Is Buckwheat Flour Healthy

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Buckwheat has been getting more popular and people are realising that it is more than a simple staple. People have been asking, is buckwheat flour healthy and does buckwheat flour have gluten?

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Is buckwheat flour healthy?

Buckwheat has been getting more popular and people are realising that it is more than a simple staple. People have been asking, is buckwheat flour healthy and does buckwheat flour have gluten? Firstly we should tell you a bit about Buckwheat and answer those questions as we go along.

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a seed called groats and is a pseudocereal crop, related to sorrel and rhubarb. As Buckwheat is a seed and not a grain, it contains no gluten and can be used as an alternative to wheat flour in pasta, noodles, baking and other foods that we would traditionally use wheat flour in.

In Central and Eastern European diets, the hulled kernel’s, when dry roasted are known as Kasha. They are used similarly to whole barley or rice and eaten as cereals or made into a porriage. Buckwheat can be eaten whole or ground into flour and used in cooking and baking. Did you know that Kasha is also the name used for mixed grain cereal porridge?

Buckwheat as a crop

Buckwheat crops can be grown in acidic and unfertilized soils. The crops are sometimes used to keep weeds at bay. The crops help to keep soil erosion down during crop rotation and during the field rest periods.

Buckwheat is sown in June to grow during summer months in the northern hemisphere. The crop blooms for several months, producing valuable nectar for bees providing late season honey. After the groats are harvested the stalks can be tilled into the ground helping to retain moisture in the soil or can be dried and stored for stock feed.

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What is Chia seeds good for?

Recently, I was asked, ‘what is Chia seeds good for? (or what are Chia seeds good for?) These tiny seeds are nutrient dense and really healthy for you. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) contain good fats, fibre, vitamin, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants.

Nutrients in Buckwheat

When asked, is buckwheat flour healthy the answer would be a resounding yes, as it is a great source of fibre, high in antioxidants, and provide a rich supply of nutrients including high levels of zinc, copper and manganese compared to other cereal grains. It also contains potassium which is known to help maintain water and acid in the blood and tissue cells.

After oats, buckwheat has a high level of protein, is rich in lysine and has one of the highest plant amino acid scores of 100. Evidence has shown that the protein in buckwheat can be difficult to digest so although it is a good for adults; it is a less ideal source of protein for children and people with digestive issues. As we should get our proteins from a variety of sources it can be added to our varied diets with ease. I like the add buckwheat and chia seeds to my oats for breakfast.

Fiber in buckwheat

In 2001, a Slovenian study was conducted, to identify the nutritional benefits of Buckwheat. The participants consumed boiled buckwheat groats or bread made with at least 50% of buckwheat flour. After a meal (post prandial) it showed that buckwheat induced a lower blood glucose, making it low GI (Glycemic Index) and insulin resistance response than white wheat bread.

A study over a two month period showed that the consumption of buckwheat helped lower insulin resistance and helped to control blood sugar levels. As buckwheat is high in soluble fibre it assists in slowing the rate of glucose absorption which is also good for diabetics.

Buckwheat has been found to have several health benefits, including:

  • Helps Prevent and Manage Diabetes
  • Helps Improve Heart Health
  • Helps Lower LDL Cholesterol
  • Stabilises Blood Pressure Levels
  • Helps lower inflammation
  • Helps Improve Digestion

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Uses for Buckwheat

Buckwheat has many uses. Due to it’s many health benefits it is often used as a medicine or preventative medicine. The pollen from the buckwheat flowers are collected by bees to make honey. Buckwheat grout has been used as an alternative to grains in gluten free beers. You can even buy buckwheat pillows.

We spend a third of our lives in bed, so having a suitable pillow is essential for a good night sleep. The zipper on the pillow case allows you to add/remove the Buckwheat hull filling to a suitable thickness. The pillow contours to your head and neck for extra support and comfort, and may reduce snoring, tension, neck pain, headaches and ear pain for side sleepers. Buckwheat are hypo-allergenic (not likely to cause an allergic reaction) and environmentally friendly.

Resistant starch in buckwheat

Resistant starch in foods occurs naturally. In healthy people, when it enters the small intestine, it has a similar effect as dietary fibre, functioning as a mild laxative and may cause flatulence if over consumed.

In consideration of the questions, is buckwheat flour healthy and does buckwheat have gluten is evidenced by the information given by http://nutritiondata.self.com on their nutrient content page and its uses in whole foods and cooking. Buckwheat flour is nutritious and energising. The beneficial effects of buckwheat have made this little seed a highly effective “Superfood”. When consumed regularly, buckwheat helps reduce the risk of 

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What is Chia seeds good for?

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Recently, I was asked, ‘what is Chia seeds good for?’ (or what are Chia seeds good for?) These tiny seeds are nutrient dense and really healthy for you. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) contain good fats, fibre, vitamin, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants.

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What is Chia seeds good for?

Recently, I was asked, ‘what is Chia seeds good for?’ (or what are Chia seeds good for?) These tiny seeds are nutrient dense and really healthy for you. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) contain good fats, fibre, vitamin, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants.

Where do Chia seeds come from? Chia seeds date back to the pre-Colombian Aztec times. They originated from Guatemala, Central and South Mexico. Chia seeds come in either white, grey, brown or black. Regardless of the colour the benefit seem almost endless. Flowering Chia grow edible seeds are related to the mint family.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

What’s the benefit of Chia seeds? Oh my gosh, where do I begin? Chia seeds have been dubbed “Super-foods” because they are among some of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are nutrients dense which is important for our body and brain. So, what is Chia seeds good for, you ask. Chia is:

  1. Nutrients dense and low in Calories. Recently, Chia seeds have become very popular with the Health Food communities and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world. For every 28 grams or 1 ounce serving of Chia seeds, it contains Fibre, Fatty acids like Omega-3’s, Boron, Calcium, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Vitamins B, D & E, and Zinc.

  2. Rich in Antioxidants. The antioxidants prevent the fats in the seeds from decomposing and going rancid. Most importantly, antioxidants fight free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer.

  3. Low-carb. The carbohydrates found in Chia are mostly Fibre. Fibre maintains healthy blood sugar levels. They shouldn’t be considered as a carb because they don’t require insulin to break them down. The true carbohydrate content is about 1 gram per ounce, which is very low. The fibre in Chia feeds the good bacteria in the bowels, which is important because good bacteria are crucial for a healthy gut.

  4. High in protein and amino acids. They are about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants. Chia is a great alternative source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.

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  1. Good for weight loss. Chia are able to absorbs a large amounts of liquid and expands in the stomach, and make the stomach feel fuller for longer. They are low GI (glycemic index), meaning that they digest slowly into the body. Then the protein in Chia seeds could help to reduce appetite and food intake.
  1. High in Omega-3 fatty acids. Gram for gram, Chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon. Omega-3 supports brain function, helps lubricant the joints, improves joint mobility and is natural anti-inflammatories.
  1. Sugar free, insulin resistance, they improve circulation, and lower the risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes by stabilising the blood sugar levels. Warning: Chia seeds do not react well with blood thinners and or blood pressure medicines.
  1. High in calcium and protein which is good for teeth and bones. This includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. In addition, the calcium content is particularly impressive… 18% of the RDI (Recommend Daily Intake) in a single ounce. For people who don’t eat dairy, Chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium.
  1. High in fibre which  Type 2 Diabetics. The fibre from the Chia seeds are low GI (glycemic index) and slowly release glucose into the bloodstream. Therefore, Chia seeds reduce blood sugar spikes after meals. The fibre in Chia seeds help the bowels remove toxins from the body and increases the population of good gut bacteria and therefore, improve metabolic health and helps with digestion.
  1. Used as a natural energy/sports drink and helps to improve exercise performance. Chia seeds absorb between 9 and 12 times their weight in fluid. Mix 1-2 Tbs of Chia seeds with 1-2 Tbs of fresh lemon, 1-2 Cups of water/fruit juice and 1-2 Tbs of honey. Ancient Aztecs and Mayans warriors consumed Chia seeds to give them energy, stamina and improve performance.
  1. 100% Gluten free which is hugely beneficial for individuals suffering from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease.

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In Conclusion

Now you know how beneficial Chia seeds are, I’d bet you’re wondering what to eat Chia seeds with or maybe, what to put chia seeds in. The short answer is, lots of things. It is incredibly easy to incorporate this super-food into your diet. Sprouted Chia seeds can be mixed through salads; Sprinkle raw or toasted Chia seeds over salads raw; Added to salad dressings; Bake Chia seeds into breads, muffins or cakes; Add them to porridge and puddings; or use them as a thickener in sauces, soups or smoothies. Seriously, anything goes. Oh, and… because Chia seeds become a gel when mixed with liquids, they can also be used as an egg substitute in recipes. The Aztec and Mayan cultures added Chia seeds to Kombucha. The Chinese cultures add Chia seeds to sweet tea.

Now that you are aware of what is Chia seeds good for, you can include them to your foods and drinks to start benefiting from all these amazing seeds have to offer. Oh, and before I go, if you’re wondering ‘where can i get Chia seeds from’? Most organic health food stores sell Chia seeds. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits Of Mushrooms

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For something that grows in cool, dark, damp environments, mushrooms are versatile fungi used in many culinary dishes and oh so tasty. But, did you know that mushrooms are medicinal as well? Yes, that’s right, mushrooms have many health benefits. In this article we will explore the health benefits of mushrooms and why you should consider adding them to your diet.

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What are the health benefits of mushrooms?

For something that grows in cool, dark, damp environments, mushrooms are versatile fungi used in many culinary dishes and oh so tasty. But, did you know that mushrooms are medicinal as well? Yes, that’s right, mushrooms have many health benefits. In this article we will explore the health benefits of mushrooms and why you should consider adding them to your diet.

Mushrooms have been used for medicinal healing long before physicians were indoctrinated into the general practitioners that we know today. Before pharmaceutical drugs were relayed upon to heal our aches and pains, natural medicine doctors would use the plants, roots and holistic healing practices which are now seen to be “alternative” in modern society.

Unfortunately the pharmaceutical drug companies dismiss the benefits of so many natural medicines. I think it’s wrong that natural medicines are dismissed in “modern medicine” when it is so clear that the health benefits are extensive and proven for centuries before pharmaceutical drugs were cooked up in labs.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic…

So, what are the health benefits of mushrooms?

Modern research shows that medicinal mushrooms help stimulate the immune system, assist with the healing of the kidneys, heart tissues and liver. Medicinal mushrooms have anti-tumour and antibacterial properties and have been used for the prevention and treatment of cancers.

They are gluten free, fat free, low in sodium, cholesterol, and calories. They are high in protein, copper, fiber, sterols, selenium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, minerals, B and D vitamins. When mushrooms are cooked, they produce antioxidants called ergothioneine, which is amino acids containing sulphur.

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The magical components of nutrition in mushrooms

Niacin (B3) helps to balance cholesterol levels, promotes heart health, healthy digestive system, helps the nervous systems function properly, which promotes healthy skin.  Low niacin levels may cause digestive problems, insomnia, weakness and fatigue. High niacin levels may cause nausea or vomiting, dizziness, headaches, heart problems, low blood pressure, and skin reactions. Good sources of niacin can be found in peanuts, liver, meat, fish green peas and mushrooms

Potassium balances minerals in the body, helps with healthy nerve and helps muscles to contract. It improves your metabolism, helps control blood pressure, and maintains normal fluid. Low potassium levels may lead to hypokalemia which can cause muscle cramps and spasms, dizziness, confusion, diarea, fatigue and can be potentially fatal. High potassium levels can lead to hyperkalemia which can cause kidney failure and may be life threatening. Good sources of potassium can be found in yogurt, dark leafy greens, beans, potatoes, squash, avocados, bananas and mushrooms.

Copper helps with the creating of red blood cells which are vital for carrying oxygen through the bloodstream, and keeps nerves healthy and bones strong. Low copper levels may cause varicose veins, fatigue, anemia, nerve damage, a decrease in white blood cells, hemorrhoids, and iron deficiency. High copper levels may cause heart disease, paranoid and hallucinatory schizophrenia, hypo-tension, hyperactivity in children, autism, dry skin, constipation, PMS and hypoglycemia. Good sources of copper can be found in asparagus, meats, capers, basil, almonds, lentils, dark chocolate and mushrooms

Riboflavin (B2) helps to maintain healthy red blood cells. Low riboflavin levels may cause dermatitis, swelling of the tongue and soreness/swelling of the throat, anemia. High riboflavin levels can be toxic. Riboflavin can react with light causing toxic peroxides, damage liver and promotes the development of cancer causing cells. Good sources of copper can be found in coffee, yogurt, buttermilk, milk, beef, port, salmon, egg, almonds, soy nuts, spinach and mushrooms.

Vitamin D occurs when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Mushrooms are the only known vegetable to contain vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels may cause low moods, depression, fatigue, muscle weakness, bone pain and deficiencies. High vitamin D levels may cause vomiting, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, high blood pressure, and heart arrhythmia. Long term vitamin D deficiency can cause kidney damage and kidney failure. Good sources of copper can be found in salmon, tuna, caviar, eggs, raw milk and mushrooms.

Selenium is a nutritional antioxidant, which influences the immune and inflammation responses and supports fertility in males. In Australia, New Zealand and the UK, some areas have been found to have low selenium levels in the soil. Low selenium levels may cause impaired immune function. Having too much selenium in your diet can cause white spots on nails, hair loss, fatigue, irritability and distress. Good sources of selenium can be found in grains, Brazil nuts, meat and fish but mushrooms are among the richest sources of selenium.

Ergothioneine reduces oxidative stress in cells, improves the immune system, reduces inflammation, sun damage, prevent wrinkles, and reduce the signs of aging. Low ergothioneine levels may cause inflamation, an increase in oxidative stress in cells and toxicity . High ergothioneine levels may cause cataracts, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and liver damage. Good sources of ergothioneine can be found in liver, oat bran, black beans, kidney beans and mushrooms.

Please consult with your physician or general practitioner before self administering supplements.

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Cooking with mushrooms

The health benefits of mushrooms are much easier to enjoy in a range of different culinary dishes. I love cooking with mushrooms, they provide so much flavour and depending on their type of mushrooms you choose, and the textures can be quite different. Portobello steak with a side of mashed cauliflower is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of mushrooms. Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS:

3 Portobello mushrooms
1/4 lemon
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons of tahini
1/3 cup of cherry tomatoes
3 cups green beans
1/3 head of cauliflower
1 clove of garlic
horseradish, salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

  1. Rinse all the produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Remove the portobello mushroom stem. Chop the fresh cauliflower into small pieces.
  2. Boil the fresh cauliflower for about 10 minutes or until tender. Mash with a fork or potato masher, or puree in a food processor with some of the cooking liquid. Season with salt, pepper and minced garlic.
  3. Heat a grill pan, outdoor grill, or skillet over medium-high. Drizzle the portobello mushroom caps with balsamic vinegar, and place on hot pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, then flip and season with salt and pepper, replace cover and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the portobello mushrooms is tender. (Cooking time may vary, depending on the size of your portobello mushroom.) If you have a panini press or counter top grill, you can use that instead.
  4. Whisk together tahini and lemon juice, adding a splash of water to thin. Pile green beans and cherry tomatoes on a plate and drizzle with the lemon-tahini dressing.
  5. Serve with mashed cauliflower topped with a dollop of horseradish and Portobello.

I hope that this article has provided an interesting read about the health benefits of mushrooms. I look forward to sharing more insights about how Detox&Cure can help you heal naturally.

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What’s The Best Detox for Weed?

Once it is legal for companies to give random drug screen tests you may be asking yourself what’s the best detox for weed or other drugs in your system.  If you are fortunate to be able to detox prior to a test screen for a job application or random screening you may want to look at ways to fast track your toxin removal.

Drugs can be detected in your hair for up to 90 days so when you think you may be subjected to a drug screening test it is a good plan to clean the hair as well as internally and know that you have prepared yourself well.  If you are planning to do a detox of any description whether it is a food only or food plus medication you may consider additional options like the shampooing for your hair. Most people considering what’s the best detox for weed may not necessarily be subjected to a hair test but being prepared is the key.

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Why You Can't Lose Weight

The single reason why you can’t lose weight is that hormones, not calories, determine weight loss and fitness. Leptin is the most powerful hormone in the human body due to its role in fat metabolism. Hormones, not calories, control your weight. Food is a cornerstone of human civilization.

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The single reason why you can't lose weight

The single reason why you can’t lose weight is that hormones, not calories, determine weight loss and fitness. Leptin is the most powerful hormone in the human body due to its role in fat metabolism.

Hormones, not calories, control your weight. Food is a cornerstone of human civilization. It serves as a way of maintaining vitality, a source of entertainment and an object of pleasure. But used wrongfully it can be our worst enemy – a cause of multiple diseases and premature death.

Obesity has reached frightening levels and became a major cause of death in the USA once you include illnesses caused by extra weight. It became a major economic burden to society and a cause of ever-rising health care and prescription drug costs.

When you consider the reasons why you can’t lose weight, you crave food for various reasons. Constant stress and lack of time, snacking on-the-go and late night munchies can lead us to poor nutrition choices.

Add to this eating for entertainment and for comfort, lack of physical activity and a general low-nutrient quality of modern food and you get the picture as to why you can’t lose weight.

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If you’ve ever experienced bloating, you would inevitably experience the discomfort of gastric pain that comes with it. This for many is quickly followed by a series of questions around how to cure gastric pain including ‘Why is my stomach so bloated?’ and ‘What helps cure bloating?’

Millions of people regularly try to lose weight but also regularly get stuck. Fad diets and yoyoing can be harmful for your health and most weight loss pills do not help. Will power goes only that far. Even those lucky ones who manage to reduce body fat and lose weight through good diet and exercise often get it all back as easily. Is there a hidden reason for this?

Yes, there is. It is a tug of war between two hormones responsible for food saturation in the body. Food saturation has little to do with food quantity but rather with the way the brain interprets it.

Your endocrine system produces two hormones responsible for food – leptin and ghrelin. The former is known as “the satiety hormone”, and the latter as “the hunger hormone”.

Both play a vital role in energy balance by telling the brain whether the body is saturated or starving. When in balance, energy uptake and energy expenditure offset each other. But when an imbalance occurs proper food metabolism is broken.

One may think that obese people have too little leptin thus tricking the brain into thinking that the body is starving and therefore needs more food. But what happens in reality is exact opposite. People with extra weight suffer from so-called “leptin resistance”. It acts the same way as insulin resistance.

The leptin levels are elevated but cannot produce an adequate effect in order to stimulate fat loss. In short, the brain does not get the message – instead of working on fat metabolism the body actually initiates fat storage. Left to its own devices this leads to a vicious circle of constant fat gain.

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Targeting leptin resistance

Given this, targeting leptin resistance should be a goal of anyone who wants to lose weight and keep it down.

Let’s start with looking at factors that contribute to leptin resistance. As with all bodily malfunctions, especially those related to imbalances of the endocrine system, no single factor can be pinpointed as the cause. However, there are a few primary candidates:

  • Overeating, this is obvious. Portion control is vitally important in order to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Too many fatty foods, especially the saturated fats found in fatty cuts of meat, high fat dairy foods such as full fat milk, butter, cream, sour cream,  and ice cream. Quality and quantities are always key when it comes to consuming fatty foods. Better to stick to the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that are found in olives, nuts, seeds, avocados, fish, and oils made from olives, safflower, soybeans and canola.
  • Sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup found in most processed foods. Consuming too much sugar leads to an increase in insulin levels. This initiates a chain reaction during which your triglyceride levels go up and interfere with leptin delivery to the brain.
  • Insulin is a fat-storing hormone.  People who are insulin resistance should avoid consuming sugary foods, including carbohydrates. The difficulty is that if there’s too much insulin in your body, you may crave more sugary foods including carbohydrates, saturated fats and excessive alcohol causing blood sugar spikes.
  • Too much Cortisol, the stress hormones affects our immune system, memory, blood pressure, cholesterol and attributes to weight gain. Other causes of elevated cortisol release are overactive adrenal glands, strenuous exercise and fasting.
  • Grain and legume consumption. Lectins that are present in grains and legumes block leptin receptors which in turn leads to a feeling of starvation and a necessity to store fat.

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With this in mind we can target our attacks in the weight loss battle more precisely:

  • Have your meals spread evenly during the day and eat small portions. Give the body (and liver in particular) time it requires to digest and process food. This will help stabilize insulin and leptin levels.
  • Avoid snacking between meals. Give the body periods of complete rest.
  • Exclude from diet simple carbohydrates, sugar, fructose, fried and refined foods (this advice works for any health problems).
  • Cut down on alcohol or eliminate it completely (at least for the time being).
  • Adequate amount of sleep is essential for reducing stress and stabilizing cortisol levels.
  • Be mindful when choosing the type and intensity of your exercise routine. During the initial stage of a weight loss program less exercise is better, with more focus on quieter activities like walking, swimming, pilates and yoga, but less intense , high impact cardio exercise. High intensity interval training may be used with caution. After you get to a desired point you may return to your normal exercise routine.
  • Well planned detoxification routine will help remove toxins from your body, thus further reducing stress. Staying hydrated also helps with toxin elimination but avoid sugary drinks and most fruit juices. Water is the best purifier.

The single reason why you can’t lose weight is that hormones, not calories, determine weight loss and fitness. Leptin is the most powerful hormone in the human body due to its role in fat metabolism. Knowing how to treat it with respect will help you greatly on your way to optimal weight.

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