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Everything You Need to Know About Rice Milk

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Everything You Need to Know About Rice Milk


If dairy foods bother you or you’re following a plant-based diet, like our Bible-based Hallelujah Diet to achieve optimal health

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If dairy foods bother you or you’re following a plant-based diet, like our Bible-based Hallelujah Diet to achieve optimal health wellness, you might wonder if rice milk is a good alternative to cow’s milk or other plant milks. Knowing the facts about rice milk helps you make an informed decision about your health!

Unsweetened Rice Milk Nutrition

The following is the macronutrient nutrition breakdown of a 1-cup portion of unsweetened rice milk:

  • Calories: 113
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 22 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram

Vitamins and minerals abundant in rice milk include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorous, and vitamin A. While many of these nutrients aren’t naturally found in rice or its milk, many rice milk manufacturers add vitamins and minerals during processing to make rice milk comparable to cow’s milk nutritionally.

Homemade Rice Milk Recipe

If you prefer making your own rice milk at home, try this Hallelujah Diet homemade rice milk recipe! The ingredients in it are:

  • 3 cups of distilled water
  • 1 cup of organic brown rice (soaked overnight and drained)
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Vanilla (optional)
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Simply soak raw rice in water overnight in the refrigerator, drain the rice, and blend it with water until it reaches a milk-like consistency. Add your favorite flavoring if you’d like, chill, serve, and enjoy your rice milk!

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Rice Milk vs. Cow’s Milk

The main difference between rice and cow’s milk is the protein and lactose content. Rice milk doesn’t contain lactose, so it’s easier to digest than cow’s milk if you are sensitive to this natural sugar. Cow’s milk provides about 8 grams of protein per cup, while rice milk contains just under 1 gram of protein in the same portion. Rice milk is higher in carbohydrates. Cow’s milk nutrition information (for 1% cow’s milk) is as follows:

  • Calories: 105
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 12 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Pros and cons exist for rice and cow’s milk, but both are rich in calcium, vitamin D, and other essential vitamins and minerals.

Rice Milk vs. Other Plant Milks

Rice milk varies slightly from other popular plant milks. Almond milk is typically lower in calories and carbohydrates than rice milk, while soy milk contains more protein and healthy fat. The nutritional breakdown of various plant milks is as follows:

Unsweetened Almond Milk:

  • Calories: 39
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram

Unsweetened Soy Milk:

  • Calories: 80
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 4 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram

Unsweetened Coconut Milk:

  • Calories: 40
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Unsweetened Cashew Milk:

  • Calories: 25
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Unsweetened Hemp Milk:

  • Calories: 60
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Protein-Fortified Nut Milk:

  • Calories: 130
  • Protein: 10 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Each of these non-dairy milks is usually rich in calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin A, or phosphorous. Except for soy milk and protein-fortified plant milks (such as protein-fortified almond milk), many plant milks contain much less protein than cow’s milk.

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What About Rice Protein Powder?

Plant protein powders containing rice and pea protein (plus extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals) make excellent additions to vegan meal plans. Mix these powders with water or plant milk to add extra protein and other essential nutrients to your diet. The nutrition breakdown of one scoop of Hallelujah Diet pea and rice protein powder is as follows:

  • Calories: 150
  • Protein: 25 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 6 grams
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams

Rice protein powder is a more concentrated source of nutrients. It’s much higher in protein and fiber (with fewer carbohydrates) than traditional rice milk.

Should I Choose Rice Milk?

Switching from cow’s milk to rice milk can eliminate symptoms of lactose intolerance if you have it and lower your intake of hormones or antibiotics used in farming. Rice milk is a good source of carbohydrates, healthy fats, calcium, vitamin D, and other essential micronutrients, but if you’re seeking a better source of protein comparable to what’s in cow’s milk, consider protein-fortified plant milk or add plant protein powder to traditional rice milk.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and prevent diseases naturally the way God intended, try the entirely plant-based Hallelujah Diet! You’ll discover all the health and wellness benefits this diet offers. Get started for free with the Hallelujah Diet planner today.

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3 Wholesome and Healthy Dinner Ideas

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3 Wholesome and Healthy Dinner Ideas


Give some of our favorite wholesome and healthy dinners a shot!

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There are so many tasty primarily raw, plant-based meals to make while following the Hallelujah Diet. Give some of our favorite wholesome and healthy dinners a shot!

1. Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Make this delicious recipe found in the “Everyday Wholesome Soup” book by Kim Wilson as a starter or the main dish for your next meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil of your choice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 large head cauliflower or 1 small head
  • 4-5 carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt or less
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Directions:

First, chop the cauliflower and carrots and set aside. Place the onion, garlic and oil in pan to saute. Add all ingredients – excluding the parsley – to the pan to simmer until vegetables are tender, which should take about 30 minutes. Transfer mixture to a food processor and blend until soup reaches the perfect consistency, then stir in the parsley.

2. Sesame Kelp Noodles
With no cooking involved, this vibrant recipe is simple to make and tremendous for your health.

Ingredients:

For the noodle mixture:

  • 1 package kelp noodles, rinsed well with cold water
  • 2 cups Napa cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 cup bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup snow peas, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned or grated
  • 1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Sprinkle kelp noodles with sesame seeds for a tasty touch.Sprinkle kelp noodles with sesame seeds for a tasty touch.

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar OR lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste, or use a fresh chili pepper of your choice
  • Sea salt to taste

For the garnish:

  • Chopped green onion
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

To make your sauce, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Set aside.

Place kelp noodles and veggies in a large bowl, then pour in homemade sauce, tossing to coat. Add seasonings to taste, and then sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, cilantro and green onion.

3. Deluxe Veggie Wrap
This simple and satisfying recipe is bound to become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole-wheat wrap per person
  • Non-casein, non-soy vegan cheese
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Grated carrot
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Raw corn cut off the cob
  • Homemade dressing of your choice

Directions:

Start by laying the wraps out and spreading each with a layer of homemade salad dressing. Place cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers on one side, then sprinkle with carrots, alfalfa sprouts and corn.

Roll each wrap tightly, slice them down the center and enjoy!

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Healthy Fats For Your Prostate

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Healthy fats do a prostate good!

Contrary to the low fat message we’ve been hearing for years, healthy fats from the vegetable kingdom are now being touted for their ability to reduce risk of prostate cancer (and all causes of death in general).

New research is highlighting this truth. Citing their findings, researchers of the 24-year study (1986-2010) concluded, “Replacing 10% of energy intake from carbohydrate with vegetable fat was associated with a lower risk of lethal prostate cancer.”

Replace carbs with fat? That’s an interesting recommendation in itself, especially since it comes from mainstream medical research!

However, it should come to no surprise if you’re on The Hallelujah Diet.

Hallelujah Dieters already know that whole food fats are beneficial for overall health. In fact, the human body needs fat from plant sources, which most plant sources contain.

The highest plant foods with good fats include avocados, olives, seeds, and nuts.

Udo Erasmus, the developer of Udo’s Oil, has written that eating the right fats and oils improves energy level, athletic performance, fat loss, cardiovascular health, immune function, longevity, and more.

That’s in sharp contrast to the popular assumption that all fat, even from plant sources, causes weight gain.

The truth is, a 2009 study showed that fat consumption from plants (nuts in particular) was associated with a significantly lower risk of weight gain and obesitya prime risk factor for deadly prostate cancer.

Now, if you’re convinced that fats from plant sources are OK but still want to limit your intake, consider cashews!

Cashews are lower in fat than most other nuts. And the fat they do have is the good kind of fat:

  • Some 75% of the fat in cashews is unsaturated fat.
  • Most of this fat is oleic acid (monounsaturated fat), the same kind of heart-healthy fat in olive oil.
  • This type of fat helps to reduce triglyceride levels, which can be a big help to diabetics.

Bottom line: plant-based fats are not bad for you. In fact, they could even help save your life.

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How to Cleanse Your System: The Hallelujah Diet Way

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How to Cleanse Your System: The Hallelujah Diet Way


By following a healthful, plant-based diet, you can rid your system of poisons you consumed and start on a fresh, clean slate.

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Trendy liquid diets and juice cleanses may promise to deliver quick results, but some of these regimens are more dangerous than you think. As Life Science stated, one popular regimen is typically supposed to last anywhere from three days to four weeks, and consists of only drinking a special concoction made of water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. There are multiple problems with this. For starters, you’re not giving your body the vital vitamins, proteins and calories you need to thrive healthfully. Because of this, you’re causing mental and physical harm to your body.

On the other hand, a juice cleanse based on fresh vegetable juices and raw juice powders can be a great way to jump start your cleansing. However, if you go back to your old way of eating you are going to undo your cleansing efforts in a hurry.

Cleansing your system of harmful toxins should be more about taking care of your body, not just losing weight in a way that could be more damaging than those existing toxins. By following a healthful, plant-based diet, you can rid your system of poisons you consumed and start on a fresh, clean slate. Here are a few ways to cleanse your body, our way:

1. Avoid Toxic Foods
Eating unhealthy, refined sugars and processed foods does a number on the body. Not only does it lead to weight gain, but it also causes an increased risk of tooth decay, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression, stress and even certain cancers. By eliminating toxic foods from your diet, such as sugary snacks, fast foods and decadent desserts, you can jump-start the cleansing process and prepare your body for nutritional, natural sustenance.

Eliminate process foods from your diet.Eliminate processed foods from your diet.

2. Ingest Fiber-Rich Foods
Converting to a primarily raw, plant-based diet is a simple way to detoxify the body, mostly due to the abundance of fiber-rich foods you’ll consume. Fiber cleanses the system and promotes better digestion, lowers cholesterol levels, maintains blood sugar levels and enables weight loss and management. According to Dr. Mercola, it also reduces disease risk and improves the quality of your skin – which seem like positive alternative side effects in comparison to those of a fad diet. To cleanse your system properly, we suggest consuming an abundance of root vegetables, green beans, berries, almonds, cauliflower, beans and chia seeds.

3. Try a Vegetable Juice Cleanse
Drinking just juice for three days can jump start the cleansing process. Most people will need at least 2 quarts of juice per day to maintain energy levels during this cleanse. Including some carrot juice or some fruit juice along with the green vegetables will give you energy to keep going. Hallelujah Diet Fiber Cleanse can be used once a day as well for deeper cleansing during this time. Can’t do it for 3 days? Consider doing vegetable juice for 24 hours. You will derive benefits even from this short cleansing and you can do it more frequently, even weekly for maintaining your health.

4. Consider Some of Our Helpful Supplements
Beyond following a fiber-rich diet that’s free of unhealthy refined sugars and processed foods, and occasional juice cleanses, you can enhance the process with some of our supplements. Hallelujah Diet Fiber Cleanse, for example, contains a blend of herbs in a flax seed base to help you properly cleanse your colon and eliminate harmful toxins from the body.

Our Full Body Detox Kit comes with Fiber Cleanse, BarleyMax, LVR And Cilantro/Chlorella Tinture. This combination is designed to help you detoxify and nourish your body at the same time. LVR contains herbs and nutrients that support liver health. Give your liver some love. It works hard detoxifying and eliminating harmful chemicals as well as building blood proteins. Liver support is important for supporting full body cleansing. The Cilantro/Chlorella Tincture helps the body get rid of heavy metals, a key part of eliminating candida overgrowth.

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Natural Ways to Reduce Symptoms of a Migraine

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Natural Ways to Reduce Symptoms of a Migraine


Thankfully, those concerned about taking drugs for headache relief have other options. Let’s take a closer look at some of the common symptoms of migraines, plus some natural ways to reduce the pain.

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For those who live with chronic migraines – or shudder through a harsh headache every once in awhile – you know that the pain has the strength to throw off your entire day. It’s easy to reach for an over-the-counter painkiller, but non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs come with harmful side effects that can induce cardiovascular problems, hearing loss, gastrointestinal complications, allergic reactions and even heart failure, according to Dr. Mercola. Who would want to treat a migraine in exchange for developing a possible fatal disease?

Thankfully, those concerned about taking drugs for headache relief have other options. Let’s take a closer look at some of the common symptoms of migraines, plus some natural ways to reduce the pain:

Common Symptoms of Migraines
Though many confuse mild headaches with migraines, there are a few harsh symptoms that differentiate the two. Those include, according to Migraine.com:

  • Throbbing pain.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Sensitivity to sound.
  • Nausea.
  • Pain on one side of the head.
  • Blurred vision, or aura.
  • Vomiting.

Natural Ways to Reduce Symptoms of Migraines
Those looking to avoid the harmful risks of taking pain medication may consider a natural approach. Here are a few ways to reduce symptoms of migraines, without the fear of harsh side effects:

1. Exercise
According to Dr. Mercola, working out may reduce migraine pain because it triggers the release of pain-reducing neurotransmitters. Of course, you likely won’t find comfort in jogging or running to cope with a bad headache – but you can try low-impact exercises like weight lifting or yoga. Even a simple power walk around the block can help ease the pain.

“Inadequate sleep is one of the biggest migraine inducers.”

2. A Consistent Sleep Schedule
Inadequate sleep is one of the biggest migraine inducers. To avoid the harsh feelings and wake up with a clear mind, make sure you’re following a normal sleep schedule. Not only does the consistency reduce your chance of developing a migraine, but it also makes you more naturally alert when you wake up, ready to take on the day. Remember: A consistent sleep schedule is only the first step. You also need to ensure you’re setting aside enough time to rest. Make sure you’re getting the seven to nine hours each night, as the National Sleep Foundation recommends. 

3. Healthy Eating
Have you considered your current diet as the reason you’re living with migraines? According to Dr. Mercola, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, aged cheeses, artificial sweeteners and cured, processed meats are most likely to induce a migraine. However, healthy foods rich in magnesium and riboflavin may reduce headaches. Add more dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, bananas, spinach, beet greens and asparagus to your diet.

4. Consider a Magnesium Supplement
Many people who suffer from migraine headaches are actually deficient in magnesium. In addition to including the magnesium-rich foods mentioned above, a high-quality magnesium supplement may help balance your body so you don’t get migraines anymore.

5. Hormonal Supplements for Women
If your migraines seem to be hormonally related, perhaps you need extra help in balancing your hormones.  Excess estrogens and low progesterone levels can trigger migraines. We have had some success balancing hormones in women with migraines using the Luminology line of supplements. Our progesterone cream, Balanced Woman Cream, also helps balance hormones for women suffering with migraines.

There may be other causes for your symptoms that haven’t been covered in our suggestions.Try to track what the triggers are for your symptoms. The foundation of good health is still a primarily raw, plant-based diet, so it is the place to start to remove these chronic migraines from your life.

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Here’s Why You Need Vitamin D

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Here’s Why You Need Vitamin D


“Health experts” warn consumers to stay out of the sun, but that can lead to a vitamin D deficiency.

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Spring is here, and soon the warm weather will stay consistent so you have the opportunity to go outside and successfully receive your daily dose of vitamin D.  Unfortunately, so-called “health experts” have given natural sunshine a bad reputation – they’ve conditioned the media and consumers to believe that avoiding sunlight is critical. What they’ve failed to recognize, however, is that staying out the sun can lead to a vitamin D deficiency.

Results of Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is more important than you think. As Ann writes in her book, “Unravel the Mystery,” deficiencies are often overlooked and the results can be detrimental to overall health. Low levels of vitamin D3, the hormone created naturally in the body when it’s exposed to sunlight, can lead to various health conditions and concerns. Some include:

  • Poor bone density.
  • Metabolic syndrome.
  • Hypertension.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Asthma.
  • Infectious disease.
  • Tuberculosis.

As a result of prioritizing vitamin D, you’ll reap the benefits. According to Dr. Mercola, proper levels of the sunshine vitamin protects the body against cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, infections and more.

Sun and Skin Cancer: Who’s to Blame?
At the end of the day, many are more concerned about developing skin cancer than a vitamin D deficiency. But in all reality, sun exposure isn’t the underlying factor that’s causing the cancer. If your body produces enough melanin, the natural mechanism that’s a result of taking care of your skin, your risk of developing cancer is reduced. According to what Rev. Malkmus shared in his book “The Hallelujah Diet: Experience the Optimal Health You Were Meant to Have,” fueling your body properly will keep you safe in the sunshine.

“The sun may cause inflammation in the skin that leads to cancer, but it’s a poor, lifeless diet that inhibits the body’s ability to heal the inflammation and repair the skin,” he said.

By following the Hallelujah Diet, you can nourish your body to produce enough melanin to protect your skin in the sun. Since God didn’t create plant-based foods to have optimal vitamin D levels – He intended that our bodies would receive proper nourishment through sunlight – it’s important that you’re not relying on plant sources for vitamin D. If you believe you’re not getting enough of the sunshine vitamin due to lack of sun exposure, you may consider Hallelujah Diet Vitamin D3 with K2. It’s a synergistic combination that supports bone and cardiovascular health and it boosts the metabolism and absorption of calcium in the body.

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The Dangers of Energy Drinks

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The Dangers of Energy Drinks


What makes energy drinks so harmful?

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Picture this: You spent the night tossing and turning, only to wake up to the rambunctious buzzing of your alarm and the realization that you slept only a few hours, at best, without disruption. You’re feeling exhausted, stressed and unenthusiastic about starting your day, but the show must go on. You could always reach for an energy drink to give the engine some gas – but is that your best option? After all, consuming caffeinated sugary beverages for an energy boost has been known to increase health risks, most commonly related to heart problems.

In fact, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reported that the number of energy-drink related emergency room visits nearly doubled between 2007 and 2011, with an increase of 279 percent in people over the age of 40.

What Makes Energy Drinks Harmful?
While energy drinks tend to contain B vitamins, as well as guarana and taurine, they’re also loaded with large amounts of caffeine, added sugars and other refined ingredients. But don’t think you’re off the hook just because drinks include vitamins and natural additives. According to clinical dietitian Katherine Zeratsky, the high concentration of all ingredients – including the natural ones – is what makes these beverages so harmful.

“Overall, the concern is that these vitamins, amino acids and herbals are often in higher concentrations than naturally in food or plants, and the effects when combined especially with caffeine may be enhanced,” she told CNN.

Energy drinks are loaded with high levels of caffeine and refined sugars.Energy drinks are loaded with high levels of caffeine and refined sugars.

Side Effect of Drinking Energy Drinks
What are these effects Zeratsky is speaking of? Specifically, you may experience an over-the-top energy rush, followed by a debilitating crash just hours later. Other side effects that come with consuming energy drinks include:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure levels.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Anxiety.
  • Insomnia.
  • Digestive issues.
  • Dehydration.

Additionally, these beverages are loaded with added sugars. That means consuming too many of them could lead to weight gain and increase your risk of other weight-related conditions.

Taking a Natural Approach
Don’t feel obligated to cave to energy drinks and other unhealthy beverages. By following a primarily raw, plant-based diet, you’ll receive a natural pick-me-up from the multitude of vitamins and minerals in your food.

If you’re following the Hallelujah Diet and still need an additional energy boost, you may consider our best-selling BarleyMax supplement. It supplies your body with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, live enzymes and more, giving you that extra oomph you need to start the day. Not only does this supplement boost your energy, it also improves mental clarity, strengthens the immune system, aids digestion and supports overall cardiovascular health.

So the next time you’re considering an energy drink, just eat a hearty breakfast of fruits, vegetables and a drink a glass of water with BarleyMax.

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The Best Way To Avoid Skin Cancer Is?

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The Best Way To Avoid Skin Cancer Is?


Skin, the largest organ in the human body, serves as an outer layer of protection, defending the body against light,

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Skin, the largest organ in the human body, serves as an outer layer of protection, defending the body against light, extreme heat or cold, injury and infection, while regulating water, lipid stores and body temperature.

Both external influences (sun exposure) and internal influences (an individual’s nutritional status) can compromise the skin’s ability to perform these functions and can lead to diseases such as skin cancer, or the abnormal growth of skin cells.

As you are preparing for your summer vacations or as you sit beside your pool each day, consider some of the following statistics:

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting nearly one in five Americans. In recent years, skin cancer has been diagnosed more than all other types of cancers combined. 1

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common type of skin cancer, rarely is fatal. Basal cells are located beneath squamous cells and are responsible for the production of new skin cells.

Actinic keratosis is a common precancerous scaly growth or lesion that strongly predicts all major types of skin cancer, with nearly 10% of actinic keratoses leading to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer. 2   Squamous cells lie just below the skin’s surface (epidermis) and function as its inner lining. Fortunately, there is a high survival rate among SCC patients in the United States.

Melanocytes are in the lower part of the epidermis and produce the pigments that give skin its unique color. Cancer of melanocytes, or melanoma, is the rarest type of skin cancer, accounting for less than 5% of all cases, but it’s also the most dangerous and most fatal. 1 If detected early, the survival rate for melanoma is 98%, but once it metastasizes or spreads to the lymph nodes, the survival rate drops to 62%. 1 The average age at which melanoma is diagnosed is 63 for men and 56 for women. 2

From an economic standpoint, skin cancer costs American taxpayers millions in health care dollars annually.  Although most forms may not be deadly, they can be disfiguring and frightening as they continue to return on the body.

There are several well-established risk factors for skin cancer. The disease is more prevalent in individuals who have fair skin, light eyes, or light hair, possibly because their skin contains less melanin (color pigmentation), which serves as a protective layer from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Other risk factors include:

  • Having a family history of skin cancer
  • Having a history of sunburns
  • Living in sunny, warm climates
  • Living at higher elevations where UV rays are the strongest
  • Having abnormal moles, that are irregular in shape and larger than regular moles
  • Having the HPV virus
  • Using acne medicines
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Having breast cancer

One of the most prominent risk factors for skin cancer is excessive sun or UV exposure. UV radiation can induce premature aging and DNA damage and can act as a tumor initiator to the skin. 5  Nearly 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. 1

One of the lesser-known methods for potentially lowering skin cancer risk is diet. We have years of evidence that a nutritionally enhanced diet may benefit individuals who are at high risk of skin cancer.

Plant-Based Diet
A plant-based diet rich in antioxidants has been associated with a reduced risk of many types of cancers.

Unfortunately, most Americans don’t consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. In fact, only 14.8% to 19.1% of skin cancer survivors are meeting the American Cancer Society’s recommendation to consume at least five servings (or 2 1/2 cups) of fruits and vegetables each day. 6 These recommendations are far less than what a body needs to recover from the onslaught of toxins we inhale, ingest and think each day. We believe that at least 10 servings of vegetables a day is more of what our bodies need.

We believe that the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and phyto-nutrients in whole foods are the best approach to ensuring our nutritional needs are met. The synergistic effect of many components in the vegetables and fruits are still undiscovered but readily respected.

In a 10-year prospective study, subjects who consumed the highest percentage of fruits and vegetables had a 54% reduced risk of SCC. Eating green leafy vegetables, especially, was associated with decreased risk of BCC tumors. 3

Another study asked people to complete a food frequency questionnaire. High intake of the following micronutrients was associated with a significantly reduced risk of melanoma compared with low intake: vitamins C and D, retinol (vitamin A), alpha- and beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein, and lycopene. Compared with the lowest levels, high daily intake of the following food groups was associated with a significantly reduced risk of melanoma: 4

  • Fruits: 1.6 or more servings
  • Vegetables: 1.1 or more servings
  • Fruits and vegetables combined: 2.1 or more servings
  • Citrus fruits: 0.6 or more servings
  • Dark green/yellow fruits and vegetables: 0.5 or more servings
  • Omega 3 Foods: 0.3 or more servings

In another study, regular consumption (three or more servings per week) of celeriac and pomegranates was associated with a significantly reduced risk of BCC and SCC. Celeriac, more commonly known as celery root, also was associated with a significantly reduced risk of melanoma. Parsnips, red wine, and red berries, however, were associated with an increased risk of melanoma. 5

Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables function by eliminating free radicals and reactive oxygen species that can attack DNA and lead to diseases. Vitamins C and E are abundant nutrients in plants that act as antioxidants and may help protect against skin cancer. Vitamin C scavenges free radicals and restores the activity of other antioxidants, enhances the immune system, and hydroxylates lysine and proline in the synthesis of connective tissues proteins, which may alter tumor growth. Vitamin E is an intracellular antioxidant that prevents lipid peroxidation. 6

Practical Applications

The primary defense for protecting yourself from skin cancer is definitely diet related. A secondary line of defense from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to emphasize environmental protection from the sun, such as using healthy versions of sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. Our bodies need some sun for the production of vitamin D but we don’t want our skin to burn. Short periods of sun exposure each day is optimal.

Research shows dietary factors may play a role in the prevention of skin cancer in both rodents and humans. 25 years of research on the Hallelujah Diet reveals powerful testimonies of those who suffered endlessly from skin cancers only to be blessed with a significant reduction in them after adopting the Hallelujah Diet.  Click here if you want to learn more about how diet can reduce your likelihood of getting skin cancer.

References

  1. Skin cancer facts. Skin Cancer Foundation website. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts. Last updated June 4, 2014. Accessed January 3, 2014.
  2. Siegel R, DeSantis C, Virgo K, et al. Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2012. CA Cancer J Clin. 2012;62(4):220-241.
  3. Ibiebele TI, van der Pols JC, Hughes MC, Marks GC, Williams GM, Green AC. Dietary pattern in association with squamous cell carcinoma of the skin: a prospective study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;85(5):1401-1408.
  4. Millen AE, Tucker MA, Hartge P, et al. Diet and melanoma in a case-control study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004;13(6):1042-1051.
  5. de Vries E, Trakatelli M, Kalabalikis D, et al. Known and potential new risk factors for skin cancer in European populations: a multicenter case-control study. Brit J Dermatol. 2012;167(Suppl 2):1-13.
  6. McNaughton SA, Marks GC, Green AC. Role of dietary factors in the development of basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer of the skin. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005;14(7):1596-1607.

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How Harmful Are Artificial Sweeteners?

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How Harmful Are Artificial Sweeteners?


Let’s take a closer look at some of the threats these sugar substitutes can pose on your overall health and wellness.

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If you use artificial sweeteners, you’ve likely done so with the intention of making a smarter choice – you know that refined white sugars are bad for you, leading to weight gain, liver damage, metabolic dysfunction and more – so an artificial additive is the next best option. Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners are more harmful than you think.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the threats these sugar substitutes can pose on your overall health and wellness:

Artificial Sweeteners: More Harmful Than You Think
“Health experts” and manufacturers have convinced you for years that artificial sweeteners are a healthful replacement for refined sugars, but that’s certainly not the case.

Aspartame, a chemical used as a sugar substitute for many popular artificial sweeteners, is composed of phenylalanine and aspartic acids, according to Dr. Mercola. These two amino acids are harmless when they come from unprocessed foods, but when they go through a chemical manipulation, they can confuse the body and wreak havoc on your system. Some of the immediate side effects of consuming aspartame include:

  • Headaches.
  • Mental confusion.
  • Dizziness.
  • Seizures.
Consuming artificial sweeteners can lead to excessive headaches and dizziness.Consuming artificial sweeteners can lead to excessive headaches and dizziness.

Additionally, a high concentration of aspartame in your body can flood your central nervous system and break down vital brain neurons. Other short- and long-term effects caused by a bad aspartame reaction include:

  • Change in vision.
  • Insomnia.
  • Hallucination.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Hives.
  • Change in mood.
  • Convulsion.
  • Change in heart rate.
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Rashes.
  • Fatigue.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Joint pain.

Unfortunately, one may even gain weight while using artificial sweeteners. As much as they claim to be a low-calorie, sugar-free or diet option, the phenylalanine and aspartic acid in aspartame stimulate the release of insulin and leptin, two hormones that direct your body to store fat. Phenylalanine can manipulate your leptin levels, the hormone that lets you know when you’re full. This can ultimately lead to heightened sweet cravings, thus leading to weight gain.

Replace Artificial Sweeteners With Natural Options
After all is said and done, it’s in your best interest to avoid any type of artificial additive that will spruce up your meals or beverages. Relying on the natural sustenance that God provided is the easiest way to ensure your health while you curb sweet cravings.

“Whether the studies are available or not, it takes common sense to recognize that only whole, unprocessed foods are what the body can use without harm and artificial sweeteners are not considered whole foods,” said Ann in her book “Unravel the Mystery“.

With that said, raw honey, unsulphured molasses, stevia and organic maple syrup can make healthful, delicious substitutes. Consider these options as you follow a primarily raw, plant-based diet that’s loaded with natural sustenance and free of artificial sweeteners and processed foods.

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What to Eat for Joint Health

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What to Eat for Joint Health


Joint problems can really put a crimp in your mobility, making it difficult to carry out even the most basic

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Joint problems can really put a crimp in your mobility, making it difficult to carry out even the most basic daily tasks. Often, symptoms of pain and stiffness may be signs of bone deterioration, so taking steps to eliminate discomfort can go a long way toward protecting your joint health.

Like the rest of the body, the foods you eat each day affect the health of your joints in a big way. Eating foods that support joint health not only helps reduce discomfort but also improves the body’s overall health. Keep reading to find out what foods to include in your diet and which foods to avoid at all costs to help you care for your joints.

What Causes Joint Pain?

With over 100 arthritis-related conditions involving some form of joint discomfort, any number of factors can contribute to persistent joint pain. More often than not, inflammation plays a central role in causing joint discomfort, especially as the body ages. Inflammation develops when tissues undergo damage as a result of bacteria, trauma, toxins, or other causes. In response to the damage, surrounding blood vessels release fluid into the tissues to protect the area. These conditions cause the swelling and discomfort that comes with joint pain.

If your diet contains high levels of acidic foods, the effects of a high-acid diet can cause joint health to deteriorate. Acidic foods actually have inflammatory properties that weaken the bones, making them more susceptible to damage. Here are some foods you might want to avoid if you’re experiencing joint problems:

  • Fast foods
  • Sugary foods
  • Foods with a high flour content
  • Sodas
  • Fried foods
  • Trans fats
  • Meats
  • Dairy products

Foods That Support Joint Health

Maintaining a neutral acid-alkaline level, also known as body pH, is essential to the health of the body, joint health included. In turn, foods that support a healthy body pH can help with reducing inflammation while also strengthening bone tissue. The following are a few of the foods you’ll want to eat for joint health.

Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

When it comes to anti-inflammatory agents, omega-3 fatty acids win hands down. Numerous research studies have shown omega-3s to be highly effective at reducing and even reversing the progression of conditions involving inflammation, including joint-related problems. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include:

  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seed
  • Pure, clean fish oil
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Flaxseed oil

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

closeup of leafy green vegetablesDark green leafy vegetables, such as collard greens, kale, and spinach, contain high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants work to kill off invading bacteria and toxins inside the body’s cells and tissues, including the cells and tissues that make up joints.

These greens are also rich in sulforaphane, a substance that’s known to block the enzyme processes that trigger joint inflammation. Last, dark green leafy vegetables contain a host of phytochemical agents, which help the body’s immune system fight off bacteria and the inflammation that results.

Berries

Besides being nutrient-dense foods, berries contain anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant compounds that work to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Anthocyanins are also what give berries their deep, rich colors. Berries contain yet another antioxidant material that aids in joint health, called ellagic acid. Ellagic acid specifically targets inflammation inside the joints, which may help in reducing joint pain.

Foods Rich in Calcium

It’s no secret that foods rich in calcium support bone health. Cow milk, in particular, has been widely advocated by public health authorities as being good for the bones since it’s high in calcium. What’s not so widely known is that the body doesn’t properly absorb calcium and vitamin D unless a balanced mix of other important minerals, such as magnesium and potassium is present.

Cow milk doesn’t contain these minerals. Fruits, nuts, and dark green leafy vegetables not only provide hefty doses of calcium but also the balanced mix of minerals the body needs to absorb and use calcium. This means if you’ve been drinking milk to support your joint health, eat more plant-based foods instead. You also need to get enough sunshine to support healthy vitamin D levels, or use a supplement such as Hallelujah Diet’s Vitamin D3-K2.

The Hallelujah Diet – Healthy Eating for Healthy Joints and So Much More

healthy clean eating conceptIt may come as a surprise to hear that today’s high-fat, low fiber, sugar-laden Standard American Diet accounts for much of the inflammation that develops throughout the body. The Standard American Diet is highly acidic, which wreaks havoc on joint health as well as on the health of the body as a whole.

The Hallelujah Diet, a plant-based diet and lifestyle, offers a long-term solution for combating joint pain. Not only that, the Hallelujah Diet is designed to feed and support the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms, which translates into improved overall health on an ongoing basis. While you should definitely include more plant-based foods in your diet to improve joint health, a plant-based diet offers the level of nutrition that promotes overall optimal health for the long-term.

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