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Are You Breathing The Right Way?

December 1, 2016 by admin in Health News with 0 Comments

breathing_fresh_airYou probably move through your life breathing on auto-pilot, which is understandable, because you can’t constantly be occupying your mind with monitoring how you are breathing. And yet, unlike your heart beat or your hair growing, breathing is a bodily function which you can control. If you have ever held your breath, sighed or taken a deep breath to calm down, you already know that.

Breathing correctly is as important to your health and well-being as, well, air! The average person takes 25 000 breaths a day, without thinking about a single one of them. But you should start thinking about your breathing, because it can have huge effects on your health. Many people suffer from unnecessary stress, anxiety and poor health, just because we don’t breathe deeply enough.

What these things tells you is this: your breathing can affect your mood, your stress levels and your ability to cope. It can even help you to manage panic attacks, anxiety and stress.

Your breathing may reveal clues to your mental and emotional state, but it works both ways. By controlling your breathing, you can actually control your emotions, too. Anyone who has ever taken a deep breath to stop from losing their temper will know that!

 

Your Emotional State and your Breathing

When you are feeling negative emotions such as stress and frustration your breathing becomes shallower and shorter. Any time you experience stress or anxiety your body reacts instinctually by pumping adrenalin through your system.

Adrenalin prepares you for the flight or fight instinct by raising your heart beat, and causing you to breath in sharp, short breaths. Which is why it helps to take deep, slow breaths when you are consciously trying to calm yourself down. By not breathing properly you are more likely to become depressed and anxious.

Your Breathing and your Health

By constantly breathing in short, shallow breaths you are opening yourself up to health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, insomnia, indigestion, autoimmune problems and increased chances of contracting infection. It also makes you anxious and stressed out.

When you breath deep, healthy breaths your body is able to maintain a higher metabolism, because more oxygen is supplied to your cells. Which means healthy breathing is helpful in maintaining a healthy body weight.

Breathing healthily also helps to keep your PH levels at a normal rate. If you breathe too fast  and don’t inhale deeply enough you will also decrease the amount of blood flow to your brain which means less oxygen will be released into your brain. Less oxygen in your brain means it will not be performing optimally, you won’t be able to think as clearly and you will be less able to deal with either cognitive or emotional thought processes.

Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing will slow your heart rate and ensure that your circulation is optimised, taking plenty of oxygen and nutrients around your body. It will ease your anxiety and lower your stress levels.

 

Are you Breathing Correctly?

Take a minute to think about your breathing. Are your breaths short and shallow? Or are they deep and slow?

Place both your hands on your belly and breath in. Does your stomach rise? Can you feel the air filling your lungs? Or are you breathing in with your chest first?

Now you don’t need to breathe so deeply that you hyperventilate, but you should not be breathing like someone who is about to receive bad news either.

Does your rib cage expand to the sides when you breath in? You should be able to notice a definite expansion of your trunk around the sides when you breathe in.

Are you breathing in through your mouth? Unless you have sinus issues you should be breathing through your nose as this allows for deep breaths.

Do you the muscles in your upper chest, your neck and shoulders often feel tight and tense? If they are you are probably not breathing correctly, because you need to be relaxed to breath easily.

Do you yawn frequently? This can be a sign that you are not getting air deep enough into your lungs.

If your resting breathing rate is more than 10 – 12 breaths a minute then it’s too high. Your breaths are too short and fast.

Do you slouch forwards or have poor posture? You can’t breathe deeply if your diaphragm is constricted by poor posture.

 

How to ensure you Breath Properly

If you are worried that you aren’t breathing correctly there are things you can do to take control of your breathing. These exercises are not things you will do all day long, but by doing them occasionally, you teach yourself what proper breathing feels like. By dong these exercises every day for a few weeks, you will get your body into the habit of breathing properly and become more conscious of what your body should feel like. Soon proper, deep breathing will become second nature to you.

 

Abdominal Breathing

Start off by lying on your back and place your hands on your stomach. Exhale through your nose until your lungs are empty. Now inhale through your nose, breathing right into your pelvis. You should feel your belly round and expand with the inhale. Breath out through your nose and start the process again. Be aware of the air and how it moves your body. Do at least ten abdominal breaths.

Balloons

Get yourself a packet of balloons and blow one up every morning when you do your breathing exercises. The motion of blowing up balloons causes your diaphragm and core muscles to contract properly for breathing. If you want to make it a little more challenging, breath in through your nose instead of through your mouth. You can blow up your balloon in the sit-up position with your feet flat on the ground and your lower back pressed into the floor. As strange as this sounds it is a good way to exercise your lungs.

Exhale through a Straw

Hold a drinking straw between your lips. Breath in through your nose, taking two to four seconds to breathe in. Then Exhale through your mouth, through the straw, taking four to eight seconds to exhale. Do this at least ten times. Breathing this way forces you to slow down and be aware of your breathing.

Chest Resistance

Lie flat on your back and place a heavy book on your upper chest. Inhale deeply. The book will force the air to go past your upper chest and fill your lower lung cavity instead, as with abdominal breathing.

Planking

Holding a plank position for a minute at a time is a good way to force your body to breathe correctly. While you are in the position, breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Take a good ten breaths in the minute.

 

Monitor yourself every Day

Any time you are feeling stressed out or unwell, take a moment to think about your breathing. If you are not breathing optimally take the time to do some of the breathing exercises above. Slowing yourself down can help you improve your emotional and physical health, and ultimately make you more productive, effective, and healthy.

 

Besides breathing properly, it is important to eat the right foods to strengthen your body against toxins. Go to the next page to learn more.

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Is Your Starbucks Coffee Healthy?

October 28, 2016 by admin in Health News with 16 Comments

starbucks-coffeeWhy do we drink Starbucks Coffee? For most modern people our high-paced lifestyles means that we are constantly under strain and on the run. To help us cope with the seemingly never-ending pressure, most of us fall to coffeeto keep going. But because we are in such a rush, we don’t take the time to make it. Enter Starbucks.

But what are you drinking when you have a Starbucks coffee? One thing we can tell you before we start is that takeaway coffee from big chain stores like Starbuck is nothing like the simple drink you brew at home.

What is inside a Starbucks Coffee?

GMO Milk

The first and most obvious thing you will notice about Starbucks coffee is that it is made with a lot of milk. The milk used in Starbucks coffee (and many other chain coffee outlets) comes from cows that are fed GMO crops and antibiotics.

Most GMO crops are actually used to feed dairy cows. The genetically altered “Monsanto” crops used to feed cows to promote a large milk yield.  GMO crops are weaker against natural pests than regular crops. Because of this these crops have to be sprayed with chemical herbicides like Roundup, which is also manufactured by Monsanto. Both the GMO’s and the Pesticides cross from the mother cow into her milk, which is then going into your Starbucks coffee. You may think you don’t eat GMOs or foods treated by pesticide. But if you drink Starbucks coffee you are still being exposed to these chemicals.

Most mass dairy factory farms blanket treat their cows with antibiotics to keep them from getting sick. These antibiotics then cross into the milk and ultimately end up inside your coffee, too. But enough about the milk.

Sugar

The next scary ingredient on the list (before we get to the real chemicals) is sugar.

Unless you order a Sugar-Free coffee, the chances are your Starbucks coffee is loaded with sugar. Some flavoured coffees, such as the Caramel Macchiato and the Chai latte, have been found to have up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per cup!  That is three times the maximum daily intake of sugar, recommended by the American Heart Associations.  Starbucks has claimed that it is committed to bringing down the Starbucks coffee sugar content by 25% by 2020.

Sugar by any other name…

Starbucks sneaks sugar into everything by calling it something else. There are all kinds of other ingredients listed in their beverages which are, essentially, just different forms of sugar. For example, “Organic evaporated cane juice”. Cane is the plant that sugar comes from. Evaporated cane juice is sugar!  They have just added the word “organic” to make it look healthier than it is.

Corn Syrup is another culprit. It may sound harmless but corn syrup is just as bad as sugar, if not worse. Corn Syrup is sweet because it extremely high in fructose. Fructose is a concentrated form of sugar, and it has all the same effects on your body.

Why do we hate sugar? Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike. The raised insulin levels in your body have a long term effect of making you more likely to develop type two diabetes. In the short term insulin spikes cause you to become tired, sluggish and lethargic. Considering that most people are drinking coffee to stay alert and awake, it’s interesting to note that the sugar levels in your Starbucks coffee is so extreme that it actually causes your energy levels to crash after an hour or so. What happens next? You reach for the next cup of coffee to try and wake yourself up, and the whole process starts again.

What about the sugar -free options?

Most of these are sweetened by non-nutritive sweeteners. The idea behind them is that they are not supposed to make you fat, because they don’t give you any nutrition. The problem is that they have two other characteristics which are almost worse than sugar: They are full of toxic chemicals, and they are addictive.

Non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame have made headlines over the last few years for the cancer causing effects they have – and yet they remain present in our foods.

These sweeteners also have the effect of making people compulsively over eat and drink, because they are addictive. There is not much value in drinking a “sugar-free” drink if you can’t stop drinking them.

Other Harmful Ingredients in Starbucks Coffee

Aside from Sugar and Milk, there are all kinds of other ingredients in Starbucks coffee that you don’t want to put into your body. Even the Dairy free milks contain Guar gum and Carrageenan, not to mention large quantities of salt and preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners, and flavourings.

Dairy-Free Milks Coffee Ingredients:

Below is a list of ingredients inside the dairy free milk offerings at Starbucks:

Starbucks Almond Milk: Filtered water, Almonds, Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Xantham gum, Guar gum, Vitamin A palmitate, Vitamin D2.

Starbucks Coconut Milk: Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2.

Starbucks Organic Vanilla Soymilk: [Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Baking Soda, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12].

 

Carrageenan – Carrageenan is used as a thickener and emulsifier to keep ingredients from separating. Unfortunately it causes digestion problems for many people and is contaminated with as much as 25% “degraded carrageenan”. As reported in a new study published in Nature, emulsifiers are cited as being partially responsible for the “rising incidence of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease by interfering with microbes in the gastrointestinal tract”. Most mainstream brands have removed carrageenan from their products,but it’s still found at Starbucks coffee.

Gellan Gum and Guar Gum– Both of these ingredients are known to cause stomach problems like bloating, gas and IBS.

 

The worst Starbucks coffees – what to avoid

 

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you think that this beverage is healthy because it has “pumpkin” in it, just take a look at the extensive list of unnatural ingredients in it: GMO milk, sugar, contains 2% or less of fruit, flavourings, annatto, salt, potassium sorbate, monoglycerides, diglycerides, carrageenan, vanilla syrup (corn syrup),potassium sorbate, and sulfiting agents.

Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte

The Ingredients in this “skinny” are less than skinny: The main culprits are sucralose (a non-nutritive sweetener associated with cancer), natural and artificial flavourings which have been proven to cause compulsive, addictive eating.

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

The Caramel Macchiato contains high fructose corn syrup. This sweetener is usually made from GMO corn, and it’s been heavily linked to type 2 diabetes and stomach cancer.

Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha

This drink contains monoglycerides, which is a by-product of oil processing which contain trans fatty acid. Trans fatty acids are responsible for clogged arteries, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The whipped cream is thickened with carrageenan, which we have described above.

Starbucks Citrus Green Tea Latte

This may sound like a healthy drink, but in truth it’s loaded with sugar. In fact it contains more sugar than most of the other drinks at Starbucks. It also contains maltodextrin, corn syrup, flavourings and sweeteners, emulsifiers and, in case that’s not enough it also contains preservatives.

Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers

This beverage is full of artificial flavourings and sweeteners. It also contains synthesised, chemically pure erythritol. It also contains Truvia, which is extracted from Stevia using chemicals such as methanol,ethanol, acetone, acetonitrile and isopropanol.  Many of these chemicals are associated with cancer. None of them should be in your food.

 

The drinks listed above are examples of your average Starbucks beverages. There are many variations and flavours, but the ingredients above are what you will find in most of them. In truth you are much better off making your own coffee at home and pouring it in a travel mug to take along with you.

Even if you add sugar you will most likely only add one teaspoon full instead of 25, like some Starbucks coffees! Instead you can make your coffee with organic milk, real honey and organic coffee. No hidden preservatives, corn syrup or thickeners and emulsifiers.

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Is Your Perfume Toxic?

September 26, 2016 by admin in Health News with 1 Comment

perfume-toxicIf you have ever been stuck in a car or a tight space with someone who’s wearing an overpowering perfume or cologne, you will probably understand what is meant by the term “second-hand fragrance pollution”. What you may find surprising is that you are not wrong to be upset by the overpowering smell, nor should you be reveling in the strong scents that you do like.

Because it turns out that your perfume could be toxic. In fact, anything with a strong smelling fragrance, be it lotion, shampoo, deodorant or aftershave, is full of unregulated chemicals and toxins.

Whether you are wearing the scent yourself or breathing it off of someone else, artificial fragrances are bad for you. They are linked to respiratory tract problems, allergies, hormone disruption and in some cases even cancer.

It may only be a smell – but the truth is it can hurt you, even if you are not the one wearing it!

What’s inside your perfume product?

When you purchase a personal care product that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient, you are buying something that contains any one (or more) of the 5000 stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry. Most of these chemicals are tar or petroleum based. All of them are synthetic.

According to the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, cosmetics companies are to list all ingredients on their labels, except for those used to create the fragrance. Because of this the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned laboratory tests to analyse 17 bib-name fragrances. They found 38 chemicals in these which were not listed on the labels. The Average fragrance was found to contain 14 unlisted fragrance chemicals! Many of these are chemicals which are known to cause bodily harm, especially when built up in the body over time after frequent exposure through the skin or by breathing them in.

 

Common Ingredients in Perfume and Fragrance

Most fragrances are based on tar or petroleum and then manipulated with other chemicals until they smell like what you recognise as perfume. Some other common ingredients include:

Parabens: These preserve the scent. They are known to complicate normal hormone functions in both men and women.

Synthetic Musk: Also linked to hormone interference and disruption, synthetic musk accumulates in the human body over time and can be found in body fat, breast milk, and umbilical cord tissue. It also accumulates in the environment.

Phthalates: These are a synthetic preservative which are used to stop the fragrance from changing or becoming weaker over time. They are carcinogenic (cause cancer) and have been conclusively linked to all kinds of hormonal and reproductive issues, including low sperm count, early breast development, and birth defects. They are also known to cause liver and kidney damage.

With over 5000 chemicals used in the fragrance industry it is impossible to list them all here. Suffice to say that of those 5000 chemicals only 1300 have been evaluated, and even those have regulations imposed on them for their health risks.

It’s Only a Smell and it Will Hurt You

Any chemical that you can smell is already inside your body. To be able to have scent, a molecular structure must become airborne, enter the nose, and come in contact with scent receptor sites which allow us to perceive smell.

Many of these substances bypass the blood-brain barrier and enter your brain for identification.  So if you are in a closed space with a strong smell you are absorbing the chemicals in it through your nose. Anyone who has ever seen an old film where someone is drugged with formaldehyde will know that absorbing chemicals through your nose does have an impact on your health. The same goes for smoke and other chemicals.

If you find that you used to be able to smell something (such as your laundry detergent) and now you can’t, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t harmful to you anymore. It just means that you have already absorbed so much that your brain is not bothering to register the smell anymore. Just like a smoker can no longer smell the cigarette smoke in their own clothing and furnishings.

Could Perfume be as big a problem as Second Hand Smoking?

In short, yes.

Fragrances are not regulated like tobacco smoke is, so whereas people can’t smoke in public places, they can sit right under your nose with as much perfume as they like. Perhaps you have someone in your office who wears perfume every day? Or maybe you have been wearing it yourself? The point is it’s hard to get away from, and a more delicate matter to deal with when trying to protect your own breathing space.

It’s not only perfume. It could be the smell of someone’s fabric softener or dryer sheets, their soap or shampoo. All of these are potentially toxic chemicals being released into the air for everyone to breath.

Many people suffer from allergic reactions because of this.

 

Alternatives to Fragrances and Perfume

A rose by any other name….

There are so many alternatives to using fragranced products! To start off with you can make sure you are buying your detergents, soaps and personal care products from a reputable organic and eco-friendly trader.

If you want to smell like roses, what better way to do that than by using actual roses? How? In the form of essential oils. Essential oils are simply the oil from real, organic products that have been pressed or distilled for their oils. The fragrances are actually stronger and more pleasing than synthetic fragrances. You will usually have to mix them with a bland carrier oil.

Alternatively, you can buy ready mixed body sprays and oils from reputable aromatherapy and essential oil stockists.

Not only are these scents natural and pleasing to the nose, many of them even have healing properties which can help with things like anxiety, headaches and stress.

 

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12 Charts that Show What’s Wrong with your Diet (and why)

September 15, 2016 by admin in Health News with 2 Comments

fat-dietIf you look back a generation, you’ll see how much diets have changed. Most food that was served when the current thirty something’s were children, was home cooked and locally grown. Today we eat from restaurants far more frequently. At home we prepare many pre-packaged or ready meals to save us time and effort. When we do cook ourselves, the ingredients we use are often loaded with flavorings, sugar and chemicals.

Below are 13 graphs that show how the rate of obesity, food allergies and chronic health problems have coincided with the transition from home cooked to convenience foods.

Sugar Overload – Modern beverages are driving our sugar consumption rates up

There are many great evils lurking in our modern diets, but none more sweetly deceptive, and deadly, than sugar. Sugar has infiltrated our lives to the point that the average American now gets about 350 calories a day from sugar alone. That’s about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day!

Why is this a problem for your health? Well according to a publication in the JAMA internal medicine journal:

15 % of the Average adult American’s daily calorie intake is comprised of sugar.

10% of the Average adult American’s daily calorie intake is from added sugar.

A further 105 of American adults get more than 25% of their daily calorie intake from sugar.

The sources of added sugar that are most commonly responsible for these statistics are sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juice, starchy desserts and sweets (candy).

Those individuals who get more than 21% of their daily calories from sugar are twice as likely to die from heart disease than those individuals who get the recommended less than seven percent.

Sugar consumption is directly related to developing obesity. Obesity related deaths claim one in five people who die in America. The most common deadly killers related to obesity are Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Liver disease, cancer, Heart disease, dementia, depression and metabolic dysfunction.

The chart below shows how the increase in sugar intake over the last several years is directly linked with the instances of obesity in related society:

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With the increase in sugar consumption since 1970 it follows that the average calorie consumption has increased as well. People have not just substituted regular food for sugared foods, they are eating more. Aside from sugar, our diets are now also loaded with refined flour, Trans-fats and hydrogenated corn syrup. The result is that we are consuming about 20% more calories every day than people 30 years ago did.

The chart below shows how the average intake of calories by American adults from 1970 to 2010.

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One of the main sources of the added sugar being consumed comes in the form of beverages. Drinks like soda, fruit juice and sports drinks are loaded with sugar which is known to increase your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, heart disease, type two diabetes and other life threatening chronic conditions.

If you think you are beating the sugar problem by drinking sugar free diet soda or artificially sweetened foods (the words “no added sugar” will most likely be present) then unfortunately you are wrong. The artificial sweeteners used by the food industry are often more harmful than refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

The chart below illustrates the increase in consumption of sugary drinks by American adults over the past few decades:

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Swopping Saturated Fats For Trans Fats

Fats are essential for your body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin D and Vitamin E.  They are essential for growth and development in infants and children, too. Fats also protect your body from many harmful hormones and chemicals that are typically released during digestion of carbohydrates. Without them you would absorb these hormones.

Unfortunately society has been doped into believing that animal fats are worse for your health than processed plant based fats. The metabolic effects of these fats is entirely different. Saturated fats such as butter, coconut oil and animal fat may carry more calories than processed plant fats like margarine, but they are also less likely to make you fat or give you heart disease than the artificial chemicals present in processed plant fats.

The truth of the matter is that hydrogenated vegetable oils like corn oil and canola oil are created using a process that creates harmful trans fats, and in many cases the effect on our health are worse when faced with trans fats than they would have been if we had chosen to stick with more traditional forms of fat.

The charts below illustrate the increase in the consumption of fats and the proportionate change from animal fats to plant fats over the past few decades:

 

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Low Fat diets don’t mean you will gain less body fat

Another relatively new health recommendation, along with using plant fats, is to dramatically decrease the amount fat in our diets. The idea that low fat will cause less body fat is misleading and the effects of not consuming enough fat are actually dangerous. The truth is your body is more likely to convert excess sugar and glucose into body fat than anything else. So to eat a low fat yoghurt sweetened by sugar you are defeating the purpose you set out to achieve by eating low fat. The other important thing being overlooked is that as humans we should actually be getting as much as 85% of our daily calorie intake from healthy, unprocessed fats. Fat is essential for your metabolic health and the protection of your system and your internal organs.

“The first dietary guidelines for Americans were published in the year 1977, almost at the exact same time the obesity epidemic started. Of course, this doesn’t prove anything (correlation does not equal causation), but it makes sense that this could be more than just a mere coincidence.

The anti-fat message essentially put the blame on saturated fat and cholesterol (harmless), while giving sugar and refined carbs (very unhealthy) a free pass. Since the guidelines were published, many massive studies have been conducted on the low-fat diet. It is no better at preventing heart disease, obesity or cancer than the standard Western diet, which is as unhealthy as a diet can get.”

 

It is very difficult for us to “unlearn” these supposed truths that were taught to the current working age generation for our entire lives. But we need to take a fresh look at our diets and those rules guiding them if we hope to have a healthier future.

The chart below illustrate how the guidelines promoting low fat diets have been matched by the instances of obesity in our society.

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Americans have altered their fatty acid composition by eating vegetable oil

One of the side effects of the increased consumption of processed vegetable oil has been a change in our internal composition. These oils are loaded with omega 6 oils and are lacking in omega 3 oils. The result is that instead of an ideal 1:1 ratio of omega oils, we are now outnumbered with up to 1:50 Omega 3 to Omega 6 oils. This results in health issues such as cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.

The only way to correct this balance is to dramatically reduce your intake of trans fats and processed foods and dramatically increase your omega 3 fats such as fish oil.

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The Dangers of alternate oils such as soybean oil

Most soy is genetically modified and contains highly toxic herbicides. If you do manage to find genuine organic soy you still run the risk that it has been hydrogenated. Hydrogenated Soybean oil is one of the major contributors to the average daily calorie intake of adult Americans. Hydrogenated soybean oil contains trans-fat, which as we know are very harmful to our health. the other issue is that many people are actually intolerant to or allergic to soy. Most of the time we don’t even realise that the “vegetable oil” listed in the foods we eat is soybean oil.

The Chart below illustrates the rise in the use of Soybean oil over the last few decades:

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Eggs have a bad reputation but we actually need them

Eggs are another food, like animal fats, that have dropped in popularity after getting bad press. The consumption of eggs has dropped dramatically over the last few decades. But the truth is they are not as bad as we think they are. In fact – eggs play an important role in a healthy diet.  As it turns out, dietary cholesterol has little to do with the cholesterol levels in our bodies.

Free range eggs are highly nutritious (much more so than commercially raised eggs) and these nutrient levels are of huge value to our bodies as part of a healthful diet. They contain high levels of vitamin A, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E and beta-carotene. So there is definitely something to be said for the days of keeping a few chickens in the back yard!

A good free range egg should have a firm, dark yellow or orange coloured yolk and fairly firm egg white that doesn’t run like water.

The Chart below shows the decline in egg consumption over the past few decades:

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Overkill on Processed foods

Roughly 90% of the cash spent on food by Americans is spent on processed foods and fast foods, as well as foods not cooked at home (restaurants).  One of the reasons for this is that the prices of these foods is often more economical than they have ever been before. The result is that more and more people are relying on them as their major food source. What the effect of this is, is more cases of diabetes, obesity and all manner of other diet related health issues.

The table below illustrates how average American households spend on food:

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Take Responsibility for your Health

The long and short of it is that if you want to live a long and healthy life you are going to have to be willing to  get actively involved in what you eat. You can’t expect an industry to have your best interests at heart if their purpose is to sell you as much as possible at as great a profit as they can.

Be prepared to spend time cooking real, fresh and unprocessed food at home.

Avoid sugar and trans-fats. Sugar and corn syrup are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to poor health. Trans-fats are just as bad. Try to avoid eating them on a daily basis and get to a point where things like cake are reserved for birthdays.

Read the ingredients listed on the packet (and avoid pre-packaged foods as far as you can). There are laws ensuring that ingredients be listed on packaging. These are there so that you can make informed choices about what you eat. Read them. If you don’t know what the ingredients are – find out. There are many wonderful sites like Diet Sage whose purpose is to help you live a healthier life.

Educate yourself. At the then of the day it is down to you to protect yourself and those who depend on you, like your children. Take responsibility for your body and it will serve you well.

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Does Your Home Contain Toxic Building Materials ?

August 25, 2016 by admin in Health News with 4 Comments

home-air-qualityHave you recently moved to a new home? Or are you thinking about building or renovating your home? Read this article before you decide on your building materials and finishes.

When you build a new house there are always a great many things that need to be decided, considered and paid for. But have you considered how your choices will affect your health?

It’s not just older houses that carry health risks. The building materials, furnishings and finishes you choose for your home could have serious effects on your health because of the outgas emissions many of them release. Many home building materials are completely toxic and can pollute the air that you breathe right inside your home. Which is why according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be between five and a hundred times more polluted than the air outside.

Luckily there are safe and eco-friendly building options available, and goodbuilding practices that can minimize the air pollution from outgas in your new home.

The first step in keeping your new home healthy is to identify the main chemical culprits. Below is a list of the most common silent health violators found in new homes:

Carpet

Carpet is almost always made from synthetic materials. These are usually treated with chemicals which protect them from stains and wear. They are also often dyed and bleached with toxic dyes. These chemicals slowly outgas into your home over time –filling your breathing space with toxins. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause shortness of breath, headaches, blurred vision and nausea. Sometimes you won’t feel the effects at first, but after prolonged exposure you will find yourself experiencing symptoms.

If you can, try to choose Green Label Plus carpets which are certified free from 13 harmful chemicals.  You could also choose natural carpeting, wool or hemp carpets as these are not made from synthetic chemical based materials. Where possible you might even want to consider replacing some of your carpeted areas with hard wood floors or ceramic tiles.

Heat Insulation

Fiberglass and Asbestos are both materials commonly used to seal the warmth into your home. Usually a layer of the chosen material is used to line the ceiling and in some cases even the walls are lined with insulation.

The problem with this is that Asbestos is completely toxic, and even fiberglass is hazardous if it manages to get into the air that you inhale. The tiny shards are toxic and easily inhaled if it comes away into the air (for example if it is not sealed away properly). Fiberglass is often made with formaldehyde too. As mentioned in the section above on carpeting, formaldehyde is very dangerous. Formaldehyde is one of the chemicals which outgasses longest after your home has been completed and breathing it in has serious effects on your health.

The Best option is to locate your nearest green building supply store and inquire about healthy insulation options. These include cotton insulation and recycled paper insulation. If you are not sure about the insulation you are about to purchase, a good measure is to ask about installation practices. If the supplier recommends that a respirator or air mask be used while installation takes place then the chances are you shouldn’t breathe it after the installers have gone home, either.

Paint and Varnish

That fresh paint smell that gives you a bit of a headache is actually loaded with more than 300 toxic chemicals, about half of which do cause cancer. These are all usually found in oil based paints. We use oil based paints in our homes because they are long wearing – but there are many water based paints available these days that don’t pose nearly as much of a health risk.

Oil based paints contain the following poisonous chemicals: Kerosene, lead, alkyl resin, lithopone, methylene chloride and mercury. Also toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, xylene and trichoroethane.

These chemicals release vapours into the air that can irritate your eyes, lungs and skin. The worst part is they can keep emitting gases for a very long time after you stop smelling that paint.

So when you are looking at decorating your home don’t just pour over what colour paint you want. Instead you can make sure that you use water based paints first and worry about the colour scheme after. Look for paints and varnishes that are certified as organic and toxin free.

Pre-Fab or Engineered Wood

Pre-Fabricated Wood is a cheaper alternative to hard wood which is often used to build cupboards, wardrobes, counters and even the paneling in your home. The problem with pre-fab wood board is that it‘s created by gluing layers of processed wood chip fragments together. The glue used to bond these layers is completely toxic and often outgasses all kinds of chemicals, including formaldehyde, for a long time after it’s installed.

Formaldehyde is classified as carcinogenic (cancer causing) by the International Agency on Cancer Research. Exposure to it can cause a burning throat, eyes and nose. Asthma, coughing and wheezing are also associated with formaldehyde exposure.

If you can try to use solid wood instead of Pre-Fab wood boards. You can also look for engineered wood products that are accredited as organic and engineered with your safety in mind.

Treated Wood and Sealants

Wood is eaten by all kinds of insects and for that reason we have to take precautions to protect our homes from them. Preservatives and sealants are used to treat the wood against parasites, mould, fungi and bacteria. These are the worst kind of chemicals as they are designed to kill living organisms and that is exactly what they do. They are packed with pesticides, creosote, copper, chromium and even arsenic. None of these are chemicals you want inside your lungs or leaching through your skin into your bloodstream.

Instead of using harmful preservatives, you can choose hardier woods (such as cedar, redwood and cypress) that don’t weather as easily and have your wood surfaces sealed with a simple water repellent. If you do use treated wood ensure that the wood you use is arsenic free. The supplier selling you your wood should know about the processes used to treat if. If they don’t then the probably aren’t too concerned about best practices being followed. Find a supplier who knows where your wood comes from and how it’s treated.

 

Final Thoughts on Home Materials and VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the chemicals most commonly being outgassed through your building materials. These include a range of over 400 compound chemicals, all of which vaporise easily and none of which are good for you. They are found in all of the products mentioned above. You should try to avoid them at all costs.

When in doubt go for a product which is natural and as close to its whole form as possible (just like you would with whole foods). Metal, wood, glass and ceramic tiles are all materials that don’t release harmful chemicals or VOCs. Look for Green Seal (GS) standard products.

These are products that are approved as being environmentally safe. You should also locate your nearest Green Building supplier. There is a huge industry in eco-friendly and human safe building materials – you just have to know to look for them, and then insist on using them.

 

To protect yourself against all these toxins in your daily life, you should take a good immunity-boosting supplement and eat foods rich in antioxidants every day.

Go to the next page and learn more about the immune boosting elixir to strengthen your body against these toxins.

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About the Author:

Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Is your blood making you sick? Watch this video presentation and find out how to alkalize your body..

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