Balance your Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins with Happy foods

dopa ser.JPGPain and itch are influenced by two chemicals , Serotonin and Dopamine. Eat the following whole foods to balance Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins and do get a hug too.  Hugging can increase the production of dopamine in your brain.  Endorphins are endogenous opioid neuropeptides and peptide hormones in humans and other animals. They are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland.  Scratching an itch causes minor pain, which prompts the brain to release serotonin. But serotonin also reacts with receptors on neurons that carry itch signals to the brain, making itching worse.  It has been observed that the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine stimulates this brain center to feel pleasure in “peak experiences,” such as from solving a difficult problem.

Raw pumpkin seeds
Spirulina
Raw spinach
Sesame seeds
Raw almonds
Bananas
Raw dried dates
Oats
Watercress
Sunflower seeds
Horseradish
Pumpkin leaves
Turnip greens
Cacao
Buckwheat
Millet

All of the above are geared toward a vegan diet and they all offer the perfect balance to help enhance your mood through the natural production of serotonin.

Non-vegans may add:

Mussels
Lobsters
Eggs
Cottage cheese
Turkey

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Fat burning foods

Prepare these whole foods in a soup or salad with no processed oils and other processed foods. Whole foods are better absorbed with a side dish of veggies pickled prepared with apple cider vinegar and tsp of brown sugar.  Adding lemon in most of your dishes also facilitate absorption from the Vitamin C in lemons.  There is no secret among our movie stars who have a nutritionist beside them. Only whole foods and drinking coconut water or healthy beverage an hour before a meal.

Eat iron-rich foods  and copper food sources with Vitamin C at noon and in the afternoon dinner, eat calcium rich foods with omega 3, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin B and C for your metabolism to help you burn fat. These are copper and iron rich foods eaten in moderation:

  • 1) Beef liver. 3 oz: 14 mg (over 100% DV)
  • 2) Sunflower seeds. ¼ cup: 0.63 mg (31% DV)
  • 3) Lentils. 1 cup: 0.5mg (25% DV)
  • 4) Almonds. ¼ cup: 0.4 mg (20% DV)
  • 5) Dried apricots. 1 cup: 0.69mg (34% DV)
  • 6) Dark chocolate. 1 square: 0.9 mg (45% DV)
  • 7) Blackstrap molasses. …
  • 8) Asparagus.

Some of the best sources of vitamin B6 are poultry, seafood, bananas, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, potatoes and fortified cereals. Your diet should include 1.3 milligrams of B-6 daily to support new red blood cell growth.

Chicken, turkey, salmon and other fish including canned tuna packed in water are all excellent natural sources of niacin. Fortified cereals, legumes, peanuts, pasta and whole wheat also supply varying amounts.

Animal foods are the only natural source of vitamin B12, but many products, including soy products and cereals, are fortified with B12 so it is widely available in the food supply. Other good natural sources include shellfish, such as clams, mussels and crab, fin fish and beef. You need only a small amount of B-12 — 2.4 micrograms daily. This B-12 will boost red blood cell production and support your nervous system.

Liver and egg yolks are the richest dietary sources of biotin — a nutrient needed for a healthy metabolism — but fortunately this B vitamin is well distributed throughout the food supply, so it is unlikely that anyone eating a balanced, varied diet will experience a deficiency. Salmon, pork and avocado are good sources; most fruits and vegetables contain a little biotin, as do cheeses and grain foods.

Yogurt and avocado are both excellent sources of pantothenic acid, a vitamin needed for enzyme function, but it is also available in a wide variety of foods such as legumes including lentils and split peas, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and broccoli. Consume 5 milligrams daily.

Magnesium Rich Foods
1. Spinach
2. Pumpkin seeds
3. Broccoli
4. Almonds
5. Black Beans
6. Kidney Beans
7. Avocado
8. Peas
9. Dark Chocolate
10. Banana
11. Cashews
12. Flaxseed
13. Black-eyed Peas
14. Pollock Atlantic Fish
15. Peanut butter

Potassium Rich Foods
1. Baked Potato with skin
2. Spinach
3. Baked Sweet Potatoes
4. White Beans
5. Lima Beans
6. Avocado
7. Squash
8. Tomatoes
9. Salmon
10. Apricots
11. Pomegranate
12. Coconut Water
13. Banana
14. Mustard Greens
15. Carrots
16. Walnuts
17. Halibut

Omega-3 Rich Foods
1. Mackerel
2. Salmon
3. Cod Liver Oil
4. Walnuts
5. Flaxseeds
6. Tuna
7. Anchovies
8. Egg Yolks
9. Spinach
10. Mustard Oil
11. Blueberries
12. Avocados
13. Broccoli
14. Lettuce
15. Strawberries

Aphrodisiac foods

Cook together. Soft music, soft lights, aroma of cinnamon and garlic are all conducive for a seductive lunch or dinner.

Wine, beer or healthy smoothie are important. Do know that happy foods are chocolate, eggs, yams and beer.

Aphrodisiac Foods

  • Oysters
  • Watermelon
  • Cocoa or Chocolate
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Maca
  • Pumpkin Seeds. pumpkin seeds
  • Celery

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Foods to eat to prevent flu or when you have flu to lessen its duration

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, glutamine, and sulfur rich foods such as garlic, onions, asparagus, yellow and red colored fruits and vegetables.

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Rest, massage and hydration help in making your immune system strong.

Top 15 Glutamine-Rich Foods You Should Add To Your Diet

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Dec 27, 2017 – Glutamine is the most abundant non-essential amino acid in your body (1). Research says that it boosts immunity, prevents muscle loss, speeds up muscle recovery due to illnesses or flesh wounds, and improves digestion (2), (3). But its levels can take a dip due to severe illness (cancer or AIDS), strenuous …

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The dietary sources of glutamine includes especially the protein-rich foods like beefchickenfishdairy products, eggs, vegetables like beans, beets, cabbage, spinachcarrots, parsley, vegetable juices and also in wheatpapayabrussel sproutscelerykale and fermented foods like miso.

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Jan 23, 2017 – Here is a list of glutamine rich foods that you could consume in case of lack of this highly essential protein.

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What you should know about glutamine. Where to find it. Cabbage and beets contain high concentrations of glutamine. (Eastern European grandmothers everywhere, rejoice! You have one more reason to encourage your “too skinny” grandchildren to eat the buraczki, borscht and holubtsi!) Otherfood sources include fish, …

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As an amino acid, glutamine is a building block of proteins, which are essential to maintain and build muscle mass. Consequently, glutamine is important to bodybuilders and other athletes as a muscle-promoting nutrient. Glutamine is available as a supplement, although some foods naturally contain it and are good sources …

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Are there foods that have more glutamine than others? Animal proteins are very rich in glutamine and have high concentrations of the amino acid. Some of the best sources of animal proteins withglutamine are dairy products. These include milk, ricotta cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese. The meatsources that are high in …

Foods to fight virus and infections

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Anti-viral Foods for Infections

Anti-viral Foods to help those with viral infections of the liver

This information has been carefully researched and will be invaluable to those with chronic viral hepatitis who wish to optimize their chances of good health. Nutritional medicine can help to reduce the ability of these hepatitis viruses from damaging your liver and can reduce the risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Let us begin!

All plants contain antiviral compounds but few foods have been thoroughly tested to confirm how many of these compounds exist in each plant and which viruses they kill. At this time we do not know how the viruses get blocked or killed but in general, we have laboratory study evidence, as well as immune enhancing effects in humans. These foods are also rich in essential nutrients needed for a strong immune system and a healthy liver.

Historical usage also counts; for instance, lemon has long been a cold and flu remedy, and citrus fruits contain 15 different antiviral compounds; lemon leaf having the highest known concentration of antiviral compounds of any plant.

More than 350 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B virus, which kills more than a million people each year due to acute and chronic hepatitis, and liver cancer. The hepatitis B virus, which attacks the liver, is spread through infected blood transfusions, needle sharing by intravenous drug abusers and sexual contact. Hepatitis B is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world.

Examples of food that contain known antiviral compounds

Food Concentration of antiviral activity in parts per million
Walnut 1,375,300 (4 compounds)
Pomegranate 752,000 (2 compounds)
Coconut 739,884 (4 compounds)
Common tea leaves 714,946 (18 compounds)

Source: Dr Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/duke/activity.pl

Given the very different nature of the foods in the table this suggests that a diet rich in varied types of plant foods is basically an antiviral diet.
All these foods have been identified as containing antiviral activity and many have been shown to improve immune and liver function.

Some of my recommended foods, notably medicinal mushrooms and sea vegetables, are an acquired taste and I hope you will gradually get to enjoy them!
I am convinced that eating a wide range of plant foods and herbs, in as natural a state as possible, will help to reduce the severity of chronic infections with the hepatitis B and C viruses.
I am not recommending that eating only one antiviral food each day will help treat viral hepatitis, so don’t eat enormous quantities of any one food.

Anti-viral Foods List

  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Sea vegetables (sea weeds)
  • Citrus fruits but especially lemons
  • Cabbage family
  • Carrot family
  • Onion family – onions, garlic, leeks, shallots
  • Coconut flesh, milk and virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Whey
  • Blackcurrants and their juice
  • Tea
  • Walnuts
  • Pomegranate
  • Flavonoid rich foods such as citrus fruits, buckwheat
  • Lignan rich foods such as whole ground flaxseeds
  • Highly coloured fruits and vegetables which are high-antioxidant foods – they are much more powerful if they are fresh and in season and have been ripened naturally

Anti-viral Mushroom Soup Recipe

  • 8 whole dried shitake or reishi mushrooms
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 carrots, sliced into pieces
  • 3 teaspoons miso
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

* Instruction:

  • Soak the mushrooms in one cup water.
  • Bring the rice to the boil in 5 cups water, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Cut each mushroom into three or more slices, and add to the rice, together with the soaking water; simmer for further 20 minutes.
  • Add the carrots, and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, and stir in the miso, parsley and coriander

If you like ginger, add in about 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh grated.
Serve with finely cut fresh parsley and/or chives.
Serves 3

Nori strips with salmon and rice

  • 1 fillet Atlantic salmon (other fish could be used)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce*
  • 4 sheets nori cut into segments about 5cm (2 inches) x 20cm (8 inches)
  • 1 cup hot or cold cooked rice
  • 1 large handful fresh herbs – chopped

* Instruction:

  • Place the salmon in a small baking dish, sprinkle with the lemon juice and soy sauce.
  • Cover the salmon with fresh herbs; then cover with foil or a lid.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 180oC.
  • Carefully remove all the bones, flake the fish with a fork into a small serving bowl.
  • Each person makes their own sushi by placing about 2-3 teaspoons of the mix at one end of a nori strip and rolling it up with the fingers.
    Serves two as an entrée

Lemon

Lemon and other citrus fruits contain at least 15 different antiviral compounds and should be consumed daily by those serious about avoiding liver damage from hepatitis viruses. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is the best source of anti-viral substances and vitamin C. I drink lemon juice everyday to control sinusitis and strengthen my immune system.

Other ways of getting antiviral properties from citrus:

  • Add some grated lemon peel to salads, soups, casseroles, and to baked goods such as cakes and muffins.
  • Eat or juice four different citrus fruits (lemon, orange, lime, mandarin or grapefruit) daily as a preventive.
  • Have one glass citrus juice, three times daily if you have the flu – use a combination of oranges, limes and lemons. If you pass the fruit through a juice extracting machine you can leave a lot of the white pith attached so that this is juiced along with the flesh; this makes its healing properties stronger.
    Changing your diet and lifestyle can be stressful but if at the very least you can –
  • Add in one healthy food or recipe a week
  • Make or buy a raw juice several times a week
  • Drink the juice of 2 limes or 2 lemons every day – you will not only strengthen your immune system, you will also slow down the aging process !

Selenium is the most important mineral for the immune system to function at its optimal level; indeed without adequate selenium in your body, your immune system will remain vulnerable to attack. It’s amazing to think that despite the profound importance of selenium to a strong immune system, many people remain deficient in this life enhancing mineral.

Research has proven that selenium is vital for healthy immune system function. A selenium deficiency suppresses your immune system and makes you more prone to infections, especially viral infections. Viruses replicate more easily in selenium deficient people. For this reason selenium is sometimes called the “viral birth control pill”. Selenium enhances the function of your white blood cells. Selenium is found in Brazil nuts and some seafood.


Connie’s comments: My mom’s neighbor gave ripe jackfruit to her daughter with big stomach who later expelled a lot of worms.

130/80 new guideline for blood pressure – causes of high BP

The latest medical evidence has proven that people with blood pressure in the 130-139 range carry a doubled risk of heart attackstroke, heart failure and kidney failure, compared to those with lower blood pressure, said Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa, a member of the clinical guidelines task force.

There are many causes of a high BP such as trans fat, lack of sleep, carbon monoxide poisoning, metal toxicity, mold toxicity, medications and drugs, genetics, foods and other unknowns. When a person is dying, the BP is the lowest.

Trans fat foods

No more trans fats to raise blood pressure! The decision by the FDA to ban trans fats that raise blood pressure and increase risk for heart attack and stroke, is a great victory for heart health.

Sleep and blood pressure

Over time, a lack of sleep could hurt your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressureSleeping seven to eight hours a night may play a role in the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning often causes a victim’s blood pressure to rise.

Mold Toxicity

A conglomeration of dysfunction can set the stage for mold toxicity such as migraine headaches, elevated blood pressure and chronic recurrent infections.

Metal toxicity

Selenium antagonizes mercury toxicity. … Mercury, cadmium, and other heavymetals inactivate COMT, which increases serum and urinary epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. This effect will increase blood pressure and may be a clinical clue to heavy metal toxicity.

Medications and drugs

Certain pain and anti-inflammatory medications can cause you to retain water, creating kidney problems and increasing your blood pressure. Examples include: Indomethacin (Indocin, others) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)