Archive for April, 2012

Stress, DNA Health & Aging

By Mark Lundegren

It is well-understood that chronic stress is associated with premature aging.

We can observe this phenomenon for ourselves and scientists now understand some, though not all, of the mechanisms by which physical, physiological, and psychological stressors accelerate the cellular and tissue degeneration that accompanies all forms of aging. Perhaps best understood of these mechanisms are the effects of stress-response hormones such as adrenaline, which have been shown to alter and impair physiological functioning and anatomical integrity when they chronically (and thus unnaturally) circulate at high levels.

Visible stress effects after 2.5 years as U.S. President

A new study published in Molecular Psychiatry by Duke University scientists sheds added light on what may prove to be an equally important mechanism for turning chronic stress into unnatural degeneration and aging – a reduction in DNA integrity, resulting in an inability of cells throughout the body to reproduce properly over time.

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Natural Rainbow Salad Meal!

OurPlate Score: 10

Need a little inspiration to begin eating optimally the HumanaNatura  way and using HumanaNatura’s essential OurPlate guidelines? Here is a gorgeous example of the OurPlate approach in action, using simple natural foods and easy preparation methods. This colorful and delicious salad meal starts with a large green foundation that includes arugula, julienne-cut celery and cucumber, and a slightly cooled saute of broccoli florets and red onion. For a protein, we’ve used a generous pan-seared cut of ahi tuna seasoned simply with garlic and onion bits, and a shake of red pepper. The meal is garnished with quartered grape tomatoes, pistachios, parsley, paprika, coriander, lemon, and black pepper. Easy, delicious, fairly low-cost, and super-healthy – enjoy!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…encourage healthy new life!

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Lean, Fast & Easy Salad Meal!

OurPlate Score: 10

Want help eating naturally the HumanaNatura  way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines? Here’s an optimally-healthy example of a HumanaNatura salad meal made in ten minutes using simple natural foods that are or should be in all our refrigerators. It begins with a generous bed of greens and a mix of diced cucumber and orange, halved pearl tomatoes, and thin-sliced and cross-cut red onion. This extra-healthy salad meal foundation is paired with a sliced sautéed turkey breast, and then it’s all garnished with pistachios, parsley, paprika, coriander, anise, and black pepper. Lean, fast, easy, and delicious – and a gateway to progressive life and health the HumanaNatura way!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating guide and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

Tell others about HumanaNatura…encourage healthy new life!

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Beyond ‘Hybrid’ Natural Eating!

OurPlate Score: 10

Are you beginning to eat the HumanaNatura way and using HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines to plan your meals? In practice, many of us start to eat more naturally with a ‘hybrid’ approach. By this, we mean using more natural foods, but still thinking about and organizing meals along traditional lines. As examples, we might replace grains with a serving of fruit, or starchy vegetables with a small salad on our dinner plate. These steps make our meals much healthier, but still pay homage to an approach to eating, and to living, from an earlier and less healthy period in our history.

A more advanced and tradition-transcending alternative is to begin fresh and build our meals in new ways that make the most of natural human foods – nutritionally and aesthetically – which is a key idea behind HumanaNatura’s advocacy of salad meals. This added step moves us beyond hybrid eating, and may help to reveal other traditional patterns of thinking and action that hold our health and lives back. With salad meals, we don’t have a salad with our meals, we have a salad for our meals. It’s a change that can have important health impacts and lead the way to new health insights in other areas of our lives.

Today’s inviting salad meal uses a modern and more optimal approach to healthy natural eating. It starts with a spicy stir-fry of pork and shrimp, seasoned with turmeric, ginger, and red and black pepper. This delicious double protein is paired with a bed of arugula and a mix of chopped cucumber, julienne-cut mango, and pearl tomatoes…and then it’s all garnished with pistachios, parsley, paprika, coriander, lemon, and black pepper. Naturally yummy, super-healthy, and made in and encouraging a progressive new overall pattern of life and health!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals through OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple healthy eating and meal rating tool, and experience how this science-based and completely natural approach to daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, we hope you will begin to explore your other opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – through HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out our overview at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

Tell your friends about HumanaNatura… encourage new health!

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