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An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That is what we’ve always heard, but what if your apples are actually causing more harm than good? If you’re eating non-organic apples you should consider switching. Apple skin is said to hold toxins and pesticide residues, and it gets worse. Even if you peel your apple the pesticides probably have already penetrated the skin. If you must eat non-organic fruits and veggies aim for those with thick protective skins, like bananas or oranges.
During the summer ticks can be a real nuisances to us and our pets. If you have an active, outdoor lifestyle the odds of running into a tick are very high. If you know you are going to be around ticks make sure you wear long sleeves and pants. Tuck your pants into your socks and try to keep your whole body as covered as possible. After your activity take a shower and do a tick-check. If you have been bitten by a tick, remove the tick with tweezers and wash the area with soap and warm water. Always watch a bite and if it starts to look red or raised see your doctor.
Pets are not as easily protected. You will have to do a tick-check for your four legged friends to keep them healthy. If you find on tick on your animal there are few things you can try. The first is using a tweezer to try and pull the tick all the way out. Vaseline on the tick and around the area may cause the tick to come out on its own. I have also heard that olive oil works well. Putting an antiseptic on the bite after the tick is removed can be beneficial also. Whatever you choose make sure the whole tick is out, or pay a visit to your vet. Lyme disease in dogs can be very dangerous-so keep an eye on your furry friends!
Don’t let your sack make you sick!
We’re all doing what we can to help ourselves and the environment. From shopping and eating organic to using reusable grocery sacks 2012 is off to a great healthy start! But beware, if you are not washing your reusable bags you could contaminate your food and get very sick. In a recent study by the International Association for Food Protection mentioned in Natural Health magazine, Coliform was found and E. Coli in 8% of unwashed bags. So next time you unpack your groceries throw that bag into the wash!
Get in a Good Mood!
All we hear about are Omega 3s and how they are so important for our health. Did you know they are also important for our mood? The reason Omega 3s can help elevate mood is that it contains EPA(type of acid) that works as a calcium channel blocker similar to that of a mood-stabilizing drug. Rainbow Light Omega Skin & Mood mixes Omega 3s with Astaxanthin, ResVinol-25 and GLA to make you look younger and feel better! 2 in 1 vitamins are the best!
Let us have Dairy!
Lactose intolerance seems to be spreading like wild fire these days. Fortunately there are many non-dairy options that taste delicious! Soy Milk contains a lot of protein therefore keeping the appetite at bay. Soy Milk can also be substituted into baking recipes without changing the taste of the end product. Almond Milk is another great alternative to dairy and contains high levels of Vitamin E! Almond Milk is very low in calories and comes in a variety of flavors. Insiders at Eat Smart Age Smart stock the kitchen with Vanilla flavored Almond Milk and boy is it delicious! Almond Milk can be substituted into hot chocolate and still provides that creamy taste that dairy delivers. Insider favorite is Almond Breeze-vanilla flavor. Another good alternative to dairy is Hemp non-dairy product, which is full of healthy omega-3’s (heart smart). Now you don’t have to skip the cream in your coffee!
Baby food for Adults
Its 6pm and you’re hungry and on the way to the gym. We all know it’s not good to workout on an empty stomach, not to mention how bad you feel after, so what do you eat? Instead of grabbing something sugary try a Peter Rabbit Organics fruit/vegetable pouch. These yummy 100% natural fruit and veggie snacks are a mix between baby food and applesauce. Beyond delicious with no sugar added! Peter Rabbit Organics come in a variety of yummy fruit and veggie flavors and can be easily eaten right out of the pouch (no bowl and spoon needed). These snacks are also fun to cook with or add to your morning oatmeal!
Seaweed is not just for the Sea
After spending a day at the beach and seeing and smelling seaweed on the shore the last thing you’d want to do it eat it, right? Well as luck would have it seaweed happens to be extremely healthy for consumption! So what does this slimy green plant contain that Asian cultures has been coveting for thousands of years? Seaweed is extremely high in Amino Acids, Calcium, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B12. Besides being low calorie some types of seaweed contain up to 30-50% protein! According to The Journal of Nutrition, Wakame (a popular type of seaweed) prevents high blood pressure in animals. So indulge in that sushi roll it may help keep you healthy!
Let Them Eat Squash!
Seems like everybody is trying to cut carbs. But what are you supposed to eat when you crave pasta? Try Spaghetti squash! Spaghetti squash is loaded with vitamins and important nutrients such as Riboflavin(B2), Folic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin A and Beta Carotene. One cup of squash has 42 calories, so you never have to feel guilty about eating it! To prepare the squash, cut it in half and bake it for one hour at 350 degrees, then scoop out the flesh with a fork (which looks like spaghetti) and mix in whatever you like. Olive oil, garlic and lemon or tomato sauce and grated parmesan work! Bon appetit!« Previous Articles