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The Healthiest Nuts To Buy

I thought this would be of interest as sometimes we are not sure if we are getting the best for our buck and also nutrition.
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I found this Graph on Dr Axes website

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Feeling Down In The Dumps – 7 Foods to lift that Mood

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  • Avocado – One of my very favorite foods. I have at least 1 to 1/2 an avocado a day. It helps protect the heart, aids with digestion and is also a natural hormone balancer. It ensures your brain is making the right chemicals to feel great. So pop some on your toast in the morning it might help with road rage on the way to work as in most places the traffic is crazy

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  • Grapes – Great take along snack. They are packed with anti Oxidants.  Flavonoids being one of them which has been found to affect moods in a positive way. Great also for kids lunches and yours.

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  • Oysters – Best known as an aphrodisiac which would make most happy. With oysters of course its all about the benefits from Zinc and anti – inflammarory properties. Zinc is known as a pick me up which most of us lack, but oysters also have a good supply of selenium which helps protect us from stress. So eat up the oysters when you can.

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  • Raw nuts – Also another form of take along snack.  Full of serotonin, a feel-good chemical which is much needed when you’re depressed. I love almonds and Brazil, macadamia’s and cashews, of course beware of how many you eat because they are full of fat and calories. Small handful is enough. If you are eating them in the car on the way to work I suggest you take a toothbrush as they are inclined to stick around your teeth. Just saying because there  is nothing worse than trying to have a conversation with someone with nuts around their teeth.

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  •  Salmon – Natural wild caught Salmon is what I am having for dinner tonight. Love it. Great for your brain health and moods. It’s a lean protein that contains double your recommended value of vitamin B12. B12 is crucial for  combatting depression.  Salmon also packs a punch of mood-stabilizing essential fatty acids. The good fats are essential for the functioning of a healthy brain.

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  • Sesame seeds – This ancient crop has been keeping happy levels up for thousands of years. Its benefits stem from tyrosine. This amino acid boosts the brain’s dopamine levels. I love it in my salad and also sprinkled on my toast in the morning on top of the avocado. Very yummy I might add.

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  •  Strawberries – Another mood saving breakfast, for me anyway not on toast but great with Yogurt or in a yogurt drink blended. Rich in an array of vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A and C and manganese. Rich in an array of vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A and C and manganese. Who doesn’t like strawberries, no one I expect. Kids normally love them  and its a great lunch snack for them.

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Did You Know – 11/23/2015

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1. Macadamia nuts are a no no for Dogs

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Source: Wagthedog.com

 

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2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite
An oil is extracted from peanuts and it is used in the process of making glycerol. Now this is where things begin to get interesting. Glycerol is one of the main ingredient in nitroglycerin. For those who don’t know what nitroglycerin is, it’s an extremely unstable explosive.

 

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3. In England the speaker of the house is not allowed to speak.

The speaker in the House of Commons is the chairman. His/her role is to keep the debate flowing and to make sure that the rules are followed. The speaker is supposed to be impartial, even though he/she is a member of one of the political parties, and so they do not get to give their own opinions on the debate. Read more at: https://tr.im/SK3sE

 

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4. Racecar and Kyak they are read lefty to right or right to left.
They are all palindromes!

A word, phrase, or sentence that can be read forward or backward. Palindrome may also refer to numbers (like dates) read forward and backward.

Scientists and archeologists have discovered palindromes in ancient Sanskrit through Tamil poetry through English lords and ladies.
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5. When we breathe through our nose, we always inhale more air from one nostril than with the other one 

 85% of humans only breathe out of one nostril at a time.  Even more interesting is that the pattern of switching from breathing out of one nostril to the other happens in a cyclical fashion, with about four hours or so between each switch typically; although, this can vary from person to person and vary based on your body position or nasal congestion.

Even more interesting is that depending on which nostril you are predominately breathing out of at any given moment, it seems to greatly affect your body and brain.

For instance, a study in 1988 showed that breathing through your right nostril significantly increases blood glucose levels, while breathing through your left nostril has the opposite effect.  It is speculated from this that abnormal nasal cycles, such as breathing through your right nostril for many years without a switch, may be one contributing factor in certain cases of diabetes.

Another study in 1993 showed that when you are breathing through your right nostril, you will use significantly more oxygen than when breathing through your left.

Most interestingly of all, yet another study published in 1994, showed that when you are breathing through your left nostril, the right hemisphere of your brain will be more active or dominant and vice-verse when you are breathing through your right nostril.

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Did You Know – This Nutty Information

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1. Almondscontain more Vitamin E than any other nut. Essential for heart, nerve and muscle health. Good way to eat them is also pure almond butter on apple slices.

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2. Walnuts – The best way to purchase walnuts are while they are still in the shell. Walnuts are ideal for athletes due to the anti inflammatory monounsaturated fats. They also contain alpha-linoleic acid, which are good for joints and boosts mood. Researchers have also found the antioxidant compounds in walnuts detoxify potential carcinogens in the body.

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3. Pine nutsThese are natures only source of Pinoleic acid, which stimulates hormones that reduce appetite. This nut is also packed with b group vitamins copper which helps transport oxygen and immune boosting vitamin E and magnesium for muscular aches, pains and cramps.

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4. Pistachio NutsPistachios are a great choice for sportspeople. They contain 7 amino acids which are the bodies building blocks for protein and muscle. They also are vital for the eyes as they contain lutein and zeaxanthin. They are also loaded with calcium and magnesium.

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5. Cashews Cashews provide approximately 20 per cent of most Women’s recommended iron intake. Cashews are rich in magnesium to regulate nerve and muscle tone, and phytosterols, phytonutrients that block cholesterol absorption and lower cholesterol levels.

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6. Brazil Nuts It is important to refrigerate these nuts to keep them fresh. They have a high content of heart-healthy fats so the spoil easily. They are very high in selenium which is a trace mineral that reduces heat disease risk as well as anxiety and preventing fatigue. They are also a great source of magnesium, calcium, immune boosting zinc and iron. An all-rounder I would say and a good thing to have in the fridge for small snacks.

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7. Coconuts Coconut water is one of the most balanced sources of natural electrolytes, making it a wonderful drink for staying hydrated. Coconuts are also full of nutrients to ward off high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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December 7, 2012 · 1:09 PM

Great Idea to Take To A Party – Or Not!

How simple is this and a great idea.
Actually you don’t have to use strawberries. You could put melted chocolate in the ice-cube then put in raw almonds, or brazil nuts or even melted caramel. Heaps of things you could do and a great party dessert

Fill an ice-cube tray with melted chocolate. Add strawberries, add more chocolate, and cool.

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Did You Know – 12/19/2011


Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies – The reason? Some bones fuse together later. Source


If you shake a can of mixed nuts the larger ones will rise to the top Source


An apple, onion, and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this you can pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet. Source


A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months. fetal fingerprints are fully formed by 12 weeks/3 months of gestation. Fingerprints are actually created by fetal movements – as the young fetus moves within the uterus, its skin shifts, forming the ridges of its fingerprints. This is the reason why no two people have the same fingerprints, even identical twins.


An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long. The wire would be very fine. Since gold has such a soft flexible ability it is often mixed or coated over other material in order to give it strength. Source


A baby Blue Whale drinks approximately 130 gallons of milk each day. The calf
drinks so much milk that it puts on about 200 pounds of weight each day when it is growing – that’s about
eight pounds an hour! Source

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