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It is nice to wake up in the morning to a nice cup of hot coffee. It is a real eye opener – delicious, warm and a beginning to a new day. However, do we ever think about the plastic used to hold the coffee?
Most plastic used in the food industry is not BPA free and this goes for most coffee pods. Even if it is BPA free plastic – it is still plastic – full of estrogen – related to the plastics used in the manufacture of either plastic bottles, containers or coffee pods.
ARE BPA’s Harmful?
Bis-phenol-A — better known as BPA — is an industrial chemical that’s used in many household plastics and food packages. It’s capable of interfering with the body’s hormones, particularly estrogen, and scientists have linked BPA exposure to diseases like cancer and diabetes, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
BPA is a synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the endocrine system – even in small amounts.
The FDA in 2012 banned all BPA’s in all baby food containers and bottles and you can see the signage on all the packaging when you walk the baby aisle in any grocery store. However, these same containers now screaming BPA free are now being made with BPS – another equally toxic analog in the same chemical class, known as bisphenol S (BPS).
This has enabled manufacturers of products as varied as thermal printer receipts to baby bottles and sippy cups to advertise their products as “BPA-fre,” while still exposing consumers to potentially harmful, and less regulated chemicals.
IS BPS any better?
Yet BPS is getting out. Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine. And once it enters the body it can affect cells in ways that parallels BPA, says Scientific American.
It – BPA and BPS has been linked to a wide variety of problems, including:
Breast and reproductive system cancer
Behavioral changes in children
Resistance to chemotherapy treatments
BPA is found in everything from plastic food and drink containers to the lining of tin cans as well as the coating of 40% of receipt paper used throughout the world. These chemicals can leach into the food and drink products you consume and make their way into your body.
We become what we drink and eat – or what we eat or drink from.
So there you have it! There’s a lot of conflicting information about the safety of the chemicals that make up everyday life and most of the scientific research is completed by the companies who manufacturer these said chemicals.
It’s important to remember that many scientific studies are sponsored by large corporations and receive funding to prove what these companies are advertising.
You can enjoy the health benefits of coffee every day, but be selective in the equipment that you use, and always demand safety first as a consumer. Your body will thank you for that.
If you have a Keurig machine at home and don’t want to see it go to waste, there are reusable filters that you can purchase and fill with the coffee of your choice or you can cut away the plastic for the ones you have already purchased.
If you are using plastic for food storage it is best to slowly as your budget allows – switch back to glass containers. They are a little more expensive, heavy but they will last a life time and may increase your life – free from the listed issues above.
Taking Omega 3s on a daily basis can help weight loss by triggering fat burning within the body as well as heart health and brain health function, says a leading Japanese researcher.
Teruo Kawada, aleading researcher at Japan’s Kyoto University, set out to determine whether certain foods can trigger fat burning.
What his team found is that oil-triggering receptors in the gut may use Omega-3s to promote weight loss.
In 2013, Kawada released the results of his investigation with mice.
One group of mice received a diet rich in heavy fats, while the
other groups received the same diet along with fish oils containing omega-3s. He found that the mice consuming omega-3–rich fish oil gained 15–25% less fat and 5–10% less weight than those eating only the heavy fats.
Researchers suspected that omega-3s somehow activated the sympathetic nervous systems in mice, creating more fat-burning cells.
There are more discoveries still unfolding about the role that hormones, proteins, and other environmental factors may play in obesity management. But the idea that a diet rich in omega-3s can help to encourage weight loss is intriguing.
How does this impact you?
It is just one more great reason to be sure that you are getting enough Omega 3’s in your diet and nutritional supplement program. Omega-3’s are essential for good health. Omega-3 benefits include supporting your heart, prevent heart attacks, support healthy blood pressure, help to lower your triglycerides, reduce joint pain, promote brain health, and more.
Some of the best dietary sources of omega-3s are wild salmon, flax-seed, and walnuts. To ensure that you’re getting enough omega-3 benefits, It is recommend to take a daily fish oil supplement that gives you 1600 mg of omega-3.
Gallbladder problems are extremely common in both men and women.
Approximately 750,000 Americans have their gallbladder removed each year. In most cases, the pain of a malfunctioning gallbladder becomes so bad, that surgery is the only viable option.
Most people are under the impression that once their gallbladder is taken out, the pain and discomfort they’ve been living with will be gone. Sadly that’s not the case. It is common to have just as much discomfort after the gallbladder is removed.
People without a gallbladder are more prone to digestive problems and liver problems; they can even form stones within the ducts of the liver. The risk of developing a fatty liver is also greater in people without a gallbladder. Some herbs and nutritional supplements are extremely beneficial if you don’t have a gallbladder. Are you confused about which supplements to take, or which foods you should avoid?
The gallbladder has important function
Your gallbladder is important. Your liver continually manufactures bile, which travels to your gallbladder, where it is stored and concentrated. Bile helps you to digest fat; therefore your gallbladder secretes a lot of bile into your intestines after you’ve eaten a fatty meal. Bile is also your body’s way of excreting wastes and toxins. Bile contains cholesterol and other fats that your liver has broken down and wants to excrete. A well functioning gallbladder helps your body excrete cholesterol, other fats and fat soluble toxins.
What happens when you don’t have a gallbladder?
Your liver continues to manufacture bile, but there is no longer a place to store it or concentrate it. Therefore bile continually slowly trickles into intestines. If you eat a fatty meal, you will not be able to secrete a large enough amount of bile into your intestines, therefore the fat will be poorly digested. This means many people experience diarrhea, bloating, nausea or indigestion.
Not digesting fat well means you will not be able to digest essential fatty acids, including omega 3 and omega 6 fats. It also means you’ll have a hard time absorbing fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins D, E, A and K. These nutrients are vital for good health, and you will probably need to take a supplement.
How to have a healthy liver and good digestion without a gallbladder
First of all it’s important to realize that you developed a gallbladder problem in the first place because you had an unhealthy liver. If your liver is not healthy, it will make poor quality bile. The bile will be prone to forming sludge and stones. Just whipping the gallbladder out doesn’t solve that problem, and in fact sludge and stones can form within the liver, compromising its function.
Keep your intake of dairy products and grains to a minimum or avoid them altogether. Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice-cream, yogurt) worsen all cases of gallbladder disease, liver disease and they are very difficult to digest. Food intolerance is a common cause of gallbladder problems, and there is research that links gluten intolerance with gallstones. A good reason to keep your intake of grains low is to reduce the risk of developing a fatty liver.
Take good quality herbs like milk thistle, dandelion root and artichoke leaves- all increase bile production and bile flow. Taurine is an amino acid necessary for bile production. This should help to make you feel more comfortable after a meal, and should reduce the risk of stones forming inside your liver.
Eat some good fats and avoid the bad fats. Many people follow a low fat diet after having their gallbladder removed. This is not necessary and in fact it is harmful. Your body desperately needs good fats and it is recommend that one includes moderate quantities of extra virgin olive oil, avocados, coconut milk and oil, nuts and seeds in the diet.
Take a good quality digestive Enzyme high in Lipase. This product will help you digest fats and fat soluble vitamins more thoroughly.
You may need a vitamin D3 supplement. People with compromised liver or digestive function are often vitamin D deficient. Exposure of your skin to the sun’s UVB rays enables your body to manufacture vitamin D. However, this process occurs in your liver and kidneys. People with a sluggish liver often do not manufacture vitamin D adequately. Therefore it’s a good idea to get a blood test and take a supplement. 5000 IU of vitamin D3 is a safe and effective dose for most people, but it’s best to be guided by your own doctor.
Include some bitter and sour foods in your diet. They should help to improve your digestion and make it easier to tolerate good fats in your diet. Suitable bitter and sour foods include lemons, limes, radicchio lettuce, chicory, endive and dandelion leaves.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
Thirty-five – 40 percent of your diet should come from healthy fats, such as avocado and coconut oil, and 20 to 25 percent should come from high-quality protein such as wild salmon and chicken. Plus, you want to limit (or better yet eliminate) foods containing white flour and sugar, such as pizza and pasta.
It’s all about the fiber. The average American eats 11-17 grams of fiber a day. But for weight loss and better health, you want to strive for 50 grams (or more) of fiber a day. Some of the best sources of fiber include legumes, chickpeas, lentils, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and organic flax-seed.
The more greens you eat, the better. Greens—such askale, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and broccolini—are low in calories. Plus, they contain chlorophyll, minerals and fiber. For this easy tip to lose weight, try to eat one to two servings of greens each day.
Eat at least 10-15 percent of your veggies raw. This will give you the “live enzymes” your body needs to help with digestion and the assimilation of nutrients.
Drink plenty of water.Water flushes toxins through the kidneys, keeps your body hydrated and aids weight control in several ways by swelling fiber in your stomach, which makes you feel fuller and reducing the number of fat stores in your body.
Health Tip: Avoid diets that promise quick and effortless results. That’s because when you severely restrict your food intake, you tend to throw off your thermo-regulatory system. Your metabolism gets confused and you wind up with a rebound weight gain. In fact, studies have shown that more than 95 percent of people who follow “quick fix” diets gain even more weight after they stop dieting.
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January 1st brings a lot of optimism and a time for resolutions – both personal (weight-loss) or professional resolutions – but without a plan or a road map for success – you may be doomed before you start.
Sunshine Health Foods have such a plan to help you succeed in meeting all of your body/healthy image and weight-loss resolutions this year.
“weight-loss goals must be kept simple & achievable”
Some resolutions are easy where others are extremely difficult – whether you are trying to achieve a desired weight, a promotion, more money or love in your life – a healthy and fit body is very important.
Weight-loss and body image can increase your energy, mood, self-esteem, attractiveness, and overall health.
But it is important to keep your goals realistic and not to become a statistic whereas 32% off all resolutions are broken by February.
Keep your resolutions achievable and then failure never is realized “failure is never an option” when it comes to health and meeting your dietary needs.
“failure is not an option when it comes to your health”
For instance if you want to lose 24 pounds – make that an annual goal and break it down into months or even weeks. For example a 20 pound goal would be only 1/2 pound per week or 2 pounds per month – very achievable.
It is more important to realize you are a winner and maintain a positive attitude when you embark on a mission to lose weight.
“50% of the caloric intake for an American woman on a diet is through her salad dressing”
It is amazing when you change from a heavy cream-based dressing to an organic dressing such as: “Organic Bragg Ginger & Sesame dressing”
A serving of Bragg’s dressing is only 20-90 calories where as a national brand dressing is upwards of 200+ calories per serving.
And it is important to measure the proper serving size when applying your dressing to your healthy salad.
The results will be amazing if you make small subtle changes and pledge to work out 30 minutes, three times a week. You’ll be surprised how small tweaks can result in major changes to your body and mental health.
If you burn a 100 calories per day more than you consume – this will lead to a 12 pound weight-loss per year – amazing. However, if you consume 100 calories more per day than you burn it will result in a 12 pound gain per year.
This gain is so easy and so subtle that the coffee creamer you are adding to your coffee in the morning can be the culprit.
Don’t blame yourself for gaining weight because temptation is all around and it is only through knowledge – there is no “quick rich scheme and likewise there is no “quick weight-loss program””
It takes time and discipline to lose weight and to keep it off. If you don’t change the way in which we eat then nothing will change. If keep doing the same things over and over again – the results will exactly the same.
“a handful of healthy almonds will satisfy any hunger”
The importance to change ones diet to a more balanced diet that includes more fruits, vegetables and lean cuts of meat. Also, never punish yourself because you want to loose weight – if you are planning dinner out with friends – go and have fun. But before you go eat a few (10) nuts – take the edge of hunger off.
When you are the restaurant ask the waiter to remove the bread basket and also don’t skip the salad course.
In a 2004 study published in the Journal of the American Diet Association, Penn State researchers found that women who started a lunch with a salad consumed up to 12% fewer calories than those who skipped the first course.
Another wining salad is Tabouli Salad a Mediterranean salad.
Tabbouleh (tabouli) is a simple salad of very finely chopped vegetable, lots of fresh parsley and bulger wheat, all tossed together with lime juice and olive oil – hmm-mm very good and low in calories.
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Those stickers you see on fruits and vegetables tell the tale of their life whether they are organic, conventional or GMO grown.
Printed on that sticker is a code that tells us where and how our fruits and vegetables actually are grown! You just have to know how to read the labels and the PLU number. It’s actually a lot easier than you’d imagine.
You know those stickers that can be found on most fruits and veggies in grocery stores worldwide are know as PLU’s (price lookup codes).
I’m sure for those who work or used to work in a grocery store, those stickers are burned into our minds (I am one of those people). They usually have a bar code on them for scanning and a PLU code, which helps your friendly neighborhood cashier identify what type of produce you’re buying.
PLU’s mean Organic, GMO or Conventional grown and identifies the item.
But these unassuming stickers are more telling than you’d think. While the PLU is the “price lookup” number and identifies the fruit or veggie, it also helps to identify something else: how the produce was grown. By correctly reading this code, you can tell if the fruit was genetically modified, organically grown or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides, or herbicides
PLU basics for the consumer help with organic selection
Here’s the basics of what you need to know about the truth behind PLU codes.
If there are only four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides. The last four letters (or only four, in this case) of the PLU code are simply what kind of vegetable or fruit you’re buying. An example is that all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011.
If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “8”, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables have been tampered with in an unnatural way; essentially, produce that has been genetically modified was created in a lab or over decades of artificial selection, and cannot be found in nature. A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011
If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “9”, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. An organic banana would be: 94011
Interestingly enough, the adhesive used to attach the stickers is considered food-grade, but the stickers themselves aren’t safe to consume.
If you’re looking to be hyper aware of what fruits and vegetables have been treated with pesticides and other chemicals and which have not, you’ll want to check out the homepage for the Environmental Working Groups. A consumer group has compiled two lists to help consumers identify which produce is generally cleaner and which produce is generally tampered with; the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen.
The Top 5 Clean Produce items are:
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
The Top 5 “Dirty produce items” are:
These items should always be organically purchased.
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