March 16, 2011

Ayurvedic Tea: Prokapha and Provata All Natural for Your Health

prokapha_tea.jpg Herbal tea is not just for enjoyable drinking but can actually improve your health. R-U-Ved has two blends that not only taste delicious, they are based on the principles of Ayurvedic medicine, the oldest form of medicine in the world! Each tea is designed for your body-mind type: Vata, Pita, or Kapha


Prokapha Tea:
Cloves, Cardamom, Ginger, Green Tea, Cinnamon


Provata Tea:
Fennel, Licorice, Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Cardamom, Ajwain

At about $5, these teas are very affordable. They are kept very fresh in foil packages for individual tea bags, and each box includes an expiration date as well. The only thing that could make these teas better is if they were made with organically grown ingredients.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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March 11, 2011

The Best Breast Pump: Medela Pump In Style Advanced

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We all know breast is best for baby, and thankfully companies like Medela have made it easier for moms to fill their baby's nourishment needs without being in their constant presence. From working moms to stay-at-home moms, a breast pump makes life more convenient.

With my first child, I had a hand style breast pump that was very inefficient and awkward to use. Even though we were together 99% of the time, I found a pump necessary when she fell ill and couldn't/wouldn't nurse. It was also convenient for when I needed to leave home to run a few errands sans baby in order that others could feed her without resorting to formula.

My second child was born with a congenital heart defect. After open heart surgery, breast pumping was a necessity to meet his needs in this fragile state. It made me feel good that I was helping him heal by pumping, and without Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump, there's no way I could have pumped round the clock for two weeks straight.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote:

Product Features
  • Daily use double pump electric New bag style with extra storage
  • Adjustable speed/vacuum dial lets mom choose her most comfortable setting.
  • Removable PVC-free cooler bag with contoured ice pack keeps milk cool for up to 12 hours.
  • Battery pack lets mom pump anywhere, anytime. (Optional 9V vehicle lighter adapter available).
  • More milk in less time with 2-Phase Expression technology when pumping at Maximum Comfort Vacuum.
I can't say that I enjoyed pumping, but at least the Pump In Style is efficient and painless. I became quite used to the sound, and it gave me some comfort during a very stressful time in my motherhood.

 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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February 24, 2011

Natural Weight Loss Secrets: Drink Water!

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Americans don't drink enough water. Americans are overweight. Could there be a connection? I've always thought so. In fact, whenever I have a friend who is trying to lose weight, my advice has always been: Drink water! When your belly is full of water, it is not hungry. I also think that sometimes people mistake thirst for hunger, and eat rather than drink to fulfill that need.

Apparently, scientists agree with my advice. Baseline of Health Foundation reports:

Scientists at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg decided to see if this old wives' tale actually held any water (pun very much intended). They found there was a definite connection between drinking water prior to meals and losing weight.
 The participants, 48 sedentary adults between the ages of 55 and 75, were split into two groups over the period of the 12-week study. Those in the first group were instructed to drink two eight-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. The volunteers in the second group were given no directions about what to drink. Prior to the study, all of the subjects had been eating a typical American diet with a daily intake of 1,800 -- 2,200 calories. The researchers restricted the participating women to 1,200 calories a day and the men to 1,500 calories a day.

Less than three months later, the results were in. The subjects who drank water before their meals had lost an average of 15.5 pounds each, while those in the other group showed an average loss of 11 pounds per person.

Remember to use a glass reusable water bottle rather than plastic. Chemicals in plastics have been linked to childhood obesity.

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February 22, 2011

Scientists Predict 30 Years for Human Health to be Affected by Climate Change

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How old will you be in 30 years? How old will your children be? In just three decades, scientists predict the affects of climate change will impact human health. Eureka Alert reports:

A panel of scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled new research and models demonstrating how climate change could increase exposure and risk of human illness originating from ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems, with some studies projecting impacts to be felt within 30 years...
Climate change could prolong toxic algal outbreaks by 2040 or sooner

Using cutting-edge technologies to model future ocean and weather patterns, Stephanie Moore, Ph.D., with NOAA's West Coast Center for Oceans and Human Health and her partners at the University of Washington, are predicting longer seasons of harmful algal bloom outbreaks in Washington State's Puget Sound...

More atmospheric dust from global desertification could lead to increases of harmful bacteria in oceans, seafood

Researchers at the University of Georgia, a NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative Consortium for Graduate Training site, looked at how global desertification -- and the resulting increase in atmospheric dust based on some climate change scenarios -- could fuel the presence of harmful bacteria in the ocean and seafood...

Increased rainfall and dated sewers could affect water quality in Great Lakes

A changing climate with more rainstorms on the horizon could increase the risk of overflows of dated sewage systems, causing the release of disease-causing bacteria, viruses and protozoa into drinking water and onto beaches. In the past 10 years there have been more severe storms that trigger overflows. While there is some question whether this is due to natural variability or to climate change, these events provide another example as to how vulnerable urban areas are to climate.

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February 21, 2011

Green Diamond Reusable Shopping Bags Feature AP-360 Anti-Bacterial Protection

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Last year, the mainstream media reported reusable shopping bags were a hazard because they harbored bacteria. For many people, it was all they needed to hear to go back to single-use plastic or paper bags. Green Diamond Bags has a solution with their AP-360 protection.

As research continues to uncover the looming risks associated with reusable shopping bags, AP-360(tm), an all-natural, hypoallergenic renewable resource proves to be a lead-free and Triclosan-free solution. Environmentally-friendly and family-friendly are now synonymous with the introduction of AP-360(tm) treated shopping bags. AP-360(tm) naturally inhibits the growth of dangerous odor-causing bacteria on a treated article. Presently, the only shopping bags treated with AP-360(tm) are the Green Diamond Bag(tm) and AB Bag (a private label Green Diamond Bag used by Haggens).

"It's no secret that recyclable bags have the potential to host a multitude of bacteria," said Bret Schnitker, president of Stars Design Group, the exclusive U.S. supplier of AP-360(tm). "While making a diligent effort to go 'green,' many shoppers are growing increasingly concerned about the impact untreated bags may have on their families. I believe people are thinking twice about the purchase of recyclable bags in an effort to decrease any risk of cross-contaminating and spreading bacteria. Research shows that bags treated with AP-360(tm) reduce the possibility of contamination by creating a negative environment for harmful odor causing bacteria."


With our sample shopping bag, we were sent so much paperwork on the benefits of AP-360, that the paper saved by using the reusable shopping bag is null.

AP-360 appears to be safer than triclosan, and Green Diamond has done their homework in presenting the information. AP-360 is food grade, so it should be safe for grocery shopping.

I am not a fan of anti-bacterial products. I refuse to succumb to that fear tactic used to sell products, especially when it comes to reusable shopping bags. NPR's reporting on the subject was more sane than the phobia created by other reports:

Yes, a study funded by the American Chemistry Council, which by the way represents some disposable plastic bag makers, found there might be microbes hitchhiking in your reusable bags. But a few germs aren't likely to pose much of a health risk.

Academic researchers recently tested 84 reusable grocery bags from shoppers in California and Arizona: More than half the bags contained some sort of coliform bacteria, a category that includes Escherichia coli.


University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, lead author of the report, tells Shots the findings don't suggest there's going to be an outbreak of disease from the bags.

Instead, the plastics industry-sponsored work, which found 97 percent of the people interviewed never washed their bags, concludes the public should be educated about keeping them clean.

AP-360 may be perfectly safe, but I will stick to organic shopping bags that I wash between trips to the grocery store.

Green Diamond does support Project Eden supporting orphans in Ethiopia. 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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February 17, 2011

Honey Reduces Weight Gain Compared to Other Sugars

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In a study involving rats, researchers discovered that a honey-based diet promotes lower weight gain. According to the abstract for "Honey promotes lower weight gain, adiposity, and triglycerides than sucrose in rats":

Thirty-six male Sprague-Dawley rats (228.1 ± 12.5 g) were equally divided by weight into 2 groups (n = 18) and provided free access to 1 of 2 diets of equal energy densities differing only in a portion of the carbohydrate. Diets contained 20% carbohydrate (by weight of total diet) from either clover honey or sucrose. After 33 days, epididymal fat pads were excised and weighed, and blood was collected for analyses of serum concentrations of lipids, glucose, and markers of adiposity and inflammation. Body weight gain was 14.7% lower (P ≤ .05) for rats fed honey, corresponding to a 13.3% lower (P ≤ .05) consumption of food/energy, whereas food efficiency ratios were nearly identical. Epididymal fat weight was 20.1% lower (P ≤ .05) for rats fed honey.

We've known that honey does contain "small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants". Now we know it also helps maintain healthy weight. Next time when deciding what sweetener to use, consider honey.

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February 8, 2011

New Study: Nitrates in Dark, Leafy Greens Build Muscles, Not Iron

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Spinach and kale are foods I equate with healthy eating. I feel good when I eat spinach, and I always assumed it was from the iron-rich dark leafy greens. A new study has found it's actually nitrates in greens, like chard and spinach, that helps us build muscles.

The Globe and Mail reports: 

In the study, healthy people took nitrate supplements - the equivalent of 1.5 cups of cooked spinach - for three days. At the beginning and end of the experiment, participants rode an exercise bike while their oxygen intake was measured.

Taking nitrate supplements resulted in more efficient muscles - the amount of oxygen needed to fuel exercise was reduced by as much as five per cent.

It's thought that dietary nitrate helps the mitochondria - the power plant inside every cell - run more smoothly and effectively.

I would think that fresh, dark leafy greens would yield better results than supplements.

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December 16, 2010

Wrinkle-Free Clothing Releases Formaldehyde

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Wrinkle-free clothing is popularly promoted by clothing companies, such as Van Heusen Men's Fitted Wrinkle Free Poplin Solid Shirt. The days of ironing are behind us, but at what cost to our health. According to a recent article in the New York Times, it's formaldehyde that makes clothing wrinkle-free.

Most consumers will probably never have a problem with exposure to formaldehyde, though it can have serious health implications for people who work with the chemical in factories. The biggest potential issue for those wearing wrinkle-resistant clothing can be a skin condition called contact dermatitis. It affects a small group of people and can cause itchy skin, rashes and blisters, according to a recent government study on formaldehyde in textiles. Still, some critics said more studies on a wider array of textiles and clothing chemicals were needed, including a closer look at the effects of cumulative exposure. At the very least, they said, better labeling would help.

"From a consumer perspective, you are very much in the dark in terms of what clothing is treated with," said David Andrews, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization. "In many ways, you're in the hands of the industry and those who are manufacturing our clothing. And we are trusting them to ensure they are using the safest materials and additives."

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December 9, 2010

Is Soy Dangerous?


I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and soy has always been part of that diet. More and more concerns about the The Hidden Dangers of Soy are being published, claiming soy has never been intended to be eaten in the quantity vegetarians embrace.

Dr. Mercola reports:

Soy Dangers Summarized

  • High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking, but only with long fermentation. High-phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
  • Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals, soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
  • Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
  • Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body's requirement for B12.
  • Soy foods increase the body's requirement for Vitamin D. Toxic synthetic Vitamin D2 is added to soy milk.
  • Fragile proteins are over-denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
  • Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  • Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods to mask soy's unpleasant taste.
  • Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum, which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

From soymilk to tofu, I've always felt like I was being a good vegetarian when eating soy products.

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November 30, 2010

Deodorant Crystal Fights Body Odor Naturally

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Last year, we reviewed Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal spray on and roll on products. Both of these products do not hold up under rigorous testing and need reapplication; however, I have had better success with the Naturally Fresh Crystal Deodorant with Aloe Vera.

Ingredients
Natural Mineral Salts, Ammonium Alum.

I've tried deodorant crystals before without much luck, but perhaps I've always done it wrong. I didn't know you were suppose to wet the crystal first.

Another wonderful feature of a deodorant crystal, besides the safety of the simple, natural ingredients, is that it lasts a really, really long time.

If you are looking for a very cheap, effective natural deodorant, sprinkle baking soda in your armpits. It really works!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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