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Toxin Contamination of Spirulina Supplements

Toxin Contamination of Spirulina Supplements

Apparently, you can have too much green! Stick to chlorella to avoid contamination with toxic blue-green algae!

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Eat to live; don’t live to eat!

You have probably heard of the saying, “Work to live. Don’t live to work.” Recently it just occurred to me that the same thing is true for food. During an age where the entire globe seems to be obsessed with food, weight and health/beauty ideals, it is about time we realize: We eat to live, we don’t live to eat!

[“Eat to live” also happens to be the slogan and title of Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, which explains the nutritarian diet.]

Do you find that your day revolves around your eating schedule? Do you long for the next meal like it’s your salvation? A lot of people are plagued with what they perceive as cravings for a certain food, a sweet, or a caffeinated beverages. What they are most likely experiencing, however, is a feeling of emptiness and boredom that they try to fill desperately by chewing on something. People turn to constant snacking to break out of the routine, to add a little pleasure sensation throughout the day.

There are three things essential to our survival in the physical realm: air (oxygen), water, and food, respectively. Notice that food is only the third requirement on the list. We can survive weeks without food, days without water, but only minutes without oxygen. We need to fill our lungs with oxygen and make it available for assimilation by our cells almost immediately. Water makes up about 60-70% of the average human body, and balance must be maintained between intake and output. Food takes a much longer time to be processed and integrated into the tissue and eventually to the cellular level.

The process of digestion and metabolism of the food has been studied extensively but still remains among the most controversial sciences. This, in turn, is responsible for the myriad of opposing dietary theories that float around the media, are propagated by the government in the form of food pyramids and guides, and are taught on all different levels at schools and universities. However, with mixed messages from food and health industries, and a focus on convenience and consumerism rather than sustainability and nature, people are as confused as ever about what to eat. According to Michael Pollen, author of “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” the human body is nourished by only about 1/4 of what we eat, and the rest of what the average person consumes is only detrimental to the health (see interview here).

Industrialized countries in particular have become obsessed with staying healthy and fit and determining the proper eating habits. Third world, countries, on the other hand (which, incidentally, have the lowest rates of psychological illnesses such as depression) don’t seem as concerned.

Even if you genuinely try to eat well and lead a ‘healthy lifestyle’ – the overwhelming presence of food as the centerpiece of our society is evident. We are constantly setting up lunch and dinner work and romantic dates, and checking out the local spots for good food and drinks to socialize. Our schedules revolve around food, and our day is broken up by eating times. We are habitually bombarded with food imagery from the media, and enticed by the smells of food encountered wherever we go. We let our stomachs govern our entire existence!

There is no question about it, food gives us more than just cellular nutrients – it has complex interaction with hormonal and neurotransmitter systems, which make us feel good. This may sound shocking, but here is a consideration: shift focus away from food and towards fulfilling your life with satisfaction on a much deeper level. Think about what spaces you are trying to crowd out by temporary “food highs.” Things like meaningful relationships, a career where you feel valued, a spiritual practice you believe in, physical exercise and ways to express your creativity are all areas of life that are often overlooked. Yet these are the things that truly count, that make us fully human on an emotional and spiritual level. It is no wonder health is defined as the sum total of physical, emotional, and social well-being (WHO definition).

Living healthily entails more than what you put in your plate and into your physical body. Living your life according to your dreams, goals, and values, with the people that you want to share it with, needs to be addressed. Only then can full health be achieved by proper nutrition.

Back to Basics

Growing up, I was always reading. I was fascinated by the ability of writers to master a language and create a whole new world within the pages of a book. Now, everything is digital and almost everyone is a writer – just look at the amount of blogs out there!

Using all the resources available to us now, we have expanded the ability to communicate beyond what is physically feasible – people can reach each other across the globe with the touch of a button! With that said, the human element has somehow gotten lost in translation.

I’d like to raise questions and invite people to think about what we are gaining and what we are giving up. The culture today is all about instant gratification, without taking the time to getting to the root of something and finding the best solution. The media and industry has a stronghold on all aspects of our lives. We are being brainwashed without realizing it, every time we watch a show, ride the subway, read a nutrition label, or put on a brand of clothing. Healthcare is running on autopilot: diagnose, prescribe medication, dispense, bill insurance. Our bodies are abused rather than being nurtured.

The world is on the precipice of something – values are shaking up and people are awakening as if from a deep slumber. We are the the masters of our own destiny. If we are careful, we can find a balance with nature and live in harmony, within and without.

My intention for this blog is to organize my ideals for what it means to be human, and inspire people to find their own ideals. Everyone is different, but we must each embrace our individuality in order to stay true to ourselves. Looking within is the key to living a happier, healthier life. I will also post tips on health & wellness, spirituality, nutrition, and living green.

Namaste, to those who are reading and following.

Eat Fruit to Rid of Wrinkles!

Just now I was procrastinating by checking my e-mail instead of writing my weekly blog posts, when I stumbled upon something that was the jumpstart to my next post. My sister had e-mailed me an article of 18 foods that can make your skin glow. This was posted in a blog on Yahoo!‘s website.

The first thing I thought of when I saw it was that it’s interesting and almost ironic that it was a blog post. This showed me just how much the popularity of blogs is growing. If I received this e-mail showing me an interesting blog post, then I could just imagine the world of things that blog writers are putting out there, which is then spread to others via e-mails or other networking.

Anyway, according to this article, eating certain foods can be more beneficial to skin than we realize. Instead of wasting a ton of money on unnecessary creams and the like in an effort to nourish skin and look younger, etc., the same effect can be obtained just by eating fruit. Not only are they already essential for nutritional purposes, this will be an additional incentive to add them to your daily diet.

The post cites Manhattan dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD., as its main source. According to her, eating sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and cantaloupe produce pigments and replenish your skin with antioxidants, which makes skin firm without the pricey Botox treatments. Vitamin C maintains collagen in the skin and is necessary to fight wrinkles. It could be found in abundance in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Green tea is the best source of antioxidants out of all the teas, and it contains the largest amount of the specific antioxidant called EGCG. It is anti-inflammatory and thus helps fight acne and skin aging due to exposure to sun. Spinach, turnip greens, and broccoli are the leafy greens recommended most since they supply the skin with vitamin A. This keeps cell growth and keeps the skin smooth. As for seafood, salmon, trout, tuna, Atlantic mackerel, sardines, Pacific herring and shellfish contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, which restore skin. Omega-3s fight inflammation and protect against sunburn, while proteins encourage cell repair which adds a glow to the skin.

Reading this article was very informative and made me want to go grocery shopping and start taking care of my skin. I would be killing two birds with one stone since the suggested food is also healthy and nutritious for the body as a whole. So if you want to fight or prevent wrinkles, check out the source and start chewing!