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Ask the Diet Doctor: Should I Eat Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, and Hemp Seeds?

Q: First it was flaxseeds, then hemp seeds, now chia seeds are in everything. What are the benefits of these different seeds and how do I use them in my diet? A: When I was a kid, wheat germ was the only “healthy” additive around, and we would sprinkle it on yogurt, but now flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and chia seed recipes are becoming increasingly popular, expanding this category of food. As there’s been a lot of “super seed” hype, you’ll find them in more and more packaged foods, but why should you bother eating them in the first place? Let’s take a look: Flaxseeds: Two tablespoons of flaxseed meal contains 4 grams of fiber, 2.4 grams of the short-chain omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid...

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Maple Syrup: Healthy or Unhealthy?

One of the more popular sweeteners today is maple syrup. It is a 100% natural sweetener that is claimed to be more nutritious and healthier than sugar. There are many claims about maple syrup online and I’d like to separate the facts from the fiction. What is Maple Syrup and How is it Made? Maple syrup is made from the sugary circulating fluid (sap) of maple trees. It has been consumed for many centuries in North America… since the times of the Indians. Over 80% of the world’s supply is now produced in Canada. Maple syrup is made in a natural 2-step process: A hole is drilled in the maple tree. Then the sugary circulating fluid leaks out and is...

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A nutritionist explains why you should stop counting calories

The INSIDER Summary: • Some people count calories to lose weight or keep it off.  • Nutritionist Nichola Whitehead is against counting calories.   • A healthy meal plan can be the same amount of calories as an unhealthy meal plan. • You should focus on incorporating a healthy amount of fats, carbs, and protein into your diet instead.  We've all been there – noticed a few extra pounds on the scale or that our jeans feel a little more snug. Don't be worried, because weight gain is totally natural , and most often all you have to do is re-examine your recent dietary and fitness habits. But, sometimes we go off and take some drastic measures. Drastic measures include restrictive eating –...

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HOW TO USE PARSLEY TO TREAT KIDNEYS, DISSOLVE STONES AND DETOXIFY LIVER

SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A KIDNEY CLEANSE There are three early warning signs that you need to do a kidney cleanse. Left untreated, kidney stones can form and result in excruciating pain. Look out for these signs: Urinating frequently.  When you always have the feeling that you need to pee even just after you come out from the washroom. Never hold your urine whenever you feel the urge to go as these are surefire ways for stone formation. Repetitive urinary tract infections.  Kidney stones can cause urinary tract infections. If you have a urinary tract infections, even once a year, you may need to do a kidney cleanse. Brown-colored, cloudy and foul-smelling urine.  Dark coloured urine or one that is cloudy and foul-smelling are...

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Time to Boost Your Immune System

Keeping your immune system healthy is very important, no matter the season. Naturally, what you eat can majorly influence your immune health. Certain foods may actually decrease your chances of getting sick, while others can help you recover more quickly if you do get ill. This article lists 10 foods you should eat if you want to boost your immune system. 1. Iron-Rich Foods Iron is a mineral that plays an important role in immune function. A diet containing too little iron can contribute to anemia and weaken the immune system (1, 2, 3, 4). That’s why it’s important to optimize your intake of iron-rich foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, legumes, nuts, seeds, cruciferous vegetables and dried fruit....

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