Give Ezekiel Bread a Try

Unlike typical bread that you find at the grocery store, Ezekiel bread contains more vitamin C and B and amino acids, and is known for its healthy combination of grains and legumes. This flourless bread does not include any refined sugars, which makes it easy to digest. Plus it’s a great source of protein, comparable to the amount you get from milk and eggs.*

Ezekiel bread contains 6 grains: wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt. Try it as a healthy alternative to typical bread. Ezekiel bread comes in cereal, pasta and tortilla varieties too.

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*http://authoritynutrition.com/ezekiel-bread/
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Watch Out for Sugar Labels

1028 copySugar is lurking in more forms than one! When reviewing food and juice labels, be aware of the other forms of sugar. For example, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, fructose, glucose and dextrose are all sweeteners that if not watched carefully, could be detrimental to your healthy diet.*

If you really want to be sure of what you’re putting in your body, try to cook more at home or juice your own drinks in an effort to monitor your true intake. In other situations, opt for the healthiest, all-natural sweeteners available like agave or date sugar.

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*http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/top-5-healthiest-natural-sweeteners.html
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Watch Out for Toxic Splenda

953A study on sucralose (Splenda) resulted in a lengthy list of troubling safety issues, from DNA damage to toxicity. The study showed that Splenda destroys as much as half of the healthy bacteria in your stomach. We also now know that Splenda alters glucose and insulin, which could lead to weight gain, insulin resistance or worse, type-2 diabetes.*

Cut out toxic Splenda from your sweetener routine. Instead, reach for agave or date sugar, which are natural, safe ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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*http://www.peertrainer.com/health/complete-guide-to-sweeteners.aspx
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Watch Out for Sugary Drinks

922A startling trend was reported by The Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina. In 2002, calories from beverages went up by 21% (when compared to a study from 1965). If you’re making an effort to watch your weight, be sure to watch what you drink. Sugary drinks sneak many unnecessary empty calories into your diet.*

Extra calories hide in more places than just soda. Watch out for fruit drinks and sport drinks as well. Instead of giving in to sugary beverages, shake up the flavor of zero-calorie water with fresh slices or oranges, lemons and limes.

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*http://www.choosehealthla.com/eat-healthy/sugar-loaded-beverages/
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How to Stop Hiccups Naturally

877Hiccups are caused by acid buildup in your stomach, which then aggravates your esophagus. Luckily, there are natural ways to calm your stomach acid down. When you eat hard to swallow substances, like peanut butter or granulated sugar, it can stop the buildup of acid and therefore stop your hiccups.*

Another way you can try to stop hiccups is to swallow a half spoon of butter. If that still doesn’t work, try a spoonful of molasses.

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*http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/13-techniques-to-cure-the-hiccups.htm
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Feed Your Children Properly from Early Ages

Our taste buds may mature over the years, but what we eat during childhood formulates our food preferences. For this reason you can understand how important it is to incorporate healthy fruits and veggies into your kids’ current diet. If your kids consume a lot of sugar and fat now, chances are they will develop a lifelong taste for nutritional junk.*

Make eating healthy fun by getting your kids in on the action. Prepare colorful vegetable kabobs together or make your own yogurt-fruit parfaits for dessert. Training your kids’ taste buds to eat clean now will increase their chances of staying healthy in the future.

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*http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6240/5-Reasons-to-Feed-Your-Kids-Organic.html
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Why You Must Exercise

815“Exercise doesn’t just burn calories; it resets your appetite, your mood, your sleep cycle and even your ability to handle sugar.”
-Neal Bernard, MD

In addition to losing weight, exercise helps your entire body work properly. Let’s start your exercise program today!

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The Most Dangerous and Fattening Ingredient Ever

763Health-conscious people are warned about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and for good reason. Consuming a food with HFCS will unfortunately never leave you feeling full; this is because the fructose actually turns off the receptors in your brain that acknowledge food. Additionally, HFCS does not wake up your pancreas to produce insulin, instead once you consume some it is quickly turned to into fat. The blood-sugar complications associated with HFCS include issues like depression, fatigue, weight gain, even ADD/ADHD.*

For the sake of your health, avoid high-fructose corn syrup as often as possible. Honey, agave and Stevia (an herbal leaf plant) provide healthier and equally-as-sweet alternatives.

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*http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers/
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Reduce Refined Sugar Intake

1584Refined sugar negatively affects your metabolism, teeth and overall health. Overdoing your sugar intake can lead to weight gain, stomach troubles, liver problems and diseases such as diabetes. Doctors recommend no more than 50 grams of sugar a day. The average can of cola contains 30 grams of sugar. To reduce your refined sugar intake, read food and drink labels and avoid words such as glucose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup sweeteners and maltose.*

Clean eating and drinking is the easiest way to reduce your refined sugar intake. For example, switching from soda and juices to clean water is a quick, simple and effective way to eliminate massive amounts of sugar from your diet.

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*https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/
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Athlete’s Shouldn’t Over-Train

1553Moderate physical activity will help keep you healthy, in fact, it can cut your number of sick days in half. However, too much exercise is not a good thing. People who over-train tax their adrenals, are susceptible to respiratory infections and can damage their immune function. While exercise is important, it’s imperative to give your body rest days as needed.*

People who over-train to the point of adrenal fatigue may need nutritional support to correct the problem. Less sugar, more green vegetables, probiotics, Himalayan salt and bone broth are just a few of the ways you can usher your adrenals back into good health.

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*http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/health/nutrition/04BEST.html?_r=0
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