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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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / February 18, 2014

Menopause is the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. It is the time life when the ovaries cease to function. It doesn’t happen overnight; the onset is a gradual process. It usually begins at 51 years on average, but menopause can occur in the 30s or as late as the 60s. For most women menopause lasts approximately 2 to 10 years, usually from their mid-forties to mid-fifties. There is no way to reliably test to know when a woman will experience menopause. Vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, vaginal and urinary symptoms, and mood changes are just some of the symptoms, along with nervousness, irritability, insomnia and headaches. Estrogen, the primary “female” hormone, prompts the health and growth of the female reproductive organs, and keeps the vagina moisturized, well supplied with blood and elastic. During menopause, estrogen levels generally decline but…

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Exercise / Research / February 5, 2014

Guest Author : Lorena Santacruz is a Yoga Teacher, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and Fitness Instructor at FitGa   The benefits of regular exercise (reducing your risk of chronic and debilitating illness such as diabetes and arthritis while at the same time increasing your cardiovascular health and lung function) far outweigh the excuses for not adding it to your life! Unfortunately for older adults and the elderly dealing with osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments can make staying strong, healthy, motivated and physically active quite a challenge! Older adults should start slowly. Try adding just five minutes of exercise into your daily routine and gradually increase the time to 30 minutes a day. It’s also important to add strengthening exercises twice a week to reduce muscle and bone loss and increase your flexibility and strength. My two recommended go…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / January 30, 2014

Have you heard the term “off label use” in passing, or in the news or from a friend? It refers to medications your doctor may be prescribing to you that have not necessarily been studied for that particular condition or disease. The manufacturers of the medicines, and their agents argue that the ability to make off label claims is a benefit to the end consumer as costs are reduced. But the flipside is that it can be dangerous for the consumer who becomes the guinea pig, and some argue, simply because it’s profitable for the producers. As well, the dollars you think you’re saving can vanish as health insurers often wriggle out of covering off label prescriptions. Many times this off label feud has ended up in federal court, with hundreds of millions of dollars in fines being levied against…

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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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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / January 7, 2014

Two old men in a retirement village were sitting on a park bench and one said to the other, ”How do you feel? I mean, you’re 82 years old, how do you really feel?” ”Honestly, I feel like a newborn baby,” says the second gentleman. “Oh? How’s that?” asks the first gent. “I’ve got no hair, no teeth, and I just wet myself!” I hope that joke gave you a bit of a chuckle, because that little bout of laughter can be very good for your health. And who doesn’t want to be more happy? Below are a list of reasons why laughter is, indeed, the best medicine. 1. Laughter actually improves your quality of life It’s been proven time and again, if you’re laughing, you feel better all over. Chances are, the two gents in the joke above are…

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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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