The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Despite the bad reputation Coconut Oil has carried for decades, it has been partially vindicated in recent years.  Research shows that coconut oil offers some benefits to your cholesterol levels, heart health and overall well-being.

The saturated fat content of coconut oil was originally thought to contribute to high cholesterol and heart disease.  As scientists have started studying the fats in coconut oil, they discovered that not all saturated fats are alike  The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric and stearic acids, the same ones found in heart-healthy dark chocolate.
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Inflammation – The Body’s First Line of Defence

Inflammation is the body’s first defence against infection, but when it goes awry, it can lead to heart attacks, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s and a host of other diseases.

How can a simple infection lead to heart attacks and cancer? It’s the first response of your immune system to an infecting organism or foreign material that trips a switch leading to a “cascade” of biochemical events. Fluid floods the infected area along with a dozen different chemicals including white blood cells and histamine – all capable of producing the signs of inflammation – redness, swelling, and pain.
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Chicken – Health Food or Not?

Chicken is classified as one of the healthiest meals to add to your diet.

A rich source of protein, chicken is leaner and contributes too many vitamins and minerals. If you are buying conventionally raised chicken, you may be adding things to your diet that you don’t want.

Organically fed chickens have a diet of feed created from organic plan material.
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Macronutrients – Protein

We need the building blocks of protein (amino acids) to make muscle, bone, tissue and skin. We also need amino acids to make enzymes, hormones and even our DNA. In fact, 16% of our body is made up of protein!
We cannot make protein from carbs or fat and we don’t store a lot of protein so we must constantly replace protein by eating it in our diet. If we do not have enough protein in our diet we start to break down muscle to obtain it. A diet chronically low in protein will prevent you from being able to build up muscle and therefore build strength. Exercise will become harder and you will feel weak and tired (similar to over-training).
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Well, we’re into 2013 having survived the ’End of the World’ scenario of December 2012, and I for one am feeling optimistic about the future. Have you ever noticed how the news only ever contains bad news? Newspaper websites are full of depressing reports on world conflicts, starvation and horrifying accidents and deaths.

Well I recently came across a lot of good news and it made me feel very positive about what’s happening in our world. I’ve been reading a book called ‘Mad like Tesla’ written in 2011. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a famous scientist, inventor and engineer who predicted many of the developments we take for granted today. But at the time he was seen as a ‘mad scientist’ and was shunned by his peers.
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