Aug 29, 2007

ORAC, Antioxidants, Free Radicals, and What?

So many companies sell products that claim to have antioxidants, high ORAC values, and other words that are hard to understand for many who are new to nutrition. The following article is very helpful in understanding what it all means. I hope you will enjoy!!

Antioxidants are natural substances found in plants, which are known to aid in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and stroke. Berries have an especially high level of antioxidants, according to a recent study published in the journal BioFactors (Vol. 23, pages 197-205
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The pigments that give berries their rich red to blue, black and purple colors are a type of phytochemical that has been shown to have significant disease-fighting, cell-protecting antioxidant capacity. In addition to boosting your immune system, these valuable compounds are also known to slow the effects of...now to see the rest of this article, please click here
. There's a lot more great information that I'm sure you'll appreciate. Updated 2/3/16

Aug 25, 2007

Finding Safe Vitamin Mineral and Herbal Supplements

There are so very many supplement companies now, that it can get completely confusing to know which is the safest.

I am sure that there are many that are safe, but have to admit that I'm so very happy that I got completely connected to a company over 20 years ago that I'm not letting go of for anything. I loved a write up they did about the testing they do on their products...in fact I've had the privilege of touring the facility and seeing the equipment first hand.

Stop by and visit my "Are Your Supplements Safe" page (updated 2/3/16) to read about tests that should be done to assure product safety, and to be sure that the active ingredients that you expect to be the product are really in it. No matter where you buy your supplements, be sure they are worth what you are paying for them...you should be getting what you pay for.

Aug 23, 2007

Does Wine Really Have Health Benefits?

I am sure many reading this enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner. Personally, I enjoy drinking organic wines when I do drink wine because they contain less sulfates. I am sensitive to sulfates, in my case they cause heart palpitations. All wine contains some sulfates naturally, as they are on the skin of the grapes, but makers of organic wines to not add any additional sulfates.

BUT that's not all that I wanted to share about wine. The French seem to know something about the health benefits of red wine. In a study that compared French and German red wines, the French red wines delivered a greater health benefit due to their higher level of antioxidants.

In 1991, the television program 60 minutes aired a report called The French Paradox. The program explored the heart attack rates of daily moderate wine drinkers in southern France; their rate is one of the lowest in the world, and their food among the unhealthiest.
One of the most studied antioxidants in red wine is resveratrol, a compound found in the seeds and skins of grapes. Red wine has a high concentration of resveratrol because the skins and seeds ferment in the grapes' juices during the red wine-making process....

For the rest of this article, and more interesting facts about wine, may I invite you to visit this link at my Happy Nutritionist website.

Aug 22, 2007

Apple Picking Season is Almost Here!

We have had some unseasonably cool weather for August, and it is a reminder that fall is on it's way! We have a number of apple orchards north of us just over the upstate New York line, and apple picking season will be here before we know it.

I have added a couple of great articles on the health benefits of apples AND apple cider, especially CLOUDY apple cider, to my main site.

Please click the links in the text above and visit to learn more about apples, a great treat for between meals, and an apple is a wonderful thing to add to your children's lunch.

Aug 20, 2007

Disaster Preparedness - Stocking the Kitchen

It is hurricane season, and already there are storms threatening. Almost daily there is news of heavy rains, tornadoes, fires, flooding and so much more. It seems that these days, NONE are immune from potential disaster. Part of finding as much peace as possible in the midst of such things is being prepared.
WebMD had a great article on having a prepared food pantry...you can find the complete article here, and part of the article follows:


"Go to the grocery store in search of different shelf-stable foods, such as [canned or jarred] artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, dried fruits beyond raisins, all kinds of nuts, hummus, ramen, or Asian rice noodles so you are ready to prepare meals," she says.
Since canned foods tend to be high in sodium, she recommends stocking up on any lower-sodium foods that are available. Make sure your pantry has a variety of food that you can combine for healthy meals and snacks for up to three days.

"Shelf-stable foods to keep on hand include"...now visit this link for the rest of the article which includes the list.

I would suggest that if you are in a flood prone area, you may want to store the foods in something water resistant. The article has many other helpful tips that I thought were worth reading.

Do be safe, and if you have any tips of your own, please feel free to comment.

Aug 13, 2007

Stress and Adrenal Gland Burnout


The adrenal glands rest on top of your kidneys.

During times of stress, these glands provide adrenaline, that extra burst of energy to help us meet with the challenges that come along the way. I have a detailed article about this is PDF format that I'd be happy to send to you, especially helpful if you are experiencing excess stress, and many are these days. Please email me and I'll send it as an attachment.

Signs that you are suffering adrenal exhaustion include the following:

  • Severe Fatigue
  • Trouble relaxing and feeling restful
  • Nervousness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Pressure in chest NOT related to heart
  • Quivering tongue
These are just a few of the symptoms, and some can have other causes, there is more information in the free document I'll be happy to send you.  Please contact me in the comment field below, I approve all comments, but do not approve private requests.

Aug 8, 2007

Health Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

Both of my children started their lives nursing, with only one "formula" feeding a day in the evening so that my husband could have the pleasure of holding his babies and feeding them.

Most parents are aware that breast milk is best for their baby, but may not be aware that the benefits of breastfeeding extend far beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting nutrients that protect your baby from illness. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.

Another advantage of breastfeeding is that it's as healthy for mothers as it is for babies. Not only does lactation continue the natural physiologic process begun with conception and pregnancy, but it provides many short and long-term health benefits to the mother. The full range of benefits that breastfeeding offers are rarely emphasized in prenatal counseling by health care professionals and are all but ignored in popular parenting literature – but the latest research is quite clear and suggests that breastfeeding:

  • Protects your baby from gastrointestinal trouble, respiratory problems, and ear infections
  • Can protect your baby from developing allergies.
  • May boost your child's intelligence (I.Q.)
  • May protect against obesity later in life
  • May protect your baby from childhood leukemia
  • May protect your baby from developing type 1 diabetes
  • May protect preemies from infections and high blood pressure later in life
  • May lower your baby's risk of SIDS
  • May protect the baby against osteoporosis later in life
  • Helps the mother lose weight by burning 300 to 500 calories a day
  • Reduces stress levels and reduce postpartum bleeding
  • May reduce the mother’s risk of some types of cancer
If the “pitter patter of little feet” is in your future, we encourage you to search online for the “benefits of breastfeeding” and to get more information so that you can make a truly informed decision. Then, once your baby is ready for solid food – the Wholefood Farmacy foods offer you an easy and convenient way to continue nourishing your baby with the very best that nature has to offer.

Updated 2/3/16

Aug 1, 2007

The Importance of pH to Your Health

This is a great article with some excellent suggestions. I can also provide you with a Acid Forming -v- Alkali-Forming Food Chart if you are interested. Post a comment with your request, I approve all comments and will not approve a comment that contains a request.
 

The concept of pH was first introduced by Dr. Sorensen at the Carlsberg Laboratory in 1909. pH stands for “potential of Hydrogen” which is the measure of hydrogen-ion concentration in a solution. pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14 in reference to the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. In this context, the word “solution” simply means something mixed with water.

 

A pH of 7 is considered to be neutral – a pH of less than 7 is more acidic and a pH higher than 7 is more alkaline. If you mix acid with water, for example, the pH of the solution will be less than 7 – if you mix an alkaline with water the pH of the solution will be greater than 7.

 

In general – the latest research has associated many types of diseases and chronic conditions with a body that is more acidic than alkaline. The consensus of opinion indicates that the body should be slightly alkaline for optimal health.


The foods that we eat become mixed in solution with all of the water in our bodies. This is significant because our bodies are about 70% water. For optimal health, the pH of the body’s fluid should stay within normal ranges. The normal pH balance in the human body is 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly on the alkaline side of the pH scale. 


If you have an interest in your body’s pH balance, the first step is to find out what it is. Testing is easily done using pH testing strips with saliva or urine – these inexpensive testing strips are available at most pharmacies – they are also available online from many sources.


From there, it’s a process of trial and error with respect to food and drink choices. We are all different and unique – so the choices that work for one person may not be the ideal choices for another.


The prevailing wisdom indicates that eating 75% alkaline foods and 25% acidic foods will keep your body at a healthy pH balance. When we talk about foods in this context, we’re talking about the result in the body of eating the foods, not necessarily the pH of the foods themselves before we eat them.


Examples of alkaline foods include most fruits and vegetables along with water and vegetable juices. Acidic foods, in general, are meat, dairy, junk food, processed food, fast food, alcohol, drugs and medications. There are some exceptions in both directions so if you have an interest, we encourage you to search online for “alkaline foods” – after reviewing a few websites you’ll have a better understanding concerning alkaline foods and acidic foods and some good guidelines to follow with respect to food choices.

 

As with most nutritional topics these days there is some difference of opinion. We understand that in some cases these may be very strongly held opinions. Our goal within this article is to offer a view of the bigger picture in a general sense. From there, each of us is free to do our own research and to embark on the path that we deem appropriate for ourselves.

Article used with permission - Source Wholefood Farmacy

Updated 2/3/16