Door Won’t Tell You

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Although having a million bucks isn’t as impressive as it once was, it’s still nothing to sneeze at.

In fact, Reuters reports that in 2009 there are 7.8 million millionaires in the United States. That’s a lot of people and the odds are one or two of them are living near you.

Heck, one of them might even be your neighbor. In fact, the odds are very good that it is your neighbor.

But, Len, you don’t know my neighbor. That guy doesn’t look anything like a millionaire.

Well, guess what? A millionaire who is truly financially savvy won’t be easily recognizable.

1. He always spends less than he earns. In fact his mantra is, over the long run, you’re better off if you strive to be anonymously rich rather than deceptively poor.

2. He knows that patience is a virtue. The odds are you won’t become a millionaire overnight. If you’re like him, your wealth will be accumulated gradually by diligently saving your money over multiple decades.

3. When you go to his modest three-bed two-bath house, you’re going to be drinking Folgers instead of Starbucks. And if you need a lift, well, you’re going to get a ride in his ten-year-old economy sedan. And if you think that makes him cheap, ask him if he cares. (He doesn’t.)

4. He pays off his credit cards in full every month. He’s smart enough to understand that if he can’t afford to pay cash for something, then he can’t afford it.

5. He realized early on that money does not buy happiness. If you’re looking for nirvana, you need to focus on attaining financial freedom.

6. He never forgets that financial freedom is a state of mind that comes from being debt free. Best of all, it can be attained regardless of your income level.

7. He knows that getting a second job not only increases the size of your bank account quicker but it also keeps you busy – and being busy makes it difficult to spend what you already have.

8. He understands that money is like a toddler; it is incapable of managing itself. After all, you can’t expect your money to grow and mature as it should without some form of credible money management.

9. He’s a big believer in paying yourself first. Paying yourself first is an essential tenet of personal finance and a great way to build your savings and instill financial discipline.

10. Although it’s possible to get rich if you spend your life making a living doing something you don’t enjoy, he wonders why you do. Life is too short.

11. He knows that failing to plan is the same as planning to fail. He also knows that the few millionaires that reached that milestone without a plan got there only because of dumb luck. It’s not enough to simply declare that you want to be financially free.

12. When it came time to set his savings goals, he wasn’t afraid to think big. Financial success demands that you have a vision that is significantly larger than you can currently deliver upon.

13. Over time, he found out that hard work can often help make up for a lot of financial mistakes – and you will make financial mistakes.

14. He realizes that stuff happens, that’s why you’re a fool if you don’t insure yourself against risk. Remember that the potential for bankruptcy is always just around the corner and can be triggered from multiple sources: the death of the family’s key bread winner, divorce, or disability that leads to a loss of work.

15. He understands that time is an ally of the young. He was fortunate enough to begin saving in his twenties so he could take maximum advantage of the power of compounding interest on his nest egg.

16. He knows that you can’t spend what you don’t see. You should use automatic paycheck deductions to build up your retirement and other savings accounts. As your salary increases you can painlessly increase the size of those deductions.

17. Even though he has a job that he loves, he doesn’t have to work anymore because everything he owns is paid for – and has been for years.

18. He’s not impressed that you drive an over-priced luxury car and live in a McMansion that’s two sizes too big for your family of four.

19. After six months of asking, he finally quit waiting for you to return his pruning shears. He broke down and bought himself a new pair last month. There’s no hard feelings though; he can afford it.

So that’s it. Now you know what your millionaire neighbor won’t tell you.

Original source: Business Insider

10 Islands That Are Most Romantic

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No. 1 Most Romantic Islands:

Islands of Tahiti

You can never really see all of the Islands of Tahiti from Bora Bora to Moorea to the Tuamotu Islands to the Marquesas and more. So many of them are romantic in their own way. But for that classic romantic getaway to Tahiti, you have to stay in an overwater bungalow on the lagoon overlooking Mount Otemanu. Everybody loves that. And our gallery of the best overwater bungalows in Bora Bora and Moorea is one of the most popular galleries. Couples remember this ultimate romantic trip forever.

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No. 2 Most Romantic Islands:

Maldives

A haven out in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives aren’t just one gorgeous sandy island with a perfect lagoon. This destination consists of hundreds of such islands. And while Bora Bora gets so much attention — at least over here in the Western Hemisphere — for all of its overwater bungalows, the Maldives are dripping in such romantic getaway resorts. See the underater hotel above to get you in that romantic mood.

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No. 3 Most Romantic Islands:

Fiji

We’ve been to Fiji many times over the years, staying at private islands and other resorts that capture the romantic feeling of being in the South Pacific.  What’s romantic about Fiji? quiet beauty, exotic flavors, luxury villas, and the feeling that you have all the time in the world together.

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No. 4 Most Romantic Islands:

Seychelles

For decades, writers and photographers have been visiting the Seychelles, raving about the natural beauty, the fascinating wildlife and the world-class resorts that seem woven into these islands.

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No. 5 Most Romantic Islands:

St. Lucia

Those Pitons that rise above the Caribbean in St. Lucia have been the backdrop for many a romantic getaway, ideal wedding and memorable honeymoon. This scene has become synonymous with Caribbean romance. And the resorts of St. Lucia make the most of the Pitons, like Ladera (pictured above), which doesn’t even put a wall between you and the view as you gaze out from your cliff-top sanctuary. It feels like the island was made just for the two of you.

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No. 6 Most Romantic Islands

Hawaii

Granted, “Hawaii” covers a lot. We’re thinking of the most visited islands — Big Island, Oahu, Kauai, Maui — each of which have romantic hideaways scattered throughout some of the most beautiful island scenery anywhere.  It’s very hard not to be romantic in Hawaii.

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No. 7 Most Romantic Islands:

Islands of Italy

Mainland Italy is one of the most popular and romantic vacation destinations in the world, but the islands are just as nice. And we love those just as much: Sicily, Sardinia, Capri, and Venice. Yes, Venice does count in our book.  The islands of Italy are made for romance.

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No. 8 Most Romantic Island:

St. Barts

“Where should we go on our honeymoon?” often people suggest St. Barts. Yes, it’s the playground of the rich and famous, which gives the island a high-end vibe, like that gourmet restaurant you only go to on your anniversary. You can find stunning villas across the island. Or stay at the Eden Rock Hotel, where you can spring for the Rockstar Ultra Luxe villa if you really are celebrating something big.

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No. 9 Romantic Island:

Australia

Whether or not Australia itself is an island is a subject of endless debate. But the islands of Australia off the northeastern coast of Queensland have that special feel. They’re a world all to yourself, often with luxury amenities that make for the most relaxing romantic getaway you could hope for. Qualia resort on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays is one such place where you and your significant other can lounge the day or days away. And then there are surprises like tiny Wilson Island, a speck of beach that has gourmet dining. Australia is full of romantic surprises.

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No. 10 Romantic Island:

Jamaica

Yes, Jamaica is known for its family-friendly all-inclusives, but there are so many intimate resorts across the island, many of them ideal for that perfect romantic getaway.  Stay at the resort or venture into the rich culture of Jamaica — or do a little of both.

Original source:  Islands

Where have you been OR where would you like to go?  Please comment below.


The World’s Most PERFECT Food?

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Did You Know that the avocado has been called the world’s most perfect food and has many health benefits? It has achieved this distinction because many nutritionists claim it not only contains everything a person needs to survive — but it has also been found to contribute to the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.

The avocado (Persea gratissima or P. americana) originated in Puebla, Mexico and its earliest use dates back to 10,000 years B.C. Since AD 900, the avocado tree has been cultivated and grown in Central and South America. In the 19th century, the avocado made its entry into California, and has since become a very successful commercial crop. Ninety-five percent (95%) of U.S. avocados are gown in Southern California.

The avocado, also called the alligator pear, is a high-fiber, sodium- and cholesterol-free food that provides nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, is rich in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate) — as well as potassium.

Foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as avocados, are widely acknowledged as the secret to a healthy heart, a brilliant brain and eagle eyes.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life counts avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

That’s not only because of the avocado’s health benefits omega-3 fatty acid content but also its…

Vitamin E content — An international journal called Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders, reported its findings from years of clinical trials — high doses of Vitamin E can neutralize free radicals and the buildup of proteins to reverse the memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients; reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in the early stages and retard the progression of the disease;

Folate content — helps to prevent the formation of tangled nerve fibers associated with Alzheimer’s.

The virtues and benefits of the avocado are too numerous to mention.

But Here Are Just a Few More Avocado Health Benefits That Its Nutritional Profile Provides:

•Monounsaturated Fats — These types of fats help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.
•Folate — This water-soluble B vitamin promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”
•Lutein — This is a carotenoid (a natural pigment) that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.
•Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

You can add these avocado benefits to your diet in many ways:
1) The easiest way is to cut the avocado in half and sprinkle it with herbal seasoning or maple syrup.

2) Chop the avocado and add it to a salad, or use it as a topping or side garnish for soup.

3) Mash an avocado and spread it on bread or a bagel (in place of butter or cream cheese).

4) Cut an avocado in half and fill the little hollow (left after you remove the pit) with your favorite healthy topping such as herbed rice or couscous.

5) Make an avocado dressing or the crowd-pleasing guacamole dip to add flavor to raw or steamed vegetables. You can easily find many avocado recipes online.

Blended with fruit, avocados make a rich and delicious snack, side dish or dessert — and produces highly-nutritious baby food which delivers “good fat” for baby’s brain and physical development.

Before you indulge in avocados to your heart’s content, however, remember that they have lots of calories because of their fat content. According to WebMD, “A medium-sized avocado contains 30 grams of fat, as much as a quarter-pound burger”.

That’s why diet experts have long urged Americans to go easy on avocados in favor of less fatty fruits and vegetables. But now nutritionists are taking another look.

They’re finding that most of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated — the “good” kind that actually lowers cholesterol levels. Thanks to this new understanding, the U.S. government recently revised its official nutrition guidelines to urge Americans to eat more avocados.

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Original article: Underground Health Reporter

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