If you’re looking for a way to keep your skin looking young and fresh without resorting to toxic chemicals, you’ll be pleased to learn that your diet can make a surprisingly big difference in the appearance of your skin. Many of the things we eat naturally contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give you that youthful glow. Continue reading
A study from the University of Ulm suggests that people with mild dementia – an early sign of Alzheimer’s Disease – have significantly lower blood concentrations of vitamin C and beta-carotene than their healthy counterparts. Continue reading
Here is an excellent Inforgraphic showing the parallels in foods that are Organic and those that are either GM (Genetically Modified) or Conventional (use of pesticides and other harmful components of our food supply). While the differences between organic foods and conventionally grown foods may not seem big, there can be some noticeable ecological and visual differences between the two. The biggest differences would be the use of pesticides and other types of chemicals Continue reading
You almost certainly have a significant amount of cancer-causing substances in your body. And, so does everyone you know. That shocking revelation is the conclusion of a wide-ranging clinical study that found that every single one of its test subjects tested positive for alarming levels of at least one known toxin. And, these are not the ill-defined “toxins” of the mainstream media—they are seriously harmful chemicals like arsenic, dioxins, DDE (what the body turns DDT into), dieldrin (a chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer, and other ailments), and Continue reading
Eight Ways to Fight Colds with Food
Cold season is still here, and many of you may be looking for a better way to fight off this pest than just popping some vitamins every day. Well, here’s a list of the top eight foods to keep those nasty cold bugs away — and we’re not talking about just the usual bowl of chicken noodle soup!
1) Carotenoid-rich foods: Carotenoids are potent antioxidants that Continue reading
Here I present a multi-part look at one of the most well- known nutrients in the world: vitamin C. But do you know where it came from? Do you know (other than oranges) where to get it in food? Do you know what it does? Read on.
The year was 1753. The doctor was a British naval physician by the name of Lind, who found that there was something in citrus fruits that cured scurvy. Scurvy was a common disease among sailors when they were at sea due to the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. Lind recommended that every sailor at sea should receive a daily ration of lime or lemon juice to overcome vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) deficiency. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find that vitamin C is the most popular vitamin supplement in the world. Continue reading
Almost everyone wants to improve their love life, find the perfect partner and have better sex. Some of the biggest pharmaceutical sales in history come from performance-enhancing drugs. What about using natural inducements for romance such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, grapes or truffles? Add some of these delectable delights to your arsenal of temptations and woo your lover into bliss.
Chocolate — Chocolate works like no other food to stimulate human sexuality. It’s delicious, melts on the tongue and has an erotic quality even when not thinking of sex. According to Amy Reiley in her book, “Romancing the Stove: The Unabridged Guide to Aphrodisiac Foods,” chocolate helps thin the blood, Continue reading
In an experiment on rats, European researchers have proved that eating strawberries reduces the harm that alcohol can cause to the stomach mucous membrane. Published in the open access journal Plos One, the study may contribute to improving the treatment of stomach ulcers.
A team of Italian, Serbian and Spanish researchers has confirmed the protecting effect that strawberries have in a mammal stomach that has been damaged by alcohol. Scientists gave ethanol (ethyl alcohol) to laboratory rats and, according to the study published in the journal Plos One, have thus proved that the stomach mucous membrane of those that had previously eaten strawberry extract suffered less damage.
Sara Tulipani, researcher at the University of Barcelona (UB) and co-author of the study explains Continue reading
In 1991, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began a program to collect data on pesticide residues in food. In May of that same year, the USDA began operating the Pesticide Data Program (PDA). The data from the PDA is published in an annual summary. This health e-letter is going to reveal the top nine foods in that summary deemed to be highest in pesticide residues.
Why worry about pesticides? They are considered hormone disrupters and, as such, can play havoc with your endocrine system. Pesticides can potentially cause cancer cells to grow and interfere with your cognitive and sexual functions. The best health advice would seem to be to avoid pesticide exposure as much as possible. On that note, here is a list of nine foods on the USDA’s black list for pesticide residues.
1. Celery clocks in at number one. Celery has no protective skin, so pesticides settle on the vegetable and in turn are directly ingested by you.
2. Peaches have a relatively thin skin and, according to the report, are often sprayed with multiple pesticides.
3. Strawberries are only in season for a short period of time in North America. The rest of the year, they are imported from countries Continue reading
According to the National Cancer Institute, about 16,700 new cases of esophageal cancer were diagnosed last year — and about 14,500 people died from the disease. Obviously, there’s no easy cure for this often fatal malignancy. So, as with any disease, it’s much better to prevent getting it in the first place.
Mainstream medicine pushes Big Pharma drugs called H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to calm gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) in hopes of preventing Barrett’s esophagus, a complication of GERD that ups the risk for esophageal cancer. But these meds are loaded with potential side effects and there’s no strong evidence they really prevent cancer.
However, a new study provides evidence Continue reading
White Wines ‘Bad for the Teeth’
Enjoying a glass of white wine on a frequent basis can damage the teeth, something many wine makers and tasters will know first-hand, experts say.
Pale plonk packs an acidic punch that erodes enamel far more than red wine, Nutrition Research reports.
It is not the wine’s vintage, origin or alcohol that are key but its pH and duration of contact with the teeth.
Eating cheese at the same time could counter the effects, because it is rich in calcium, the German authors say.
It is the calcium in teeth that the wine attacks.
If you’re going to have a glass of wine do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.
In the lab, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day had a loss of both calcium and another mineral called phosphorus to depths of up to 60 micrometers in the enamel surface, which the researchers say is significant.
Riesling wines tended to have the greatest impact, having the lowest pH.
A “kinder” tooth choice would be a rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir, the Johannes Gutenberg University team found.
Even if people brush their teeth after a night of drinking, over the years repeated exposure could take its toll, say
Indeed, excessive brushing might make matters worse and lead to further loss of enamel.
But they said: “The tradition of enjoying different cheeses for dessert, or in combination with drinking wine, might have a beneficial effect on preventing dental erosion since cheeses contain calcium in a high concentration.”
This helps neutralize and boost the remineralizing power of saliva to halt the acid attack.
But eating strawberries while supping on your vino or mixing sparkling whites with acid fruit juice to make a bucks fizz may spell trouble because this only adds to the acid attack.
“But it’s the way you consume it that’s all important. If you’re going to have a glass of wine do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.
“Consuming wine alongside food, rather than on its own, means the saliva you produce as you chew helps to neutralize its acidity and limits its erosive potential.
“And leaving time before brushing teeth gives the enamel a chance to recover from the acid attack and makes it less susceptible to being brushed away.”