5 Healthy Alternatives to Energy Drinks

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Many people reach for a commercial energy drink daily or even several times a day to help avoid an afternoon slump. However, a 16 oz. can of Red Bull contains 52 grams of sugar, about the same amount as 11 Oreo cookies, and more than a 12 oz can of Coca-cola which has 39 grams…. Read more »

Eat Your Fruits – It’s Okay

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If you had any doubts about the benefits of eating whole fruit, you can put them to rest. A study out of China published in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 7, 2016, pp 1332-1343) reveals that a higher level of fruit consumption led to lower blood pressure and lower glucose levels. There was… Read more »

Antioxidants for Cataracts

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Antioxidants in the diet help to prevent cataracts. Thirty thousand women in Sweden were followed for an average of 7.7 years. The incidence of cataracts was compared with dietary antioxidant intake. (JAMA March 10, 2015 pp 1048-49) Women ingesting the highest dietary antioxidants had a significantly lower incidence of cataracts than those with the lowest… Read more »

Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain and Diabetes

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Artificial sweeteners, because they contain no calories, are used in place of sugar to prevent weight gain and diabetes. Unfortunately, they do not provide the benefits attributed to them. The major artificial sweeteners are Aspartame (Nutrasweet), Sucralose (Splenda), and Saccharin (Sweet “N Low). More than 6000 foods contain these products, and the number is rising…. Read more »

Top Ten Super Foods

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The CDC completed a cross sectional study looking at the nutrient density of powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Let’s look at the top 10 nutrient dense foods that we should be emphasizing on a daily basis. Superfood List Watercress – This may surprise many as it is not always the first food selected in the produce aisle…. Read more »

Bake Your Fish, Don’t Fry It

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Of 260 normal older adults, those who ate baked or broiled fish weekly, but not fried fish, had greater gray matter volume in areas of the brain responsible for cognition and memory.  After 15 years, 47% of those who didn’t have fish at least once a week developed Alzheimer disease or other cognitive impairment, compared to… Read more »

Green tea may protect DNA from damage

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Drinking green tea every day for a month may protect against damage at a genetic levels, with benefits linked to the beverage’s antioxidant content, says a new study.

Pomegranate Juice – Juice From The Tree of Life

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Ancient religions and the mystery traditions have always used the pomegranate tree and its fruit in symbol and decoration and myth, and alchemists and the hermetic traditions have often used it in symbolic form for its many esoteric connections to the ‘Tree of Life’, the Qabbalah, and other spiritual streams. History The pomegranate is also… Read more »

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One sometimes hears that the common citizen is helpless and can do nothing against the mega “powers that be.” It’s just one person against the corporate giants that have the money and media on their side. Might as well just go with the tide. Ivan Royster will beg to differ. Recently, the New York Times,… Read more »

Food Irradiation for Food Safety?

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If you’ve seen the film  Food, Inc., you know that our industrial food system can be severely unsanitary. With the cramped conditions in which animals are bred, raised and slaughtered, it is no wonder that diseases such as E. coli spread so easily and end up in supermarkets and fast-food outlets. Because cattle ranches supply… Read more »