Monday, September 19, 2011

10 Worst Foods.... At least one will surprise you!

1. Artery CrustJudging by the label, Marie Callender’s (16.5 oz) Chicken Pot Pie has "only" 520 calories, 11 grams of saturated fat, and 800 mg of sodium. But look again. Those numbers are for only half a pie. Eat the entire pie, as most people probably do, and you’re talking 1,040 calories, 22 grams of saturated fat (more than a day’s worth), and 1,600 mg of sodium (an entire day’s worth).
2. Triple Bypass
Can’t decide what to pick from a restaurant menu? No worries. Now you can order not just one entrée, but two… or three... all at once. Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy – Homemade Lasagna, Lightly Breaded Chicken Parmigiana, and Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo – comes with 1,450 calories, 33 grams of saturated fat, and 3,830 milligrams of sodium. Add a breadstick (150 calories and 400 mg of sodium) and a plate of Garden-Fresh Salad with dressing (350 calories and 1,930 mg of sodium) and you’ll consume almost 2,000 calories (an entire day’s worth) and 6,160 mg
3. Salt's On!
On average, a cup of Campbell’s Condensed soup has 760 mg of sodium. That’s half a day’s worth … assuming you eat only one of the 2½ servings that the label says the can makes. Campbell’s Healthy Request and Select Harvest, Progresso Reduced Sodium, and Healthy Choice slash the sodium to the 400s. Look for lower sodium lines in the 100s to 300s by Amy’s, Imagine Foods, Pacific Natural Foods, and Tabatchnick.
4. Tortilla Terror
Interested in a Chipotle Chicken Burrito (tortilla, rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream, and salsa)? Think of its 970 calories, and 18 grams of saturated fat as three 6-inch Subway BLT Classic Subs! Skipping the cheese or sour cream cuts the saturated fat to 6 grams, but you still end up with 750 calories and more than a day’s worth of sodium. Yikes!
5. Factory Reject
People don’t expect light desserts at The Cheesecake Factory. But the Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake kicks things up a notch. If it weren’t served on its side, this one would stand over six inches tall. And upright or not, the slab of cake still weighs in at three-quarters of a pound. What do you get for all that heft? Just 1,760 calories and 2½ days’ worth of saturated fat (50 grams), mostly from chocolate, sugar, cream, white flour, and butter.
6. Burial Grands
No one thinks of cinnamon rolls as health food. But each Pillsbury Grands! Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll with Icing has 310 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat plus 2½ grams of trans fat (more than a day’s worth) and 5 teaspoons of sugar. Companies are dumping their partially hydrogenated oils left and right, yet Pillsbury still makes most of its rolls and biscuits with the stuff.
7. Transgression
“Excellent source of ALA Omega 3,” declares the Land O’Lakes Margarine box. Who knew that Land O’Lakes stick margarine was so heart healthy? It isn’t. Each tablespoon of the spread has 2½ grams of trans fat (more than an entire day’s limit) and 2 grams of saturated fat. And beware of other trans-filled sticks by Blue Bonnet, Parkay, Country Crock, and Fleischmann’s. At least those brands don’t imply that a bit of ALA outweighs the harm caused by the margarine’s trans and saturated fat. Shopping tip: Look for tub margarines – most have little or no trans fat.
8. Starbucks on Steroids
The Starbucks Venti (20 oz) White Chocolate Mocha with 2% milk and whipped cream is more than a mere cup of coffee. It’s worse than a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Few people have room in their diets for the 580 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat that this hefty beverage supplies. But you can lose 130 calories and almost two-thirds of the bad fat if you order it with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.
9. Extreme Ice Cream
An average halfcup serving of Häagen-Dazs ice cream squeezes half-a-day’s saturated fat and a third-of-a-day’s cholesterol into your artery walls and makes a nearly 300-calorie down-payment on your next set of fat cells – if you can stop at a petite half-cup!
10. Stone Cold
Cold Stone Creamery’s Oh Fudge! shake (chocolate ice cream, milk, and fudge syrup) starts at 1,250 calories for the “Like It” (16 oz) size. That’s more than a large (32 oz) McDonald’s McCafe Chocolate Triple Thick Shake. The “Love It” (20 oz) has 1,660 calories and the “Gotta Have It” (24 oz) reaches 1,920 calories (just about an entire day's worth) and 69 grams of saturated fat (3½ days’ worth). That's the saturated fat content of two 16 oz T-bone steaks plus a buttered baked potato, all blended into a handy 24 oz cup.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The World's Healthiest Foods

130 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. Links to the articles about these foods can be found below.  Of course, there are many other nutritious foods other than those that we have included on our list that we feel are wonderful, health-promoting foods; if there are other whole foods - such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, etc - that you like, by all means enjoy them. Just because a food is not on our list doesn't mean that we don't think that it can be included in a diet geared towards the Healthiest Way of Eating as long as it is a whole, natural, nutrient-rich food.To find out why some of your favorite nutritious foods are not included in our list, read The Criteria Used to Select the World's Healthiest Foods.

FAQs about the World's Healthiest Foods
Criteria for The World's Healthiest Foods
Among the thousands of different foods our world provides, the majority contain at least several of the nutrients our bodies need but to be included as one of the World's Healthiest Foods they had to meet the criteria listed below.
The criteria we used will also help you understand why some of your favorite (and also nutritious) foods may not be included on our list. For example, Readers have asked why pomegranate, a very nutritious food, is not included on our website. While pomegranates taste great and are rich in vitamins and flavonoid phytonutrients, they are still rather expensive which makes them not as widely available to many people.
1. The World's Healthiest Foods are the Most Nutrient Dense
The World's Healthiest Foods have been selected because they are among the richest sources of many of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health. We used a concept called nutrient density to determine which foods have the highest nutritional value.
Nutrient density is a measure of the amount of nutrients a food contains in comparison to the number of calories. A food is more nutrient dense when the level of nutrients is high in relationship to the number of calories the food contains. By eating the World's Healthiest Foods, you'll get all the essential nutrients that you need for excellent health, including vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, fiber and more for the least number of calories. Read more about Our Food and Recipe Rating System.
2. The World's Healthiest Foods are Whole Foods
The World's Healthiest Foods are also whole foods complete with all their rich natural endowment of nutrients. They have not been highly processed nor do they contain synthetic, artificial or irradiated ingredients. And whenever possible, The Healthier Way of Eating recommends purchasing "Organically Grown" foods, since they not only promote your health, but also the health of our planet.
3. The World's Healthiest Foods are Familiar Foods
The World's Healthiest Foods are common "everyday" foods. These include the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meats, fish, olive oil, herbs and spices that are familiar to most people.
4. The World's Healthiest Foods are Readily Available
Although there are many foods that are exceptionally nutritious, many of them are not readily available in different areas of the country. The World's Healthiest Foods are foods that the majority people can easily find at their local market.
5. The World's Healthiest Foods are Affordable
We have selected foods that are not only familiar and available, but also affordable, especially if you purchase them locally and in season. This is also the time when they are the freshest and of the best quality.
6. The World's Healthiest Foods Taste Good
The World's Healthiest Foods are also some of the world's best tasting foods. We have created recipes using the World's Healthiest Foods that do not overpower, but enhance, the unique flavor of each food. Each recipe provides a flavor adventure so you can discover new ways to experience and enjoy the great natural tastes of these foods.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Whats Really in Your Hair?

The Truth Is…The ingredients in your current hair shampoo and conditioners may not only be not so great for your hair, they may be actual toxic poison. Here’s a short list of the bad guys, found in countless popular hair shampoos & conditioners:

Causes kidney and liver cancer…what more need I say?
You may remember it from science lab in school. Formaldehyde is a preservative that quickly penetrates the skin and is incredibly carcinogenic (cancer causing). It also causes syndromes of the immune system such as Chronic Fatique Syndrome.
Isopropyl alcohol
A petroleum byproduct (as in car oil!) used in antifreeze and furniture polish.
Polyethylene glycol
Yet another petroleum byproduct. Used in oven cleaner (I’m not kidding!). Causes premature aging of the skin.
Propylene glycol
A synthetic petrochemical (car oil, again!). When factory workers deal with this stuff, they have to wear masks, gloves and goggles, but your hair conditioner company wants you to rub it right into your scalp. It’s known to the FDA to cause damage to your brain, kidneys and liver but the FDA continues to look the other way so that cosmetic corporations can keep using this great stuff in your hair conditioner.
Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)
Also known as Sodium laureth sulphate or SLES - actually makes your cells mutate. It damages and causes mutation of the brain, heart, liver and kidneys and, according to the American College of Toxicology, can cause mutations of children’s eyes. This product is so hard to avoid, but make every effort to do so.
Tea Tree Oil and Lavender
In themselves, natural substances derived from a plants. However, recent studies have found that Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil mimics the female hormone estrogen and overexposure to this for women and girls can have serious reproductive health side effects. Men and boys should also avoid Tea Tree Oil because of the estrogen which unbalances correct male hormones and can lead to disturbing, unwanted side effects.

There are numerous other toxic and carcinogenic ingredients in popular hair conditioners. The above is just a sample.
But if these substances are toxic, why do companies use them?
The answer is that these substances are cheap for manufacturers to buy. Many of them are the byproducts left over from the manufacture of a completely different product. For example, Fluoride is a byproduct that is scrubbed off the smokestacks of Phosphate factories in Florida. No one had any use for it until some genius decided it could be sold to toothpaste manufacturers as a marketable ingredient. As the story goes, Fluoride, once considered a useless toxic waste, was then billed to the public as a wonderful tooth-saving miracle. Don’t take my word for this. Research it for yourself. This is how a huge number of the ingredients wind up in cosmetics.
But that’s so wrong, isn’t it?
Yes. But remember…corporations, for the most part, care about making money…not about you.
But I want to look nice. Won’t my hair be hideous if I don’t buy hair shampoo & conditioner?
The short answer here is no. Cats have beautiful silky, shiny hair and none of them use conditioner. The human body was designed to grow hair on it and no special treatment is required to maintain the hair in a physically healthy state. The fact of the matter is, bad water and dirty air does take its toll on our hair and skin. Whether we live in the country or the city, our external selves are accosted by many irritants. If, in addition to this, you are pouring petro-chemicals and toxins onto your head, it’s little wonder you think of your hair as being some sick, unhappy entity that needs urgent, daily care.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Three Phases of Chiropractic Care

Relief -- The goal of the relief phase is to reduce or eliminate pain. The number of visits necessary to accomplish this will depend on your age, underlying spinal condition, length of time you’ve had your condition and lifestyle choices.

Correction -- Restoring the body to normal or maximum function is the goal of the “correction” phase. In most conditions, pain is the last thing to show up and the first thing to leave when treating the vertebral subluxation complex.  Adaptations that have taken place in muscles and other soft tissues (such as the disc and ligaments) require care beyond the relief phase to correct.

Wellness -- The purpose of the Wellness phase of care is to prevent relapses of previous conditions before symptoms appear. When maximum improvement has been achieved, your doctor will suggest an appropriate level of care to “maintain” the corrections made during the first two phases.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The 28 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

The following is a "healthy food hot list" consisting of the 28 food that will give you the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck, as well as decrease your risk for deadly illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Along with each description is a suggestion as to how to incorporate these power-foods into your diet.

1. Apricots:  Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. The body also turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which may help ward off some cancers, especially of the skin.

2. Avocados:  Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber.

3. Raspberries:  Ellagic acid, which helps stall cancer-cell growth. These berries are also packed with vitamin C and are high in fiber, which helps prevent high cholesterol and heart disease.

4. Cantaloupe:  Vitamin C (117mg in half a melon, almost twice the recommended daily dose) and beta-carotene - both powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from free-radical damage.

5. Cranberry Juice:  Helps fight bladder infections by preventing harmful bacteria from growing.

6. Tomato:  Lycopene, one of the strongest carotenoids, acts as an antioxidant. Research shows that tomatoes may cut the risk of bladder, stomach and colon cancers in half if eaten daily.

7. Raisins:  These little gems are a great source of iron, which helps the blood transport oxygen and which many women are short on - women, consider this especially during your period.

8. Figs:  A good source of potassium and fiber, figs also contain vitamin B6, which is responsible for producing mood-boosting serotonin, lowering cholesterol and preventing water retention. The Pill depletes B6, so if you use this method of birth control, make sure to get extra B6 in your diet.

9. Lemons and Limes:  Limonene, furocoumarins and vitamin C, all of which help prevent cancer.

10. Onions:  Quercetin is one of the most powerful flavonoids (natural plant antioxidants). Studies show it helps protect against cancer.

11. Artichokes:  These odd-looking vegetables contain silymarin, an antioxidant that helps prevent skin cancer, plus fiber to help control cholesterol.

12. Ginger:  Gingerols may help reduce queasiness; other compounds may help ward off migraines and arthritis pain by blocking inflammation-causing prostaglandins.

13. Broccoli:  Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, which help protect against breast cancer. Broccoli also has lots of vitamin C and beta-carotene.

14. Spinach:  Lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that help fend off macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness in older people. Plus, studies show this green fountain of youth may help reverse some signs of aging.

15. Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage):  Brassinin, which some research suggests may help prevent breast tumors, plus indoles and isothiocyanates, which lower levels of estrogen, make this vegetable a double-barreled weapon against breast cancer.

16. Squash (Butternut, Pumpkin, Acorn):  Winter squash has huge amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which may help protect against endometrial cancer.

17. Watercress and Arugula:  Phenethyl isothiocyanate, which, along with beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, may help keep cancer cells at bay.

18. Garlic:  The sulfur compounds that give garlic its pungent flavor can also lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, lower blood pressure and even reduce your risk of stomach and colon cancer.

Grains, Beans, Dairy and Nuts
19. Quinoa:  A half cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, more than any other grain, plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium.

20. Wheat Germ:  A tablespoon gives you about 7 percent of your daily magnesium, which helps prevent muscle cramps; it is also a good source of vitamin E.

21. Lentils:  Isoflavones, which may inhibit estrogen-promoted breast cancers, plus fiber for heart health and an impressive 9 grams of protein per half cup.

22. Peanuts:  Studies show that peanuts or other nuts (which contain mostly unsaturated "good" fat) can lower your heart-disease risk by over 20 percent.

23. Pinto Beans:  A half cup has more than 25 percent of your daily requirement of folate, which helps protect against heart disease and reduces the risk of birth defects.

24. Yogurt:  Bacteria in active-culture yogurt helps prevent yeast infections; calcium strengthens bones. 

25. Skim Milk:  Riboflavin (a.k.a. vitamin B2) is important for good vision and along with vitamin A might help improve eczema and allergies. Plus, you get calcium and vitamin D, too.

26. Shellfish (Clams, Mussels):  Vitamin B12 to support nerve and brain function, plus iron and hard-to-get minerals like magnesium and potassium.

27. Salmon:  Cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce the risk of cardiac disease.

28. Crab:  A great source of vitamin B12 and immunity-boosting zinc. The "crab" in sushi is usually made from fish; buy it canned instead and make your own crab cakes. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tribulus - Maintaining Healthy Hormones

The benefits of maintaining healthy hormone levels go well beyond reproduction. Your hormone levels are important for your overall feeling of well-being, vitality, and stamina.

Tribulus is an herbal supplement made form the highest quality of raw herb, Tribulus terrestris, and the correct part of the plant, the leaves. It contains guaranteed levels of an important compound known as protodioscin, which has been shown to clinically to support healthy hormone production and reproductive function in both men and women.

Clinical trials suggest that to be effective, Tribulus extract must contain substantial levels of protodioscin. Only the leaves of the plant grown in Central Europe contain this important compound. Many products contain the wrong part of the plant, the fruit, or contain Tribulus from other parts of the world. These products do not contain this very important compound.

Clinically Effective:
 - Support normal sex hormone production in men and women
 - Support normal reproductive function in both men and women
 - Provide relief from the discomfort associated with menopause
-  Maintain testosterone at normal, healthy levels
 - Support normal ovulation
 - Promote an overall feeling of well-being
 - Support physical endurance, vitality and stamina

Take charge of your life and get the hormonal support you need!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chiropractic In 100 Words Or Less

Aches and pains are signs that your body isn’t working right. Your brain, spinal cord and all your nerves control how your body works. Physical, chemical or emotional stresses produce a defensive posture. Muscles contract, locking spinal joints that pinch or irritate nearby nerves. Lack of nervous system integrity sets the stage for disease and ill health.

A thorough examination helps chiropractors find these subluxations. Applying a precise force to stuck spinal joints helps the body right itself. Health usually returns as repeated visits restore nervous system integrity. That’s why chiropractic care has helped millions get well and stay well.