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Today’s Children are Destined to Die Early (Part 1)

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Research is now showing that the children of today will live less years than their parents.  The reasons are multiple.  One of the main reasons is diet. Children of today’s main sources of protein are : fried chicken, beef, fried potatoes, cheeses, pizza, and milk shakes.  Their carbohydrate sources are: pasta (especially packaged macaroni and cheese), sodas, sugar desserts, syrup, jams, breakfast pastries, potato chips and other salt/sugar loaded snacks.  Most of these foods lack the necessary vitamins, calcium, fiber and other nutrients necessary for healthy growth, and are high in salt and sugar.  An alarming new study showed that in 7 out of 10 toddler processed dinners, these dinners contained too much salt.  Another recent study noted that children ages 2-5 are seriously overweight and obese.  Today’s children are showing elevated blood pressure at an early age.  These children that are  eating foods high in salt and sugar are destined for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  What do you do?  The secret is to stay away from packaged food. Package food are easy but dangerous.  Shop on the outer aisle of the supermarket.  You as a parent need to decide how much work on your part is your children’s health worth.  Also stay away as much as possible from fast food restaurants.  Not one fast food restaurant is advertising how healthy their food is.  Instead they advertise how much fun it is to eat at their restaurant or how cool it is to eat there.  None of these restaurants have your children’s welfare in mind.  That is your job as a parent.  Allowing your children to eat only processed food and fast food will lead to an early death.

Men Need Dark Chocolate Too (Part 2)

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Blood Pressure: Dark Chocolate lowers Blood Pressure.  Dark Chocolate increased nitric oxide in the body.  The favanoids in dark chocolate stimulate the lining of the arteries to produce the nitric oxide.  The nitric oxide then helps the blood vessels to dilate.  This in turn improves blood flow and blood pressure.  The amount of improvement is not great, but every little bit helps.

Cardiovascular Disease: Dark Chocolate lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Because of dark chocolate’s ability to protect against high LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein) levels, this will help to lower the risk of cholesterol that thickens the artery walls and in turn lessen the risk of heart disease.  Several studies have shown vast improvement of the risk of heart disease in elderly men eating dark chocolate over a 15 year period.  Most of these studies resulted with a 50-57% reduction of the cardiovascular risk.

Mood medicine: Dark Chocolate is known as a natural mood medicine.  It has the ability to raise the level of calmness and well being in individuals. Cocoa, found in dark chocolate, boosts brain serotonin (a mood-altering chemical) and it also boosts levels of endorphins(a natural opiate).  Many antidepressant medications work to keep serotonin in the brain longer.  Thank you pharmaceutical companies, I rather  take chocolate instead.  Most women know that they need chocolate at certain times of the month.  What they don’t know is that they need a serotonin boost because the levels of serotonin will decrease during menstruation.  A few years ago I gave up chocolate for Lent.  My husband told me that it was the longest 40 days and 40 nights for him ever.  He also made me pledge to NEVER, NEVER give up chocolate for Lent again.

Sodas and Seniors: A Bad Combination

Monday, August 18th, 2014

For sixty years the Baby Boomers as a demographic group have been a strong, influential group.  They tried marijuania, but stayed away from cigarettes.  Their search for healthy exercise started many fitness centers around the world.  Their focus on healthy and different foods started many different restaurants including vegan, vegetarian and healthy American restaurants.  But the one thing the Baby Boomers are also known for is their love of soda.  Constant consumption of sodas influenced the expansion of many soda manufacturers.  These companies advertise that their sodas were refreshing, caused harmony, gave you energy, etc.  Not once did these companies, like the fast food restaurants, ever say that their product was healthy. Never!  The results of the consumption of sodas for sixty years by the Baby Boomer (now seniors) is in and it is not good. 

Prior studies have already linked sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with weight gain and type 2 diabetes.  This is not mentioning the adverse effect on teeth.  Now for the newest disease links to sodas : From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition comes the link between sugar-sweeten beverages and Coronary disease risk in women.  Another study noted in this same journal was the association of sodas and prostate cancer.  In 2013, a study centered on the risk of lymphoma and leukemia in the 60ish population found an increase risk with the comsumption of soda.  The greater risk of stroke is what a different study found in men and women ingesting soda.  Osteoporosis and hip fractures has increased for women with the frequency of soda consumption.  Men are also starting to show an increase in the risk of hip fractures with soda consumption.  A study done in 2014, connected the consumption of sugar-sweeten beverages and the risk of Rheumatoid arthritis for women.  Finally soda consumption and the development of chronic inflammatory disease and cardiovascular disease is consistently increasing.  This is not good news for the Baby Boomers with a soda habit.  Maybe it is time to substitute other beverages for soda.