(chewing) gum disease

Diet Strategy: Chewing gum: The main ingredient in sugar-free gum is artificial sweetener and consuming them will not work as long term strategy for weight loss. Artificial Sweeteners are proven to stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and promote fat storage and weight gain. SEE DIET SODA.

When you consume something that is sweet, but it has little to no calories – their brain receives a signal to want more calories because their body is not actually getting any energy (i.e. enough calories) to get satisfied.  So that person keeps looking for gratification elsewhere and ends up craving more.

There are more dangerous side effects from artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, which is considered one the most dangerous substances allowed in our food supply. Over 10,000 complaints have been filed with the FDA on this substance since 1980 and has actually never been proven to be safe before it was approved for use in our food supply. Aspartame is linked to diabetes, auto-immune disorders, depression (which can cause you to eat more – once again), birth defects, and several forms of cancer.

Another ingredient that all of these gums have is BHT. It is used as an embalming fluid and in jet fuel. The US Department of Health and Human Services has labeled BHT as a carcinogen but the FDA still allows this in our food supply. In fact, BHT is a banned substance in several countries.

Chewing gum enables your ability to produce digestive enzymes, a critical substance that helps you get the nutrition from food into your bloodstream.

Chewing gum sends signals to your brain that you are chewing actual food. Your digestive organs – the stomach and pancreas get ready to digest food by creating digestive enzymes your brain thinks you need. Chewing gum that isn’t real food is tricking your pancreas and stomach to produce digestive enzymes when they don’t really need to use them. Over time the digestive organs become overtaxed and stop producing the amount of enzymes they once did.

Try this instead!:

Chewing on fennel seed as an after dinner digestive is no secret. It has been used for many years in Asia for medicinal purposes. Fennel seed is proven to prevent gas, heart burn, bloating and upset stomach, freshen your breath, improve eyesight, relieve hypertension, and help coughs and bronchitis.  Fennel seeds smell and taste like licorice. Chew about a ½ tsp for an instantly fresh and clean mouth. Don’t spit these seeds like you would gum. Eat them, they are food!

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smoothie boost

HOW TO MAKE YOUR SMOOTHIE HEALTHY
If you’d like to add a little more substance – fiber, protein, and healthy fat – to your diet, try creating your own smoothie blend following the recommendations below. Smoothies are a great way to add concentrated nutrients to the daily diet… and they’re easy to digest, so they give the metabolic system a break.
      
  1. High-quality Protein – This gives you energy. Try adding protein powder, yogurt, kefir, nuts, or even tofu.
  2. Healthy Fat – Many nutrients need fat in order to be properly absorbed into the system. Plus, fat (as well as the fiber in a smoothie) will also provide satiety, making you feel fuller longer. Try nuts, nut butter, chia/flax seeds, coconut oil, etc.
  3. Something Green – Raw spinach, kale, or chard will alkalize the pH of the blood while their fiber promotes the release of toxins through the stool. It also takes longer to break down greens, so it keeps us fuller longer, plus greens are packed with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
  4. Something Sweet – Although it’s not necessary, something sweet always adds a delightful taste to morning smoothies. Try a banana for a sweet and creamy smoothie, or a few dried dates, berries, mango, apple, melon, etc.
  5. Anything Extra You Love for a Boost – To add extra nutrients, try cucumber, carrot, mint, coconut water, etc.
  6. Avoid – flavored yogurt, canned fruit in syrup, and sweetened fruit juice or concentrate which are all high in sugar.

via bauman college

 

lavender – amazing uses

Lavender smells good but it also has many amazing benefits.

Sore muscles: Add to bath with epsom salts

Acne: Inhibits bacteria growth, helps to rebalance over-secretion oils which the bacteria thrive on and reduces scarring.

Fatigue: Add 5 drops to hot foot bath and relax. Feet are very porous and will absorb easily.

Eczema: Add to body oil or coconut oil and massage on affected areas.

Insomnia: Add 3-4 drops of oil to your pillow or washcloth.images

secret ingredient: bilberry

Bilberries and blueberries are similar in appearance and closely related, however bilberry is proven to have benefits to eye health. Bilberry supports healthy eye function through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, collagen stabilising, vasoprotective, and rhodopsin regenerating properties. Benefits include fighting toxicity, contains powerful health nutrients, and may have other benefits for the eyes. Bilberries’ anthocyanins are known to help strengthen capillaries, tiny blood vessels. Keeping the walls of these vessels strong ensures good blood flow throughout the body, including the eyes and brain. Bilberry may also images-1help with cataracts and macular degeneration. Supplements can be used but the dried fruit or jam is a delicious way to go as well.Unknownimages-2

Date night

Dates are grown in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, and here in the US. After the date fruit has ripened they are removed from the tree. Dates are a wonderful natural sweetener that do not spike blood sugar levels and is a good sugar substitute in most recipes. Date sugar is great for baking.

This low calorie fooddates_fruits1 is cholesterol fee, low in fat, and swimming in essential vitamins and minerals. It’s also loaded with protein, fiber, natural sugars (that are GREAT energy boosters), potassium, and iron. Organic dates even help your digestive and nervous systems, reduce the risk of having a stroke, and has even been found to improve your sexual stamina. Move over Viagra.

Not sitting pretty

Working in an office full-time for many years was really hard on my body. I was constantly at the chiropractor with a sore neck and body. New evidence suggests there are more serious issues with sitting at a desk for long periods of time –

Prolonged sitting puts unhealthy forces on your body that can ultimately lead to serious ailments. When you sit for a long period of time, your metabolism level decreases. Sitting down for most of the day, like many of us do at work, has been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. Sitting time, such as that spent watching television and driving the car, contributes to an increase in premature mortality risk.

A daily 30-minute exercise routine may not be enough, since the remainder of the day is spent idle. A recent study showed that those who took more breaks from sitting throughout the day had slimmer waists, lower body mass indexes and healthier blood fat and blood sugar levels than those who sat the most. This was regardless of the intensity of the work out.

Here is a link to a web application that reminds you to take breaks, move around and stretch:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/stretchclock/

Another reason to eat your fruits and veggies

imagesPhytochemicals are compounds that have been found to protect the body from chronic disease patterns. These conditions are becoming more common, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and neurodegeneration like dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Research is finding that a diet rich in phytochemicals protects the body from physical and environmental stressors that lead to chronic disease. Some of these phytochemicals are called polyphenols and phenolic acids and are abundant in fruits and vegetables.

Some examples are:

  • Quercitin: Falls under the class of a flavonoid, and sometimes a distinction is made between it and other polyphenols. It has anti-inflammatory properties, is an antioxidant, and also has been found to reduce blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol can sometimes indicate the prevalence of poor, unhealthy fats in the diet and too much processed, refined sugar. Quercitin is found in green tea, red onion, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Anthocyanin: Common in berries and responsible for their beautiful colors! These include blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, bing cherries, black current, and acai. Anthocyanin actually acts as a sunscreen for plants by absorbing damaging UV light, so it any surprise that in our own bodies, it has been found to be a potent antioxidant? The sun is one source of free radical damage, and anthocyanins can help mitigate the effects of oxidative stress.

Mellow yellow – not!

Yellow Food Dye #5 and #6?

You probably know Kraft Macaroni and Cheese — the easy-to-make dinner in the blue box. It’s not exactly the healthiest food in the world, but for many families, it’s a cheap and quick option for a hot meal.

There’s a reason that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is bright orange when it’s ready to eat. Kraft uses chemical colorings that serve no purpose for flavoring or nutrition. Those chemicals — known as Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 — have been linked by experts to serious health issues like asthma, skin rashes, migraines, and hyperactivity in children.

And while those chemicals are not used in other countries, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese sold in the United States still includes them just to make the food a brighter color.

Make sure your foods do not contain these harmful dyes – read labels!!