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How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

If you’re like most people, when you hear the phrase ‘organic foods,’ it brings to mind wholesome goodness. No chemicals, no genetic modifications, just food, straight from nature. It’s a fair assumption. The problem is, sometimes it’s not correct. In fact, a recent study done by scientists at Stanford University found that organic food is not necessarily more nutritious, however it does reduce your overall exposure to pesticides.

“The study did look at one study which found that children who switched to an organic diet for five days had lower levels of pesticides in their urine, but whether the levels have a direct impact on human health is “unclear.””

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Mike Adams, AKA “The Health Ranger,” owns and operates the website, Natural News. He has built his own lab, follows strict EPA testing protocols, modified for food testing, and tests supposedly safe foods. In many cases, he’s found exactly what you’d expect to find in organic foods. Nothing. In some cases, however, he has found high levels of toxic heavy metals contaminating our organic food supply.

Recently, he appeared on the Dr. Oz show to sound the alarm. He took his lab results to the companies found to have toxic levels of heavy metal contaminants, and asked them to make changes. Many did. Some did not, refusing to make any changes at all. That’s dangerous for you, because you may unwittingly go to the store to buy some of this supposedly wholesome organic produce, not realizing that it contains toxic metals, and feed it to your family. You could endanger your health by doing the very thing you thought was going to improve your health, so the question is, what to do about it? How can you know if the food you’re feeding your kids is actually safe?

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A two pronged assault on the problem is the best, most effective option available to you.

First, head over to Natural News. The government isn’t reporting on, or even doing anything about this problem, but Mike Adams is, and you can get a list of the companies who failed the test, and are refusing to do anything about it. That’s the all important first step, simply because it enables you to avoid doing business with people who have been presented with irrefutable evidence that they’re poisoning you, then continue to do it anyway.

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Grow your own food

The second step is to grow at least some of your own food, and no, you don’t have to quit your day job and trade in your trendy clothes for a straw hat and a pair of overalls. There are a number of hugely effective ultra high yield micro-farming techniques that don’t take a lot of your time, and produce an amazing amount of food on very small plots of land. Some of these, you can even make use of if you live in an apartment or condo and have no yard space at all. If you do have some yard space, you can grow a significant percentage of your family’s vegetables in a single 10-foot by 20-foot greenhouse.

By combining the two approaches, looking at the hard data Mike Adams has been able to put together to allow you to steer clear of companies selling toxic products, and taking at least a measure of control over your own food supply, you put yourself in a really strong position to ensure not only your own personal health, but the long term health of your family. Not to mention the fact that it is immensely satisfying to go into your own garden and grab something wholesome and delicious to eat.

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Action Steps – Things you can do to help keep your family and your food supply safe:

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Last Updated on August 12, 2019

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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