You've seen the headlines. Several studies of high dose, single antioxidant supplements have failed to show a protective effect against heart disease. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. In nature there are thousands of antioxidants in our food supply, and they interact synergistically. Until now no one has investigated how the total antioxidant capacity of the diet is associated with the incidence of heart disease.
If you read my last post and watched the "What is a GMO" video, chances are you don't want to consume GMOs. Fortunately there are simple things that you can do to protect yourself and your family. Use your consumer power to purchase organic and non-GMO products. If enough of us refused to buy GMO foods and products containing GM ingredients, then stores would stop carrying them and food companies would stop producing them. Tell the management at the stores where you shop and your government officials to "Say No to GMO!" Below are a few tips taken from the Non GMO Shopping Guide.
The acronym, GMO, (Genetically Modified Organism) refers to a food that has been altered at the gene level. Watch the following one minute video to get a better understanding of what a GMO is and how the biotech industry is using this technology to disrupt nature and alter our food supply. Interesting coincidence that the GMO acronym could also stand for "God Move Over."
Unlike Dr. Chaney, my mother didn't have a PhD, but she was so very wise. She loved to read the newspaper, but I don't recall her studying nutrition; yet she seemed to instinctively know what foods were best for her family's health. She told us "carrots are good for your eyes" (which studies show is true) and as Dr. Chaney discusses in this message, "fish is good for your brain." She made us take yucky tasting and smelling cod liver oil as children -- it wasn't the flavored kind -- but it was an excellent source of vitamins A and D and omega 3 fatty acids which, as you will read below, contribute to a healthy IQ. Don't know if she knew all that, but once again . . . thanks Mom!
I hope you've read my last two posts on nutritional deficiency and why you should supplement. In this final post of my three part series, I'd like to share a list, created by Shaklee Corporation, of the top supplements you should take every day to maximize your overall health. For a convenient way to get all these nutrients in a unique patented delivery system that gets them to the right part of the body at the right time, I use and highly recommend Vitalizer. I encourage you to "Take The 30 Day Challenge."
In an ideal world, stress would be minimal; we would have the time to prepare and enjoy three healthy organic meals every day surrounded by the people we love and our food choices would be consistently nutrient dense! However, since that scenario is not often the case, wise nutritional supplementation is vital for optimum health. Watch this brief but informative video.
Studies show that 80% of Americans do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. (Sorry, but ketchup and french fries don't count!) As a result, nutritional deficiencies are all too common and our health is deteriorating. In honor of National Nutrition month, Shaklee Corporation, a leader in nutritional science for more than 55 years, has compiled a Health & Wellness Update explaining why we're not getting the nutrients we need and why supplementation is so important. Below is Part 1 of 3.
One of the nutrition mysteries in recent years has been why so many people who appear to be getting adequate levels of vitamin D from diet and supplementation end up with low levels of active vitamin D in their bloodstream. I still think that some of it may be due to yet unknown genetic variability in our ability to metabolize vitamin D, but a recent paper (E. S. LeBlanc et al, JAMA Internal Medicine, doi: 0.1001/jamainternmed.2013.3812) suggests that it may also be because many supplements are, to coin a word, D-eficient.
I just love when my great BIG Green PolkaDot Box (yes that's me sitting inside one in the photo below) filled with organic and non-GMO groceries arrives at my door! In addition to my usual basics, my latest order included organic mandarin oranges. organic chicken, wild caught flounder, organic cheeses and two flours that I hadn't tried before -- garbanzo bean flour and organic sprouted whole wheat flour. (I used some of the garbanzo bean flour in my homemade pizza dough this weekend with great results!
Water is vital to our health, but since only 1% to 3% of our water supply is used for drinking and cooking, EPA regulations require testing for only 100 or so contaminants at municipal water treatment facilities. Frankly, it would be far too expensive to test for the hundreds of other contaminants which include pesticides, heavy metals, industrial pollutants, agricultural chemicals and disinfection byproducts. If the EPA did test for all that, a gallon of water would end up costing more than a gallon of gas! Add to the above chemicals those that accumulate in your water as it passes from the water treatment center through distribution systems and your home's plumbing and the water that comes out of your faucet is a chemical cocktail which might also include lead!