(Single-serving and high in protein!)
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. (We used a Magic Bullet. If you don’t have a blender, perhaps you can use silken tofu and just stir by hand.) Drink cold, or heat if desired. Recipe is single-serving and can be sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, cholesterol-free, low-fat, and gluten-free. And no raw eggs! For troubleshooting, substitutions, and nutrition facts, see link below:
Vitamin D: The Vitamin of Life
Scientists have known about the importance of vitamin D since its discovery in 1922 by Edward Mellanby during his research on Rickets, a disease which was affecting children. Interestingly, in recent years, scientists may have linked a number of modern day health concerns to a vitamin D deficiency in adults.
Research has also discovered a correlation between weakened immune systems and low vitamin D levels, suggesting a possible need for supplementation. Vitamin D is a regulator of the immune system. Many studies support vitamin D's role in immune health. During the winter months, when sunlight exposure is significantly decreased or limited, vitamin D supplementation is helpful for supporting a healthy immune system.
In addition, there is some evidence linking low levels of vitamin D to an increased risk of falls among the elderly. Results from 8 studies on more than 2,400 adults age 65 and older looking at vitamin D supplementation for fall prevention showed a minimum of 700-1000 IU of vitamin D daily can substantially reduce risk of falls among older adults.
Some of the most impressive findings on vitamin D, however, have been in its role in genetics. It influences genetic signals which promote the healthy development of cells in tissues, including the colon, heart, breast, prostate, liver, thyroid, and brain.
Vitamin D has been proven to be a key ingredient for overall well-being. With so many people working indoors and shielding themselves from the sun when they are outside, supplementing with vitamin D is advisable for maintaining good health.
This Vegan version is adapted from Access Pronto Family Medicine
January 4, 2011
Tea in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Stevia may be used as a sweetener.
Choose one item from each:
1) 1 serving of Ezekiel bread OR 1/2 cup cooked quinoa OR 28 grams raw brown rice protein powder
2) One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.
3) An apple or an orange or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit.
Dinner: The same four choices as lunch
The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes. Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.
In fact, the patient should drink about 2 liters of these fluids per day. Many patients are afraid to drink so much because they fear that this may make them retain more water. This is a wrong notion as the body is more inclined to store water when the intake falls below its normal requirements.
No variations other than those listed may be introduced. All things not listed are forbidden, and the patient is assured that nothing permissible has been left out. The 100 grams of meat must be scrupulously weighed raw after all visible fat has been removed. To do this accurately the patient must have a letter-scale, as kitchen scales are not sufficiently accurate and the butcher should certainly not be relied upon. Those not uncommon patients who feel that even so little food is too much for them, can omit anything they wish.
There is no objection to breaking up the two meals. For instance having a breadstick and an apple for breakfast or before going to bed, provided they are deducted from the regular meals. The whole daily ration of two breadsticks or two fruits may not be eaten at the same time, nor can any item saved from the previous day be added on the following day.http://accesspronto.com/hcgveganprotocol.aspx
There are many people who may be confused when it comes to the HCG diet and exercise. Just how much should you exercise? What kind of exercise do you need to do for the diet to work? Here are some tips to better understand the HCG diet and exercise.
There is absolutely no need to do high-intensity workouts when on the HCG diet. In fact, these types of workouts are not recommended on the diet. When you are actually on the HCG doses and phase 2 of the diet, it may actually be dangerous to exercise in a high-intensity manner. This is because your body is already using so many calories from the stored fat in your body. So it is not recommended that you exercise because you burn even more calories at such a high rate. This can be dangerous, and if you do choose to do high-intensity workouts such as heavy weights, cardiovascular workouts like running or high-intensity step aerobics, or circuit training, you have to be aware that there is a possibility that you may pass out or become dehydrated rather quickly. Be sure that you constantly keep an eye on your heart rate and you drink plenty of water.
So what type of exercise is recommended on the HCG diet? Walking is great exercise on the HCG diet. Taking a mile or two walk several times a week on the diet is one of the best ways that you can properly be on the HCG diet and exercise safely. You should exercise caution when walking; there should be no problems, unlike if you were doing intense workouts like jogging.
Another great exercise that is recommended along with the HCG diet is yoga. Yoga is great for increasing strength and flexibility. It is also a wonderful way to make a mind and body connection and get your body back into balance, which is what the HCG diet is all about. Yoga is a great way to also build lean muscle and gain strength. The great thing about the HCG diet is that you will not lose muscle mass on the diet. You only burn fat. So, if you build up more lean muscle mass with yoga, when you lose the weight on the diet, you will be left with a tight and toned body instead of sagging skin. Yoga can be done several times a week on the HCG diet.
Although there seem to be some restrictions on the HCG diet and exercise, once you are off the daily doses of the hormones, you can continue with any type of exercise you please.
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Steak, Ground Beef, Chicken Breast, Veal.
Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Prawns, Tilapia, Flounder, Haddock and other lean white fish.
Sea salt, Thyme, Basil, Garlic, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Cracked Pepper and many more.
Fresh or Frozen Spinach, Various Lettuce, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cucumbers, Onions, Tomatoes, Chard, Beets and Cabbage.
Apples, Oranges, Strawberries, Lemons, and Grapefruit.
Melba toast, Salsa (no sugar added), Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Hot Sauce, Sugar Substitute (Stevia), and Various Flavored Teas.
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin for health. Along with the other B complex vitamins, vitamin B 12 supports the manufacture of red blood cells, according to Dr. James F. Balch and Phyllis A. Balch, authors of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." This vitamin may also help prevent and repair damage to the body's nerve endings. Although vitamin B12 deficiencies are rare, they can occur in strict vegetarians, who do not consume any type of animal products, as well as in elderly persons. Dr. Balch and other nutritional experts recommend sublingual forms of vitamin B12, which may offer several benefits over other forms of this vitamin.
According to the Sublingual B12 Report website, the absorption rate of vitamin B12 taken in sublingual form may be much greater than that of vitamin B12 supplements taken orally. This may be because of the large number of blood vessels beneath the tongue, which absorb the vitamin as the supplement dissolves.
According to A. Sharabi, lead author of "Replacement Therapy for Vitamin B12 Deficiency; Comparison Between the Sublingual and Oral Route," sublingual vitamin B12 supplements typically contain higher doses than oral B12 supplements. Sublingual supplements often contain dosages up to 0.5mg. This may make sublingual vitamin B12 more effective for treating deficiencies.
According to the Sublingual B12 Report website, sublingual vitamin B12 supplements are inexpensive when compared to oral supplements and injections. This may help you obtain the vitamin B12 you need at a much lower cost.
Vitamin B12 taken through sublingual supplements is retained by the body more efficiently than through oral supplements, according to the Sublingual B12 Report website. Oral supplements pass through the digestive system, where they are broken down by stomach acids. This may result in degradation of the vitamin content. Sublingual supplements, conversely, enter the bloodstream directly through the blood vessels under the tongue.
Posted on: Wednesday, 20 October 2010, 08:19 CDT
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. This progressive and fatal brain disease destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior.
Currently there is no cure, but a recent study reveals that vitamin B12 may be effective in reducing the risk of memory lost.
“Low levels of vitamin B12 are surprisingly common in the elderly. However, the few studies that have investigated the usefulness of vitamin B12 supplements to reduce the risk of memory loss have had mixed results,” Babak Hooshmand, M.D., MSc, with Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, was quoted as saying.
For the seven-year study, researchers took blood samples from 271
Finnish people age 65 to 79 who did not have dementia at the start of
the study. During that time, 17 people developed Alzheimer’s disease.
Blood samples were tested for levels of homocysteine, an amino acid associated with vitamin B12, and for levels of the active portion of the vitamin, called holotranscobalamin. Too much homocysteine in the blood has been linked to negative effects on the brain, such as stroke. However, higher levels of vitamin B12 can lower homocysteine.
Furthermore, the study found that for each micromolar increase in the concentration of homocysteine, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease increased by 18 percent, whereas each picomolar increase in concentration of the active form of vitamin B12 reduced risk by two percent. The results stayed the same after taking into account other factors, such as age, gender, education, smoking status, blood pressure and body mass index.
SOURCE: Neurology, October 2010
Source: Ivanhoe Newswire
Vitamin B12 may also help alleviate depression in the elderly by working with a compound that helps to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for a calm feeling of well being.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study out Monday.
The study suggests that seniors with more of the active part of the vitamin in their blood have a lower risk of developing the disease, which eats away at the minds of one in eight Americans aged 65 and older, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
However, the findings don't necessarily mean that taking B vitamin supplements will stave off mental decline.
Just last summer, for instance, a pair of studies deflated long-held hopes that B vitamins -- like B12 and folic acid -- would help patients who had suffered strokes or heart attack (see Reuters Health stories of June 22 and August 4, 2010).
"More research is needed before we can get a conclusion on the role of vitamin B12 supplements on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Babak Hooshmand from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, whose findings appear in the journal Neurology.
But he added that many elderly people suffer from B12 deficiency, so the results could turn out to be important.
"Our findings indicate that vitamin B12 and related metabolites may have an important role in Alzheimer's disease," Hooshmand told Reuters Health by e-mail.
Those who didn't develop the disease had higher levels of holotranscobalamin -- the active portion of vitamin B12 -- and lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid tied to mental decline, stroke and heart disease. Folic acid was not linked to Alzheimer's.
B vitamins decrease homocysteine levels, and so have attracted a lot of attention as a potentially cheap and safe treatment. But it is unclear if they are just a sign of disease or have a causal role.
Neurologist Dr. Sudha Seshadri, of Boston University, said she wouldn't advise taking extra B vitamins unless a doctor had diagnosed signs of deficiency.
"Too much folate in the presence of B12 deficiency can be harmful," she told Reuters Health by e-mail.
However, she added, "A healthy diet with adequate B12 may still be useful in reducing risk despite the failure of initial clinical trials to show a benefit on cognition."
Vitamin B12 is found in a variety of foods, including dairy, eggs, fish and meat.
SOURCE: http://link.reuters.com/bar78n Neurology, October 19, 2010.
Copyright 2010 Thomson Reuters.
The HCG diet is rocking Hollywood bodies and celebrities like Jersey Shore stars Snooki (Nicole Polizzi), J-WOWW (Jenni Farley) and Britney Spears have reportedly found fast weight loss with the newest diet drug that's being dubbed a "diet for the masses".
As reported on ABC News and other sources, the HCG diet is said to help patients lose "abnormal stores of body fat", resulting in extreme weight loss for some of Hollywood's hottest. Jersey Shore star J-WOWW even sells the stuff on her website.
The HCG diet (standing for the Human Chorionic Gonapotropin diet) tricks the body into thinking it's pregnant and works for both male and female bodies. While the HCG diet has received much criticism, it's also received first-hand testimonies from celebs and real bodies alike that tout the diet drug as everything it's cracked up to be.
"HCG Drops are my key to keeping the weight off," reality TV star J-WOWW says on her site, giving her girlfriend credit for the diet drops intro and then passing the HCG diet onto her co-star Snooki. "My girlfriend lost 40 pounds in six weeks on the plan. She tried everything and it worked for her. So I thought if it worked for her, it would work for me," she said in a different interview with AOL's That's Fit.
"I don't believe it to be efficacious," Ft. Worth-based weight-loss doctor Dr. Craig Primack said in an interview with The Star Telgram. "Not many doctors commonly known as weight-loss doctors are using this," he said, adding that the HCG drug in conjunction with the recommended 500-calorie diet isn't healthy.
Doing The Diet The Right Way
Dieting can be difficult, here are 10 tips to help you stay successful on the HCG diet!
1. Plan your meals in advance. This helps you eliminate the temptation of eating other foods and makes meal time easy.
2. Experiment with HCG recipes. By changing your sauces and spices you can drastically change your meal while still eating what you’re supposed to!
3. Get creative with flavored teas! Try a refreshing mint or fruity pomegranate tea to switch up your drinks.
4. Be sure to get enough fiber. Add fiber pills to your diet or try ‘Miracle Noodles’ available to purchase on line. These will help with digestion and keep the pounds falling off!
5. Hold yourself accountable by weighing and measuring everyday! This helps on the days where the pounds may not show on the scale, check your measurements, you could be down an inch or two!
6. Watch your water intake. It is suggested to drink 2 liters per day, so make sure you getting your recommended amount!
7. Diet with a friend. Nothing beats the support you get when dieting with someone you know. Enjoy cooking meals together and celebrating as the pounds disappear!
8. You’re not alone! Check out different blogs, Facebook groups and internet sites that have support for HCG dieters. There are lots of places where you can share your stories, questions and hints for success.
9. Take your drops at the same time each day. This will help maintain the hormone levels and create a routine for you.
10. Know your diet! There are different versions of the HCG diet available so know your and stick to it. Don’t try to incorporate all of them.
Celebrities like Britney Spears and Jersey Shore's JWoww have been reported to have lost their weight and gained their new fit bodies on the new version of the HCG Diet.
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