THE POWER OF YAWNING
Studies show yawning not only increases oxygen to the brain, but it triggers a complex reaction of neurotransmitters that increase cognitive awareness, improve memory, and stimulate feelings of empathy. Faking a yawn often triggers the real thing, and yawns are contagious. To stimulate the brain naturally, consider yawning and stretching 2 or 3 times throughout the day.
THE EFFECTS OF SPLENDA
Don’t be fooled by the new marketing strategy of Splenda Essentials. Splenda is chemically chlorinated sugar (similar to DDT), designed to make your body ignore the sugar part, although weight gain is a common side effect. The vitamin doses in the product are very small, and do not compensate for the damage the chlorine does in the body. A Duke study has shown that Splenda damages healthy gut flora, changes the p.H. of fecal material, and alters nutrient absorption after just 12 weeks. To maximize health, skip the artificial sweeteners and use real sugar, honey, xylitol, or stevia instead.
ATTENTION COFFEE DRINKERS!!!
Multiple studies show that the antioxidants, caffeine, caffeic acid, and chlorogenic acid contained in coffee can dramatically protect against diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Results improved up to 4 cups per day. The kicker is, sugar, syrups, and heavy creamers negate the positive effects. To improve health, consider drinking coffee black (preferably organic), or sweeten with stevia or cinnamon and minimal cream.
SAFE SUGAR SUBSTITUTE
Xylitol is safe for sugar replacement in small doses. In addition to tasting sweet, it has the added benefit of being protective of teeth, since it is slippery and prevents bacteria from growing in the mouth, and throat. Many European toothpaste brands include it instead of fluoride, and it is dentist recommended. Consider using xylitol in small doses when sugar replacement is needed.