AVOID IMITATION BUTTER
Diacetyl is the chemically made “buttery” flavor found in many baked goods, margarine and especially microwaved popcorn that has been associated with respiratory illness and other inflammatory health issues in the past. Now it appears that it also may contribute to beta-amayloid clumping in the brain as it crosses the blood-brain barrier, a symptom associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. To maximize health, avoid imitation butter and chemically processed flavorings, and consume non-processed, whole, organic, fresh and local foods as often as possible.
COMBAT FLU SEASON
Natural ways to strengthen the immune system to help combat flu season:
1. Keep blood levels of Vitamin D between 50-70 ng/ml.
2. Avoid sugar, especially while sick as it weakens the immune system.
3. Sleep as much as possible.
4. Manage stress levels with prayer, meditation, yoga, bubble baths, or anything else that works!
6. Take Omega-3 fatty acids.
7. Wash hands frequently, but avoid antibacterial products.
8. Avoid hospitals.
BERRY GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Studies show that consumption of blueberries and strawberries has a positive impact on brain function, delaying the onset of dementia and increasing neural transmission possibly due to the antioxidants they contain. To maximize health and be proactive in preventing dementia, consider increasing your consumption of organic berries.
WOMEN… POOR DIET AND EFFECTS ON KIDS
Women who plan to become pregnant may improve their children’s chances of avoiding autism by taking probiotics and eating fermented foods to positively support healthy gut bacteria balance prior to conception. Studies suggest that autism, ADD, ADHD, asthma and allergies may be linked to poor diet, antibiotic use, and a challenged immune system resulting in severe bacterial imbalance. Consider adding probiotics, fermented foods, and lots of healthy, organic, fruits and veggies to maximize health of both mom and baby.
WATERCRESS FOR BETTER HEALTH AND WORKOUTS?
An antioxidant-rich leafy green that may help protect against the stress of hard training sessions, which can produce free radical that cause minor damage to your DNA. In a study participants who ate two cups of watercress two hours prior to exercising were more resistant to the effects of training. Try some in a smoothie or add it to a salad before hard training.
KERNEL OF KNOWLEDGE
One serving of popcorn can provide 13% of the average person’s daily intake of antioxidants. When it’s not drenched in butter and salt, it’s good for you. Less than 100 calories for three cups, more fiber than a cup of brown rice, and more antioxidants than a day’s worth of fruits and veggies.