A friend of ours in the grocery business brought by a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables the other day. Apples, lemons, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, and pineapple.
He had come by for a detox session using our Aqua-Chi detox foot bath. He believes like we do that it’s healthier to put the good stuff in and get the bad stuff out.
Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health for everyone. The kind and amount of food you eat affects the way you feel and how your body works.
What are Nutrients?
Nutrients are ingredients in food that help you:
* Repair body tissue
* Build new muscle tissue.
No single food will provide you with the right amount of nutrients. By combining foods from all the different food groups, you can meet your body’s daily needs.
The most nutrient-rich foods are fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of us don’t eat anywhere near enough of these!
Sadly, even our ‘fresh’ produce loses many nutrients due to soil depletion, genetic modification, time taken in transport and storage, and preparation and cooking losses. Furthermore, farming and processing methods fill our food with ‘foreign’ chemicals which are toxic to our bodies.
Even if you could eat the recommended 10-13 servings a day, nutrients are depleted due to corporate farming techniques, genetic modification, soil depletion, and green harvesting and more nutrients are lost in processing and food preparation.
It’s little wonder we’re suffering from an epidemic of lifestyle malnutrition. Fast food, junk food, and processed food have placed edible “food-like” substances at the top of most peoples’ menus.
We have a real problem with our food today. Even those people who are trying to eat right by including raw fruits and vegetables in their diet can find their goal sabotaged by the lack of nutrition in the food available at the market. How bad is the problem with our food? In the 1950′s a woman could get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A from two peaches. Today it takes 58 peaches to satisfy the requirement. Continue reading Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables
The FDA refused in July of this year to ban bisphenol A (BPA), the toxic chemical that leaches out of plastic containers and cans and into our foods.
Now there is more disturbing news about BPA and it’s chemical “cousin” bisphenol S (BPS). According to two recent studies both toxins are present in a variety of paper products including toilet paper.
BPA has estrogen-like effects and acts as an endocrine disruptor and interupts our hormone signals. It has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, thyroid dysfunction, obesity, and birth defects.
In addition to its use in food containers, BPA is in thermal paper such as cash register receipts. The chemical can be absorbed through our skin or via hand-to-mouth contact. As the evidence against BPA grows, some paper manufacturers have been replacing it with BPS – which also has estrogen-like effects.
Hundreds of paper products contain BPA and or BPS – thermal paper (cash register receipts), paper towels, napkins, newspapers, flyers, envelopes, currency, facial tissue and, yes, toilet paper.
What can we do to protect ourselves? If you must touch thermal paper frequently, wear gloves. Wash your hands right after handling newspapers, magazines, flyers, or paper money. Use alternatives like cloth dish towels as an alternative to paper towels and napkins to dry your hands. Instead of using recycled toilet paper (which may have BPA and BPS from other paper products mixed in during the recycling process) use virgin pulp toilet paper.
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Almost all the foods people are eating today have been genetically modified, not to make them more nutritious but to keep the bugs from eating them, to increase shelf-life, to make them bigger, to make them more attractive, and to make more money. Unfortunately the flavor and taste of these modified products is not even close to what it should be, and the nutrition is long gone.
Did you know that Americans spend 90% of their food dollars on processed foods?
Instead of spraying corn with pesticides, Monsanto had a better idea. They changed the DNA of the corn to have pesticides in the DNA so when corn grows the pesticide automatically emits from the corn. They say it doesn’t have enough toxins left to harm us, but corn today is regulated as a pesticide.
How about gluten intolerance? It’s epidemic today! Do you know that we have genetically modified wheat more than 8 times in the last 40 years? Our bodies are finally saying TIME OUT!. . . I don’t get it. I don’t recognize it. Is it food? And your body is rejecting it because it doesn’t recognize it as real food.
And this is not happening just to wheat. It’s happening to many other products that we eat on a daily basis. Strawberries have been genetically modified over 17 times in the last 20 years.
How about those boxes of blueberry muffin mix you see at the grocery store with pictures of blueberries on them? You won’t find a blueberry in it.
Where do you want the food you eat to go, to your brain or to your butt and belly?
Some foods we eat seem to be directly tied to an increase in the size of our belly, hips, and derriere. We know what those are; fatty foods like fast foods, sweets, and junk food.
But did you know that other foods have been proven to increase cognitive abilities and the actual size of your brain? And with brains, the bigger the better! A study published this past January in Neurology showed that people who eat certain foods are more likely to have larger and smarter brains. Researchers used brain scans and 12 cognitive tests to see whether certain diets were associated with improved mental performance.
What helped the brain: A high concentration in the blood of vitamins B, C, D, and E and omega-3 fatty acids was associated with better decision-making, attention, and visual and spatial skills. Also, participants with the best memory skills were more likely to have higher levels of HDL “good” cholesterol as well as higher levels of two antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin.
Specifically, which foods should we eat to improve brain function? Eat vegetables that are especially high in vitamins and antioxidants, such as zucchini, spinach, broccoli, and other deeply colored vegetables and fruits as well as foods that are rich in omega 3′s, such as flax seeds, walnuts and salmon.
What hurt the brain: Participants in the study with the highest level of trans fat in their blood had more “brain fog” and smaller brains than other participants. The study results indicate that we should avoid trans fats. Trans fats are found mostly in fried, processed and commercial, packaged foods.
Why do some foods help the brain and others hurt it? It is thought that some of the nutrients listed above may protect the outer walls of the brain’s cell membranes allowing the cell “machinery” to keep working properly. One of the ways trans fats harm us is that they take the place of the “good” fats in our cell membranes and that may lead to deterioration of the cells’ structure.
When research like this shows that there is a direct link between what we eat and how well certain parts of our bodies function, it is clear that we can impact our health by the choices we make. Do we want bigger brains or bigger butts and bellies?
Your credit card may not be as safe as you think it is!
The latest technology in credit and debit cards may be putting you at risk for fraud. Called RFID (for Radio Frequency Identification Chip), it’s a tiny chip hidden in millions of credit cards. About a third of all credit cards have RFID’s embedded in them and the number is growing.
Designed as a way to make it easier for you to use your credit card and to be a faster way to pay, the technology allows you to simply wave your card at the scanner. The device sends out a signal with your credit card information. Unfortunately, this technology can leave you exposed to electronic pickpocketing. Thieves with scanners designed to read the information broadcast by the chip can capture your credit card information and use it to make purchases or sometimes sell the information to others.
RFID’s are also being placed in passports and in some school identification cards.
Symbol indicates RFID
How can you tell if your credit card has an RFID and what can you do to protect yourself? Many cards with the technology have a symbol on them like that shown here. Others are imprinted with wording that indicates they are RFID equipped. Play the movie for examples.
To protect your credit card information, you can purchase protective sleeves for your credit and debit cards, as well as shielded wallets. But something as simple as wrapping the card in foil will work. You can also tell your bank that you don’t want a card that has RFID.
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You may not realize that Aloe Vera is one of the oldest medicinal plants. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks have used the plant throughout the millenia and wars have been fought over it.
Aloe vera has been given many beautiful names: The Silent Healer, Plant of Immortality, Fountain of Youth, Plant of Life, Celestial Blessing, Harmonious Medicine, and Desert Lily.
Did you know that aloe vera plants can be found in over half the homes in theUnited States? Most people are familiar with the power of aloe vera in treating burns and scrapes. You simply break off a leaf and rub the inner leaf gel on the injury.
But in addition to external use, powerful health benefits come from ingesting the inner leaf gel which is rich in vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides? Polysaccharides are long chain sugars that help in cellular rejuvenation.
Created in the laboratory by beef suppliers as an inexpensive filler for ground beef and beef-based processed meats, pink slime consists of finely ground beef scraps, sinew, fat, and connective tissue. Pink slime is also known as Lean Finely Textured Beef, and that’s the moniker that beef product manufacturers would prefer to use.
ABC News reported in March 2012 that 70% of ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contained the product. It’s legal for pink slime to constitute up to 15% of ground beef without additional labeling. A 2008 Washington Post article suggested the content of most beef patties containing the additive approaches 25%.
Pink slime is not permitted in Canada, and beef products containing pink slime may not be imported. Pink slime does not met the legal requirements for sale in the United Kingdom, and the European Union has banned it.
In the U.S. consumers and consumer groups disgusted by the very idea of eating pink slime in their ground beef and worried about the safety of eating beef containing an ingredient disinfected by a process using ammonia voiced their concerns. A Harris Interactive survey released on April 4, 2012 found that 88% of U.S. adults were aware of the “pink slime” issue and of that group, 76% were “at least somewhat concerned”, with 30% “extremely concerned”.
Manufacturer Beef Products Inc (BPI) and meat industry organizations have tried to counter the public concern by stating that the additive is in fact beef and have a publicity campaign going with the slogan “beef is beef”. Most pink slime is produced and sold by Beef Products, Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions, and Tyson Foods. They sell it to food companies which use it in ground beef production.
Because of the controversy many stores, including the three largest chains, no longer sell products containing pink slime. Restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell announced that they would discontinue the use of BPI products in their food. A Wendy’s spokesperson stated “We have never used lean finely textured beef (pink slime) because it doesn’t meet our high quality standards.” Many school districts have stopped serving or are phasing out ground beef with the “low grade slurry”. Continue reading How the Pink Slime Ate It’s Creators
Fast food thirst quenchers hit the spot during the warm-weather season. But some of the creamiest, tastiest drinks such as milkshakes, smoothies, and blended frappes can be a big threat to your swimsuit figure. Yes, even iced coffee can be a threat.
Although a simple iced coffee with skimmed milk in a sixteen ounce cup typically delivers less than 100 calories, when iced coffee is souped up with other ingredients it can become a real ”calorie bomb”. Here are some examples:
Starbucks’ Iced Caramel Macchiato with espresso, vanilla-flavored syrup, milk and caramel sauce over ice, venti size with whole milk: 370 calories
The FDA is enforcing a provisional rule on synthetics in dietary supplements which says, among other things, that synthetic botanicals will no longer be considered New Dietary Ingredients and must never be sold as supplements, only as drugs.
The FDA’s intention to regulate synthetics in dietary supplements has upset some dietary supplement manufacturers. One industry group goes so far as to say…. ”If FDA fully enforces this guidance as drafted, we will likely lose between 22,240 and 41,700 nutritional supplements from the market… ..” [ FDA Breaks Promise on Proposed New Supplement Rules ]
Why you may wonder would we lose so many supplements from the market? Because it’s cost prohibitive to produce dietary supplements with synthetic ingredients that must be tested and approved like drugs, and secondly it’s more expensive to produce dietary supplements that use real food based natural vitamins as opposed to synthetic vitamins. Many supplement companies are likely to close up shop rather than use better quality natural ingredients.
It’s no secret..if you want to make a lower-priced dietary supplement grind up a few rocks and oyster shells and claim that you get your iron and calcium from “natural” sources.
Then, instead of including plant-sourced vitamins, use synthetic vitamins created from coal tar and other petroleum derivatives. Never mind that only a very low percentage of synthetic vitamins and minerals are absorbed by the human body.
There is growing evidence that synthetic vitamins may be unsafe, especially when you take large doses.
A study using synthetic Beta Carotene and Vitamin E was halted. In the study 29,000 male smokers were given synthetic beta carotene and synthetic Vitamin E. The study was stopped when rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and death increased. – New England Journal of Medicine, 1994.
Birth defects increased for women on synthetic supplements. 22,000 pregnant women were given synthetic Vitamin A. The study was halted because birth defects increased 400%. - New England Journal of Medicine, 1995.
As far as I’m concerned, makers of those “cheap” dietary supplements that contain synthetics can continue to squeel wee wee wee all the way home. After they’re gone maybe consumers can have more confidence that the dietary supplements they buy actually work and more importantly will not harm them.