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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Nutrition / Nutrition / Vitamin D3 / October 4, 2012

Can The Sun Make You Slim? It’s well known that vitamin D is important for fighting depression, strengthening bones, and boosting immunity. But if that’s not enough of a resume for one single letter, recent evidence suggests that vitamin D can also affect your weight. Though it can be had for free, 77 percent of Americans are vitamin-D deficient, according to a recent study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (1) Interestingly, a similar number of Americans are also overweight. Cause or coincidence? Read on, then decide. Is Made in the Shade Worth the Weight? As you know, Vitamin D is produced in your body when sun exposure is adequate. We can get a smattering of D from other sources such as salmon, tuna and eggs.  But hide in the shade from the super doses the sun provides, and science…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / December 13, 2011

Americans spend $27 billion on dietary supplements, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and supplement use is on the rise.  According to the CDC between 1988 and 1994 one third of the population took a supplement.  By 2006, over half the population was taking a supplement. In women over aged 60, calcium supplement usage has increased exponentially.  Between 1988-1994 only 28% of women aged 60+ were taking calcium, but between 2003 and 2006 that percentage had grown to 61%. Supplements can be an excellent way to fill in dietary gaps and imbalances, as long as they are high quality.  Buying the cheapest supplement on the shelf will likely backfire, as many nutritional supplements use the lowest cost ingredients, or are lacking the necessary co-factors for absorption. The cheapest calcium supplement at the drugstore will probably be a form of calcium that is not…

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