I love my cup of green tea in the morning instead of coffee. And I knew it is one of those drinks that’s good for me (coffee, much as I love it, *really* disagrees with me). But the extent of the goodness continues to amaze… Continue Reading
I’ve heard and read many stories and emails about how bottled water causes breast cancer. These usually are about bottled water left in cars. The stories go along the lines of – the sun heats the water in the bottle and the bottle gives off poisons called dioxins. Dioxins are a known carcinogen (cause of cancer).
I set out to find out how much truth there is in the story. Largely because having water in the car helps me drink more water everyday, and that’s a good thing. But was I killing myself while trying to be healthier?Continue Reading
Going Raw is all the rage these days. And sometimes it just doesn’t suit my palate. But nuts are an exception. I do love roasted nuts, but I also realise roasted nuts contain rancid oils and rancid oils help muck up our hormones and our immune system. Over time, that usually ends up in one of many degenerative diseases, none of which I aspire to have in my sunset years.
So most of the nuts I eat are raw.
Here’s a tasty recipe from Lola Berry for a healthy trail mix / snack mix that contains all sorts of goodies (antioxidants). They’re goodies for your body and goodies to taste and easy to buy at the supermarket.
- Dried pomegranate seeds
- Raw brazil nuts
- Raw almonds
- Goji berries
- Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- Raw sesame seeds
- Shredded coconut
Thanks Lola for the suggestion!
This is the season of “New Year’s Resolutions”, something I’m not a particular fan of. Mostly I don’t buy into it because of the unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves. This is the year I’ll get fit…I’ll quit smoking…I’ll lose 10kg…and so on. Yet everything else in our lives remains the same. Including our brain – sometimes it seems to work against our best intentions.
Fortunately our brains can change. The old rule-of-thumb “show me the boy at 7 and I’ll show you the man” doesn’t have to remain true.
Our brains have an amazing ability to “rewire”. Below is 2 minute video of Normal Doidge, M.D., author of The Brain that Changes Itself. In it he explains one of the first scientific experiments into neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change, to rewire neural circuits.
So why is this important to our health?
I recently heard a quote from a doctor who said around 80% of today’s diseases are stress related. Stress is a learned physical response. If we can rewire our brains to respond to our environments differently, we can dramatically reduce illness, dramatically improve happiness, and improve our quality of life overall.
This clip is a highlight. To view the full talk visit http://www.abc.net.au/tv/fora/stories…
The cliche that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks may soon be obsolete. The more we learn about the human brain, the more we understand the potential that it has to change, adapt and grow. Traditionally the brain was seen as being like a machine, its neural pathways set in stone from childhood. But new studies have shown that the brain can be trained to recover from strokes or paralysis, lifelong habits can be broken, and aging brains be rejuvenated. Through new experiences and brain exercises we can alter our brain’s anatomy to improve cognition, perception, memory and intelligence. In this enlightening session at the Sydney Writers Festival, Norman Doidge talks about the remarkable plasticity of the brain, and shares some examples of how we can open it up to new realms of possibilities.
Here’s a fun yet information packed video about foods you can eat every day to help boost your immune system.
The stresses of our daily lives, lack of sleep, the inevitability of aging, and poor food choices all take their tolls on our ability to ward off sickness and disease.
Foods such as sauerkraut, yoghurt and miso contain pro-biotics, while foods such as strawberries, honey, garlic and onions contain pre-biotics. These “biotic” foods help prevent and destroy bacteria which can weaken your immune system.
While the film short (below) is based on the US, friends “in the know” in Australia tell me this is not so far from the truth for Australians too.
There’s a commotion in the news media at the moment generating fear in people’s minds about iodine supplements. If you’ve been under a rock, it’s due to a class action suit against Spiral Food’s Bonsoy soy milk because of how much iodine they added to the product. This follows in the heels of similar suits against Vitasoy for the same thing a few years ago.
“Journalism is the investigation and reporting of events, issues, and trends to a broad audience.”
And hoopla is what the media seems to do best these days – hype and hysteria without much eye on keeping to the facts.
Instead of “informing the public” journalists are violating their core principle of investigating and reporting. They are doing the opposite – misinforming the public.
The problem lies not in the simple argument of “to iodine or not to iodine supplement”. It comes down to how much we tamper with our food. It comes down to so-called improving our food by adding things that don’t naturally together. It comes down to tinkering with our food for the sake of shelf life and product sales….read profit.
Kombu or Kelp is the ingredient added to the soy milk that has caused the fuss. But they are not the bad guys here. The Japanese have centuries of generations to show that sea vegetables are good food. Seaweed is a key ingredient in Asian diets.
And to be clear, Iodine supplements are not the bad guy here either.
The real problem is that during the manufacturing process allowed too much of an ingredient to be part of a formula. And that creates havoc in any food manufacturing process.
When we go away from eating whole foods and eat highly processed foods, or foods made to substitute for another food, we open the door for mistakes.
The media presents this as a case about iodine supplements, not about poor manufacturing.
There is no defense for providing unsafe foods. People whose health has been adversely affected by poor manufacturing practices are fully justified in whatever course of action they choose.
If you have been a loyal fan of Bonsoy and believe your health may have been affected, see your GP first.
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