Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / May 7, 2014

Plastics deserve their bad rap. Use stainless or glass, and avoid cosmetics that list dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), and diethylphthalate (DEP): they’re phthalates, there to improve scent longevity…not yours. Transcript Hi. I’m Dr. John La Puma with your Refuel Minute. Dustin Hoffman, in The Graduate, thought the future was in plastics, but some chemicals in plastics, paint, and pesticides, turn male frogs into female ones, distort sperm, and act like estrogen in the body. That can create more belly fat, increase insulin, the fat storage hormone, and make you gain weight. Instead, first, try not to eat any food that’s been hot and has touched plastics. Second, don’t put plastic plates, cups, and bottles in the microwave or dishwasher, or drink soda from bottles you’ve left in the sun. Third, get a grille and cook for the week in just…

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Nutrition / Recipes / April 21, 2014

This hearty and healthy dip can do no wrong! Packed with vitamins, protein, and fresh herbs, this is a great go-to snack or dish to bring to get-togethers. Fresh herbs contain vitamins, minerals, as well as disease-protecting flavonoids. Cilantro, in particular, is one of the highest sources of Vitamin K! Try having just one bite of this dip.

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Nutrition / Nutrition / April 15, 2014

Whether you are curious about becoming a vegetarian, doing research or have been eating a plant-based diet for a long time – this is the guide for you! The Definitive Mineral Guide for Vegetarians will provide you with in-depth knowledge about the minerals you need to fulfill a healthy and balanced vegetarian diet. This guide will explore and get to the bottom of the debate (avoiding any moral/ethical issues) of whether it’s physically possible to get all the same and necessary minerals by going the plant-based route. Also, IF the exact same minerals can be gained from a strictly vegetarian diet, then where and in what amounts are these nutrients found. Furthermore, we will be address and answer questions such as: does cooking and freshness affect mineral levels, and if so, by how much? What are the mineral levels of…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / April 8, 2014

“Let thy food be thy medicine” – Hippocrates Some of the most powerful medicines known to man are not in the form of a pill, but rather in the form of foods and spices. “The medical and psychiatric community is rediscovering the many connections between food and mental illness after more than a half century of depending primarily on prescription drugs for relief,” says Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, a professor at the University of Calgary. “From around 1950 or so, there was an explosion of research on medications,” she says. “Big pharma took over the treatment of psychiatric illnesses, and we lost centuries of knowledge.” Fortunately, what we lost is starting to re-emerge as recent academic research has begun highlighting the powerful effect that food can have on health. For instance, the Mediterranean diet consists mostly of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and plenty of olive…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / February 21, 2014

It took more than huge ships, the north star and a lot of courage for Europeans to reach the New World hundreds of years ago. It also required a lot of vitamin C – in the form of limes, that kept British soldiers alive on long journeys. Prior to discovering the C in citrus fruits, long exploratory voyages were aborted due to the decimating sailor scurvey. Vitamin C doesn’t just right scurvy. Possibly due to its antioxidant capabilities it’s also believed to reduce the risk of colds, protect against immune system deficiencies, heart disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and potentially wrinkles according to the article “Vitamin C Dietary Supplements: An Objective Review of the Clinical Evidence, Part I,” in Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine (vol. 3, iss. 1, pp. 25-35). If that’s all vitamin C did, it would…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / February 21, 2014

Have you been hearing the term ‘wheat belly’? Dr. Oz, among others talked about it during a January episode of his show as he couldn’t ignore this new phenomenon any longer. American cardiologist William Davis’ best-selling 2011 book Wheat Belly, has been the kickstarter for millions who have stopped eating, according to the author “a perfectly crafted Frankengrain” that “has exerted more harm than any foreign terrorist group can inflict on us.” How can wheat, the grain that has propped humans for so long, suddenly be such a detriment to your health? The 2nd most produced crop after corn (we grow approximately 650 million tons per year) is no longer our ally, but an enemy? We need to suddenly be wary of the leading source of vegetable protein in our collective food supply? The food that finally allowed us to…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / January 27, 2014

Do you know many people are fooled into thinking they are eating healthier than they are? And while doing so they are paying more than they should. Because – due to unregulated health claims on labels, lots of food labels gussy up, gloss over and carefully omit the truth! I know it’s a hassle to have your guard up all the time, looking out for products that are the wolves in sheep’s clothing. But I’m going to pass on to you a 4 general purpose tips that will hold you in good stead as you shop. A view from 30 000 feet; a digestible summary on a very intricate subject so you don’t have to get a magnifying glass, or phone Ralph Nader, before you hit the supermarket. There’s just so many food products to choose from (which I think…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / January 27, 2014

There seems to be an accepted prevailing attitude that disease is something that just happens to you. That it is a random, luck-of-the-draw kind of thing we are struck with, just by complete chance. However, more and more research is supporting the belief that chronic diseases don’t strike arbitrarily, but are correlated with your diet and general lifestyle. The risk for cancer and heart disease, which will be responsible for approximately 600 000 deaths each in the U.S. this year, is partly affected by dietary choices according to studies. And sugar, particularly the ubiquitous High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is implicated as a main driver in the development of both of these diseases – but more on that later… If disease is preventable then this is great news, because it puts you in charge. We all know it’s true of…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / January 15, 2014

They say ‘life is too short to drink bad wine’, and it rings truer the older we get. Because only aging shows us how our time is fleeting, finite and thus should be highly valued. But why don’t we apply the same logic to the foods that we eat? Isn’t life also too short to eat bad food? Case in point: today’s beef. Although the steak you find in a supermarket in the U.S. is presented as ‘Grade AAA’ mouthwatering good, there are many remarkable reasons I will share with you explaining why this is false, and simply opportunistic marketing. The truth is there are many different quality types of beef – so read on and I’ll explain how we are generally offered questionable grade, even when it says “AAA” on it. See, only after carefully studying what really goes…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / December 13, 2013

Can you believe ‘tis the season already? As much as most of us do love the festive holidays, there’s no denying that there is usually a price to be paid for all the good times. The financial burden is a very real and serious issue for many this time of year. It’s so easy to spend yourself into a hole throughout December. But the dreaded double whammy is waking up in January to a vicious VISA bill e- and the suspicion that somehow all your clothes have shrunk! Here at AlgaeCal we don’t know much about financial matters. But we do know a few things about staying fit… so please read on to learn:   3 Easy Health Tips to…Avoid Getting a Santa Belly This Season You’ve probably heard how the average American gains 0.4 to 1.8lbs every year during…

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