Eat More Chocolate!

The earliest known use of chocolate was in the form of the cacao bean (more commonly known as the cocoa bean) in the Amazon, back in 2,000 BC.  That’s more than 4,000 years ago.

One of the biggest claims to fame of cocoa is its antioxidant properties.  Thanks to its high concentration of flavonoids, which are compounds found in thousands of plant-based foods, chocolate has a rather impressive ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) score.

Those higher levels of flavonoids also provide positive effects for heart health!

But before you go on a chocolate binge…  these effects were shown with dark and dark chocolate only. This is key…dark chocolate.  And milk chocolate is not an option either.

Not only does milk chocolate contain significantly less cocoa, it also tends to be higher in fat, sugar, and calories.  Plus, there is evidence to suggest that milk binds to flavanols and interferes with their absorption.11 Whether one eats a candy bar with milk as an ingredient, adds milk to cocoa, or drinks it to wash down a brownie, the milk basically blocks the flavanols from performing their functions.

So… choose your chocolate well.   your best bet is to use unsweetened cocoa powder.  That way you avoid the sugar/fat trap while still reaping all the benefits. For chocolate bars chose the 70% cocoa content with less than 10 grams of sugar.

truffles

Finally, you might want to stir up this yummy truffle recipe:

Put raw coconut oil in a double boiler.  Heat the water, melt the oil, and take remove it from the stove.  Mix in raw cacao powder, along with almond butter, coconut flakes, and chili powder and/or cinnamon.  Stevia can be used to sweeten it.

The best part of this recipe is that you can determine the measurements and proportions.  Just add and stir ingredients until the mixture is nice and creamy.  Then refrigerate the mixture until it is cool, roll into truffle-like balls, and freeze them.

You can thank me later😊

FYI: If you happen to live in the Santa Rosa Beach, Fl area my friend, Shyron makes chocolate to die for!   Check our her site- https://www.vip-vibe.com/

Post any of your favorite chocolate recipes using DARK chocolate and let’s compare notes!

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8 Foods That Shrink Belly Fat

Bet you didn’t know that apples help shrink the fat. apple-3313209_960_720   Losing weight and regaining it seems to plaque too many of us.   The dreaded yo-yo dieting ends up causing extra pounds to creep up.  The trick to permanent weight loss is shrinking the fat cells!

It seems that certain foods make fat loss much easier so here is a list of the foods you need to know and I bet some will surprise you.

Apples

The pectin found in apple limits the amount of fat absorbed by cells.  Antioxidants in apples may lower the risk for metabolic syndrome, a condition where the waist thickens. Helps cleanse out excess toxins in the digestive tract also.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruit such as grapefruit, tangerines, papaya, lime and tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which participates in the fat burning process. Vitamin C also stimulates carnitine. This amino acid enhances the body’s capacity to burn

Tomato juice

 has also been shown to increase adiponectin, a protein that helps to break down body fat.  You can add a dash of cayenne pepper to really rev up fat burning.

Salmon

omega-3 in wild salmon help improve insulin sensitivity, which shrinks fat from your waistline

Cruciferous vegetables

Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts stimulate an enzyme that tells your fat cells to burn fat.

Avocado

It switches off the body’s fat storage hormones. Eating half a medium-sized avocado on a daily basis was highly correlated with improved overall diet quality and a 50 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome.

Brazil Nuts

They’re actually little fat-burners. They help boost the metabolism by converting the thyroid hormone to its active form.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in medium-chained-triglycerides (MCTs), which your body preferentially uses for energy, leaving less opportunity for them to be stored as fat

So there you have it.  Here is to your success!

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Doctor Leesa “The ALlL Natural Pharmacist”

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My Favorite Choices for a Natural Medicine Cabinet

medicine cabinet.jpgMy Favorites Choices for a Natural Medicine Cabinet

Choosing to use natural remedies opens so many choices for our health and wellbeing.  These are some of chemical-free favorites and should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

For Pain issues and  help with inflammation.

Turmeric capsules

Omega 3 essential fatty acids

Epsom salts(magnesium)

 Doterra Deep Blue and Copaiba essential oils

 

Sleep issues: to help calm and relax 

Magnesium at bedtime

Serotonin supplement (if not on anti-depressants)

Valerian root herb –very relaxing.

Passion flower herb – calming

Probiotic daily –  serotonin is made in the gut.

Vetiver and lavender on bottom of feet for a racing mind.

 

Wounds, scraps and burns:

Here’s what you’re going to need:
½ cup of aloe vera juice
• 25 drops lavender essential oil
• 25 drops melaleuca essential oil
• 4oz squeeze bottle

Doterra Lavender essential oil is also great for burns and bug bites

Vitamin D -optimizes healing

 

Teeth and gums:

Salt is a highly useful home remedy for cavities due to its high levels of anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Salt will allow for the pain and inflammation to be reduced.

Doterra Melaleuca essential oil – rub around gums to kill germs

On Guard toothpaste –great tasting and contains clove oil.  Cloves are one of the most vital ingredients in fighting cavities naturally. Due to the high properties of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and analgesic properties, clove can help to soothe any pain caused by the cavity.

 

Stomach Issues

Activated charcoal – fast and effective to stop diarrhea or food poisoning.

Pb assist by Doterra is enteric coated probiotic.   Therefore, it’s not destroyed in the stomach as many probiotics are.

Digestive enzymes – breakdown the food to prevent reflux and gas.

DigestZen by Doterra –  super fast, rub over abdominal area or throat to stop discomfort.

 

As you can see, I use essential oils for many health issues and I chose Doterra because they are chemically pure and therapeutic in effect.  Not all products can be taken internally so you need to be very careful to buy only quality products.

Hope you build your natural medicine cabinet and see how powerful and effective holistic choices can be.  I would love to hear your comments and check out my website  http://www.doctorleesa.com for more tips for healthy living.

Doctor Leesa

The All Natural Pharmacist

***These suggestions are not intended as treatment recommendations but only for informational purposes.

 

 

How to Control Sugar Cravings

New Year’s resolutions have become almost cliché but just in case you are serious about getting your sugar under control, here are some help. Did you know that eating sugar and lots of salt can desensitize the tongue so you can’t even taste other food.  No wonder you don’t reach for a vegetable or fruit.  You can’t taste it!

First step: Diet.  Come on you can’t out run a bad diet.  Take a break from high carb foods and feed your cells.  This means balance, nutritious meals with minimal processing and no added sugar.

Second Step:  Get moving!  All you need is two and one-half hours per week to help control blood sugar.  Low impact exercise can be walking, gardening, or any activity if you move!

Third Step – this is where I want you to take a careful holistic look at your nutrients.  There are three supplements that are a foundation  for extra support.

Most everyone agrees that omega-3 fatty acids combat the inflammation that is one of the main drivers of metabolic syndrome.  Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, inflammation high cholesterol and excess fat around the waist.

Vitamin D is vitally important and helps tame the inflammation.  Many studies reveal that a Vitamin D deficiency is directly linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

Then there is the trace mineral chromium that helps regulate blood sugar and improves how the cells use insulin.  Its also great for food cravings.  After all, if your cells don’t burn sugar you wear it.

But you say I get such strong cravings, I got to have it!  Let me tell you there is help.  Sugar addiction is very powerful and it effects your gut, mood, sinus, chronic congestion and hormones so don’t let it rule you.

If you want to know my favorite supplements for cravings let me know in the comments and I will send you a list of the most powerful and fast support.

 

P.S.    Love to get your comments or share with a friend!

Doctor Leesa Haire  The All Natural Pharmacist   

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I feel the pain but I am not one to suffer!

I have a great group of friends in the neighborhood and we get together to exercise  a couple of times a week.   Well we started yoga this week and I love it but I have to admit it but I am feeling muscles I had forgotten about.   All this driving and sitting at a computer that is part of my routine really puts strain on the lower back and I can feel the pain when I start stretching.   Goes to show  I much I need it.  But I am not one to suffer!

There are some wonderful natural remedies that stop inflammation in it’s tracks.  After all by the time you feel the pain you have some serious inflammation.   And that leads to more injury.

I love using a few tricks to stop the pain within minutes.   This recipe uses essential oils and its a miracle at stopping pain fast.   Watch this video for all the details.

 

Message me for questions and to get your PURE oils for some pain relief.

Have a pain-free day!!

Doctor Leesa

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Delicious — way to keep your bones healthy

olive-oil

Research shows that the rate of fractures due to osteoporosis is lower in countries in the Mediterranean, compared to northern Europe or North America.

Why? Well, most Mediterranean people tend to get more exercise year-round than most of their northern counterparts, and that helps keep their bones healthy. And the Mediterranean diet is rich in foods containing vitamin C is a key component of strong bones.

But many Mediterranean people aren’t milk drinkers, so they don’t get much calcium through their diet. And, as we all know, calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health.

So what’s behind this new Mediterranean paradox? According to a new study, it may very well be olive oil.

In fact, this research shows that when consumed regularly, extra virgin olive oil can lower the risk of bone fractures by a whopping 51%.1

Nine years of data shows the benefits of olive oil

Over the years studies that show how consuming olive oil reduces blood pressure and lowers risk of heart attacks and strokes. Olive oil is also beneficial for brain health — due mainly to bioactive constituents like phenols and the carotenoids that give the oil its golden color

Over an average of nine years, in one study  participants  had a total of 114 bone fractures. But the participants in the highest third for olive oil consumption had a 51% lower risk of fractures, compared to those in the lowest third of olive oil consumption.

How to get the most health benefits from your olive oil 

The study found these bone benefits were specifically associated with EVOO, which has higher plant phenolic content.

Researchers at University of California tested 186 different olive oil samples.

Popular brands that failed to meet the extra virgin testing were: Bertolli, Carapelli, Mezzetta, Mazola, and Pompeian.

Brands that passed the University of California test were: Bariani, California Olive Ranch, Cobram Estate, Corto, Kirkland Organic, Lucero (Ascolano), Lucini, and McEvoy Ranch Organic.

You can look for the seal denoting approval by the California Olive Oil Council, labeled as “COOC Certified Extra Virgin.” Seals of approval from the Italian Olive Growers’ Association, the Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA), and UNAPROL also signal a good, pure product.

Be sure to store your olive oil at room temperature, away from heat and light (in a cabinet or pantry).

You can also get health benefits by eating whole, organic olives. But skip the pre-packaged varieties that taste more like the cans and containers they come in, and opt for fresh olives instead. Many grocery stores now have open olive bars that offer a wide selection of these tasty delicacies. They can be expensive, but considering the health benefits olives confer, they’re well worth the indulgence.

 

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My checklist for healthy bones

Avoid dangerous, ineffective osteoporosis drugs and keep your bones healthy with these easy, natural steps.

  • 250 mg of vitamin C, twice a day
  • 10,000 IU of vitamin D daily
  • Calcium intake through a diet rich in dairy foods and leafy greens, NOT calcium supplements
  • Vitamin K2
  • Regular consumption of olive oil
  • Moderate, daily physical activity like walking, swimming, or doing housework or yardwork

 

SOURCE:

1“Extra virgin olive oil consumption reduces the risk of osteoporotic fractures in the PREDIMED trial.” Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan 13. pii: S0261-5614(17)30006-7.