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The Importance of Getting More Good Fats Into Your Diet

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Good fats? Is that an oxymoron? Nope! There are excellent reasons to include fat, at least the right kinds of fat, into your diet. As a culture, we’ve been bombarded over the past few decades with every kind of low-fat, decreased fat, no fat food option the manufacturers of mostly processed foods could come up with. However, at the same time “low-fat” has been all the craze, obesity rates have skyrocketed. A healthy diet should include daily intake of good fats and avoidance of bad fats. Of the bad fats, the baddest of the bad is trans fat. Trans fats are healthy oils that have been turned into solids to prevent them from becoming rancid through a process called hydrogenation. On a food label, you’d typically see it listed as “partially hydrogenated oil” and it is wise to steer clear. These types of fats increase levels of LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream leading to heart disease, are a major cause of inflammation and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Saturated fats fall on the in-between scale of “avoid at all cost” bad fat and “get more of this into your diet” good fats. This type of fat is found in red meat, whole milk, cheese and coconut oil. These types of fats can drive up total cholesterol and should be eaten in moderation. As for good fats, there’s monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, peanut oil, avocados, olives and most nuts. During the 1960’s a study called the Seven Countries Study showed that the people of the Mediterranean region had lower rates of heart disease despite the fact that their diets were rich in fat. However, they weren’t using saturated animal fats to cook with as was common in countries with high rates of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats are called “essential fats” because they are required for normal body function such as building cell membranes, blood clotting muscle movement and fighting off inflammation. However they aren’t produced within the body and so it is essential that we get them from food. Doing so, lowers triglycerides and even reduces levels of LDL cholesterol. Good sources include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as flaxseeds, sesame seeds and walnuts. Adding more good fats into your diet also helps you feel fuller longer, balance your mood, fight fatigue, sharpen your memory and decrease joint pain and stiffness!
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#TBT – Sage – History and Benefits

Spices, herbs, tinctures and essential oils have been used for millennia to season our food, heal our bodies and boost our spirits. In our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) series, we at re:iimmune will take you back in history to learn how these gifts from Mother Nature have been used. We'll focus on their use through the ages and beneficial purposes in regard to nutrition, natural health and household care. This week we focus on the herbal savior, sage!

SAGE.TIF “How can a man grow old who has sage in his garden?” is an old proverb quoted throughout much of Europe, China and Persia. During the 17th century, sage was so valued by the Chinese that Dutch merchants discovered that they would trade three chests of Chinese tea for just one chest of sage. The word sage derives from the Latin word salvare which means “to save” bestowed for it’s many healing and curative properties. Native Americans called the sagebrush “spirit caller” and used it in the cleansing and purification of their dwellings. Still today, people looking to cleanse their home of bad vibes or just to refresh the air will burn a smudge stick made of sage. Some even find relief from the smoke for sinus congestion or pain as well as migraines. Sage contains saponins which improve circulation and its been used for over a thousand years in the treatment of Cerebrovascular disease. Like its family member rosemary, it is also known for improving memory and many studies are showing that it may even help treat and prevent Alzheimer’s. With these benefits, it’s no wonder we use the word “sage” to describe a very wise person! The herb  is prized for it’s strong flavor and for many people the smell of it evokes the holidays. Which is perfect, as the herb is known for its ability to assist the body in digesting all those fatty foods we enjoy this time of year! Also, red sage has been used traditionally as a treatment for inflammation of the mouth, throat and tonsils so it’s one to turn to for relief during cold season. In the garden, sage is a fragrant and often overlooked spring flowering plant. There are dozens of varieties; some for cooking, some for medicinal purposes and some ornamental. Most are very hardy and prefer well drained soil. Common sage, which is most often used in cooking, produces beautiful purple flowers which attract bees and other beneficial insects to the garden. We’ve collected a few useful DIY’s for you that take advantage of sage’s many wonderful offerings. Enjoy! Sage Tincture for Colds and Sore Throats (scroll to bottom of article) Homegrown Smudge Sticks Fresh Sage Wreath
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Tried and True Health Tips to Get Better, Better!

You may not realize it, but your body has an amazing ability to heal itself after a serious injury or illness. Although medicine has come a long way, and should not be takin for granted, it’s important to recognize and take responsibility for our part in recovery. If you are recovering from an illness, a severe injury or just trying to maintain a healthy immune system, it would be in your best interest to observe these health truths.

  • Food is Medicine: Most of us have felt that swell of pride wheneat for health, stay healthy with re:iimmune we reach around the box of donuts and grab a piece of fruit instead, but that momentary feeling of elation often fades by dinner time as we find ourselves reaching for that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes, or a heaping pile of cheesy pasta. Hungry yet? The truth is, our brains react to food with the same addictive stimulation as it would with any other drug. It doesn’t help that portions are larger than ever, and that processed, feel good treats are more accessible than they have ever been. On top of the temptation to indulge, is the confusion; with every diet fad in the book being thrown around at us from all angles. It can become overwhelming to decipher what approach to take when it comes to a healthy diet. Our mantra? Keep it simple. Say no to carb heavy, processed foods that will drain your energy and leave you feeling lethargic. Say yes to whole fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and most importantly, enjoy the food you eat! Branch out with some new recipes that abide by these principles, but still leave your mouth watering.

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  • Sleep Offers So Much More Than Beauty: Your body can cope without food for about a month, without water for up to a week, but sleep? Your body will start shutting down after 48 hours of sleep deprivation. http://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/what-happens-when-you-dont-sleep-days/ Sleep benefits every aspect of our health, both physically and emotionally, from your heart health, mental stability, and weight control. So go ahead, hit that snooze button one more time, skip that last episode on Netflix, and hit the sack an extra hour early- your body will thank you!

 

  • Exercise Your Way to Health: Get moving! Culturally we tend to complicate this concept, but the simple truth is this; move more. That’s it! It doesn’t take expensive gym memberships, hours of intense weight lifting, or fancy gadgets to “exercise”. Find what works best for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. For me, it’s as simple as taking my dog on a 30-minute walk, or heading to the YMCA for a group yoga class. It gets your blood flowing while simultaneously moving toxins out of your body, and pumping endorphins back through your system. Maybe you’d be more comfortable bicycling through nature, tuning into your favorite in home work out routine, or joining a kick boxing club. However you choose to make exercise your own, own it! The benefits to your health are endless.

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At Make People Better, we are passionate about enabling people to take control of their own health. Every day we have opportunities to improve our health, and one step at a time we want to inspire your journey! Don’t forget, the Clinical Strength Hydration® and Intestinal Immune support found in re:iimmune® is the perfect accompaniment to your healthy lifestyle. Get better, better!

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