10 Nov

What’s the best way to eat flax seeds? Whole or ground? Raw or roasted?

Ground Flax Seeds

Flaxseeds are sold primarily in two forms: whole and ground, but what’s the best way to eat flax seeds?

Are there any safety concerns regarding flax seeds consumption?

Flax seeds contain a toxic compound, Cyanide

Cyanide is a fasting-acting toxic compound that can disrupt our body functions by preventing our cells from producing energy.

Many food products that are commercially available contain cyanide but at a low enough dose that it does not affect our health. However, cyanide concentration in our blood above 20 µmol/L can be critical to our health. Cyanide poisoning early symptoms include weakness, headache, dizziness, slow heart rate, vomiting and may eventually lead to death.

How much flax seeds do we need to consume to reach the critical level?

According to a 2016 research, there can be up to 220 mg of cyanide per kilogram of flax seeds. This same research shows that consumption of more than 9 tbsp of flaxseed in one sitting will bring the cyanide level to that critical level.

During the research, individuals consuming 15 tablespoons of flax seeds started to show early signs of clinical toxicity. However, due to its relatively slow release of cyanide after ingestion the patients were not at risk of severe poisoning. The research did note that 15 tbsp or 100 g of flax seeds is really hard to consume and it was conducted with the worst-case scenario, where flax seeds were eaten fasted and without any other foods.

The recommended amount of flax seeds you should consume per day is 1-2 tablespoons to be on the safe side while reaping their benefits. To learn more about flax seeds benefits you can check out this link.

Can eating raw flax seeds be harmful?

Most flax seeds products on the market are sold raw but other types of seeds we consume are usually roasted or heated in some way. So should we heat up flax seeds too?

A 2015 study on rats suggests that raw linseed reduces the protein utilization in flax seeds and caused negative effects growth. Keep in mind that the study was done on rats and has not confirmed the same results on humans.

Cooking
There is also a risk of microbial contamination. Microbes such as yeasts and molds were found in raw flax seeds in this study. There are multiple pasteurization methods but the easiest and most accessible would be by heat. Exposure to heat in cooking destroys cyanide and kills off microbes.

For your peace of mind, it’s probably better to heat up flax seeds by gently roasting or microwaving them. Roasting flax seeds greatly enhances their flavors and is highly recommended.

Ground or whole?

Flax seeds are packed with fiber which makes it harder for us to digest. The entire seed could even stay intact while passing through our digestive system since we cannot break down fiber effectively. That’s why it’s usually recommended that the seeds be ground first. This will allow for better absorption of nutrients and avoid any complication from undigested seeds.

Flax seeds are prone to oxidation and rancidity

Since grinding flax seeds increases the surface area that oxygen can react with omega-3 fatty acids, ground flax seeds are more susceptible to oxidation and moisture. Ideally, whole flax seeds should be stored in a dry place and ground only before use to reduce the chance of them getting rancid.

Here are some ways you can enjoy flax seeds

Flax seeds have quite a unique nutty flavor that can be enjoyed with almost everything.Smoothie

You only have to add 1-2 tablespoons of flax seeds daily to reap their benefits!

Here’s a list of things you can add flax seeds into:

  • Oatmeals
  • Smoothies
  • Baked Goods (as egg replacement)
  • Yogurts
  • Cereals
  • Salad Dressings
  • Granolas
  • Popcorns
07 Nov

Are flax seeds good for you?

Flax SeedsThe popularity of flax seeds has increased over the past few years due to its ‘superfood’ label’. But what makes it ‘super’ and are flax seeds really good for you?

Flax seeds or linseeds have been cultivated for thousands of years in Asia, Europe and North America. Fibers from flax plant are used to make linen that can be found in tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. Flax seeds may be crushed to extract oil that is widely used medicinally which dates back to Hippocrates during 500 B.C.

In modern times, flax plants are cultivated globally especially for their seeds.

Flax Seeds Nutritional Facts (3 tbsp, 21 g):

Total Calories: 112 kcal

Total Fat: 8.9 g

Omega-3: 4.79 g

Total Carb: 6.1 g

Dietary Fiber: 5.7 g

Protein: 3.84 g

Potassium: 171 mg

Magnesium: 82 mg

Flax seeds are high in ALA omega-3 fatty acids

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a chain of hydrocarbon that occurs in fats and oils.

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids which means that your body requires but cannot create and can only be obtained through diet.

There are three primary types of omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

ALA is abundant in plants, especially flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.

DHA and EPA are found in marine-based organisms,  microalgae, and phytoplankton.

Many of you might have heard about how omega-3 fatty acids come from fish but the truth is that fish do not produce omega-3. Fish obtain omega-3 by consuming algae and planktons which bioaccumulates through the food chain so fish may seem to be the primary source of omega-3.

Why do we need omega-3 fatty acids?

1. Omega-3 helps regulate the cells in your body and is a primary component of your cell membrane.

Healthy Body

Our cells utilize omega-3s so rapidly that regular supplies of omega-3 are needed. Omega-3s provide energy for the body and are used to ensure healthy functions of the body’s cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune, and endocrine systems.

2. Omega-3 also combats its proinflammatory counterpart, omega-6, by balancing and neutralizing it.

3 Omega-3 can reduce the risk of obesity.

This study has linked an increased ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 intake to obesity and various diseases. Humans used to consume a ratio of 1:1, one part omega-6 to one part omega-3, but now we are consuming on average of 20:1, 20 parts omega-6 to one part omega-3.

The health and fitness industries have used this ratio to market to consumers by advertising that we need to consume more omega-3 to hit that 1:1 ratio instead of promoting less consumption of foods high in omega-6 such as meat products, processed foods, and oils since there’s no money in telling people to eat less.

Is ALA omega-3 fatty acid sufficient?

The answer is no. We need both EPA and DHA for brain and mental health. Theoretically, our body can elongate ALA into EPA and DHA since ALA is a short-chain fatty acid that can be converted into the long-chains, EPA and DHA.

However, this study discovered that only 25% of the population has genetically enough conversion enzymes to convert ALA to EPA and DHA.

It’s a good idea to get your blood tested for an omega-3 index to see if your body can efficiently convert ALA to EPA and DHA.

If you do not have enough EPA and DHA, supplementation from a non-contaminated source like algae is recommended. Omega-3 in fish oil contains a high risk of mercury contamination and should be avoided.

Flax seeds are high in dietary fibers

Up to 94% of carbohydrates in flax seeds are fibers!

Why is fiber so important in our diet?

Bathroom Sign

Our bodies cannot break down fiber and that is what makes it so great. The fact that fiber cannot be digested means that it aids our digestive system by bulking up our stool making it much easier to pass through.

There are two types of fiber soluble and insoluble:

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance in our digestive system:

  • This study suggests that soluble fiber may decrease absorption of cholesterol
  • This study associated reduced blood sugar spike after a fibrous meal which may help people with diabetes
  • Soluble fiber delays the content in the stomach from emptying and feeds healthy gut bacteria

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water which adds bulk to your stool and by doing so reduces risk of:

  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis (pouches formed in the colon)
  • Colon cancer

The American Heart Association recommends eating 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day but the Americans are only eating on average of 15 grams a day.

Flax seeds are extremely rich in lignans!

Lignans are phytoestrogens that contain anticancer and antioxidative properties. Primary dietary lignan found in flax seeds is called secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG) which is a phytonutrient, a chemical produced by plants. Flax seeds contain 75 to 800 times more lignan than other plant sources!

What’s so good about SDG? Health and Fitness

SDG offers many health and protective benefits. This meta-analysis lists out a series of them:

1. SDG has been shown to reduce the growth of breast cancer [1]

2. SDG contains chemopreventive properties or anticancer properties [2]

List of cancers SDG may help prevent or treat:

  • Breast
  • Prostate
  • Colon and skin cancer

3. SDG is anti-diabetic and may slow the development of type 2 diabetes [3] [4]

4. SDG has shown to decrease the risk factors of liver diseases [5]

5. SDG can be effective at reducing blood cholesterol [5]

6. SDG has antidepressant-like effects which help with mental stress [6]

Do flax seeds live up to their ‘superfood’ label? Let me know in the comment section!

Flax seeds are incredibly easy to implement in your diet!

Flax seeds have quite a unique nutty flavor that can be enjoyed with almost everything.

You only have to add 1-2 tablespoons of flax seeds daily to reap their benefits!

Here’s a list of things you can add flax seeds into:

  • Oatmeals
  • Smoothies
  • Baked Goods (as egg replacement)
  • Yogurts
  • Cereals
  • Salad Dressings
  • Granolas
  • Popcorns

Fun facts about flax seeds

  • Spun, dyed, and knotted wild flax fibers were found in Dzudzuana Cave that dates back 30,000 years ago
  • Europe and North America both depended on flax for plant-based cloth until the 19th century before overtaken by cotton
  • Flax seeds occur in two colors brown and yellow
  • Flax fibers taken from the stem of the plant are two to three times stronger than cotton fibers
  • In 2016, world production of flax seeds was 2.93 million tonnes
03 Nov

Cinnamon For Weight Loss and Metabolic Syndrome

Cinnamon For Weight Loss

You might have heard that cinnamon helps with weight loss but is it backed by science?Cinnamon For Weight Loss

Most studies on cinnamon are conducted around the idea that cinnamon can help people with type 2 diabetes by lowering their blood glucose and keeping it under control.

Cinnamon is so effective in controlling blood glucose that you can beat the blood glucose test with 2 tsp of cinnamon 12 hours before the test.

The question remains: how effective is cinnamon for weight loss?

In this article, we are going to dive into the 2017 16-week study on the effects cinnamon has on obese individuals with metabolic syndrome.

What exactly is metabolic syndrome?

Weight LossMetabolic syndrome is defined as a group of conditions that contributes to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.

These conditions are high cholesterol, high triglyceride, excess abdominal fat, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure. Having just one of these conditions does not mean you have metabolic syndrome but a combination of these conditions and you might just have an increased risk of diseases.

Even though the study’s objective was not to see if cinnamon can aid weight loss but lucky for us the subjects’ weights were recorded.

How was the study conducted?

The study was essentially designed as a health improvement program where participants were recommended to reduce calorie consumption, increase the intake of fruits and vegetables, and learn the importance of daily exercise while adding cinnamon in their diet.

Well, if the study was designed obese individuals to get healthier by reducing their caloric intake and move more, they are bound to lose weight. How can we know if the cinnamon capsules have any effects? This is where the magic of science comes in.

The experiment was a double-blind randomized placebo-control trial, this is the “gold standard” of scientific research. Neither the researchers nor the participants know who receives a placebo or real treatment. This means that the subjects were randomized into two groups where one of the groups will be taking 3 g of cinnamon capsules per day (1 g per meal), the other will be taking a placebo capsule (2.5 g of wheat flour), and both groups won’t know which capsule they are taking. The experimenter also won’t know what pills are given to which group. The 116 participants were all given the same advice and treatments except for the contents of the pills.

What happens to their weights after 16 weeks?Weight Loss

The group that was taking the cinnamon capsules (equivalent to 1 tsp of cinnamon a day) lost on average of 8 lbs compared to the placebo group that lost only 1 lb! Just by adding 1 gram of cinnamon to their meals 3 times a day, they lost 7 extra pounds! That’s a huge difference. 336 grams of the cinnamon total during the course of 16 weeks in exchange for 7 extra pounds? Now we’re talking!

The cinnamon group lost on average 1.5% body fat and 5.6 cm or around two inches off their waist compared to no body fat loss and 1 cm or around 0.5 inches in the placebo group.

What is the explanation behind this magical weight loss?

The explanation behind the difference in weight loss is inconclusive but may be credited to polyphenols contained in cinnamon. Polyphenols in cinnamon are proven to reduce fat mass gain and inflammation in fatty tissues in this study.

Cinnamon is also believed to improve insulin sensitivity in this study meaning that the body produces and uses insulin more effectively. Insulin is a fat-storage hormone meaning that more insulin equates to more fat! So an improvement in insulin sensitivity, insulin functioning as it should by transporting glucose into cells, will reduce the amount of fat that will be stored in the body.

This other research claims that our body responds to oils in cinnamon by increasing body temperature and metabolism. It is not conclusive but hopeful in fighting the obesity epidemic.

What about the metabolic syndromes?

Cinnamon Metabolic Syndrome Chart

 

You can see the drop in numbers all across the board for the cinnamon group. The placebo group even has some numbers go up! These numbers are just unbelievable. Just adding a common household spice into your meals you can drastically lower your risk of metabolic syndrome. However, this still does not take care of the underlying causes of these metabolic syndromes but is still a great addition to improve your health.

There are some limitations regarding this experiment and were recognized by authors. The authors stated that “Additionally, all the participants in our study were obese, we cannot generalize this result to the lean population. Finally, this research was conducted on a limited sample. To further substantiate the benefits of oral cinnamon, the research should be conducted on a larger sample.”

Even if your results might not be as dramatic as obese individuals, adding cinnamon to your meals is still a pretty good idea. The amount of antioxidant to get from cinnamon is one of the highest you can get per dollar spent. It is a cheap and great way to sweeten your meals while fighting those oxidants.

Can’t wait to spice up your meals? Not so fast!

There are four main types of cinnamon:

  • Cassia (Chinese)
  • Ceylon (True cinnamon)
  • Vietnamese
  • Indonesian

Some types of cinnamon contain toxic compounds, coumarin. Even a tsp of cinnamon containing coumarin can be detrimental to our health. Overconsumption of coumarin is toxic to the liver and should be avoided.

The most common cinnamon found in grocery stores is Cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon originates in China and is a type that contains coumarin. Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon, on the other hand, does not contain coumarin and is safe for consumption. So we just have to switch to Ceylon instead, right?

Here’s the tricky part, most research on cinnamon is conducted with Cassia cinnamon so scientists put Ceylon cinnamon to the test whether it has the same blood sugar controlling properties as Cassia cinnamon and it turns out that it doesn’t. Ceylon cinnamon has all the same benefits as Cassia cinnamon except for the blood sugar control so scientists concluded that it is the toxic compound, coumarin, that is controlling the blood sugar. To reap the benefits without the risk of liver toxicity in adults, half a teaspoon of Cassia cinnamon may be consumed.

For those not looking to control their blood glucose and prefer to consume Ceylon cinnamon instead, Ceylon cinnamon still comes with a long list of benefits that you can enjoy: anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-tumor, blood pressure-lowering, cholesterol, and lipid-lowering properties.

If the cinnamon’s country of origin is not listed on your product, it’s a good idea to contact the manufacturer to make sure that it’s the type that you are looking for.

What do you think about the astounding effects a pinch of cinnamon has on our health? I hope you enjoy the article and learn something new about cinnamon.

Cinnamon Fun Facts:

Spices

  • 6.35 million Americans consumed 10 portions or more of cinnamon toast crunch cereal in 2019
  • Cinnamon comes from the bark of several tree species from the Cinnamomum genus
  • Cinnamon is often used in Chinese cooking as part of the five-spice powder
  • 6% of Fair Trade certified herbs and spices imported into the United States is cinnamon
  • The essential oil extracted from cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde, is used to flavor chewing gum, ice cream, and even perfumes
02 Nov

Health Benefits of Pistachios for Women

Health Benefits of Pistachios for Women

Health Benefits of Pistachios for Women

According to WorldAtlas, in 2018 up 669,860 metric tons of pistachio are consumed worldwide making it the fifth most consumed tree nut in the world. Pistachio is recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration as a ‘heart-healthy’ food in 2003. The claim is as follows “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease”. This claim has boosted the popularity of pistachios throughout the years.

Pistachio is well-known for its nutrient and calorie-dense profile. It is packed with heart-healthy fats, fiber, protein, potassium, zinc, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin E, and many more nutrients. Many of these nutrients are essential for healthy body functions. The health benefits of pistachios for women make pistachio a recommended food during pregnancy by doctors.

Pistachio Nutrition Facts (100 g):

Total Calories: 569 kcal

Total Fat: 45.8 g

Total Carb: 27.6 g

Dietary Fiber: 10.3 g

Protein: 21.1 g

Vitamin B6: 56.1 %

Vitamin E: 10.8 %

Vitamin K: 16.5 %

Selenium: 14.3 %

Iron: 22.0 %

Choline 13.0 %

Vitamin E and Selenium in Pistachios Prevents Wrinkles and Premature Aging

Sunlight

The skin is constantly exposed to ultraviolet radiation which is well documented to damage the skin and the number one cause of skin cancer. The oxidative stress from inflammation caused by UV or commonly known as sunburn can be prevented with a high level of antioxidants.

Vitamin E is one of the most well-known antioxidants used in dermatology and is used in many cosmetic products to reduce damage to the skin from UV. In a study on mice, vitamin E combined with selenium, another antioxidant that is abundant in pistachio, is proven to lessen acute and chronic UV-induced skin damage.

Biotin in Pistachios Supports Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nail

Biotin (vitamin B7) is part of the vitamin B group which converts food into energy. Biotin deficiency can cause thinning and loss of hair, skin infection and brittle nails. Biotin supplements are commonly promoted to improve these symptoms but there is not enough scientific evidence to show otherwise. It is still recommended to consume foods naturally containing biotin such as pistachios.

A meta-analysis shows that pistachio can have up to 32 μg of biotin per 100 g. The US National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements recommends 30 μg of biotin in adults 19 years and older and 35 μg for breastfeeding teens and women.

Iron in Pistachio Supports Healthy Pregnancy for Both the Mother and Her Baby

Healthy Pregnancy

Iron is a mineral that the body uses to produce hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body, and myoglobin, a red protein that carries and stores oxygen in muscle cells. The recommended daily intake varies from gender and age but pregnant women require 27 mg per day. An adequate amount of iron is needed for healthy birthweight, prevention of premature birth, and proper brain development in infants.

Not a lot of people know this but there are different types of iron: heme and non-heme.

Heme iron is found in blood and muscle tissue. Heme iron bypasses the body’s regulatory mechanism and is absorbed into the bloodstream regardless of the body’s iron storage. This makes the body more susceptible to iron-overload. Iron-overload can impair growth and causes copper-deficiency anemia. The human body does not have the mechanism to remove extra iron. Iron is a pro-oxidant which means that too much of it can induce inflammation and DNA damage. Heme iron has been linked to metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and many other diseases.

Non-heme iron, on the other hand, is found in plants such as whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, and dark leafy greens that can be regulated by the body and is not associated with the diseases mentioned above.

Pistachio is Terrific For Weight Loss and Weight Control

Packed with calories from healthy fats, it is expected that an increase in consumption of pistachios should contribute to weight gain but a study conducted in 2012 compared three groups of subjects eating no pistachio, 42-added

grams of pistachios, and 70-added grams of pistachio daily for 12 weeks and the results were astounding. All three groups had no significant weight gain after 12 weeks. What kind of sorcery is this? Ten and thousands of calories just disappear.

Another 2010 study compared two groups of subjects on a 12-week weight loss program, one group consumed 220 calories of salted pretzels and another consumed 240 calories of salted pistachio as an afternoon snack. Both groups lost weight but the group that consumed pistachio lost significantly more weight and triglycerides.

You might wonder where did all the calories go? Researchers were perplexed and asked the same question. The mystery behind the weight control and loss may be contributed by the dietary fiber in pistachios and how satiating they are. This study on walnuts demonstrated may shed some light on nuts having advantages in burning body fat stores and the amount of energy required to metabolize the nuts just leaves no extra calories to be stored.

Time Go Nuts on Pistachio Nuts!

Not only that pistachios are packed with these amazing nutrients that are required for a healthy body but they are also delicious and satiating. This is means that you are unlikely to overeat while enjoying this nutritious nut. What more can we ask for in a snack?

If you have not given pistachios ago, you might want to drop those unhealthy snacks and see your weight drop while satisfying your cravings.

Pistachios are Health Benefits of Pistachios For Womeninexpensive when purchased in bulk but I would recommend buying the prepacked one since there are cases where mold has been detected in poorly treated pistachios.

They are perfect for every occasion: watching a movie, reading a book, afternoon snacking, and even as a bedtime treat but we’ll get into that later. Most pistachios are roasted and salted but there are unsalted ones as well. I prefer the unsalted ones since I can taste the flavor of the pistachios much more vividly. That’s all for today’s article on the health benefits of pistachios for women.

I hope you learn something new from this article and consider adding pistachio to your dietary arsenal. Live long and healthy!

30 Oct

About Me

Hi all, my name is Earth and thank you all so much for visiting my website, Plants Focus. I am committed to promoting a long and healthy life with a plant-based lifestyle. I believe that age is just a number and if we take care of our minds and bodies, we are unstoppable at any age.

I grew up in a family riddled with diseases. My mother had breast cancer when she was in her thirties and was fortunate enough to beat it. However, in her fifties, the breast cancer came back and this time it brought along skull cancer with it. Our family was devastated. I paid for her treatment using my college fund I saved up and luckily she was able to beat them.

My father had nasal cancer and three heart attacks. He received three procedures to place stents in his arteries. His brother is a diabetic and has gout since his twenties. At this point, I have already accepted my fate that I will eventually get one of these diseases and my future is inside a hospital room.

You might think that these are all standard American diseases and, statistically speaking, it is nothing surprising but I did not grow up in the United States even though I live here now. I remember having a talk with my sister about how we should get scans for cancer every year and I was not even in my twenties yet.

I was desperate and was willing to do anything to be healthy. It’s been a long journey of trials and errors from modern medical doctors to traditional Chinese doctors but nothing worked.

 

My Life Growing Up

My mother used to call me a ‘walking hospital’ since I was getting sick five to six times a year, spent a lot of time in the nurses’ office at school, and multiple hospital visits per year. I was hospitalized for a week when I was around 5 or 6 years old and had asthma until I was 9 years old. I would get carsick and headaches more often than anyone in the family and my aunt used to ask me every year whether I still have problems with my migraine. I did not realize that this is not normal since every time I told my mother about it she would tell me that I was just imagining it and if I stop thinking about it. She would never try to see if there was anything wrong with me.

I continued to get sick 4-5 times a year until I was in my early twenties but the thing that bugged me the most was that I was tired every day and all day. I searched the web for answers and found out that it is called ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ and, according to these sites, there’s no cure. I realized this when I was in high school. No matter how much I sleep or rest, I am still tired. I asked a doctor during my annual hospital visit about my condition and he just told me to get more sleep and get good quality sleeps but I know deep inside that is not it since it was something that is going on every day. I had to look for a different solution. I talked to my aunt and uncle about my condition and they recommended me to see their traditional Chinese doctor and told me about his miraculous treatments. During my visit, he diagnosed my pulse and prescribed me an herbal mixture. I took it for two months as recommended and thought that it would cure me but I was dead wrong. Nothing changed and my journey for the pursuit of good health continues.

 

Why I went plant-based and why I am sticking to it?

After college, I gained quite a few pounds and was looking for ways to shed them. During this time, I still have not idea what nutrition is all about and how much it affects our health. I still have chronic fatigue syndrome and bought into the keto diet to cut some pounds. Eat butter and fats to lose weight? Sign me up. I lost some weight but later realized that weight loss does not equate to health and I was eating myself to death. My cousin recommended me to watch the documentary ‘What the Health’ and I quickly brushed it off as nonsense since it went against everything I believed in. It was not until later that I saw the documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ and thought that even if it is not best for my health, I should still cut down on animal products. That led me to a series to documentaries: ‘Fork over Knives’ and finishing up ‘What the Health’ and a bunch research papers. I was convinced that my diet dictates my health which I never thought was a thing and that diet trumps genetics. I was not scared of diabetes, cancers, or heart diseases anymore.

Only six weeks after eating plant-based and not even a well-planned one, I woke up one morning and noticed that I wasn’t tired anymore. I wasn’t sure if I was just imagining that it is not there or what was going on but I do not feel tired after waking up anymore. I’ve talked to my friends about chronic fatigue syndrome and 4/6 of them have it and I told them about my experience. They all said, “But eating plants doesn’t taste good”. As someone who’ve been called a ‘walking hospital, my response is that “Nothing tastes better than the taste of good health“. Since then I have been committed to a plant-based lifestyle and learned much more about animal agriculture. This is the path I want to walk and I want to help those who are on this path as well. Oh, and I haven’t been sick since thanksgiving of 2017, not a single cold. I am so used to track how many times I get sick every year. From getting sick 4-5 times a year to zero times a year. I am quite proud of my track record and hope I can help others along the way.

Why I started Plants Focus?

I have a scientific research background but I didn’t stop to ask myself if the foods I am putting inside my body the foods I am supposed to eat. I was just eating what the media and health magazines promote and later realized that most of them are just propagandas. I enjoy going through research papers to find out the facts behind the foods we are eating and share the interesting results of the research with you guys. I combed through stacks of research papers so that you guys don’t have to and to make sure that the information I put out is accurate while acknowledging that scientific experiments are not perfect but we do our best with what is provided. I hope everyone can learn something new from my website that can improve your health even if it’s just a small piece of information.

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

To good health,

Earth

Founder of Plants Focus