Eat Some Leeks

989Leeks contain a flavonol, know as kaempferol, which may help lower your risk of heart disease and help fight cancer. Just like garlic and onions, leeks have anti-diabetes properties. In addition to being rich in folic acid, magnesium, and riboflavin, leeks are also packed with vitamins A and K.*

Quality leeks found at your grocer will be firm, with dark green leaves and white necks. Store refrigerated leeks in a plastic bag to help battle moisture. For a healthy cooking method, steam prepared leeks in a covered skillet with 3 tablespoons of broth for about 4 minutes.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=26
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Chewing Gum Can Be Harmful

IMG_0181Chewing gum’s common sweetener, Aspartame, has been linked to cancer, and the preservative BHT is considered toxic to your organs! In the past, chewing gum has been popular among dieters, but the truth is people who chew gum are more motivated to eat junk food and less likely to eat fruit. Not to mention, the excess air that you swallow when chewing gum can cause uncomfortable abdominal pain and bloating.*

You can kick your gum chewing habit the easy (and healthy) way with natural alternatives. For fresh breath all you have to do is chew on some parsley. And if you think you’ll miss the chewy texture of gum, just reach for some licorice root; not only is it all-natural, but it can prevent acid reflux and canker sores too!

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*http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/14/chewing-gum-cancer-risk.aspx
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Avoid Tap Water

963Lurking in most tap water is heavy metals, chemicals and even pharmaceutical drugs. A Federal study found traces of contaminants in one-third of the U.S.’s water supply. What’s worse, it’s believed that contaminated fluoride containing arsenic could be to blame for our country’s increasing cancer rate.*

Do your best to avoid tap water. Instead, keep up with your water intake by installing an alkalizing machine at home. Keep in mind that women still need 8 glasses of water a day and men should strive for 13.

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*http://fluoridealert.org/content/top_ten/
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Let’s Get Nutty

949Raw nuts are a fantastic source of healthy fat. In a 30-year long study, results proved that people who ate one ounce of nuts at least seven times a week (when compared to people who didn’t eat nuts) decreased their mortality risk by 20%. Eating nuts reduces the death risk associated with cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.*

Provide your body with the healthy fat it needs by incorporating more nuts into your diet. Almonds, walnuts and pistachio nuts are some of the healthiest (and tastiest) varieties!

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*http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/11/eating-nuts-reduces-risk-of-death/
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Watch Out for Toxic Fragrances

934Recent laboratory tests on 17 name brand fragrances (such as Bath & Body Works, Chanel, Old Spice, and Calvin Klein) proved unsettling; on average, each product had 14 chemicals that were not listed on the label. Common synthetic musks, parabens, and phthalates that were not listed on the labels of these fragrances can cause allergic reactions, reproductive problems and can disrupt hormones.*

Rather than run the risk of misting yourself with fragrances that contain unknown chemicals, consider making your own natural fragrances at home. In a clean spray bottle mix organic, sugar-free cooking vanilla with an essential oil of your choice. Experiment with oils like rose or lavender, shake and spritz!

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*http://www.drfranklipman.com/what-chemicals-should-you-look-out-for-in-your-personal-care-products/
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An Apple a Day

912Apples are one of the top-ranked fruits to eat for your health, thanks to their disease-fighting antioxidants and vitamins. Eating apples has been known to decrease the risk of chronic diseases like dementia, cancer, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. High in fiber, apples also can help you keep off excess weight while fixing problems like constipation.*

For the best health benefits, consume whole apples (with their skin), rather than juicing them. Have fun experimenting with all of the different kinds of apples; currently there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide!

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*http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/10-reasons-to-eat-an-apple-a-day
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More Melatonin for Your Health

899Melatonin is a hormone commonly linked to proper sleep, but did you know that it can help fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease too? Melatonin increases “beige fat” which is a fat that promotes your body to burn calories rather than store them. Studies also find that melatonin calms reproductive hormones; and as a result, melatonin is being linked to protecting you against sex hormone driven cancers (like ovarian, breast and prostate cancer). *

Since turning on the lights stops your body’s production and release of melatonin, keep lights dim in the evening and completely off when you go to sleep. You can find melatonin in supplements, but for a natural dose, eat some cherries, which are packed with this healthy hormone.

Visit www.vitamanna.com to order the SleepManna supplement. SleepManna contains cherry which has natural melatonin.

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*http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
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Aspartame May Cause Leukemia

823Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, Splenda seemed to be a healthy substitute to sugar. However, with more of the toxic chemical chlorine than aspartame, it has proven to be just the opposite. A study conducted on mice showed that Splenda caused Leukemia.*

Splenda (and other artificial sweeteners) can cause depression, weight gain, headaches and blurred vision. Avoid products (like diet sodas, juices and ice cream) that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda at all costs!

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*http://news.msn.com/us/splenda-goes-from-safe-to-caution-after-leukemia-found-in-mice
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Watch Out for Weak Cellphone Reception

777 copyWhen your cell phone is working in an area with weak reception it will compensate by transmitting more power, and therefore, more radiation. Doctors worry that the more radiation that gets absorbed into your body, the greater your risk for developing brain cancer or other tumors. Try to cut back your cell phone use, especially in areas of weak reception.*

Keep phone calls short and use speakerphone to keep your phone away from your body. Avoid storing your cell phone close to you (like in your pocket) and try to use alternate forms of communication (like text or email) whenever possible.

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*http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones
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Amazing Health Benefits of Olives

748Olive trees stand as a symbol of peace and happiness, and studies are showing that the olive is also a symbol of health. Not only are olives packed with vitamin E, fiber and healthy fats, but they also supply your body with much needed calcium and iron. Even olives’ skin is beneficial; it contains acid that can destroy cancer causing cells in your colon. Additionally, the antioxidant properties of olives can slow the death of cells in the brain (helping prevent the likelihood of diseases like Alzheimer’s).*

Olives come in a variety of colors and flavors; have fun experimenting with all of the healthy varieties. To make a delicious tapenade that you can spread on bread or veggies, combine chopped olives with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice; stir and enjoy!

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/331817-are-olives-healthy-to-eat/
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