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Health Benefits of Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese: Nutrition & Benefits

Feta cheese is one of the most popular cheese in the world, and with good reason, but before you add it to every dish, there are a few things you should know.


What Is Feta Cheese?

Feta cheese is a brined white cheese that comes from sheep’s milk and goat’s milk. Originating in Greece, this cheese has become a staple cheese option for many different dishes, both within and outside of Greek cuisine. This cheese typically comes in blocks, and is notoriously crumbly, making it ideal as a salad topping.  In the past two decades, it has been decided that only feta cheese made in certain regions of Greece, using traditional methods, can be called “feta cheese”. The taste of this cheese is salty and tangy, and its flavor is potent in most dishes.

Because this cheese is a brined-curd form of white cheese, it is rich in various probiotics and other essential nutrients, so it is generally considered healthy when consumed in moderation. While some feta cheeses are made from pasteurized goat or sheep’s milk, if you can find unpasteurized varieties, there will be an even richer collection of nutrients. This variety of cheese does have significant amounts of sodium and saturated fat but is still considered one of the healthiest options.


Nutritional Facts Of Feta Cheese

When it comes to nutrition, feta cheese is surprisingly packed with different nutrients. In a 1-ounce serving of this cheese, you will take in 75 calories, as well as 4 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat, 4 of which come from saturated fats. This briny cheese also offers good levels of calcium, sodium, folic acid, vitamin B-12, B-6, A, and vitamin K, and a range of beneficial probiotics.


Health Benefits Of Feta Cheese

The impressive health benefits of feta cheese include its ability to prevent certain types of cancer, strengthen the immune system, reduce migraines, and lower the risk of anemia, among others. Let’s take a look at them:



Calcium is found in large quantities in this cheese, and in combination with magnesium and vitamin D, this can be a potent anti-cancer mixture, according to some research.


Immune System

One of the proteins in this cheese, histidine, becomes histamine in the body and triggers a minor burst of activity in the immune system. This sort of regular work is important to keep the immune system working properly.


Healthy Gut

Feta cheese is packed with more than a dozen different probiotics, which can restore the bacterial balance of your gut and limit symptoms of leaky gut or irritable bowel syndromes.


Eye Disease

As a great source of riboflavin, this cheese is able to stimulate eye health and lower your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.



Calcium is critical to the absorption of iron in the body, which prevents anemia. Furthermore, calcium and the other minerals are needed for bone health and a lower risk of osteoporosis.


Side Effects Of Feta Cheese

There are some side effects of feta cheese, including various allergic reactions, as well as potential cardiovascular issues if eaten in excess.


  • Allergies: Cheese allergies are similar to milk allergies, in that they are caused by the proteins found in the substance, commonly casein or whey. While you are likely already aware of a milk/cheese allergy, feta cheese can cause hives, wheezing, stomach upset, itchy skin and even anaphylaxis in extreme cases.
  • Heart Health: Roughly 2/3 of the fat found in this cheese is saturated fat. While this is okay in small amounts, eating an excessive amount of this cheese (1/2 cup or more per day) could compromise your cholesterol levels and general heart health.

~Feta Cheese is a ‘Beneficial’ for Blood Type B and AB, and ‘Neutral’ for Blood Types O and A.

Fermented Foods

The Blood Type Diet is a great way to reduce inflammation and maximize health. Much of this has to do with lectins, the carbohydrate-binding molecules found in so many different foods. These lectins may react badly with one blood type but have no effect on another. The Blood Type Diet removes foods that are difficult to digest or that contain harmful lectins for your type to alleviate the stress on your body.

What Are Fermented Foods?
Patients and followers of the diet always have questions about certain types of foods. As the years go by, different fads hit the mainstream, causing many people to wonder if those foods would be helpful for them on the Blood Type Diet. One category of foods I have been asked about a lot recently are fermented foods. The fermenting process has been around since as early as recorded history and is defined as “the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat.” The process is most notably used to make alcohol and preserve vegetables though it is also used to make yogurt, cheese and salami, among many other things. It’s actually quite a simple process to do in your own home that only involves a few steps. The steps for fermenting vegetables are listed below.

  1. Cut and clean your vegetable of choice, then mix it in a glass jar with 1 tsp of salt per cup of vegetable. Fill the jar with water, enough to fully cover the ingredients in the jar. Make sure the vegetables stay submerged and don’t float up above the water line. If they keep rising, put a small weight in the glass jar to hold them underwater.
  2. Use ¼ cup of liquid from a previous ferment per quart of vegetable (if available), or the contents of a probiotic capsule (such as Polyflora), as a starter by adding it to the jar. The starter is not necessary, but facilitates faster fermentation. If you omit the starter, allow an extra day for wild cultures to ferment on their own. The salt will keep any unhealthy bacteria or fungi from growing, while permitting the lactic acid bacteria to thrive.
  3. Seal the jar firmly and allow the vegetables to culture at room temperature for 3-5 days, tasting the mix daily to achieve the proper taste and consistency. When the vegetable ferment is done, refrigerate it.

Stick to Your Food Values In general, fermented foods can be a good thing for your body, as they contain pro and prebiotics, key components in maintaining proper gut health which can naturally deteriorate over time from stress and other factors. While probiotics and prebiotics are definitely great healthy additions to your diet, they still need to come from Blood Type Diet compliant sources. It’s important to always adhere to the right options for your blood type, regardless of what trends say about probiotics, Omega-3’s, or any other flavor of the month trending nutrition topic. Also, be wary of added sweeteners or other ingredients (such as vinegar) in bottled or pre-packaged varieties of fermented foods, a good practice for not just this category of food, but any product you buy that uses multiple ingredients. You would be surprised how many avoids can be lurking on labels of pre-packaged goods.

Fermented Options Right 4 Your Type
While some pre-made fermented foods can be question marks because of their ingredient lists, there are some fermented foods which are easy to define by Blood Type Diet values. Cultured soy foods, such as tempeh, miso, and natto are beneficial options for Blood Types A and AB, as these types thrive on soy. Yogurt and kefir are beneficials for Bs and ABs and are avoids for Os. Red wine, one of the most popular fermented foods, is neutral for all types, while white wine is only an avoid for Type O.

If you are looking for some fermented options that would work for you, we have some great blood type specific fermented vegetable choices below that are simple to make at home with the aforementioned 3-step process.

Remember, virtually any bean, grain, root vegetable, fruit, spice, or beverage can be fermented. Just make sure you’re starting with an ingredient that’s neutral or beneficial for your blood type. If you are adding any ingredients throughout the process, take those values into account as well. To boost the probiotic benefits from fermentation, use a capsule of my blood type specific Polyflora probiotic supplement as the starter for the process, which will also speed up the fermentation and get you those delicious fermented foods even sooner!

Recipe: Salmon Bean Cakes

Salmon is a beneficial for nearly every blood type and a great source of Omega-3s too. These salmon cakes from our line of Personalized Cookbooks are a delicious and unique way to use this powerhouse ingredient that is not only easy to make but perfect for finger food at parties or packed in a lunch box. When paired with the smooth and herbaceous flavor of the included cilantro sauce recipe, these salmon cakes will be a Right 4 All Types treat that everyone can enjoy!

[ Serves 4 ]



  • 1 pound wild-caught salmon, cooked
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed and drained*
  • 1 tsp chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten slightly
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs**
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt, to taste

*Type B substitute cannellini beans, Type AB substitute soy beans.
**Personalized breadcrumb mix for each blood type.


  1. Flake cooked salmon into a bowl, and carefully remove any bones. Add beans, scallions, rosemary, thyme and sea salt. Gently stir in egg and breadcrumbs. Allow mixture to sit for 15 minutes so it sticks together better.
  2. Form salmon mixture into patties, each the size of a baseball.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook salmon patties for 3 to 4 minutes on one side. Turn and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes on the other side.
  4. To make the sauce, chop walnuts in a food processor until they form a paste. With the processor running, add olive oil and water until mixture becomes creamy. Add cilantro and salt and blend until smooth.
  5. Serve salmon cakes warm, drizzled with cilantro sauce.

Eat Yourself Calm: 10 Foods That Fight Anxiety

Anxiety can be caused by several internal and external factors, but there’s a natural way to manage it that many people don’t yet know about.

The nutritional strategy known as blood sugar balance is a straightforward technique that involves eating fats and proteins at every meal and snack and avoiding sugar and stimulants as much as possible.

It is that simple. And it’s also the only effective way to sustainably lose weight without making yourself crazy.

What does blood sugar have to do with anxiety?

One of the reasons the food you eat determines your mood is because having too much or too little sugar in your blood can be stressful for your brain.

From an evolutionary point of view, both are perceived as a threat to your survival. Too much sugar happens when you eat a high-carb meal or snack (fruit juice, a bowl of cereal, a doughnut, a “health” bar), which is broken down rapidly into glucose and increases the amount of sugar in your blood.

A steep rise in blood sugar makes you feel mentally good (sugar high) but persistent high blood sugar can be dangerous and lead to complications like hyperglycemia, which is why the body has a fast and effective way of bringing blood sugar back down, using insulin.

Insulin takes sugar out of your blood into your liver and muscles for temporary safe storage. The resulting sudden dip in blood sugar is what makes you feel lethargic and foggy-brained (hi, afternoon slump), which is when your adrenals have to kick in and secrete fight-or-flight hormones that quicken your breathing, make your heart race, and rev up your anxiety.

This is usually when you reach for one or all of the following: chocolate, more coffee, a salty carb snack, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes.

It’s got very little to do with self-control. When you’re up against low blood sugar and an exhausted brain, the odds are against you.

This roller-coaster adrenal trip is exhausting for your brain and messes with your hormones. For most people, the Ping-Pong of extremes continues throughout their life until they eventually tire out their pancreas (diabetes), their adrenals (adrenal fatigue), and their brain (Alzheimer’s disease).

The good news is you can prevent these diseases and take better care of your brain by making healthier choices.

Here are 10 foods to eat yourself calm:

  1. Complex carbs

Nature’s nutritious “fast food”—sweet potatoes, yams, plantains, brown rice, quinoa, beans, lentils—are high in fiber and slow carbs that your body recognizes and knows how to metabolize.

Being unprocessed, these carbs are naturally packed with minerals and nutrients like B vitamins that help your body break down and USE the energy contained in these foods.

Remember to combine them with some protein and fats for extra credit (i.e., mental focus).


  1. Eggs

Eggs are not only a convenient source of complete protein, they also contain lecithin and choline needed for proper methylation and nervous system function.

Choline is a nutrient that forms a key part of the abundant neurotransmitter acetylcholine—used all the time for motor and memory functions in the nervous system.

One of the characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease is a marked decrease in acetylcholine concentrations.


  1. Walnuts and flaxseeds

Foods rich in omega-3s (including nuts, seeds, and fish like sardines and salmon) lower inflammation and have been shown to reduce anxiety scores, both for substance abusers and healthy young adults.


  1. Tea

L-theanine in tea is a stress-relieving compound that binds to GABA receptors and induces changes in brain waves indicative of relaxation.

Sub your midday coffee—a stimulant that interferes with blood sugar and spikes your stress hormones—for naturally calming rooiboschamomile, or green tea, all of which have been studied for their anxiolytic properties.


  1. Bone broth

Unless you’ve been asleep under a rock for a few years, you’ve heard of the gut-brain-axis and how intestinal disorders usually coincide with depression and anxiety. Getting a healthy gut is a big, multi-approach endeavor but one of my favorite gut-healing foods to recommend to clients is a grass-fed bone broth, which is high in glycine, an amino acid with calming properties.


  1. Oysters

Zinc plays a big role in the both the immune and nervous system. People with anxiety have significantly lower plasma levels of zinc and higher levels of copper.

Stress and anxiety tend to deplete zinc, so add oysters, sesame seeds (e.g. tahini), lentils, beef, and lamb to your list of stress-fighting foods.


  1. Methylcobalamin

Or vitamin B12, is another killer calming nutrient that plays a big role in methylation, neurotransmitter synthesis, and nerve function. Decreased brain levels of vitamin B12 has been shown to contribute to neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.

For vegetarians, getting enough B12 can be a challenge because food sources tend to be animal products—fish, shellfish, lamb, beef, beef liver, eggs, and raw milk (hey, kefir). It might be worth considering a high-quality supplement.


  1. Green leafy vegetables

Your body uses magnesium in over 300 different biochemical reactions, including neurotransmitter release and nervous function. Magnesium deficiency has been shown to induce anxiety.

Eat more greens, pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocados, and…dark chocolate! Also: Soak in an Epsom salt bath regularly.


  1. Oat bran

Turkey and bananas aren’t the only foods that contain tryptophan (the precursor to serotonin and melatonin). Oats are up there and have the added benefit of being full of B-vitamins and a lot of fiber, too.

Remember to top your oats creations with all kinds of good fats and protein like sliced almonds, walnuts, almond butter, chia seeds, flaxseeds, for added blood-sugar stabilization.


  1. Coconut oil and grass-fed ghee

Your brain is made of fats, so are the myelin sheaths lining all of your neurons. Give your brain and nerves the building blocks they’re made of!

The MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) found in coconut oil have been shown to improve cognitive functioning.

Ghee has been studied for it’s anti-inflammatory, gut healing, brain-boosting properties, mostly thanks to the butyrate (found in both butter and ghee), which is a short-chain saturated fat that feeds and rejuvenates the cells lining your gut.

As mentioned at the start of this post, eating fats is also part of the blood-stabilization strategy to manage mood and appetite, so for the best brain-body results, eat lots of good fats at every meal.

Test-drive this kind of balanced diet for a week or two and see if your anxiety evens out. My educated guess is it will, and you won’t want to look back. Don’t forget to check a couple foods to make sure they’re not on your blood type ‘avoid’ list, at least for a couple weeks.


Contributions by  Klara Mudge


Salted Caramel and Pineapple Upside Down Cake

With spring fighting its way to the fore after a long and chilly winter, what better way to welcome the warmth than by making a treat with tropical flavor? This pineapple upside-down cake includes pineapple, of course, which is a natural decongestant for spring allergies, but it’s also a sweet cake enhanced with a homemade salted caramel. This symphony of vibrant flavors is sure to be the perfect segue from decadent winter treats to lighter spring snacks.

Cake Ingredients

  • 6 oz ghee or mild olive oil
  • 6 oz organic sugar*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds extracted from the pod**
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Caramel Ingredients

  • 3 oz ghee (plus a little extra for greasing)
  • ¾ cup organic sugar*
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ vanilla pod, seeds extracted from the pod**
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt***
  • 1 pound fresh pineapple, cut into 1″ thick strips

*Sugar is an avoid for all non-secretors. Substitute with agave syrup.
**Vanilla is an avoid for Type O non-secretors. Please omit.
***Yogurt is an avoid for Type O non-secretors. Substitute with rice or almond yogurt.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a 9″ round cake pan with parchment paper.
  3. To make the caramel, start by melting the ghee in a small saucepan over low heat with the sugar (or agave for non-secretors), salt and yogurt, stirring to combine for about 10 to 15 minutes. When the sugar has melted and the caramel forms, add the vanilla seeds and stir once. Transfer the caramel into the cake tin, making sure to coat the entire bottom of the pan.
  4. Arrange the pineapple strips in a single layer on top of the caramel, making sure they are well packed together.
  5. To make the batter of the cake, start by creaming the sugar with the olive oil / ghee on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer. When the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is light and pale, add the eggs, vanilla seeds, followed by the flour, ground almonds and baking powder, until the batter becomes stiff and all ingredients are well combined.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in a thick layer over the pineapple, making sure to keep the strips in place.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cake to rest a few minutes, then place a serving plate over the tin and carefully flip over. Remove the tin and serve warm.

Why You Should Think Twice Before Buying Grocery Store Honey

If you’re doing your best to eat clean, certain things seem like safe bets, like fresh, organic produce and legumes.
Many of us use honey as a natural alternative to other types of sugar, and it’s a favorite ingredient in lots of drinks and dishes.  Well, you may want to brace yourself, because we have some bad news…
Turns out, most of the honey that you’ll find on grocery store shelves is not actually real honey. It’s a product of an unethical yet widespread practice called “honey laundering.” Let us explain.

What Is “Honey Laundering?”

Honey laundering can mean many different things, but in broad terms, it describes honey that has been altered to contain less of the real product in lieu of cheap fillers like (city) water, synthetic sweeteners, and potentially harmful chemicals—without being clearly labeled as such.

Natural honey can be expensive and difficult to harvest. As a result, certain major honey producers, including several in China, rely on unsavory practices to create cheaper, more shelf-stable knockoffs.

It’s well-documented that China has been flooding the markets for years with honey that has had its beneficial pollen removed through ‘ultrafiltration.’

Ultra-filtration is a process that does two things: it gives honey a longer shelf-life and also makes it impossible to trace the country of origin. [An important note on filtration: all honey, including the real stuff, goes through a regular filtration process to remove debris and bee parts. But the added step of ultra-filtration is what separates legit honey from imposters.]

In certain cases, ultra-filtration isn’t the only modification made to honey.

Some samples of Chinese honey have tested positive for illegal antibiotics and have also been watered down with high fructose corn syrup. Honey imposters may also be made from cane, corn or beet sugar, rice syrup, or other cheaper sweeteners.

Why Should You Care?

The murkiness of honey laundering causes consumers to unknowingly use a product they may not want to purchase or put in their bodies.

The chief concern: imported honey may contain chemicals banned in the U.S. and Canada, like chloramphenicol, a broad spectrum antibiotic that has been linked to cancer as well as possible development of aplastic anemia, a rare but serious blood disorder.

Ultra-filtered honey may also be mixed with things like water or high fructose corn syrup, which further diminishes the natural benefits of honey.

Pure honey has a natural antibiotic property thanks to special enzymes that the bees produce. Its pollen also contains good-for-you antioxidants and is purported to help with the effects of seasonal allergies.

Laundered honey will contain none of these health benefits.

What to Know When Shopping for Honey

Because there are few regulations and several loopholes surrounding honey production and labeling, it can be difficult to know if the sweet stuff you see on your grocery store shelf is actually authentic.

That said, there are certain keywords that can help steer you in the right direction.

For starters, avoid the term “ultrafiltrated” because that means the original source of the honey isn’t traceable.

Also, don’t be fooled by the nomer “pure honey.” It’s not a meaningful description and doesn’t prevent against a contaminated product. Instead, look for the label “True Source Certified,” which indicates that the honey was voluntarily traced using a third party auditing system.

Price can also be a tip-off.  Producing real honey is a time and resource-intensive process and the costs will reflect that. You shouldn’t expect to pay just a few dollars for a jar of honey.

Perhaps your best—and safest—bet is to purchase honey from a local farmer.

Ask them about their bees and harvesting practices which will help ensure that you are getting the real deal.

At True Health Canada, we have a proven source of local honey, as well as bee pollen.

The hives are put far from contamination sources and are located in spray-free zones, near conservation lands of wild flowers, right here in BC.
We have unheated, (real) pure & unpasteurized, with no antibiotics. Bees are not and should not be fed sugar.
Purchase of this product supports small-scale, local agriculture.
Call us today to order a jar, or two.

How to Get More Protein in Your Diet

You need protein to stay full and prevent overindulging in sugary foods, but are you getting enough?

With the average adult male requiring 55 grams of protein per day and the average adult woman requiring 45 grams, it can be difficult to get in that protein (other than a scoop of BT compatible protein powder).

Here are just a few healthy, quick and tasty ways to sneak in protein. Remember to keep it compatible with your Blood Type diet.

At 8 grams per cup, this amino acid powerhouse is considered a complete protein.
Make it tasty by adding in black beans and spices, or some veggies for a quinoa salad.
For the the classical choice of meats, try making beef, turkey, chicken or fish jerky!  Great for busy days when you’re reaching for a fast food!  
Black Beans
Black beans are tasty in a salad, or even on their own and they’re super nutritious. They contain no cholesterol and have a ton of antioxidants.  Hit your daily protein goals with this, at 15 g per cup.
Peanut Butter
Both peanut butter and almond butter are fantastic sources of protein and easy to sneak into shakes, smoothies, use as spreads, or on fruits.  Make sure you have a good source (no added sugars) and enjoy seven to eight grams of protein in only 2 tablespoons.
Are Avocados on your Beneficial list?  With about 4 grams of protein per avocado, make a new avocado soup for breakfast!
Now available, we have one week meal plans, according to your blood type.  Call us today.

Recipe – Gingered Squash Soup

With 2018 marking the 20th anniversary of Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo’s Cook Right 4 Your Type, we thought it the perfect time to highlight one of the over 200 original recipes from the book. To keep in tune with the season, we picked a Gingered Squash Soup (pg. 231-232), a warm and hearty dish that is highly beneficial for all blood types!

Gingered Squash Soup

[ Serves 4-6 ]


  • 1 large butternut squash (or any squash Right 4 Your Type)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups of water or turkey stock (your preference)


Carefully peel squash. Most squash tend to be quite hard, so caution is advised in the initial preparation. Always cut flat side down. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Seeds can be set aside for roasting, as they’re not only delicious but a valuable source of zinc. Continue to cut squash into smaller pieces until you have manageable cubes. Peel cubes with a small, sharp knife. Cut into pieces and place in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add garlic, ginger and salt. Cover with water or turkey stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the squash is tender and easily pierced with the tip of a knife. Transfer mixture into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.


If you wake up in the morning feeling tired, sluggish and you can’t seem to face food to break your fast, then you may be detoxing. Detoxification is performed every minute of every day by various organs in an orchestration worthy of Carnegie Hall – but more so at night. But if your body is overloaded with processed food and chemicals, then you may need to help it out. If you happen to be fasting, the body, no longer busy with digestion, absorption and assimilation of food, will turn to detoxification. Chemicals that were stored away in fatty tissue for safety are released to be neutralized by the liver and eliminated. Be aware however that there is a step on the way to final elimination that can make those chemicals even more toxic if you don’t have the right detox nutrients.

Also, when trying to lose weight, as fat cells break down, they can release toxins that can make you feel bad and make you abandon your diet.

Or, if you’re on a yeast-free diet, you can experience what is called a Herxheimer reaction from the release of toxins from organisms dying in the millions. Symptoms can include headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, bloating, swollen glands, joint pain, and skin breakouts or rashes.

While there are many benefits to detoxing including releasing heavy metal buildup and reducing yeast overgrowth, the potential for detox symptoms is a great deterrent to yeast balancing or other kinds of detox.

So, what can you do to make sure your body’s innate detox facilities run smoothly without totally interrupting your life with detox symptoms? Give your cells and your liver some extra support..

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The True Secret to Anti-Aging

Aging is the sum total of all the changes that happen to us over the course of our lifetimes from birth to death.

Aging is fun when it means celebrating milestone birthdays which allow us “grown up” privileges such as driving or voting.

The fun starts to slow down when we begin getting things pains/aches and wrinkles.

Luckily, there are some foods you can eat to slow the aging process down a bit.

This article outlines 5 of the most beneficial anti-aging foods that can help slow father time down. Even if it’s just a little.

Let’s face it, we’re all trying to do everything we can to stop or slow down the effects of time, so adding these tips to your diet can only help.

Your feedback is always appreciated, so please let us know what you think and feel free to share it with your friends and family.

Even the very fit don’t escape the ravages of Father Time. Aging has been shown to slow down the times of marathon runners and affect the performances of elite athletes and chess grandmasters. Age-associated cognitive decline or a reduction in brain power and memory happens to everyone as they get older.

Another worrying aspect is that many people become more susceptible to infections and diseases with age. Sometimes it can be hard to separate age-related changes from the onset of an infection or debilitating disease.

For instance, a common belief is that people become cranky, depressed, and withdrawn as they get older. But people’s personalities do not change that much as they grow older. Instead, studies show that such significant changes in personality and behavior may be an early indication of disease or dementia.

Aging affects cells in every major organ in your body, yet many questions still remain as to what triggers aging, why it happens, and what exactly are the biological processes underlying these changes.

So, just why do these changes happen… and what anti-aging steps (if any) can be taken to delay these changes as long as possible?

To answer this question, let’s take a look at the so-called “free radical theory of disease and aging.”

What Are Antioxidants and Why Do You Need Them?

Antioxidants are molecules which neutralize harmful free radicals and protect vital cellular structures in your body from their damaging effects. Many antioxidants can be obtained naturally from the foods you eat. Your body also contains antioxidant enzyme systems.

To understand why antioxidants are necessary for your health, let’s first understand what free radicals are and what they do.

A free-radical is an ion or molecule that has an unpaired electron in its outermost shell.  (Most of an atom’s electrons associate in pairs.)  A common example of a free radical is superoxide, which is formed by the addition of an electron to an oxygen molecule.  Having an unpaired electron makes a free radical unstable and destructive to nearby molecules.  Free radicals break apart important body molecules by either giving up their unpaired electron to or taking on an electron from another molecule.   

Once this process is started, it can become a cascade, damaging vital structures such as the outer protective membrane of your body’s cells, cellular proteins, and even DNA.

For instance, free radicals known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) are made in your body when oxygen is used to burn fuel and make energy. Getting rid of ROS is essential for life and is normally carried out by your innate antioxidant enzyme system.

However, when too much of ROS or other free radicals are formed – for example, when you’re exposed to toxic chemicals, infections, and diseases – and your body’s detoxification enzyme system is no longer able to cope, it leads to a situation known as “oxidative stress.”

Thanks to the ever-increasing levels of toxic chemical pollution including factory and automobile exhaust, UV radiation from the sun, plastics, EMF’s, cigarette smoke, pesticides, herbicides, household cleaners, and hundreds of other synthetic products in every aspect of our environment, we’re now being bombarded with many more free radical attacks than ever before. As a result our bodies are experiencing much more oxidative stress than they’re equipped to handle.

Oxidative stress and other forms of free radical-induced damage is believed to be involved in the development of heart disease and stroke, as well as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related conditions, while also contributing to overall aging.

This is known as the “free radical theory of disease and aging.”

A simple yet effective way of countering the harmful effects of free radicals is to eat right and provide your body with the right nutrition by consuming anti-aging foods and supplements, which contain free-radical fighting antioxidants.

The 5 Most Beneficial Anti-Aging Foods

Let’s take a look at a few of the best anti-aging foods and food components and understand how they may be able to help fight disease and slow down the aging process.

Anti-aging Food #1: Blueberries

Blueberries, which belong to the same North American family as cranberries and bilberries, lower cholesterol levels, improve glucose control and insulin sensitivity, and lower the risk of subsequent heart disease and diabetes.

These delicious fruits have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit because of their anthocyanin, vitamin C, and vitamin E content. Blueberries also contain significant amounts of vitamin A, selenium, zinc, and iron.

Excitingly, blueberries have been shown to improve memory. In a study involving older adults, 12 weeks of blueberry consumption improved their brain function and memory scores.

Blueberries have also been shown to slow down age-related vision loss in clinical studies, especially macular degeneration, cataracts, and other retinal disorders. This is because blueberries contain the carotenoid antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which are known to directly benefit retinal health.

Additionally, blueberries protect skin against free radical damage because of sun exposure. Regular blueberry consumption has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after exercise, especially running. Just be sure to consume organic blueberries, otherwise you’ll be taking in harmful pesticides along with the berries.

Blood Type O Secretor (S)- Beneficial, Non-Secretor (NS)- Beneficial

Blood Type A (S)- Beneficial, (NS)- Beneficial

Blood Type B (S)- Neutral, (NS)- Beneficial

Blood Type AB (S)- Neutral, (NS)- Beneficial

Anti-aging Food #2: Turmeric

Turmeric – the yellow-colored root spice in curry dishes – has a long history of use in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. Modern science is still uncovering a growing list of diseases that can be effectively and safely treated by the more than 300 bioactive components in turmeric.

Evidence suggests a close link between inflammation, oxidative stress, and the risk of developing many chronic diseases. A study assessing the effectiveness of various anti-inflammatory compounds found that curcumin – one of the main bioactive ingredients in turmeric – is one of the most effective, comfortably beating aspirin and ibuprofen.

Curcumin and other curcuminoid antioxidants in turmeric will likely play a key role in the prevention and treatment of many diseases triggered or made worse by inflammation, including arthritis, ulcerative colitis, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, many types of cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Curcumin has been shown to be very effective against cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, colon, lung, and pancreas in laboratory conditions.

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in older Indian adults is 4-5 times less than that of American adults. Some experts believe this is because Indians consume between 25-50 milligrams (mg) of turmeric daily over their entire lifetimes, and preliminary scientific evidence supports this view. (Available at TTrue Health Canada).

Blood Type 0 (S)- Beneficial, (NS)- Neutral

Blood Type A (S)- Beneficial, (NS)- Neutral

Blood Type B (S)- Neutral, (NS)- Neutral

Blood Type AB (S)- Neutral, (NS)- Beneficial

Anti-aging Food #3: Green Tea

Green tea contains many powerful antioxidants including polyphenols known as catechins, which benefit the body by fighting free radical-induced susceptibility to disease and adverse effects of aging.

People who regularly drink green tea are less likely to get common bacterial and viral infections. In other words, green tea consumption boosts the immune system.

A study that followed over 40,000 Japanese participants for 11 years showed that participants who drank 5 or more cups of green tea daily had a significantly lower risk of dying due to all causes, especially cardiovascular disease, likely by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Drinking green tea regularly has also been linked to a reduced risk of stroke.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant polyphenol antioxidant in green tea. Laboratory studies have shown that EGCG and other green tea antioxidants are toxic to cancer cells, while population studies indicate that green tea consumption is associated with a lower risk for many cancers.

Beneficial for ALL Blood Types!

Anti-aging Food #4: Pomegranates

Pomegranates are incredibly healthy fruits, chock full of antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and folic acid.

Traditionally, pomegranates are believed to be so useful for maintaining healthy blood circulation that some doctors recommend eating them regularly to regain strength after a long illness. Pomegranates have also been used for clearing up the skin and lowering blood pressure, along with relieving pain, severity of arthritis, and joint inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

According to another study, antioxidants in pomegranates – including ellagic acid and punicalagin – can prevent harmful oxidization of LDL cholesterol, one of the first steps in the development of heart disease. In fact, regular consumption of pomegranate juice has been shown to reverse the onset of atherosclerosis, lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Finally, flavonoid antioxidants present in pomegranates appear to lower cancer risk.

Blood Type O (S)- Neutral, (NS)- Beneficial

Blood Type A (S)- Neutral, (NS)- Neutral

Blood Types B & AB (S) & (NS)- Avoid

Anti-aging Food #5: Olive Oil

Olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), is a major component of the Mediterranean diet. People living in this region tend to have longer life expectancies, along with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and lower blood pressure, compared with North Americans and Northern Europeans.

Regular consumption of virgin or extra virgin olive oil helps to reduce inflammation and prevents hardening of the arteries and the development of atherosclerosis, lowering the risk of heart disease.

Olive oil consumption may also lower the risk of stroke in older people.

Further, virgin olive oil appears to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias with age; protect the liver from the harmful consequences of oxidative stress; and prevent acute pancreatitis and ulcerative colitis. (Available at TTrue Health Canada).

Beneficial for ALL Blood Types!

The last and the most important: Water. Not tap or bottled, truly healthy water.  The composition of the human body is made up of 62% water.

Minor changes in the amount and distribution of body water can be life-threatening. Without food, an average individual can live for about 8 weeks, but a lack of water reduces survival to only a few days.  A deficiency of water causes symptoms more rapidly than any other nutrient deficiency.  Likewise, health can be restored in a matter of minutes or hours when fluid is replaced.  We will focus on the body’s water needs specifically in another newsletter.  To learn more about how to have clean, healthy, anti-aging water in your home, view the short video here.  Call for your personal demo today!

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