NCWC: The Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic

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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic

The Environmental Working Group released its 2015 report on pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables on Wednesday.

February 25, 2015

Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

When it comes to buying fruit, comparing organic with conventionally grown options can be like apples and oranges—even when all you’re trying to buy is apples.

A pound of apples costs roughly between $1 and $1.50, according to the most recent data from the USDA. If you want to go organic, you’ll pay about $1 more per pound.

You could make a case for the apples being worth more, however, because you’re buying a not insignificant amount of pesticides with that fruit, according to analysis of government data by the Environmental Working Group. In the latest iteration of the Dirty Dozen, released Wednesday, apples once again topped the list of the 12 fruits and vegetables (well, 14, really) that retain the highest amount of pesticides and other toxic agricultural chemicals.

According to the accompanying report, two-thirds of the more than 3,000 produce samples analyzed by the USDA tested positive for pesticide residue. A study published earlier this month by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that eating organic reduced people’s exposure to pesticides—but that even sticking to an all-organic diet could still result in some pesticide intake. Chemicals used in agriculture can have severe health effects on agricultural workers, and there are concerns that low-level, long-term exposure could contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and autism.

So if you’re a budget-conscious shopper—and who isn’t, really?—but aren’t looking for a good deal on some value-added pesticides, that extra dollar per pound for apples is well spent. The same goes for peaches, nectarines, strawberries. and grapes, which round out the top five. And the consumer-friendly guide will show you where to make up for your more expensive organic purchases with the Clean Fifteen, a list of those items that bear the least amount of residue. Avocados, which top the less toxic list, are nearly pesticide-free even when conventionally grown; just 1 percent of the fruit sampled showed remnants of farming chemicals.

“We are saying, eat your fruits and vegetables,” Sonya Lunder, EWG’s senior analyst, said in a statement. “But know which ones have the highest amounts of pesticides so you can opt for the organic versions, if available and affordable, or grab a snack off the Clean Fifteen.”

Dirty Dozen

Apples
Peaches
Nectarines
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Spinach
Sweet bell peppers
Cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas (imported)
Potatoes
Hot peppers
Kale and collard greens

Clean Fifteen

Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Cabbage
Sweet peas (frozen)
Onions
Asparagus
Mangos
Papayas
Kiwi
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Sweet potatoes

NCWC: Why Dehydration Is Making You Fat And Sick

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NCWC: Why Dehydration Is Making You Fat And Sick

Why Dehydration Is Making You Fat And Sick

Digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue and headache are just some of the adverse effects from not drinking enough water. We need it as much as air we breathe in! It’s not a joke.
Did you know that when you start feeling thristy your body is already dehydrated? The best practice is to sip water throughout a day. Have it always handy!If you’re not a morning person, have two glasses of water right after you wake up. It will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.

Also, don’t think that sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. It’s actually the opposite! Sugar, as well as salt, makes your body waste precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.

And as an added bonus, drinking water speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to loose some weight.

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NCWC: THERE IS NO MAYBE

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http://www.schwarzenegger.com/fitness/post/there-is-no-maybe

Arnold Schwarzenegger

07/29/2013

There is No Maybe


By Jim Smith

Earlier this year, it was announced that Arnold was accepting

a position at Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazines as their

new executive editor.  I started considering why Arnold would

take on this new role, especially with his hectic work schedule.  

I didn’t have to think about it long before it came to me; he was

reconnecting with his passion

Fitness and bodybuilding have given Arnold passion, direction,

belief in himself, and strength of body and mind.  Ultimately,

Arnold had a blueprint for his life that was fueled by his early

struggles and early successes.

In fact, Arnold’s successes in life – bodybuilding, movies, and

politics – were all driven by the power of his mind.  He believed

in himself when no one else did.  He did another repetition in the

gym, when the pain caused others to quit.  He took acting and

speech classes when everyone said he couldn’t make it.  He set

goals, hit them, and kept driving forward. 

Where Did the Passion Go?

Deep down, it is passion that drives all of us.  Or at least, it used

to drive us, when things were much simpler.  As a child, our

possibilities seemed endless and there was no limit to our dreams.  

We marveled at every new experience and we gave freely with

our hearts.  We had passion for all things.

We could be and do anything we wanted.

But reality smacked us in the face and kept the pressure on as

we moved into adulthood and all of the responsibilities that come

with it.  Our belief systems changed, subtlety, and without us

knowing it. 

We substituted passion with ‘safe and practical.’  We bought

things and got jobs to pay for them.  We got comfortable in the

daily grind of our 9-5 jobs because it was secure.  We forgot

about that child and their hopes and dreams.  

We grew ‘comfortably numb.’

We became afraid of the unpredictable and found security in

repetition.  We became cynical and angry with those who

seemed happy all the time and chalked it up to their naivety. 

We turned inward and became selfish. 

We began to only think of our needs and wants because satisfying

them gave us temporary relief from our current situation.  

We silenced that child inside of us, too afraid – like Bukowski’s

Bluebird – to show weakness and expose our true selves.

But all is not lost.  There is hope.  There is always hope. 

Real strength can come from being honest with yourself and

stating the truth.  The strength needed to change your life – in an instant.

We can rekindle that passion again; we just have to break the pattern.

Pattern Interrupt

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The amazing thing about your life is that you can change it literally

overnight just by changing how you perceive experiences and by

developing a relentless mindset. 

You can wake up and say, “Today I will be different.”  You can decide

that things are going to change and you are going to be the person

you always wanted to be; no matter how many obstacles you have to overcome.

You can say:

Today, I will replace “maybe” with I can, I will.

Today, fear will not drive my actions.

Today, I will listen to others and show kindness to strangers.

Today, I will quit complaining about my job, my car, others’ actions –

and I will focus on myself and what I need to do to make my life better.

Today, I will set goals and work toward them relentlessly.

Situations happen to everyone every day.  Our perception of these

situations determines if they are good or bad, positive or negative,

opportunities or obstacles.

We can reframe any experience that we initially identify as an obstacle

into an opportunity and use this opportunity to keep driving forward.  

Maybe it wasn’t the path you imagined, but you have to keep moving.

Creating a new and positive mindset can change everything.

Champion of Your Life

To illustrate this point, let me tell you a story.

I found an interview where Arnold was reminiscing about doing

seminars all over California at prisons and institutions, talking

about what it takes to become a champion.  When he asked the

attendees what they wanted to do with their life, someone would

inevitably answer, “Someday, maybe I could pursue (insert goal here).”

Arnold’s response? 

There is no maybe.

Arnold continued, “You have to get up and say, ‘I want to be a

champion and I will do whatever it takes.’  You have to create a

goal and go after it.  If you don’t see it and you don’t believe it,

who else will?”

“You have to visualize and that creates the will.” 

In my experience, if you give yourself this ‘out’ by thinking ‘maybe’,

then you’ll never make it.  Trust me, if you think maybe you can

do something, a lot of doors open up to quit when things get hard.

Maybe is not going to cut it when the only time you can work on

your passion is after your 9-5 job is done for the day and you’re

tired as hell.  Yes, for now, if you want to change your life, you are

going to have to continue to work at the job you have while you

work on your passion during your free time.  And when you’ve

built up your passion and eliminated the excess in your life, then

you can move to your passion full time.

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it is going

to be worth it.

Rest assured, when you are absolutely sure of yourself and

where you want to go, you will not let anything stand in your way. 

You can become the champion of your life by living like there

is no tomorrow.

The time is now.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim is a proud Dad, strength coach, and entrepreneur. 

Co-author of the best selling Athletic Development Training system

and co-founder of the CPPS certification for coaches, Jim has been

recognized as one of the ‘most innovative coaches’ in the fitness

industry.  Jim is regularly featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness,

and Muscle & Fitness.

Website: http://wwww.dieselsc.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dieselstrength

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dieselstrength

NCWC muscle charts, water and booty blaster

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NCWC: Top 6 Alkaline Foods to Eat Every day for Vibrant Health

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The typical  American diet is a deadly one, consisting primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars,

artificial sweeteners,  refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, and hidden genetically modified organisms.

All this, combined with a plethora of other challenging environmental factors (such as lack of rest, psychological stress,

and pharmaceutical drugs), mean it’s no wonder that more and more people are being diagnosed with chronic, degenerative

illnesses or otherwise deadly conditions for which modern conventional medicine claims to have no known cure.

One of the basic underlying problems with this unsustainable lifestyle – and there are many – is the average consumer’s

lack of understanding that the body must balance the blood’s pH levels at a slightly alkaline level of 7.365 in order to survive.

When a person ingests food to “burn” for fuel, the digestive and metabolic process transforms it into a kind of ash which is

either acidic or alkaline. The laws of modern biochemistry further explain that it is not the organic matter of foods (whether

the food itself is acidic or alkaline), but their inorganic matter (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur,

phosphorous; that is, how they break down in our bodies), that determines either the acidity or alkalinity of this ashy residue.

For this reason, and because all foods in nature contain both acid and alkaline-forming elements according to the

Conscious Living Center, balance is either achieved or thwarted as a direct result of the foods we choose to eat. Too many

acid-forming foods can have dire consequences for our health, with “acidosis” being a common diagnosis in diabetics,

for example. This is because when the nutrients required to maintain this slightly alkaline state cannot be obtained

from food, the body will instead draw from its own stores, like the bones or other vital tissues – damaging its ability to repair

itself and detoxify heavy metals, thereby making a person more vulnerable to fatigue and illness. And the margin for error

is small. Even an only slightly acidic pH of 6.9 can actually lead to coma and death.

Of course, the ultimate goal is balance. Eating too many alkalizing foods can lead to its own fair share of complications

over time, but the risk of this is seemingly less likely, given the current sorry state of today’s highly addictive consumerist

diet. To combat the effects of such a diet, here are six of the most alkaline-forming foods to work into your everyday meals:

1. Root vegetables

Due to the healing “yang” nature of these foods in traditional Chinese medicine,  and their tendency to be more rich in

minerals than many other vegetables, it may be safe to say that you can’t get enough of them. Look for radishes especially

(black, red or white), as well as beets, carrots, turnips, horseradish and rutabaga. Ready to eat after steaming for just

15-20 minutes, root vegetables will help you feel both satiated and better grounded.

2. Cruciferous vegetables

These are the veggies we all know and love, made even more delicious with just a small amount of healthy, homemade

sauce like pesto. Choose from broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the like.

3. Leafy greens

These include kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens and spinach – of which spinach may in fact be the best pick. Known especially

for its rich vitamin K and folate content, spinach is also packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber,

helping to improve digestion and even vision.

4. Garlic

A true miracle food, garlic appears at the top of innumerable lists of foods that encourage overall health, and alkaline-forming

food is no exception. Among its other benefits are its ability to promote cardiovascular and immune health by lowering blood

pressure, cleansing the liver and fighting off disease.

5. Cayenne peppers (capsicum)

As part of a family of potent, tropical peppers which contain enzymes essential to endocrine function, cayenne is among the

most alkalizing foods. It is known for its antibacterial properties and is a rich supply of vitamin A, making it a helpful agent in

fighting off the harmful free radicals that lead to stress and illness.

6. Lemons

Lemons may be the most alkalizing food of all. As a natural disinfectant, it can heal wounds while also providing potent and

immediate relief for hyperacidity and virus-related conditions, as well as coughs, colds, flu and heartburn. Lemon also works

to energize the liver and promote detoxification.

So it can’t hurt to think twice about what’s on your plate at your next meal, but not doing so might. Just applying that age-old

motherly advice to “eat your vegetables” can be a solid first step in achieving better health.

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Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.onegreenplanet.org

http://livingthepresence.org/pdf/acid_alkaline_fds.pdf

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://vividlife.me

http://www.balance-ph-diet.com/acid_alkaline_food_chart.html

NCWC presents: pH Alkalinity Info, Juicing, Fruits, Gluten…

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7 Most Alkaline Foods

 

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7 MOST ALKALINE FOODS

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7 Alkaline Foods

An Alkaline pH for your body helps to fight disease and dis-ease.

Some will argue that it fights/prevents cancer!

Disease thrives in acidic environments….try these foods to fight back

and restore and/or achieve a proper alkaline pH level ( >7.25 )

** pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution.

It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the

more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more

alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither

acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.

It is recommended that you test your pH levels to

determine if your body’s pH needs immediate attention.

By using pH test strips, we can determine your pH factor

quickly and easily.   The more acidic you are, the more

prone you are to diseases such as heart disease, cancer

and diabetes. **

Please feel free to stop by the office to get your pH test. It takes 30 seconds.

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Please feel free to stop by the office to get your pH test. It takes 30 seconds.

 

Top 7 Alkaline Foods

The 7 Most Alkaline Foods:

1. Spinach
2. Kale
3. Cucumber
4. Broccoli
5. Avocado
6. Celery
7. Bell pepper

If you made a smoothie or juice containing just 1/2 a cup

of each of these seven ingredients it would give you:

Vitamin K – 1326% RDA
Molybdenum – 13.5% RDA
Vitamin C – 243% RDA
Potassium – 35% RDA
Manganese – 68% RDA
Magnesium – 32% RDA
Vitamin A – 386% RDA
Fiber – 47% RDA
Calcium – 22% RDA
Iron – 22% RDA
Folate – 66% RDA
Vitamin B2 – 21.5% RDA
Vitamin E – 16% RDA
Vitamin B6 – 22.5% RDA
Vitamin B5 – 15.5% RDA

ALL IN ONE DRINK

Can you imagine this? Leaving the house every morning having already

consumed 243% of your vitamin c intake, 47% of your daily fiber needs,

68% of you manganese and 32% of your magnesium, over 22% of you

vitamin B2 – imagine all of the incredible antioxidants? Before you’ve

left the house?!

This really is giving you not only huge antioxidants, huge alkalinity,

huge chlorophyll, huge detoxification nutrients – but if you want to

go really mainstream – its giving you the recommended 5 Veg a Day

before 9am!

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A web reference (below) to give some credit for this info:

http://goodveg.squidoo.com/columns/veg-101/easy-ways-and-reasons-to-eat-the-top-7-alkaline-foods

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