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Pretty Nail Colors or Toxins?

Gregg Carroll - Monday, April 08, 2013

Toxic chemicals such as Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toulene, and formaldehydte are considered the toxic trio. The Organic Consumers Association reports that the toxins in most nail polishes are poisonous to our reproductive system and are known carciongens. The toxins enter our system via the lungs and are also absorbed through our nails. According to scientist Valetti Lang, acting manager of the Pollution Prevention Branch of the Department of Toxic Substances Control for the California EPA the labeling, "toxin free" does not always reflect the ingredients. Bare nails that reflect our health status could be a better symbol of beauty than a polished one.

What Is Chia Good For?

Gregg Carroll - Friday, April 05, 2013

Chia is a staple food of ancient Aztecs and Mayans, they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Three good reasons to include chia in your diet apart from its rich omega- 3 profile:

1. Improved insulin sensitivity & glucose tolerance

2. High antioxidant activity

3. Potent anti-inflammatory effects

Sprinkle seeds whole or ground on cereal, in yogurt or on salads, or grind and mix them with flour when baking. Chia can also be soaked in water, fruit juice, milk, stock, gravies, nut milk, vegetable juice etc. Chia seeds have the tendency to absorb the flavor of any liquid it is soaked in, yielding some interesting flavors. Enjoy great health with wise dietary choices!


Some Foods Can Make You Skinny, Even if You Don't Eat Them

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, April 03, 2013

In a study conducted by Cornell Food and brand lab involving 700 cafeteria diners, the mere presence of healthier items such as bananas led about a third of participants to select healthier lunches -even if they didn't choose a banana. So called trigger foods seemed to remind diners to eat more nutritious fare. So next time you are trying to lose weight put a bowl of fruit or vegetable on the table; it might help you to say "NO" to the fries.

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Yale Study Links Common Chemicals to Osteoarthritis

Gregg Carroll - Monday, April 01, 2013

A new study just published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to look at the associations between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and osteoarthritis. This is a potentially huge discovery because these chemicals, (known as PFCs) are widespread in the environment and known to contaminate humans and wildlife. PFCs are used in more than 200 industrial processes and consumer products including grease-proof paper food containers, stain and water-resistant fabrics and personal care products.

Earlier a report from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) study, found that women with higher blood levels of PFCs were likely to have problems with infertility.


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Magnesium's Role

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Did you know the mineral magnesium plays an important role in insulin activation?

Magnesium is necessary to release and activate the hormone insulin, which aids in maintaining blood sugar levels. Studies show that individuals with type 2 diabetes are often low in body magnesium levels, which may worsen the condition of insulin resistance that usually precedes diabetes. Lack of magnesium is often the reason for unexplained fatigue and exhaustion. Simple dietary choices can help alleviate this state. Rich sources of magnesium include all dark greens, most nuts, lentils, beans and seeds, and other whole grains.

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Aiming to Lose Weight, Say “Yes” to Vegetable Protein

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Seven year follow-up study on the employees of Chicago Western Electric company showed that animal protein caused significant weight gain and obesity. The study observed that those with highest quartile of animal protein intake were more likely to gain weight, while those with highest quartile of vegetable protein had lower odds of being obese.


Replacing Eggs With … Flax?

Gregg Carroll - Friday, March 01, 2013

One tablespoon flax seed (ground) + 3 tablespoon water = surprise!! You got one egg replacer! Flax seeds are rich in omega- 3 fats and dietary fiber. Enjoy the flax seeds in all your baking dishes.


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February Newsletter!

Gregg Carroll - Friday, February 22, 2013

Check out our latest newsletter for great savings on nut butters, kale chips, protein powders and more; updates inn our fitness contest and nutrition news, too.


Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect

Gregg Carroll - Friday, February 08, 2013

Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. Will other states follow their lead?


Kale - Breath Easy, Digest Better, Fight off Aging and Detoxify Too

Gregg Carroll - Monday, February 04, 2013

Kale eases lung congestion and it is beneficial to the stomach, liver and the immune system. It contains lutein and zeaxanthin which protects the eyes from macular degeneration. It contains indole-3-carbinol which may protect against colon cancer. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, iron, vitamins A, C and chlorophyll.

Values per ½ cup of cooked kale:

Vitamin K 531 microgram

Calcium 49 mg

Lutein 12 mg

Vitamin C 28 g

There are so many ways to enjoy Kale - kale soup, kale juice, kale chips, kale pesto, sauteed kale and many more...


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