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11 Superfoods For People Over 50

It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies begin to break down. Certain activities that we once enjoyed become too intense, and some of our favorite foods might not agree with us very well anymore. Luckily, there are all kinds of changes you can make to slow that aging process.

Eating a balanced diet is one of the best things you can do to extend your life and stay as healthy and vital as possible.

There are certain foods that are good for you at any age, but have special benefits for those over 50. These are all flavorful choices that you can enjoy eating. In fact, #10 is actually a dessert!

Join us as we review the 11 superfoods that will keep you looking and feeling young well into your golden years.

1. Beans
As we approach middle age, the risk for problems like type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol goes up. Adding beans to your daily diet is a fantastic way to knock that risk back down. Just ¾ cup of beans or lentils each day reduces your bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 5%. Beans can …

How To Make Stevia Extract (Liquid Or Powder)

Sometimes you just need a little bit of sweet, but you could do without the extra calories.  Artificial sweeteners contain some pretty scary stuff, and they taste downright horrible.  Stevia is different.  It’s a simple plant that you can grow right in your backyard, just like I did.  It’s hard to imagine a green leaf tasting that sweet, but take one nibble of a stevia leaf and it’ll blow your mind.

Stevia is the best sweetener for people with diabetes according to Diabetes Strong, and unlike lab made sweeteners, there’s nothing artificial about it.  You can actually just grow a stevia plant, in much the same way you’d grow mint or oregano, and then extract the natural calorie-free sweetener.  Why bother though?  When you can just buy premade stevia extract?

While storebought stevia may say “all natural,” most brands aren’t just stevia.  This one, for example, has lab made erythritol as the first ingredient.  It may only be flavored with stevia, but it’s still somehow allowed to be la…

The Top 5 Reasons To Stop Drinking Diet Soda

If you would like to give up diet soda for good, here are five big reasons why diet sodas can be so damaging to your health and energy.

1) Aspartame in Diet Soda
The artificial sweetener aspartame, found in most diet sodas, is made from two free-form amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, and the toxic alcohol methanol.

Without the usual slow digestion and other competing amino acids, free-form phenylalanine can hit the bloodstream very quickly and potentially cross the blood brain barrier in unnaturally large amounts.

Too much free-form phenylalanine may reduce serotonin (the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter) in the brain and excessive phenylalanine has been linked to hypertension, headaches, aggression and behavior problems with children.

The free-form aspartic acid in diet soda is also believed to cross the blood brain barrier and in large enough amounts is classed as an excitotoxin – a substance that overexcites nerve function in the brain, potentially even to the point where the br…

7 Signs You Are Eating Too Much Sugar

Sugar is delicious but in copious amounts it can be really bad for our health. You won’t look at it the same way once you learn how it impacts the body. There are red flags which our body sends us that it’s time to reduce the consumption of sugar and here are six of them:

A constant feeling of fatigue or tiredness is one of the signs that you got too much sugar in the diet. Even though these foods can give you carbohydrate boost and led a feeling of increased energy, this is just temporary. If you feel tired all the time you have to check your diet to see if you drink or eat too much sugar.

Chances that you have become a sugar addict are huge if you find yourself craving the sugary snack’s sweet flavor on a daily basis. The consumption of sugar can make a sugar craving’s chain reaction as it is so addictive. If you can’t bear a moment without carbs, you could be in throes of a deep addiction of sugar.

If you fall ill …

6 Proven Benefits of Manuka Honey And How To Use It

Not all honey is created equal. Manuka honey has been used as a powerful remedy for thousands of years. Here’s how you can start harnessing the powers of manuka honey to naturally boost your health.

What Is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey comes from the manuka tree in New Zealand and possesses many therapeutic properties. While real manuka honey is only found in New Zealand, it can easily be found in health food stores across the U.S.

When you purchase manuka honey, you may notice abbreviations on the container, such as UMF, which stands for the Unique Manuka Honey Factor. This label indicates that the manuka honey meets the standards of the UMF Honey Association.

Other grading systems include the K factor and MGO. The K factor measures the purity of the honey, as well as things like antioxidants and enzymes. The MGO measures methylglyoxal, which holds antibacterial properties.

So, now that you know a little more about what manuka honey actually is, let’s explore how this unique honey is di…

7 Reasons You Should Roll Your Foot Over A Spiky Massage Ball And More Exercises

A spiky massage ball may look rather strange – in fact, at first glance you might think it’s a dog toy, and Fido would probably love to dig his teeth in, but this ball is definitely not something you want your four-legged best friend to destroy, as it’s an incredible tool to relieve those tired, sore feet after a long day – and, much more.

The spiky massage ball was first created in Denmark in an attempt to help depressed psychiatric patients find a way out of their mental states using a stimulating massage. It’s a fairly simple design, made from a very durable plastic that’s covered with spikes that have rounded ends. They come in a variety of sizes and are often used by massage therapists and physiotherapists for relieving muscle tightness. But they’re becoming increasingly popular for at home use too, allowing one to perform massages on themselves. The balls work by stimulating tissues that are directly beneath the skin. When used with calm, relaxed breathing, the spiky balls also …