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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Health Tips

Thought I would do a post on health tips without going into a lot of detail. these are things you may or may not already know about.

I have been promoting reading labels of every food item you purchase for some time now. I have even mentioned that you can't just blindly trust those food labels either. Case in Point:

  • Trans Fats -0- / Maybe and maybe not. Our illustrious FDA allows companies to put ZERO trans fats on the label as long as there is 49% or less trans fats in a given serving. One does not need to be a rocket scientist or a math professor to realize how easy it is to modify the number of servings in a pre-packaged items to live up to the 49% threshold and the LIE to the public that the product contains ZERO trans fats. TRUTH in labeling would mean that the whole package contains approximately 50% trans fats.
  • Sodium is NOT the culprit you think it is.Several studies from the American Heart Association indicates you could double the current daily limit of 1500 mg before your blood pressure would start to climb.
  • FAT is not necessarily the enemy - Unsaturated fat , especially monounsaturated fats such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado, peanut butter and some nuts and seeds can actually slash your risk of heart disease. CAUTION - it has come to my attention that a lot of even the extra virgin cold pressed organic olive oil sold in Walmart, and your typical grocery store may not contain much real olive oil and for my 2 cents
    , go with all natural peanut butter as the other brands are full of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Go to a store that sells HIGH END extra virgin olive oil.
  • Paleo diet - High protein and low carb - high in red meat may help you lose weight but it increases the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Tinnitus - I did a post a couple of months ago on sudden ringing in the ears, wind tunnel type sounds and loss of hearing in one ear. At the time I read about bioflavnoids and drinking a glass of warm lemon juice first thing every morning before eating or drinking anything else. i have a hearing test coming up next week to see how much my hearing may have improved. THE RINGING HOWEVER STOPPED ON THE SECOND DAY OF drinking the squeezed juice of one whole lemon every morning. There is another product out there with good reviews called "Ear Tone" and it can be purchased at Walgreens.
  • Vitamin D3 - among it many benefits, there is evidence that is helps in weight reduction also. I am seeing a lot of recommendations of 5000 IU as opposed to 2000 IU's.
  • WALKING - 150 minutes weekly (30 mins a day times 5 days) will add years to your life and life to your years.

God Bless,


"If you expect the worst, you get the worst. If you expect the best, you will get the best"
Norman Vincent Peale

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