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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

Benefits of Maca!

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Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is seen to have many great benefits and people are not aware. Maca can also come in powder form. Like everything else, consuming too much can begin to lack benefits and turn against you. Maca’s benefits can be consumed in smoothies, salads, drinks, cooked foods, and juices.

Let’s get into the benefits now, that some research suggests it may offer:

Vitamins: rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E; providing calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

Sexual function: serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility. Although limited evidence stands that it improves sexual function.

Women’s health and mood: relieves menstrual issues and menopause, alleviating cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression.

Energy: Athletes may take maca for peak performance, increasing energy levels and stamina. This does however still lack some scientific evidence.

Cancer: it is said to aid in the treatment of cancer, though science has not proven that it prevents or treat cancer.

Skin:  Maca can be used to decrease skin sensitivity, or withstand extreme temperatures.

Note: Maca should not be used by people with high blood pressure or by those with hormone-dependent cancers such as breast or prostate cancer. As with other supplements, maca hasn’t been tested for safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications.

More scientific studies are needed to fully prove these benefits, however if you find you need assistance in some of these factors, try maca, as your doctor what they think. It could just be your answer.

See more:

7 Top Health Benefits of Maca

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/maca.htm

 

Good Carb Bad Carb

Many try dieting by cutting Carbs from their diet. Science shows that carbs are not all bad, some are good, some are bad.

Remember: Carbohydrates=Energy in the body. Without Carbohydrates, you are missing energy!

What are Bad Carbs? Simple carbohydrates which shoot up your blood sugar and cut it down quick, making you crave carbs as you are asking for energy. Examples of bad carbs are muffins, white bread, bagels, cookies, sugar and candy. These carbs are said to be stripped of vitamins, of essential nutrients and of fibers.

What are Good Carbs? Those are brown rice, quinoa, oats, farro, barley, lentils, beans & whole wheat flour. They are called ‘Complex Carbs’ which are carbohydrates that cut the cravings by breaking them down slowly and giving you more energy over a long period of time.

For more details & for A Delicious&Healthy Recipe, view the following video:

Juicing: A Lifestyle Choice!

We see many diseases nowadays, it’s really sad. It just seems that cancer is everywhere and diseases are all over the human kind.

Fortunately I decided to make a life choice by buying myself a Juicer, I wanted to eliminate diseases as much as I can. It has been a healthy change and a life altering opportunity. I like juice, but I hate bottled juices because of the simple fact-Its Not Real! I love my new Breville Juicer (http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/breville-juice-fountain-bje510xl/10106546.aspx?path=bc4883d7e4811beeb2290aa11107751den02) Although I am still contemplating if it’s the right juicer for me!

I was influenced by my boyfriend to make this difference because my body and my lifestyle is the most important thing to insure. I want to influence you to make a change and focus on your health. Watch these videos, one is a little long but worth every minute, though for those who don’t have the time to watch a long video, I have also attached a very useful but shorter video which explains the health benefits of juicing and what juicers are recommended. You need to educate yourself about your health and know what is important for you to live a happier and healthier life. You feel more energy, more happiness, more healthy! Make a change, make an investment on your health!