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What I Learned about MCTs…

So What is MCT?

Don’t worry, I just learned about it too. I was looking into the Ketosis, which included the intake of MCTs in the diet… So, I ended up focusing on MTCs instead of the Ketosis as a whole.

If you don’t know what that is, Ketosis is when your body is burning ketones for energy instead of glucose (carbs/sugar), but that will be a blog for another day.

Now, MCTs!

“MCTs are medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management.

Rich sources for commercial extraction of beneficial MCTs include palm kernel oil and coconut oil.

Coconut oil  has roughly 65% of  MCTs, and other lower sources of MCT are also found in butter, cheeses, whole milk and full-fat yogurt.

What makes MCTs a top source of essential healthy fats? Medium-chain fats are digested easily and sent directly to your liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter your metabolism. This is one reason why many people claim that MCTs, including coconut oil, are burned by the body for energy, or “fuel,” instead of being stored as fat.

Now, some amazing health benefits of MCT are:

  1. Weight Loss or Weight Maintenance
  2. Heart Health: it helps help decrease cardiovascular disease and mortality risk due to its metabolic component as it helps lower obese risk.
  3. Improved energy levels and mood; Your brain is largely made up of fatty acids, MCTs give you that supply from your diet to feel great and think positive, with its vitamins and minerals.
  4. Improved digestion and absorption of nutrition, by balancing bacteria in the gut and its ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat.

    Medium-chain fats can help kill a wide range of pathogenic viruses and strains and bacteria that cause digestive issues, including candida, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, stomachaches and so on.

  5.  Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties: MCTs are able to reduce bad bacteria without harming or removing good bacteria. they are also a powerful and natural antibiotics that help balance bacteria in the gut.
  6. they are great for cooking with, as they don’t oxidize from heat easily and can withstand high temperatures, while still not becoming rancid or losing its nutrients.

Anyways, I won’t get too into it, because this graph will explain it all in a nutshell.

Dr. Axe: Food is Medicine

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Celery with Benefits

Celery is not the most Tasteful… but Damn is it Beneficial!

Celery is an under-Rated vegetable as many of us think its just Water and Crunch, but it is much more; as it is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium.

What Other Benefits?

  1. Celery has Anti-Canceous properties, with its rich component called Luteolin which helps to lower the growth of Cancer cells in the pancreas.
  2. It contains Phthalide and pottassium which helps to lower blood pressure by reducing the production of stress hormones.
  3. Celery also helps maintain a normal cholesterol and regulating Vitamin D. Also includes 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh), a component with the function of lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart. The Chicago University study showed that two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points.
  4. Celery is healthy for the eyes too, as it contains Vitamin E and antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients, which keeps the eye moisturised.
  5. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote that Celery is a vegetable that can be used to calm our nerves and provide a great relief to joint pains, asthma, acne or lung infections. Celery’s special benefit is its components to help reduce inflammation.
  6. Celery helps boost a man’s fertility, as Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, says :

    Two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–can boost your arousal levels. Another good news is celery oil has been found effective in boosting the number and motility of sperm, when it is used together with vitamin E.

  7. These stalks improve digestion which allows your body to absorb better nutrients, with its high water content, and the NBP (a healthful compound) in the vegetable as it improved circulation in the intestines and helping the body to detox.
  8. Finally, it helps you lose weight as it is low in calorie (10 calories per large stalk) and rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium, as previously mentioned. Celery helps you regulate lipids and fats in the body which controls metabolism and restricts obesity. Not to mention, in reality, you are losing more weight chewing on that stalk more than anything else. So moral of the story, eating celery makes you lose weight, and don’t take that lightly because it’s true.

For more details and some Celery recipes, see link below:

http://www.lifehack.org/367363/amazing-benefits-of-celery-5-refreshing-recipes?ref=mail&mtype=daily_newsletter&mid=20170217_customized_editor_pick&uid=393464&hash=766d7a7a7b817a4c73796d75783a6f7b79&action=click

Organic Foods? Not Necessarily Better!

The health benefits of Organic foods are in question today. It turns out, studies are showing that organic foods are not very different from non-organic food and their benefits are over-exaggerated. In fact it seems that the only thing that organic foods show to be is overpriced more than anything as their benefits are not necessarily better than non-organic food types.

Watch this video for more details:

http://www.cbc.ca/video/watch/News/Health/ID=2275650876