You may have heard that there was a summit in Paris recently to discuss global climate issues, attended by 190 countries. Most countries, including many developing nations, have made public their plans for reducing emissions. Most folks are in agreement that while the summit produced some positive initiatives, they are backed by no real accountability or commitment. And efforts to execute initiatives will quickly get bogged down in corporate interests. The US, in particular, claims to want to help reduce emissions and initiate actions to address climate issues while still pushing global trade agreements that directly contribute to the problem!
I read an article recently in US News Health & Wellness written by Lacie Glover who is a blogger for Eat+Run. It was titled “How to Spring Clean Your Budget: Start With Your Health”. The author makes several wonderful points related to incorporating good nutrition and physical activity to help you save money, in the short-term as well as the long-term.
The FDA recently announced changes to the Nutrition Labels on food. One of the upcoming changes is supposed to make it easier to determine when a food has “added sugar”. Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods and beverages when they are processed and prepared. These foods generally have added sugars: regular soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, cobblers, sweet rolls, pastries, donuts, breakfast cereals, fruit drinks, and ice cream. Some foods have naturally occurring sugars such as fruit and milk. The sugar contained in these foods is not considered added sugar.
The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends that no more than 5% of daily calories should come from added sugars. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day.
Hormones are chemical messengers secreted by specific organs in response to a signal from the brain. Each hormone has target cells that have receptors for that hormone. When the hormone binds with the cell receptor site, a biological response occurs. These substances and functions are part of our endocrine system.
Consumers are starting to shop healthier and buying more products that are organic as well as products labeled as ‘natural’. Recently, sales of organic products represented 13% of the market.
To make a claim of being organic, a product must meet specific standards and be certified. But there are no specific standards required to assert a claim of ‘natural’. The use of this term is not regulated except with respect to meat and poultry. So what exactly does ‘natural’ mean when it comes to the food we buy and consume?
What? Yes, unfortunately, another disorder that we never heard of before is being officially recognized. According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, research estimates that 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. That is 6 times more than the number of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease.
Selecting the Hot Topic for this month’s newsletter was a no-brainer.
On Saturday, May 25th, I participated in the March Against Monsanto. This was a worldwide, coordinated effort in over 400 cities in 58 countries to protest the production of GMO foods and their insertion into our food supply without our right to know.
We get a lot of advice about what to eat and a large portion of that advice is to eat “whole foods”. So what are “whole foods” and why are they important?
Whole foods are just what you think they are … natural, unprocessed foods harvested from the earth and consumed in their entirety. So that would NOT be a combination of food (and chemical compounds) contained in a box, can, or package. Whole foods are important if you want to achieve optimal health for a number of reasons.
We constantly hear about high metabolism, low metabolism, and even foods to boost your metabolism. But what exactly is metabolism?
Cellular metabolism represents the processes within our cells that allow them to grow, reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environment such as digestion, moving substances between cells, and responding to signals from other cells. Metabolic processes are chemical reactions or transformations that convert one substance to another and these reactions require enzymes.