Whey protein is the perfect food for building muscle, losing excess weight and supporting good health. It provides a more absorbable source of protein than any other sourceand is super-easy to digest. No wonder it is the #1 recommended source of protein for everyone, especially bodybuilders and those who are lactose-intolerant.
Amla, or Indian gooseberry is a powerful superfood that may help you age slower. It has proven to be an effective herbal medicine in the treatment and prevention of eye disease, cancer, digestive problems, diabetes and other health issues. It also plays an effective role in organ re-establishment, maintaining a strong heart and killing germs, according to those who have studied this tart green fruit. It is also the richest natural source of vitamin C.
Why do the French eat more fat, sugar, rich foods, wine and have less heart health issues? It’s called the French Paradox and it is believed to be due to a phytonutrient called Resveratrol, found naturally in wine, cocoa and other berries. It is a powerful antioxidant that regenerates the body at the cellular level.
What is Coenzyme Q10?
It may not sound very natural, but CoQ10 is in fact an essential natural nutrient. It is produced by the body and used for everyday functions of life including cellular energy. It is a fat-soluble antioxidant that transports electrons around the body.
There is no shortage of diet and weight loss supplements on the market. All you need to do is turn on the television or flip through a health magazine and you you’ll be flooded with all kinds of advertising for so called miracle weight loss pills. The problem lies in the lack of effectiveness of the majority of these products, not to mention the safety factor and health risks that can occur with the use of certain supplements.
While I don’t believe in quick fixes, after extensive research, fucoxanthin looks to great results when it comes to aiding in fat loss.
In a study published in The Journal of International Medical Research it was found that when one group of people suffering from influenza were given 15ml of elderberry four times per day for five days they recovered faster and suffered from less severe flu symptoms than the placebo group.
In another study out of London led by Retroscreen Virology in 2009, elderberry was also found effective in fighting the flu, this time it was the dreaded Swine flu or H1N1. Again the duration and severity of flu symptoms were reduced.
If you are suffering from headaches, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue, sugar cravings and stomach problems you may be suffering from an over-production of yeast and candida. A common symptom is thrush, which is an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth and/or vagina. If left untreated, candida will weaken the immune system allowing more serious disease to take hold.
Major Causes of Candida
Once conditions are right, candida will thrive and your general health will suffer. There are various causes that trigger or feed a yeast infection including:
- Overconsumption of processed and sugary foods
- Oral contraceptives
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Steroid use
- Alcoholic beverages
Many people opt for over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, but they only treat the symptoms, not the environment that allows candida to flourish. You need to eliminate the underlying cause in your diet or medication, restore your body’s pH balance and boost the presence of good bacteria.
Processed and refined foods create the acidic environment that candida and other diseases need to survive. Replace foods high in gluten, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup with fresh fruit and vegetables. While treating candida, restrict your intake of alcohol, vinegar, bread, high-sugar foods, peanuts, mushrooms and aged cheese. Nuts, seeds, wild-caught fish and other food fresh from Mother Nature will all fight candida, along with garlic, turmeric and cinnamon. Changing to a healthier lifestyle, whether or not you have candida, can only lead to a healthier body with the added benefit of countering any future yeast infection.
Garlic is a natural anti-fungal and a powerful antibiotic while turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a powerful treatment against candida, according to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Tests performed at the Department of Microbiologia at the Centro de Engenharias in Brazil showed that turmeric was a more potent anti-fungal than the commonly prescribed drug fluconazole (source).
- Amasai / Kefir
- Raw Vegetables
Are you one of the half a million Americans each year that suffer from the winter blues? More than just feeling a little down, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is now an accepted clinical condition brought on by a lack of natural daylight and vitamin D, which affects more women than men.
In the U.S. an estimated 4-6% of the population are seriously affected when the weather turns grey, cloudy and cold. The Cleveland Clinic estimates the figure could be as high as 20% of the population. The condition affects mostly women in their 20s, 30s and 40s but can affect men and adolescents too. Scientists are unsure why some people suffer from winter blues and others are unaffected by it. One theory is that some people have a biological disposition to it or that certain triggers need to be present. Symptoms of SAD include feeling down, losing interest in activities, insomnia and sinking into depression.
If you’re like me, you love to eat chocolate! Chocolate lovers rejoiced when the benefits of anti-oxidants found in chocolate and other foods began to be marketed. But in reality, the potential benefits of anti-oxidants in processed chocolate are slim to none.
But unprocessed, dark chocolate is actually great for you. It’s very high in anti-oxidants and flavanols.
Sleep is one of the most undervalued essential practices in modern society. In 1910, an average night’s sleep was 9 hours. By 1975, it was down to 7.5 hours. From 2000 to 2002, polls found that it had fallen to 6.9 hours. Today, many people average just 5-6 hours of sleep per night.
At the same time, obesity rates have doubled! Sleep and the neuroendocrine system are intricately entwined.
Welcome to cold and flu season. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases each year people in the United States will get 1 billion colds. But feeling sick isn’t the only thing that happens. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 22 million school days will be lost each year due to colds. And as most parents know, when kids miss school, parents miss work.
You can go without food for days, weeks and even months, but going without water for just one day can negatively impact your health. Many people don’t realize just how important water really is. The human body is made up of 2/3 (66%) water and when we lose just a little bit of water through sweat and elimination, and we do not replenish lost liquid, we’ll begin to notice the effects to our health right away.
Almost 18% ‘usually conceal their teeth in photos’. Having great teeth is very important in our culture today. Do you have yellow or discolored teeth? The sad truth is some people no matter how many times they brush their teeth have stained teeth from drinking coffee, tea, and or smoking. First impressions matter in this world and having teeth that look like you don’t brush can and will send a signal that you don’t really care about yourself. Who doesn’t want to have a beautiful smile with white sparkling teeth? The good news is I have 6 secrets to naturally whiten
Steve Jobs cofounder and innovator of Apple Computer died on October 5, 2011 from complications of pancreatic cancer, he was 56 years old. Jobs made a huge impact on the culture of America with these techy gadgets that Americans absolutely love.
Winter is soon approaching upon on us and with the colder weather comes the vaccine industry pushing their flu shots, again. By mid October we’re going to be bombarded with all the media hype telling us to get a flu shot! Ever wonder why, if the flu shot worked so well, people are revaccinated year after year? The CDC claims their vaccines work super well and that if vaccinated a person is immune from contracting the flu, and yet, in the same breath they let us know we need to be revaccinated. Huh?
Paul Bragg, health pioneer and nutritionists said, “If it is boxed, canned, or processed in any way, don’t eat it” Great advice! It’s scary to think about but many of the labels on the food products are ambiguous and deceptive, leading you to think you’re getting a healthy food product, when in fact you’re really getting something that is detrimental to your health. Many food processing plants have found government loopholes that allow them to add toxic additives into your prepared dinner entrees and other food items.
“There are factors in aloe that help the cells regenerate and heal faster,” said Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, a pediatrician at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, N.J., who recommends it to his patients. Aloe Vera is an amazing plant with valuable medicinal purposes that aid in healing a variety of ailments. Aloe has been used for thousands of years for skin issues, from soothing burns to healing wounds. The aloe plant produces two properties that are important to healing, gel and latex.
Among Indian people aged 70 to 79, the rate of Alzheimer’s is less than one-quarter that of the United States. Epidemiologists have hypothesized that the turmeric that is part of daily curries eaten in India may help explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country. Study after study has shown amazing health benefits of Turmeric. The National Institute of health cites 24 studies on the medicinal benefits of turmeric and its major active component curcumin.
According to a 2009 study at Kingston University, white tea was found to have high anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-collagenase, and anti-elastase properties. This could potentially reduce the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, heart disease and slow the enzymatic break-down of elastin and collagen, traits which accompany aging. If that isn’t good reason to drink a couple a cups of white tea a day I don’t know what would be.
White tea originates from China from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Its buds and leaves are allowed to wither in the sun during the plants growth. They are harvested prematurely and the delicate buds and leaves are processed to prevent oxidation. They say this preserves the distinct flavor of this aromatic tea. Camellia Sinensis plant is abundant with what is called polyphenols, a phytonutrient which is responsible for the tea’s health benefits.
Improved Cardiovascular Function
White tea has a substance known as Catechins, a group of antioxidants that have been shown to reduce cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, repair vein tissue, and improve overall cardiovascular function.
Immune System Booster
Studies have shown that animals that were given white tea were more resistant to the bacteria Salmonella. Furthermore, the antioxidants that is abundant in white tea helps to booster the immune system in animals and humans. And there’s more good news: A study conducted by the Pace University in 1984 revealed that white tea may in fact slow down viruses and the growth of bacteria, reducing the incidence of staphylococcus and streptococcus infections, pneumonia, fungus growth, and even dental plaque.
Amazingly, white tea has been shown to work as well as prescription drugs in providing the body with antioxidants and preventing many types of cancer, such as colon, prostate, and stomach cancers. Flavonoids, a group of antioxidants present in this tea reduce the growth of cancer cells, and help new ones to grow!
It would seem a good idea to drink this tea often throughout the day. Not a tea-lover? Well, how about adding a teaspoon of raw honey and a squeeze of a lemon or lime to your tea for an added zest?
Reduce Blood Pressure
Chances are that you or someone you know personally has high blood pressure. Well, the good news is studies have proven that white tea can actually thin the blood and drastically improve artery function. Drinking white tea several times a day on a consistent basis can actually lower the pressure of your blood and protect the body against one of its common health enemies, stroke. This only works when you drink the tea every day, a couple of times a day. Bring it to work with you and share the health benefits with your coworkers.
Stronger Bones and Teeth, and Healthier Skin
Numerous studies have shown that regular drinkers of white tea had greater bone density than non drinkers of white tea. If you suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis, better grab yourself some white tea and have a couple of cups a day. White tea has small amounts of fluoride which help to keep the teeth and gums healthy too.
This remarkable tea has also been shown to fight free radicals from sun, stress and poor diet, and reverse some of the signs of aging. According to a study by Kingston University in London, it seems that white tea may be an interesting option for reducing and preventing wrinkles. Out of 21 different compounds tested, white tea was found to contain by far the highest concentration of antioxidants.
Is there anything this tea doesn’t help improve? Well, let’s see here, white tea may also reduce blood sugar and lessen the symptoms of diabetes. This astounding tea has shown to reduce stress and yet increase energy levels. Now who doesn’t want to have more energy throughout the day?
How to Brew White Tea
Boiling hot water can diminish the distinct flavor as well as deplete the nutrients of the tea. Experts all agree that water for white tea should be no hotter than 170-185 degrees Fahrenheit (76 to 85 degrees Celsius). For best results bring the water to a roaring boil and then let sit for a couple of minutes and then pour onto the tea leaves. This should be done for all types of teas.
Because white tea leaves are not as dense and compact as other teas you should use at least two teaspoons of white tea leaves for every cup (8 ounces) of water. The longer you brew the tea for the stronger the flavor and the more nutritional value you will be receiving. Some people recommend steeping the tea for up to 15 minutes.
White tea sounds like the king of teas and the health benefits are awesome! But with any natural health remedy or healing product out there they always work best when we do other things to take care of our body. White tea works well in conjunction with other ways to keep healthy and fit.
For an example: someone who eats a poor diet, is overweight, and leads a sedentary lifestyle will not see the health benefits from white tea as well as someone who already eats a well balanced diet, and who regularly exercises. The fact of the matter is, you have to take care of your body by doing everything you can to protect it from disease and illness.
Provide your body with clean whole foods, pure water, adequate amounts of exercise, and sufficient amounts of sunshine, and lead a stress free lifestyle as much as possible. You are your body’s best friend when it comes to health so treat it well and you will enjoy your life that much more. And of course, incorporating white tea into your diet would be a wonderful idea. Here’s to your health!
1 in 5 people, or an estimated 50 million Americans sugger from all types of allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. The chances are high that you or someone you know suffers from an allergy of some kind. Most people who are struggling with an allergy go to the doctor to be treated and are routinely given pharmaceuticals from acetaminophens to antihistamines, both of which can aggravate the allergy symptoms it was given for.
“One complete night of sleep deprivation is as impairing in simulated driving tests as a legally intoxicating blood-alcohol level.” Are you having trouble sleeping? So are 60 million other Americans. Any amount of sleep deprivation will diminish mental performance, cautions Mark Mahowald, a professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
That’s scary to think about considering if there are 60 million Americans who are having trouble sleeping and a third of them are driving on our byways and highways at any given time. Research has also shown that chronic sleep deprivation will result in serious health issues. At the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting in June 2001, Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., reported that people who regularly do not get enough sleep can become less sensitive to insulin. “This increases their risk for diabetes and high blood pressure – both serious threats to the brain”.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the increase in children in the U.S. The number of children between the ages of five and seventeen that have been reported by their parents to have ADHD or ADD has increased from 7 to 9 percent over a decade ending in 2009. What this means is that a whopping 5 million children have been diagnosed with either ADD or the hyperactive form called ADHD according to the 2010 U.S Census data.
Dr. Oz a very popular health guru and one of TV’s most popular medical experts puts apple juice to the test, literally. The tests for arsenic came back from a New Jersey lab revealing levels of the toxin arsenic in the apple juice. As usual, the FDA has done their own tests and they say no such thing is in apple juice sold in the U.S. As always the FDA wants to let us know there is no public health risk from drinking apple juice in the U.S.
According the Huffington Post 1 out of 6 diners eating out in restaurants pay attention to the nutritional information posted on the menus. Hunger pangs distract us from choosing our foods carefully. And as most of us know eating the wrong foods can make us feel tired and groggy afterwards. Most of the time we are in a hurry when we eat out, or we happen to be stuck in a restaurant that we’d rather not eat in just because we’re with a friend or a client.
According to an online article published by Dailymail a single glass of milk can contain a chemical concoction of up to 20 different chemicals, such as antibiotics, growth hormones, and even painkillers! Have you ever thought about what’s lingering in your milk? Besides it being pasteurized, which really means “dead food”, there are a lot of different dangerous pharmaceuticals floating around in your milk that most people can’t even pronounce. While the highest concentration of these chemicals is found in cow milk, the toxins have also been found in human and goat milk.
A recent study from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute found that fasting can lower a person’s risk for coronary heart disease as well as diabetes and have a positive impact on blood cholesterol levels. In this study a group of 200 volunteers participated at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in the trial. The trial involved testing performed on the subjects while fasting and while consuming a normal daily diet.
This latest study confirms findings from an earlier one that found fasting to reduce your risk for coronary heart disease. This follow up and expanded study shows fasting is helpful with other factors that contribute to heart disease such as reducing the following:
Women want to be beautiful and are willing to spend a lot of money to get it. According to a YWCA report, in one year American women spend about $7 billion on beauty products. That’s a lot of money spent on numerous products put on the skin. From creams and lotions to eye shadows and lipsticks many of these products contain ingredients that are questionable at best.
In America 1.5 million people suffer from sensitivity to gluten a group of researchers out of the University of Maryland said in 2003. That is after they consume gluten they have some type of allergic reaction and another one in seven has a gluten intolerance which means they will have some type of adverse side effects from eating gluten. Those people who are unable to tolerate at all have a condition called Celiac disease.
Gluten intolerance is 30 times more prevalent than celiac disease. 1 in 7 people are sensitive to gluten but test negative for celiac disease. They suffer many of the same symptoms and are known as Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS). People of European or Anglo-Celtic ancestry are more likely to have gluten intolerance.
Today there’s a lot of talk about gluten. We walk down the grocery store aisles to see numerous food products labeled as ‘gluten free.’ We also see on restaurant menus foods that are also noted as gluten free. It seems that gluten free is the new rage. But just what is all this gluten free about and is it something you too should consider?
Typical Symptoms of a Gluten Allergy
While a gluten allergy can present several of these symptoms are none at all it’s important to know what you’re looking for if you suspect a problem with consuming gluten.
- Abdominal pain
- Stomach upset
- Joint pain
- Muscle cramps
- Skin rash
- Mouth sores
- Tingling in legs and feet
- Fatty or oily stools
- Weakness and fatigue
Depending on the individual these symptoms all may be present, some may be present or none at all.
But despite the obvious reasons you may want to steer clear of gluten there are some other reasons for even those without a gluten allergy or sensitivity to eliminate gluten from their diets.
Tennis Great Novak Dokovich Ditches Gluten
World renowned tennis great, Novak Dokovich, and his recent claims that going gluten free has contributed to his spectacular success on the court, have added to the public interest in going gluten free.
Dokovich credits much of his tennis success to his decision to eliminate gluten from his diet. He spoke out recently about this decision to go gluten free and how he believes it enables him to be in top physical shape and possess the coveted number two spot in the world in tennis.
And Dokovich isn’t the only athlete going gluten free. A recent article in Bicycle Magazine discussed world famous bicycler Christian Vande Velde and his gluten free diet.
In the article Velde discusses his decision to go gluten free. His rationale was this: gluten
produces inflammation which in turn leads to delayed recovery times and impacts stamina and performance. To Velde, a gluten free diet is the same as an inflammation free diet.
This switch to gluten free diets has been working for both of these world class athletes. Will it work for you?
If you suspect you have a problem – big or small – with gluten then you may just want to consider going gluten free. If you’re hesitant to do so then simply decide to try it for a period of time and see how you feel.
Best Gluten Free Foods
Gluten is actually a protein that is found in wheat as well as barley and rye. You can consume foods that normally contain gluten by looking for the gluten free labels. In addition you can alter your diet so that you are eating foods that are naturally gluten free.
The following is a small list of naturally gluten free alternatives:
- Brown Rice
- Sweet Potato
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Chick Pea Flour
Although many of these foods are not considered mainstream you can easily find them at your local health food store or at a reputable online health food store.
In addition eating a diet rich in raw, organic fruits and vegetables is a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs and avoid the detrimental effects of eating a highly refined and processed diet.
If you want to up the ante with your workout, give gluten free a try.
According to a recent study evaluation by Earth Open Source, Round Up’s main ingredient, glyphosate is being linked to birth defects, amongst other problems, in animals. Earth Open Source reviews existing data in an open source collaboration to advance sustainable food production.
Round Up weed killer is the most widely used herbicide on the planet. With so many people spraying away it’s important to be certain this potent weed killer is safe for the plants, the animals, the users, and the entire environment. However, the latest research indicates that Round Up is far from safe for anyone or anything that is living.
Today gout is affecting more and more people. From the rich to the poor, gout is rising in America and other developed countries. It’s estimated that between 2 and 5 million Americans are suffering with gout today.
What is Gout? Gout is a painful, arthritic condition mainly afflicting the big toe. The big toe becomes stiff, inflamed and painful as a result of excess uric acid leading to crystals formed in joints. These high levels of uric acid are called hyperuricemia and the pain comes from the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response to the crystals.
Elevated levels of uric acid also lead to other health problems too. Some of the most commonly associated health problems from hyperuricemia (high levels of uric acid) are the following:
High Uric Acid Levels Lead to Health Issues
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
Gout seems to run in families so if your parents had it you’re more likely to one day developing gout. This also predisposes your children to getting gout.
Causes of Gout
Gout is said to be caused by lifestyle and eating choices. Today the staple American diet has shifted to one full of highly processed foods. Many of these highly processed foods contain high fructose corn syrup which is believed to be a leading contributor to gout.
In fact, a recent study showed that men who consumed two or more sugary drinks per day were 85% more likely to develop gout than those men who only consumed less than one sugary beverage a month. This high sugar intake increases the levels of uric acid in the body. High levels of sugar in the body lead to a number of serious health problems including gout.
It’s also been shown that half of all gout sufferers are obese or overweight. And again, a high intake of sugar is shown to lead to obesity.
Another cause of gout is consuming too many high purine foods. These are organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus, and even mushrooms. Eating less high purine foods is one way to try to ward off gout.
Treatment of Gout
There are pharmaceuticals that are used to treat gout but I urge you to use these as a last resort. Some of the pharmaceuticals used to treat gout are NSAIDs, Colchicine, corticosteroids, Corticotropin (adrenocorticotropic hormone),Febuxostat, Aloprim, and Zyloprim.
Not only do many of these drugs not work for gout sufferers the side effects of these toxic pharmaceuticals are not worth the risk. This is especially true when diet and lifestyle changes can end or successfully help to manage gout.
Some of the side effects of these dangerous pharmaceuticals are the following:
Side Effects of Pharmaceuticals Used to Treat Gout
- Fluid retention
- Shortness of breath
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
When there are all natural alternatives available to you to fight off gout I suggest you try these methods before you opt for pharmaceuticals and their dangerous side effects.
6 All Natural Ways to Beat Gout
Studies show that many of the dietary items we consume lead to gout as well as other health problems. Changing your diet and lifestyle may be the easy solution to beating gout. One of the first things to do is eliminate certain foods and beverages from your diet to beat gout.
1. Eliminate or reduce sugar intake
As many studies are now illustrating, gout is common in people with excessive sugar intake, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS.) It’s wise to read the labels of all your food and drinks. If you find HFCS then eliminate that from your diet. In addition, look for sugar added under the guise of other common names for sugar; look for ‘cose’ at the end of words and these are probably types of sugar you don’t want to be consuming.
2. Eliminate grains
Grains in the body are converted to sugars so again you want to limit or avoid grains altogether. They are also very inflammatory to your body.
3. Limit alcohol consumption
Again, alcohol becomes sugar once ingested so eliminate this completely unless you have a healthy body already. Any substance that will be converted to one or another type of sugar by the body should be avoided at all costs. In order to get your uric acid levels down you must consistently avoid sugar in your diet.
4. Eliminate soda and diet soda
Soda and diet sodas are loaded with sweeteners either natural or artificial. It’s vital to eliminate them from your diet altogether if you want to be gout. Remember the study I mentioned earlier in which just two to three sweet beverages a week increased men’s chance of getting gout by a whopping 85%.
5. Consume cherries and strawberries daily
In order to combat the inflammation try adding fresh, organic cherries and strawberries to your diet. Cherries are rich in anthocyanicns and bioflavonoids both which help to relieve and prevent arthritis. In addition, both are high in antioxidants which will help to fight off free radical damage.
Since obesity is linked to gout, it’s a good idea to exercise regularly if you’re trying to relieve gout from your life. Include burst training and weight training to maximize your health benefits from exercise. Exercise should be a part of your life no matter if you have gout or not. Burst Training is the best way to get in shape and keep your body healthy. Click here for my burst workout ideas.
As with many health problems there are all natural treatment methods that often involve lifestyle changes that should take place before you opt for pharmaceuticals or other methods. The same is true for gout. Try these solutions and live an overall healthy lifestyle and you’ll be pain free from gout in no time.
You walk into the local grocery store or drugstore and see shelf after shelf filled with what looks like high quality, reputable supplements; vitamins, minerals, and the like line the shelves promising to bring you optimal health and vitality if you take them. But you know better, somewhere along the way you’ve heard that you shouldn’t just pick up the first supplement you see, especially at the grocery store so you move on. (And with the Food and Drug Administrations report of 29,000 different supplements on the market today, you really need to know what you’re looking for and what to avoid.)
The Search for High Quality Supplements Goes On
Next you hit your local health food store. Surely this place will have high quality, health promoting supplements that will propel your health to the next level of good. Sure they may cost a little more but you know taking a high quality supplement is well worth it. However, as you pick up the store’s own signature brand you hesitate and read the label. Now in the back of you head you’re thinking really it’s a waste of time that this supplement must be one of the best, after all it’s a local health food store and they’ve put their name on these supplements. But what you see may just surprise you.
When it comes to supplements many of them are filled with all the wrong ingredients. That is, not only do they have unwanted additives, preservatives, fillers, and even food dyes, the source of the supplement they provide is less than optimal. So read those labels.
What to Avoid in Your Supplements
Now here’s the problem I find with most supplements; many are synthetic or synthetic isolates. That means the vitamin or mineral is only partial and is combined with a chemical. There are two problems here:
2 Problems with Mainstream Supplements
- You’re only getting ‘part’ of the vitamin or mineral when your body needs the whole thing.
- You’re adding chemicals into your system. This is something you want to avoid doing in all aspects of your life especially with what you eat or ingest.
When you take a supplement it’s already a second choice to getting this nutrient straight from the source via the food. However, if you choose a low quality supplement you’re taking another step further away from the original, most nutritious source. Really these types of supplements are a sad alternative to the real deal – the food source.
I took a trip to my local health food store, picked up their top selling supplements and here are some of the ingredients I found that you want to avoid.
#1 Common Supplement Ingredient to Avoid
Magnesium stearate (reportedly in 95% of all supplements)
Now you may or may not about this ingredient but I’ve written extensively on it and its role in supplements. (insert link to articles) In brief, magnesium stearate is used in many industries including the supplement industry. In this industry it is used as a lubricant to prevent the particles of the nutrients from slowing the equipment thereby allowing them to operate at maximum speeds.
Magnesium stearate contains many toxins as it is made from hydrogenating cottonseed oil. This type of oil has been found to have the highest concentrations of toxins or pesticide residues as the cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops today.
To make matters worse, these hydrogenated oils themselves are dangerous as they have been molecularly altered. There are still no clear implications of long term consumption of these types of oils. In addition, the process of hydrogenation involves a metal catalyst. The impact of using this metal catalyst on the body is still unknown.
According to an article in 1990 in Immunology, magnesium stearates impede the function of the vital T cells. As you probably know, T cells are a vital and integral part of the immune system.
In fact, magnesium stearates are classified as a ‘hazardous material.’ Its described uses include:
- Paint drier
- Varnish drier
- Dusting powder
Even without mounds of scientific data, common sense says this is not something you want to be ingesting on a daily basis. What’s more is that these synthetic supplements are hard for the body to digest and absorb so in the end you get very little of the benefits. In other words, you’re wasting your money at best and may be harming your own life at the worst.
Let’s talk about high quality supplements you want to take, not avoid.
What to Look for in Your Supplements
I highly recommend taking whole food supplements. One of the best ways to be certain that you’re taking high quality supplements is to find a reputable supplier and stick with them. Garden of Life is one such supplement provider and why I promote them.
This whole food supplement company creates the highest quality, consistently reliable supplements around. The founder of this company, Jordan Rubin, started with the mission of providing life giving supplements to all. The supplements from the Garden of Life are whole food supplements that the body can absorb and utilize immediately.
Before you swallow those synthetic supplements think twice and ask yourself if you’re helping or hurting your body.
The rate of obesity and disease in the West continues to grow each year. Startling statistics are released every week illustrating the state of health for most Westerners. One of the main culprits causing this state of ill health are the foods we eat and our lifestyles.
Sadly, many people who think they’re eating health simply aren’t. In fact, some foods that most people consider to be healthy are anything but healthy. Often times it’s not the food itself but some of the ingredients are the way it’s prepared. Learn about the ten foods that many consider to be healthy but aren’t always the healthiest choice.
Multiple sclerosis or MS is an immune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks itself. In the case of MS, the body attacks the myelin, or fat that surrounds and protects the nerves. During an MS attack, inflammation occurs in random areas of the central nervous system in patches called plaques. The destruction of the myelin occurs next. Once these myelin sheaths are attacked and destroyed the delicate communication process between the nerves, brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body are compromised resulting in decreased or complete loss of function. The name, multiple sclerosis, is for many – multiple, and scars – sclerosis.
Amasi is really a fermented milk beverage and has the consistency of a liquid yogurt. Amasi is a nutritional staple of the diet for most South Africans. It has recently come to more mainstream attention due to a native South African, Richard Mokua, studying this traditional African food from his native land of Kenya.
In late 2010, the American Association of Poison Control Centers started tracking energy drink overdoses and side effects. In the less than a year of the study, more than 1,000 cases of overdose or adverse side effects have been reported.
Are you feeling tired and irritable? Your energy drink could be to blame. According to a report by the Associated Press, there are some bothersome and also some serious health problems associated with consuming energy drinks on a regular basis.
Should raw milk be illegal? Some think so, but Amish farmer Dan Allgyer is not backing down. He’s staying and fighting the charges on which he was arrested – selling raw milk. Now represented by lawyer Jonathan Emord, the case will go up against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.)
In 1987 the government banned the sales of raw milk under the premise of health concerns. However many people don’t think health concerns are the real story for the ban. Many, including Representative Ron Paul, believe the real reason has much more to do with economics than concern for the health of the public.
“People can last a few days without water depending on the environment in which they find themselves…” (source)
We are all finding ourselves smack in the middle of summer. Months of long, hot, humid days with temperatures sometimes soaring to heated degrees…too many degrees to count. And while you enjoy the passing moments of good ole summertime be sure that you and your loved ones are staying properly hydrated in order to ward off a potential problem from the heat and dehydration.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a word of caution about silicone implants for women considering them for cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. In a statement issued on June 22, 2011, the FDA warned that these ‘devices’ are not for lifetime use and cited several problems found with silicone implants for the women who have them.
We are all barraged by a host of so called healthy cooking oils to choose from. But with so many different oils on the market and so much conflicting information about the different oils it’s a challenge to know which one you want to be reaching for as you make your next delicious meal.
Most of you have heard about the Mediterranean diet and the much praised use of olive oil. Olive oil is a great, healthy oil to use in its raw form, but you must not use it to cook with. More on that later, but first let’s find out what olive oil is and how it is made.
With so many oils on the market and so much talk about the different types of oil it’s difficult to sift through what is fact, what is entirely fiction, and most of all which is the healthiest oil to use.
From olive oil and palm oil to coconut oil and sesame oils it’s hard to know which one to put in your shopping cart, into your food, and eventually inside your body. One of the most misunderstood and most talked about cooking oils is canola oil. The name was originally LEAR (Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed) but for marketing purposes was changed to canola oil. This word was derived from the combination of the phrase, “Canadian oil.” Canola oil is a much more appealing name than LEAR oil or rape oil. But is the oil appealing for you and should you be using it in your foods?