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Get Your Hot Chocolate Fix and Smash Chronic Inflammation at theSame Time Darrell Miller 1/16/19
Warm Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks For The Holiday Season Darrell Miller 12/13/18
How 4/20 became 'Weed Day' Darrell Miller 4/22/17
What are heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest? Darrell Miller 2/14/17
6 surprising ways Christmas is actually good for your health Darrell Miller 1/3/17
The fantastic pumpkin seed Darrell Miller 11/2/16
The Holiday Sugar Trap; All There is to Know Darrell Miller 10/4/15
Celebrity Holiday Fare - eating plenty of vegetables is the trendiest trend... Darrell Miller 6/13/05



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Get Your Hot Chocolate Fix and Smash Chronic Inflammation at theSame Time
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Date: January 16, 2019 01:51 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Get Your Hot Chocolate Fix and Smash Chronic Inflammation at theSame Time





Hot chocolate is something that is very ingrained with the holiday season. Sitting around with the family drinking some hot cocoa is something that is so aligned with Christmas and all of the holidays that take place in December. For the people that love hot chocolate, they love this time period. However, if you, or people you know, are suffering from chronic inflammation, then you should be careful with the things that you drink. However, studies show that hot cocoa in moderation could be good for this!

Key Takeaways:

  • People absolutely love their warm cocoa during the holiday season and this time of the year.
  • Some people are not able to drink the delicious drinks of the holiday season because of inflammation in their bodies.
  • Understanding how to budget your diet correctly is really important during the holiday season.

"Tis the season for crackling fires, snowball fights, and warm and delicious hot chocolate. But, how do you make yours? Do you rip open a package and pour hot water over something that claims to be hot chocolate?"

Read more: https://www.thealternativedaily.com/hot-chocolate-fix-smash-chronic-inflammation/

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Warm Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks For The Holiday Season
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Date: December 13, 2018 09:32 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Warm Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks For The Holiday Season





As the holiday season comes around, people start to get excited to have the treats that generally come with it. Apple cider vinegar is one of those treats that is a household favorite and at least one person at the family Christmas party would love to have it. It is healthy and it tastes great. The ones that are warmed up are a treat to everyone, though some people might like it more than others. However, be creative in your preparation.

Key Takeaways:

  • As the holiday season comes around, people start to prepare their favorite holiday drinks.
  • Many people stray away from their dieting habits during the holiday because of the food they are around.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a drink that is a household favorite during the holidays and has some great health benefits.

"This living probiotic food causes new beneficial bacteria to take up residence in your gut. These bacteria protect you from illness and play an important role in extracting nutrition from what you eat. This means that you can get more nutrients from less food, and your body becomes satisfied more quickly."

Read more: https://www.thealternativedaily.com/warm-apple-cider-vinegar-drinks-holiday-season/

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How 4/20 became 'Weed Day'
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Date: April 22, 2017 10:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How 4/20 became 'Weed Day'





Smoke one, toke one! April 20th is the annual day for weed smokers to unite, just like Easter or Christmas for other people, by tradition. If you are a toker wondering how 420 became the national weed day, this is the information that you want to read. You can learn all about the history of 420 so the next time you take a toke, you will do so with this important information in your mind.

Read more: How 4/20 became 'Weed Day'

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What are heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest?
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Date: February 14, 2017 10:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What are heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest?





Though all types of heart trouble pose emergency threats to people's health, there are many differences between them in terms of both causes and symptoms. "Heart failure" refers to some loss of the heart's successful function as a pump; "congestive heart failure" applies more specifically to when blood flow has backed up, causing the swelling of veins. A "heart attack" occurs when blood flow to the heart is cut off - sometimes, this is caused by a spasm. But if the heart suddenly stops beating, that is a "cardiac arrest", and is a problem with the timed electrical signals that make the heart contract.

Key Takeaways:

  • Singer George Michael passed away on Christmas Day, at age 53.
  • His manager, Michael Lippman, cited heart failure as the cause of death.
  • If Michael's heart not only failed but also stopped beating entirely, he would have had minutes for doctors to intervene.

"Blockages causing heart attacks are mostly caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries."



Reference:

//www.cnn.com/2016/12/26/health/what-is-heart-failure-heart-attack-sudden-cardiac-arrest-explainer/index.html

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6 surprising ways Christmas is actually good for your health
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Date: January 03, 2017 08:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 6 surprising ways Christmas is actually good for your health





It’s the Holiday season and with that comes family, friends, gifts, and more. This article provides six ways Christmas is good for your health. Are you a fan of cheese? This article is for you. Do you like board games? This article is for you. Check out the article for the rest of the benefits of the Christmas season

Key Takeaways:

  • Cheese contains tryptophan, which boosts your mood. It also contains probiotics, which helps your digestion. It’s also full of omega 3, calcium, vitamin D, B-complex vitamins and protein.
  • Turkey is an incredibly healthy meat to eat. It’s a brilliant source of protein, helps balance blood sugar levels and is a good source of tryptophan.
  • A study from the University of Reading shows that drinking prosecco can lower your blood pressure, increase your blood circulation and so decrease your chances of having a stroke.

"Just like turkey, it seems to be only at Christmas that you really tuck into Brussels sprouts – we’re not sure why, because we’re totally into our sprouts when we do eat them."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//home.bt.com/news/science-news/6-surprising-ways-Christmas-is-actually-good-for-your-health-11364124098531&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjVkYjY3ZDViNDdiNGM3ZTc6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFWfw6rKBOEBh5qQk4tLuMcCOYfoQ

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The fantastic pumpkin seed
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Date: November 02, 2016 10:49 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The fantastic pumpkin seed

Mention pumpkin and you think Halloween jack o’lanterns. Come Thanksgiving or Christmas, it’s pumpkin pie. Or maybe pumpkin soup. Yet nobody talks of the two powerhouse nutritional part of the pumpkin – pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil. From improving bladder function, easing arthritis to thwarting heart disease and providing anxiety relief, it’s the seeds where the magic of the pumpkin is.

Key Takeaways:

  • With Halloween around the corner, people will be carving pumpkins into Jack-o-lanterns
  • While most people only think of pumpkins on Thanksgiving or Halloween, the seeds of this fruit offer an impressive cocktail of health enhancing and disease fighting compounds
  • Among its unique multitude of health benefits, pumpkin seeds stand out for their ability to effectively treat an overactive bladder

"a condition characterized by a sudden urge to urinate that may lead to an involuntary loss of urine Researchers estimate that 16 percent of men and women suffer from overactive bladder symptoms such as urination urgency as well as frequent daytime and night urination."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.saipantribune.com/index.php/fantastic-pumpkin-seed/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmU0N2NhMzY3ZTc4ODMzY2U6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGB2b3ERQb91MSNOO6G4Al543UJPw

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The Holiday Sugar Trap; All There is to Know
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Date: October 04, 2015 10:02 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: The Holiday Sugar Trap; All There is to Know

The festive season can be a tempting affair to any healthy eater. Hopping from one party and family gathering to another might easily see you indulging in unhealthy dishes and drinks. It is quite difficult to hold back on the wide varieties of delicious treats unless your will is exceptional. Counting the calories in the food you eat when in the middle of a conversation with a long lost friend or family members isn't easy. What you regard as 'just a once off affair' might ruin the rest of the year for you. There is a lot of hidden sugar in holiday treats such as; syrup, cakes, flavored pop corn, cookies, soda, juices, lemonades and ice cream.

Holiday Feast


Reasons to Avoid Sugar During the Festive Season
Added sugar has been proven to have harmful effects on your health. There are some known risks that you might be exposing yourself to just by having an extra cupcake.

  • Tooth decay

Sugar plays a harmful role in tooth decay. Plaque, a harmful bacteria responsible for tooth decay, uses sugar as a form of energy. This way, the plaque multiplies and becomes thick hence making it difficult for it to be washed away by saliva. Sugar is also used as a form of glue for the bacteria to firmly stick to the teeth.

  • Weight gain

Added sugar for instance fructose corn syrup contains a lot of empty calories with zero nutrients.These calories do not contain any protein, minerals, vitamins nor any essential fats. It is purely energy which is converted into fats in the body hence weight gain.

  • Sweet tooth/ Addiction

Did you know that indulging in all that sweetness at the Christmas table might be the beginning of your sugar addiction? Sugar shuttles tryptophan in the brain which further converts to serotonin hence having a physiological addictive effect.

  • Increased Blood Pressure

When the refined sugar intake is high, the body might be forced to produce more leptin and insulin. This is due to the high carbohydrate and processed food diet. When these two rise, blood pressure might go up leading to leptin and insulin resistance. Insulin is responsible for the storage of magnesium meant for the relaxation of muscles in the body. When the insulin is interfered with, the lack of magnesium in the cells may lead to the inability of your your hearts' vessels to fully relax hence narrowing them. This overworks your heart hence increased blood pressure.

  • Cholesterol

Refined sugar has been proven to cause diabetes, obesity as well as other conditions that put your heart at risk. New studies have linked sugar with unhealthy cholesterol and increased triglyceride levels. When you consume a lot of refined sugar, the excess is stored in the liver as tryglecirides (a form of fat that sticks to your arteries). This fat travels through the blood stream and may clog it up.

That extra can of soda might leave you struggling with life altering health conditions. It is important to consider healthy alternatives to refined sugars. A perfect example in this case would be unsweetened or stevia calorie free sweetners. Sweet leaf and Truvia are made of stevia which is a natural herbs that are commonly found in South and Central America. Stevia is 40 times sweeter than sugar yet contains no empty calories which makes it a suitable alternative. These sweeteners are easily available in local stores and can be used in almost anything; tea, coffee, cereal, yogurt and even fruit.

References

//www.webmd.com/food-recipes/best-sugar-substitutes
//healthyteeth.org/what-about-sugar/
//articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/25/sugar-blood-pressure.aspx
//healthyeating.sfgate.com/sugar-intake-raise-cholesterol-levels-4101.html

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Celebrity Holiday Fare - eating plenty of vegetables is the trendiest trend...
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Date: June 13, 2005 09:53 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Celebrity Holiday Fare - eating plenty of vegetables is the trendiest trend...

Celebrity Holiday Fare by Claire Gottlieb Energy Times, October 11, 2003

Trendy celebrities and trendy food go together like holidays and sparkling trees. Within the celebrity-filled universe known as the media, eating plenty of vegetables is the trendiest trend. And, according to the latest nutrition research, it also may be the healthiest.

Even before Frankenstein's monster picked up his first movie contract or endorsement deal, he was a vegetarian (for reasons best known by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, his creator).

Meanwhile, well-known actor Woody Harrelson, a fan of raw, vegetarian foods, professes that his devotion to uncooked veggies only reached firm ground when he became convinced they could and would taste fantastic. The tastiness of the recipes we've included with our inspection of the rarefied world of celebrity food prove that the celebrity predilection for these dishes keeps taste buds happy.

For Love of Pie

When preparing your holiday fare this season, taking tips from the dietary habits and favored dishes of celebrities may perk up your lunches and dinners. Healthy dishes can be delicious!

As Woody Harrelson points out in his foreword to Living Cuisine (Avery/Penguin) by Renee Loux Underkoffler, he became a fan of raw vegetables when he was convinced that they could be made into delicious dishes.

"Though I wasn't raw at the time, I knew enough to know that raw food and its emphasis on enzymes being the life force of the food is the way to go for optimum health and energy. Still, you can talk theory all you want; if the taste isn't there, color me a cooked-food junkie."

Eating dishes cooked by Ms. Underkoffler left him and Gabriel Cousens (a health book writer) speechless.

"We were struck dumb by our taste buds...the coup de grace was one of Renee's coconut cream pies, which, I confess, almost brought Gabriel and me to blows over the last piece." Other celebrities also find Ms. Underkoffler's food preparation skills to be superb. Alicia Silverstone raves, "I love Renee....Her food reflects that spirit, opening the senses to everything around you-it's incredibly rich and delicious and full of health and restorative energy. Her food is medicine." (But it doesn't taste like it!)

Birth of a Charitable Idea

Meanwhile other celebrities have taken their food act to a whole new level. Consider how Paul Newman's holiday habits led to his food adventures.

The story on Mr. Newman starts with salad dressing and Christmas. He and his friend, author A.E. Hotchner, originally created home made dressing and bestowed wine bottles of the stuff on family and friends for Christmas presents. Consequently, every holiday season Mr. Newman and his immediate family indulged in Christmas caroling and salad dressing giving. The demand for the dressing grew every successive holiday season until Mr. Newman and Mr. Hotchner decided to go commercial: Sell the dressing and make it available to shoppers throughout North America. The profits go to charity, and Mr. Newman bestowed about a million dollars to worthy causes in the first year.

In the early 80s, the Newman's Own brand started out with its Oil & Vinegar Dressing. Today they offer salad dressings, pasta sauces, salsas, popcorn, lemonade and other sauces. According to Mr. Newman, the two principles that rule the company are an insistence on top-quality products without artificial ingredients or preservatives and the donation of all after-tax profits from the sale of the products to educational and charitable organizations, both in the United States and foreign countries where the products are sold. Over $125 million worth have been donated since 1982.

In 1986, Mr. Newman founded The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, along with Ursula Gwynne and A.E. Hotchner, with funds from Newman's Own and other donations. The camp, located in Connecticut, is for children with serious disease. (Newman recipes are available at the website: www.newmansown.com.)

Whether the latest celebrity trend wends its way to raw food or cooked creations, you can safely count on the fact that celebrity heads will rest easy tonight (and yours can, too!) knowing that they've eaten food that's both in fashion and healthy. Leo Tolstoy, the celebrated Russian novelist, once pointed out, "Vegetarianism serves as a criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of man is genuine and sincere."

When you try it for yourself, you'll find that serving mostly vegetarian meals may also offer evidence of a sincere devotion to better health and happier holidays.



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