A 5-ounce glass of red wine has 115 calories. You’d have to do burpees for 12 minutes to burn it off.
FORGET THE FAKE BUTTER
According to University of Minnesota research, artificial butter flavoring used in popcorn may promote the development of Alzheimer’s disease. When human brain cells were exposed to diacetyl, the buttery chemical triggered the formation of proteins that can lead to Alzheimer’s and weakened the cells’ defenses against those proteins, says study author.
DID YOU KNOW
An overweight person eats 10 percent more calories in a typical restaurant meal than a normal-weight person.
GO HEALTHY WITH LIFESTYLE
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Applying even natural cures after “disease” occurs in the body requires much more effort and intervention than making small proactive, preventative lifestyle changes before the body weakens enough to exhibit disease. Unfortunately, it often takes severe illness to wake us up to the self-destructiveness of our lifestyle choices. To maximize health, mindfully examine your health habits to be sure you are doing everything you can to support a long and healthy life. Every baby step you take now to improve your health may save years of suffering in the future.
VITAMIN C FOR WRINKLES
Recent research suggests that a 10% topical Vitamin C cream applied daily can reverse fine wrinkles caused by sunlight damage. Many compounding pharmacists can make this product without a prescription to ensure purity and to limit additional undesired chemicals and additives. Vitamin C turns brown (oxidizes) at room temperature, so it might be best to keep refrigerated. Also buy small quantities to preserve freshness and effectiveness of the product. To maximize skin health, investigate the usefulness of Vitamin C skin creams.
CUT SALT, KEEP IODINE
With the warning to reduce iodized salt intake to improve high blood pressure, many Americans are now becoming iodine deficient. Since iodine competes with fluorine and chlorine (all halogens), the high incidence of these elements in water further displaces iodine in the body. Bromine has replaced iodine in bread products as well, removing another dietary iodine source. Many bodily functions (especially thyroid function) are limited by insufficient iodine levels. To maximize health, increase iodine levels by adding kombu, kelp, dulce, seafood, potassium iodide or iodine supplements to your diet if deficiency is suspected.
USE A BOX FOR SAFER SQUATS
According to scientists in the U.K., doing box squats may teach proper squatting form. Compared with traditional squats, box squats allowed a group of lifters to keep their shins more vertical by pushing their hips back, making it safer on their knees.
DID YOU KNOW
A baby’s head is one-quarter of it’s total length, but by age 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. As it turns out, our adorably oversized baby heads won’t change size as drastically as the rest of our body. The legs and torso will lengthen, but the head won’t get much longer.
DRY SKIN EAT FAT
Dry skin is often a sign of essential fatty acid deficiency, since healthy cell membranes are made up largely of fatty acids. When fatty acids are not available, skin may become rough and dry. Fatty acids are found in low mercury fish, or in purified fish oils. Dry skin will heal in 4-6 weeks with adequate consumption of oil. Occasionally a weak thyroid condition may prevent effectiveness of oils. Gluten sensitivity, low stomach acid, or gall bladder disfunction may inhibit proper absorption of essential fatty acids. To minimize dry skin, consider increasing consumption of essential fatty acids.
BODY FAT: IT’S NOT THE FOOD IT’S WHAT YOU DRINK
One quick and easy way to reduce calories and support fat loss is to watch what you drink. Sodas, fruit juice, sports drinks, alcoholic drinks, shakes, fancy coffees, even healthy smoothies can be loaded with sugar and calories! A Purdue University study recently concluded that it’s not food that makes people fat, it’s drinks! Test subjects compensated for sugary treats by eating 17% less food. But when given the same calories in sweet drinks, they did not reduce food intake, leading to higher calorie consumption and subsequent weight gain. To maximize health and weight loss, consider substituting water for caloric drinks.
Candida Albicans is an aggressive fungus commonly found in the birth canal, intestines, and mouths of healthy humans, but can become problematically prolific after antibiotic use, under intense stress, or after consuming sugar excessively. Candida overgrowth produces toxic acetaldehyde, a powerful carcinogen that can cause DNA damage, increasing cancer risk. Candida toxins can also cause leaky gut syndrome, resulting in allergies and autoimmune system maladies. Symptoms include frequent vaginal yeast infections, thrush, and cradle cap (white cheesy dandruff). To maximize health when Candida overgrowth is suspected, consult a trained professional for assistance balancing gut bacteria, reduce sugar intake and increase fermented foods.
RELAX FOR AN EFFICIENT HEALTH
The body has two main functions, systems maintenance and defense. When all is well, the body allocates resources to remove waste, heal injuries, digest food and maintain health. When forced into defense mode by extreme anger or stress, resources shift to the “fight or flight” systems and digestion, healing, and hormonal balance are greatly diminished. To maintain optimal health, focus on developing RELAXATION skills to move out of defense mode, and spend as much time as possible in systems maintenance.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.