April 19, 2015

30 Sugar Subs for Any Possible Situation

Posted in GOOD EATS ~ SITES/RECIPES, LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:33 pm by PCOSLady

http://greatist.com/health/30-sugar-substitutes-any-and-every-possible-situation
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30 Sugar Substitutes for Any and Every Possible Situation
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The dreaded sweet tooth strikes again. Most of us know sugar isn’t the healthiest food item, but the risks go way beyond a sugar crash or a cavity . And artificial sweeteners can sometimes add even more calories to a meal. Instead of going cold (and sugarless) turkey, try some of these healthier sugar substitutions:
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1. Agave Nectar
History lesson time: The Aztecs used agave thousands of years ago and praised this syrup as a gift from gods. A derivative of the same plant as tequila (cheers!), this golden sweetener tastes similar to honey and is perfect in hot or iced tea. But be sure to use in moderation—agave’s high fructose content can sometimes cross it in to the dangerfood zone!
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2. Maple Syrup
The benefits of maple syrup are aplenty: It comes directly from a plant’s sap and contains over 50 antioxidants. Make sure to grab the real stuff (sorry, Aunt Jemima) and spread it over waffles or use it in homemade granola.
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3. Lemon
Fans of gin can skip the extra sugar in a Tom Collins and add an extra lemon squeeze—we promise no one will notice.
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4. Honey
Thanks to bees, this scrumptious stuff packs an antioxidant punch. Enjoy some in hot tea to help soothe a scratchy throat, or get creative and add a spoonful to homemade salad dressing.
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5. Applesauce
Instead of a half-cup white sugar in a batch of oatmeal cookies, swap in an equal amount of applesauce! The natural sweetness from a Golden Delicious or Fuji apple is perfect in an after-dinner treat. Purchase the no sugar-added kind, or make some at home.
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6. Erythritol
This sugar alcohol is practically a guilt-free sweet solution. (And the FDA says it’s safe!) At 0.2 calories per gram, the white powder from a plant occurs naturally in many fruits. Plus, it doesn’t lead to tooth decay and other not-so-sweet effects of sugar consumption. It’s not quite as sweet as natural sugar, so try it in chocolate baked goods like brownies.
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7. Raisins
For a creative spin on things, blend a cup of raisins in a food processer. With antioxidants and fiber, these little dried grapes add a kick to any baked good.
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8. Cinnamon
Spice up a morning cup of coffee with cinnamon. This super spice adds subtle sweetness while boosting immunity, no calories included.
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9. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
For a warm winter treat, mix some unsweetened cocoa powder in a glass of hot water or skim milk. It’ll satisfy that sweet tooth without all the extra sugar the sweetened version includes. Add a splash of vanilla extract for extra flavor!
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10. Reb A
Hailing from South America, this natural extract comes from the stevia plant and is recognized by the FDA as safe. It only takes a drop or two to sweeten a bowl of oatmeal.
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11. Cranberries
Skip the cup of sugar and add cranberries to a batch of muffins or scones. These little tart treats add a dose of antioxidants refined sugar can’t offer.
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12. Processed Dates
Grab a bunch of dates for an extra boost of antioxidants in the next baking experiment . With a low glycemic index and some subtle sweetness, it may be perfect for brownie batter or the base of homemade granola bars . Substitute two-thirds cup for one cup of regular sugar.
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13. Grapefruit
For a daily dose of vitamin C, opt for grapefruit juice in a cocktail over soda or tonic water. It’ll add a sweet and sour kick to any beverage.
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14. Coconut Sugar
Get a little tropical and use coconut sugar in a fruit smoothie. Made from the sap of coconut flowers, this natural sugar comes in block, paste, or granulated form. Plus, it’s loaded with potassium, which helps keep our bones strong.
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15. Brown Rice Syrup
Brown rice syrup comes from (you guessed it!) brown rice. More nutritious than its high-fructose alternative, this buttery and nutty flavored syrup is perfect in granola bars and baked breads.
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16. Rapadura
This sweet treat’s made from sugar cane but skips the refining stage, so it retains vitamins and minerals lost when white sugar is processed. Keep the one-to-one ratio when swapping rapadura for sugar in baked goods.
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17. Lime
Make juice boxes a thing of the past and spice up a glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime. The tart and tang will keep taste buds satisfied without the extra sugar rush.
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18. Puréed Banana
In the next loaf of banana bread, try using extra-ripe bananas and eliminating the sugar. The fruit naturally becomes sweeter as it ripens, so there’s no need for extra sugar .
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19. Milk
The natural sugar in milk adds a touch of sweetness to that morning cup of Joe, so think twice before adding a teaspoon or two of sugar. The lactose in milk may do the trick.
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20. Frozen Juice Concentrate
Use apple juice concentrate in homemade apple pie. With additional fiber and antioxidants, the pie will be a sweet solution for a nutritious dessert!
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21. Barley Malt Extract
Derived from barley, this protein-packed syrup is perfect in a pecan or pumpkin pie. The dark syrup’s similar to molasses and will enhance the flavor of any baked treat.
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22. Sucanat
Introducing sugar in its most natural state! Sucanat is a sneaky acronym that stands for SUgar CAne NATural. This sweetener is made from organic cane sugar and packs in some nutrients white sugar lacks.
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23. Apricot Puree
Apricots are a nutritional A+ with vitamin C, fiber, and iron. Make some of the sweet stuff right at home and mix it in plain Greek yogurt or enjoy it with hearty whole-grain bread.
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24. Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice
In a batch of homemade bread, swap out the sugar for fresh orange juice. Looking for a cool treat? Freeze some juice in an ice-pop mold rather than buying what’s in the freezer section.
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25. Club Soda
Health up that next large glass of fruit juice with some club soda—even a simple three-to-one juice to club soda ratio saves some major sugar calories.
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26. Rum
Alcohol ain’t just for drinking—caramelize a few slices of pineapple in rum and add them to pancakes or unsweetened yogurt. Now that’s a fancy way to stay sweet!
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27. Tea Leaves
Fruity or earthy leaves like pomegranate and green tea are naturally sugar-free and add an extra nutritional kick to any beverage. Use them in liquor for a surprising healthy twist.
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28. Molasses
What happens when sugar cane, grapes, and beets get together? Molasses! Use this dark syrup in a recipe for gingerbread cookies. It’ll add some extra iron and calcium, which makes the cookies healthy, right?
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29. Balsamic Glaze
Ditch the Funfetti frosting and add a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze to angel food cake. Simply simmer balsamic vinegar until it forms a thick syrup.
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30. Yacón Syrup
A sweetening agent extracted from the yacón plant, this molasses-y syrup has hints of apple and just half the calories of cane sugar. It’s sweet just like honey, so a little goes a long way in baked goods and raw fruit smoothies.

 

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April 19, 2012

Melatonin – Natural Hormone

Posted in MELATONIN tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:17 am by PCOSLady

PLEASE LAY DOWN... MY NERVES ARE WEARING THIN, ERRRR!


Melatonin
(N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine)
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Melatonin is a hormone that naturally occurs inside the body and helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle of a person. Melatonin is available in supplement form and is used to treat sleep related disorders like insomnia and jet lag. Melatonin dosage that is considered to be safe and effective is around 1mg to 5mg. The effects of overdosing on melatonin will vary depending on the dosage and also with other factors like the genetic makeup of a person and age. It is best to seek immediate medical attention if you happen to overdose on melatonin supplements.
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PCOS Lady
Melatonin, i became aware of it from a friend’s autistic child who had racing thoughts 24/7… It calmed him down and he slept through the night… Dosage is by weight and takes 30 days to build up in the body…
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A good friend said his mother and he could never sleep soundly their whole lives… I mentioned trying melatonin… He has and has been getting several hours of sound sleep now… He is a person that worries and frets so does have nights he is awake for periods some nights…
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You can try eating 2 bananas before bedtime… They are deemed the sleeping pill in a peel!
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~ Melatonin is for kids, adults and dogs…
~ Melatonin is a little known natural hormone that effects many, as you can see by the deficiency list…
~ The Deficiency Test covers all hormones… A “KEY” test to take IMO….
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin/NS_patient-melatonin
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Brand names:
Accurate Release®; Appleheart Melatonin®; Circadin®; Inspired by Nature®; Mel®; Melatonin-BioDynamax®; Melatonin Controlled Release®; Melatonin-Metabolic Response Modifier®; Melatonin-New Hope Health Products®; Melatonin Olympian Labs®; Melatonin-Optimum Nutrition®; Melatonin Tablets®; Melatonin Time Release®; Melaxen®; Nature’s Bounty®; Puritan’s Pride®; Rozerem®; Twinlab® Melatonin; Valdoxan®.
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Combination product examples:
Melatonex® (vitamin B6); Melatonin Forte® ( Piper methysticum , kavalactones, valeriana); Melatonin PM Complex® (vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin B3); Melatonin spray® (gamma-aminobutyric acid, pyridoxal-5-phosphate); Super Snooze with Melatonin® (valerian root, hop, skullcap, chamomile, passion flower).
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http://www.elliotthealthcare.com/melatonin_deficiency.htm

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Common symptoms and signs of melatonin deficiency:

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~ insomnia
~ difficulty getting to sleep
~ difficulty falling back to sleep when awaken during the night
~ light sleeper/easy waking during the night
~ early morning awakening
~ un-refreshing sleep
~ lack of dreaming
~ family history of insomnia
~ personal or family history of breast cancer
~ personal or family history of prostate cancer
~ prostate enlargement
~ fatigue
~ depression
~ irregular menstrual cycle
~ unusual menstrual flow (light or heavy)
~ PMS
~ scoliosis
~ poor sleeping prior to menses
~ anxiety
~ sensitivity to stress
~ cataracts
~ neurodegerative disorder (MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, etc)
~ elevated cholesterol
~ high blood pressure
~ blood clots
~ heart attack
~ heart arrhythmias
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Books for more information about melatonin:
Melatonin: Nature’s Sleeping Pill by Ray Sahelian
Melatonin by Russel Reiter, Ph.D. and Jo Robinson
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Melatonin Associated Disorders
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Because melatonin has a pivotal role in regulating body temperature, the sleep/wake cycle, female reproductive hormones, and cardiovascular function, the effect of disrupted secretion rhythms is widespread, manifesting in a variety of physical and psychological disorders.
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~ Anxiety, stress, depression
~ Seasonal Affective Disorder
~ Sleep Disorders
~ Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
~ Immunological Disorders
~ Cardiovascular Disease
~ Cancer
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http://restorativemedicine.org/books/fundamentals-of-naturopathic-endocrinology/professionals/pineal-disorders/melatonin-deficiency-and-excess/
~ Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine
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HE'S FINALLY ASLEEP!


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Sites
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Exposing Yourself to Light at Night Shuts Down Your Melatonin and Raises Your Cancer Risk
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/19/melatonin-benefits.aspx?e_cid=20130319_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20130319
~ Dr Mercola … Melatonin is only created at night in your pineal gland… Melatonin is highly beneficial, lack of can cause cancer in you!
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin/NS_patient-melatonin
~ Mayo Clinic …
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http://www.melatoninfaq.com/melatonin-overdose/
~ * Melatonin Faq …
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http://www.theantiagingdoctor.com/Survey.htm
~ * The Anti Aging Doctor … Hormone Deficiency Test
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http://altmedicine.about.com/od/melatonin/a/melatonin.htm
~ About.com Alternative Medicine… More useful info…
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http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/fact-sheet-melatonin
~ Dr Oz … Melatonin Fact Sheet
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Google:
melatonin
melatonin deficiency
melatonin dosage
melatonin overdose
melatonin side effects
melatonin for children
melatonin for dogs

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