The most deceptive foods advertised as healthy

The most deceptive foods advertised as healthy

Do you know that some “health foods” are not actually healthy? Common healthy foods like milk, cereal,processed cheese, wheat bread and even fruit juice can actually harm your health! The guide dispels common myths about deceptive foods and gives you some wholesome alternatives:


1. Pasteurized Milk

milk-iwontloseMilk is touted as a healthy food, and most people assume that it does a body good. But pasteurization destroys active enzymes and denatures the fragile proteins in milk. It also kills beneficial bacteria and lowers the vitamin content of your milk.

A better alternative?
Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized. Why raw milk?
Supporters of raw milk say the pasteurization process kills most, if not all, micromilk organisms, including the beneficial ones that aid in digestion and metabolization. They also promote good health by crowding out bad bacteria and help prevent yeast overgrowth in the intestinal tract.
The Campaign for real milk says that raw milk comes from cows that are properly fed. Cows that eat green grass provide milk with nutrients like vitamins A and D. They argue that pasteurization enables the milk industry to raise cows in less-expensive, less-healthy conditions.
They also say that pasteurization destroys enzymes and diminishes vitamin content. Pasteurization, says the group, is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Many calves fed pasteurized milk die before maturity.
Raw milk will sour naturally due to the bacterial production of lactic acid and still be healthy, while pasteurized milk, which lacks the essential bacteria, will putrefy.


2. Fruit Juice and Sodas

Soda_and_sugar_550Fruit juice may be delicious, but it’s often loaded with even more high-fructose corn syrup than actual juice! High fructose corn syrup has been linked to increased cholesterol levels, blood clots, and impaired immunity. Sodas are no better as we all are well aware.

Fructose reduces the affinity of insulin for its receptor, which is the hallmark of type-2 diabetes. This is the first step for glucose to enter a cell and be metabolized. As a result, the body needs to pump out more insulin to handle the same amount of glucose.
The annual ‘Liver Meeting’ of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases which took place October in Boston reported results linking high intake of sugar (specifically fructose) to liver disease.
“The research team concluded that consumption of high fructose can have negative effects on liver through overfeeding, as well as damage the liver by inducing increased oxidative stress.
A better alternative? Delicious, healthy and convenient Dong Quai and Coco-Biotic, both of which you are strongly urged to learn more about and try today!

3. Whole Grains

Whole-grain-is-not-always-good-for-the-bodyMany foods from bread to breakfast cereals advertise that they are now made with whole grains. Despite earlier reports discounting fiber’s role in colorectal cancer prevention, two recent studies say fiber from fruits, vegetables, and grains may indeed slice the odds of getting the disease. One study, surveying more than half a million people, found a 25 to 40 percent risk reduction from 30 grams of fiber daily (five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables). Fiber in food may be the key, since those earlier studies focused on fiber supplements.
If you have digestive problems or suffer some of the classic autoimmune reactions (e.g. allergies) consider the possibilities that grains may be problematical. Look at your family members and your family history for clues about dietary problems. Adjust the ratio of cereal grains to meat, vegetables, and fruits and see if the adjustment has physiological and psychological effects. In my opinion one should supplement with vitamins, minerals, protein, and free fatty acids. Above all, eat a varied diet and not too much of one thing.
Conventional whole grains lack vitamins and minerals, can be difficult to digest, and often cause allergenic responses, contributing to autoimmune disorders like Celiac disease.
A better alternative? Grain-like seeds millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth are gluten free, do not feed candida act as prebiotics, have a calming effect and are full of vitamins and minerals.


4. Processed Cheese

processed-cheese-slicesProcessed cheeses, especially individually wrapped slices, have little nutritional value. They are pasteurized and often have fillers and preservatives.
A better alternative? Make Young Coconut Kefir cheese or on stage two of the Body Ecology diet, once your gut is populated with dairy-loving microflora, try cheeses made from fermented raw milk to flavor your salads.

5. Protein Bars

proteinbarProtein bars now compete with candy bars in convenience stores and grocery aisles, butproteine these quick snacks are not necessarily healthy. Many protein bars use soy protein and count sugars in their top 3 ingredients! Instead of offering you a healthy option, they actually contribute to fungal infections.
A better alternative? Soaked almonds and other nuts are easy and delicious snacks for those on the go! Or try RenewPro for an energizing, gut-healing source of protein. You can mix it in water or even eat a scoop between meals. You’ll love the delicious taste of this truly healthy source of protein.


6. Energy Drinks

kids_energy_drinksTheir labels say they contain various herbs, minerals and the amino acid taurine, specially designed to boost your energy by the time you reach the bottom of the can. But if you look at the ingredients, you’ll find that the main ingredients in most energy drinks are actually caffeine and sugar  making them hardly more than high-priced soft drinks.
Yet their glitzy designs and claims to improve your performance, concentration and reaction speeds seem to be working. In 2004, energy drinks overtook bottled water as the fastest-growing category in the beverage business. Similar products have even been introduced for kids as young as 4 years old. A better alternative? Drink healthier fluids like water or tea, and if you must have a jolt of energy, a good old-fashioned cup of black coffee will at least spare you the sugar.

7. Soy products

soySoy products, including soy milk and soy protein have been linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition and loss of libido.1
Soy milk has some negative aspects which are as follows :
-It contains a lot of phytic acid
-It contains hemagglutinin which causes the red blood cells to clump together. However, it is believed to be harmless unless soy milk is taken intravenously
-The genetic modification involved in the process of preparing soy milk may cause lysinoalanine or even nitrosamines
-It contains aluminum
-It contains trypsin inhibitors
A better alternative? Fermented soy products like miso soup, natto and tempeh.


Best Vegetables For Weight Loss

Best Vegetables For Weight Loss


Benefits of vegetables for weight loss

#1:Vegetables contain low amount of calories, so you can eat as much as you like without being worried about gaining extra calories.

#2:Vegetables contain high amount of fiber and water which helps you to feel full faster and for a long time “it is the most important benefit of vegetables for weight loss”

as there are some people who suffer from food addiction, so vegetables will be an effective choice for them for feel full faster and for a long time.

#3:Vegetables contain high amounts of potassium than other available foods.Potassium helps you lose weight fast as:

A) Potassium helps to decrease the insulin production in your body which leads to enhancing the process of burning your body fat and losing weight fast.

B) Potassium helps to convert food into energy and build muscles. The bigger and stronger your muscles are, the more fats and calories they burn which leads to fast weight loss.

Best Vegetables to eat for weight loss

Here is a list of best vegetables for weight loss that are tasty and enjoyable:


best vegetables for weight loss

Cucumber is one of the best vegetables for weight loss as it contains low amount of calories and high amount of water and you can add it to salads.

#2:Alfalfa Sproutssprouts

Alfalfa Sprouts don’t contain notable sugar, fat or cholesterol, but instead, they contain fiber and protein which helps you to feel full for a long time.
Alfalfa Sprouts are easy to grow at home.



best vegetablesto eat for weight loss

Cooking with onions is a healthy choice to add taste to your foods without adding high amounts of calories.

Onions contain antioxidant quercetin and quercetin can help increase energy expenditure and then burn more calories.



Broccoli contains fiber and protein which keeps you physically full and it needs a long time to be digested which enhances your metabolism “the process of burning fat and calories”.



Kale is regarded as one of the healthiest foods on the planet because of containing the most important vitamins for weight loss and your overall health.

Kale contains protein, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, fiber, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C.



Do you remember those cartoons of Popeye?! Yes? We miss our childhood!
But Popeye was right to include Spinach in his diet as spinach contains important nutrients for your body

such as “carotenoids- iron- zinc- calcium- 13 various substances that are anti-oxidant and anti-cancer substances”these nutrients make spinach a great food to burn fat.


Article submitted by David Zakria

Food’s to Eat and Avoid during your menstruation period

menstrualManaging your menstruation cramps can be easier if you know what type of foods to eat and foods to avoid. Here is the list of foods to support you.

Food that support you:-

1. Magnesium-rich items such as spinach and whole grants and foods with omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, sardines, flax seeds) will help manage your nerves.

2. Drink your water. Yes you may feel bloated but its only because your body has a mechanism of holding water because it doesnt feel you will drink any. Drinking water alleviates bloating.

3. Consume iron-rich foods this is extremely important because you lose so much blood during your period. Iron rich foods include: spinach, dates, beans and meat. However, eat these foods in moderation.

4. Eat potassium rich food such as bananas, cranberries and other fresh fruit may help reduce bloating.

Foods to avoid:-

1. Caffeine intake can increase bloating and dehydration. It also elevates the level of estrogen in your body, increasing the symptoms of menustation. Eliminate drinking coffee, teas, and energy drinks. Dark chocolate in very small amounts is fine.

2. Easy on the sugar. Foods with sugar can make you feel lazy and sluggish. Sugar can also cause rapid mood swings. Stay away from sugary foods such as pastries, candies, and sugary drinks.

3. Fatty Foods/Fried Foods such as meat, full-fat dairy, deep-fried foods and oils all increase estrogen levels.  Majority of fats will drive estrogen levels up and it doesn’t matter if it’s animal fat or vegetable oil. Keeping estrogen levels stable means that changes in the uterus are not so dramatic, which will reduce cramps and pain. (source: Neal Bernard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)

4. Salty foods should certainly be avoided as much as possible. Salt increases water retention. Foods you should avoid are fast food and of packaged/processed foods which are both high in salt.

Bottom line you need a well balanced diet to really manage your PMS symptoms. Keep your diet light and balanced during your periods. Heavy food is simply going to make you feel sluggish and cause mood swings. Ensure to take your multivitamins. If you need support around your nutrition consider getting our affordable and effective customized nutritional program.

Importance of Proteins, Fish oils and Multivitamins

Importance of Proteins, Fish oils and Multivitamins


-Muscle Fuel
-Main source to maintain, repair and grow muscle
-One of the most important things your body needs besides water



Fish Oils
-Important fatty acids that your body cannot produce
-Help boost recovery (helps as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant)
-Will help nutrients make its way to your muscles

-Helps main body functions (Boost recovery and performance)
-Main source of your daily energy
-Boosts immune system


Proteins, Fish Oils and Multivitamins are essential for everyone to function at their full capability.  It doesn’t matter how hard you train, if you don’t have the proper intake of these your body will not be able to function the way you want it too.  Although all of these can be taken as a supplement, they should not be used as a substitute for your regular healthy everyday foods.  If not taken on a daily basis your body will be more prone to injury and illness.  When taking these supplements, it ensures the intake of all the nutrients you need, most of which your body can’t naturally produce.  These 3 are known as the foundation of healthy living and will make sure your body will be able to perform and recover at its best.  Without taking these supplements you’re basically selling yourself short and wasting your time with high intensity training.  Like they say, what you do out of the gym is just as important if not more!  So unless you enjoy injuries and hate seeing results, taking these 3 supplements is HIGHLY recommended.


Vitamin B 101

Vitamin – B  101

vitamin-b As I continue to compete, I have noticed the side effects of simply not taking enough B Vitamins. Here is a simple breakdown of the many types and where they can be found in natural food sources


Vitamin B1 This will enhances blood circulation, helps in blood formation and metabolism of carbohydrates, maintaining appetite and normal digestion. Essential for a well functioning nervous system as well as helps proper function of the heart and muscular system.

Found In: Whole grain cereals, peas, beans, peanuts, legumes, brewer’s yeast, almonds and egg yolk.

Vitamin B2 Helps body break down amino acids, regulates energy, growth, hormones and formation of red blood cells. Supports cellular breathing. Prevents red, cracked lips and burning tongue.

Found In: Egg whites, lean meat, fish, wheat germ, almonds, mushrooms and milk.

Vitamin B3This one is important for fat synthesis, protein and carbohydrate breakdown, tissue respiration, health of skin, tongue and digestive system. Higher doses may help manage cholesterol.

Found In: Yeast, lean meat, chicken, salmon, tuna, legumes, whole grain cereals, peanuts.

Vitamin B5 – Helps body metabolize carbohydrates and fats. Offsets deficiency-related dermatitis and ‘burning foot’ syndrome.

Found In: Eggs, chicken, avocados, soybeans, whole grains, peas, sweet potatoes, yeast and broccoli.

Vitamin B6Helps the body to absorb and metabolize amino acids, to use fats, and to form red blood cells. Vitamin B6 is involved in the metabolism of protein and carbohydrates as well as production of insulin.

Found In: Chicken, fish, pork, eggs, rice, soybeans, oats, whole wheat, peanuts, walnuts, bananas, avocados and carrots.

Vitamin B12 Red blood cell health and development, treats ‘pernicious anemia’, used in management of neuropathy. Vitamin B12 is necessary for proper utilization of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins for bodybuilding.

Found In: Meat, tuna, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, soybeans and soy products.

 I hope after reading over this list you can see how important taking just a few types of Vitamin – B can help. It’s always important to make sure we are at our best if we want to beat the rest!

Article written and submitted by:
Timothy B. Roberts
Pharmafreak Athlete
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Superfoods to eat

The following 12 foods will give you increased energy, glowing skin and improved health:


1.  Avocado – contain healthy fats and oilsSuperfoods to eat 1 (90% omega-9 fatty acids), Vit B, anti-oxidant vitamins such as A, C and E, potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese. Limit to one avocado per day if you are conscious of calorie intake.




   2.  Olives or olive oil – like the avocado they contain healthy fats and oils, also high in calcium, magnesium, amino acides, vit A, E and B, high in anti-oxidants and is the highest mucus dissolver of any fruit.  Do not use olives that have been pasteurised and soaked in vinegar and salt.  Try to find organic sun ripened olives from a supplier or buy ‘water cured’ or ‘sea salt cured’ or ‘cold pressed olive oil cured’.  Garnish your salads with a few olives per day.


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3. Coconut –  they are high in Vit C, B, proteins and electrolytes.  They have benefical properties for our skin, combating skin cancer, gallbladder, kidney, liver function and thyroid.  You can use coconut oil or butter, ensure it is cold-pressed extra virgin.   If you can get the young coconuts (white ones without husk) it will be much easier to crack open, also the milk is more beneficial.


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    4.  Spirulina – this is a fantastic food with loads of protein and contains all 22 amino acids our bodies need for good health.   It contains chlorophyll which makes it a powerhouse for our bodies. Chlorophyll is great for maintaining the correct pH levels in our blood – most people have high acid bodies due to the animal products they eat.   It also contains omega-3 fatty acids.  Spirulina should be kept in the fridge – add it to your cold soups and fruit based smoothies – it does have a strong flavour.  You only need about a half a teaspoon per day.

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 5.  Parsley – italian flat leaf has the best flavour with most benefits.  Parsley is well known for its ability to inhibit tumor growth and helps to activate the body’s most powerful antioxidant – glutathione.  It is high in Vit C, Vit A, Iron and Folic Acid.  Only use fresh parsley – can be added to your salads.  It is very easy to grow parsley, in fact, it spreads like wildfire.  That way you can be sure it is fresh and high quality, without using pesticides.


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6.  Sesame Seeds – these little seeds have great health benefits for our vascular and respiratory systems.  Excellent in preventing airway spasm in asthma, lowering blood pressure, reduces the incidence of migraines and gives us relaxing normal sleep patterns esp if you are menopausal.  It contains very high levels of calcium, copper and magnesium.  Great for those suffering aching joints or any arthritic problems.  Use in salads or smoothies, or make up some tahini (by blending sesame seeds and storing in the fridge).


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 7.  Quinoa – a grain that is a perfect and complete protein.  Quinoa is an ancient grain found in South America.  It contains manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous and Vit B.  Very good for people who suffer from migraines, diabetes and atherosclerosis.  It is not a grain that people will suffer from any allergies.  It can be used in salads, cereals and added to dips.  Only available in some health food stores and needs to be soaked and sprouted before eating.  Can be cooked, although it is better to eat raw.


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8.  Nori – this is the sea vegetable that makes up the outer lining of sushi.  You can substitute bread and wraps for this very beneficial vegetable.  It has a high level of protein and fibre and contains loads of sea sourced minerals including iodine.  Iodine supports good thryroid health which controls your metabolism – a good way of keeping your weight in check.




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9.  Kale (a form of cabbage) – this is the healthiest green vegetable available to us.  It contains more than you need each day of the following vitamins – Vit K, A and C.  It also contains a high amount of iron.  The cruciferous vegetables, ie kale, broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts are associated with lower incidence of cancers such as lung, breast, colon, ovarian and bladder.  It also has properties which are detoxifying for our bodies.  It helps keep the liver healthy.




Superfoods to eat 9    10.  Flax Seed/Oil – They are are great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and lignans.  Flax lignans are phytonutrients which have very good health benefits for both men and women.  They balance the hormones, are anti-oxidant, help with bone health, prostate, breast health, the heart, reducing menopause symptoms and minimize hair loss, acne and inflammation.  They are excellent in reducing cholesterol.  You can use the oil in your salad dressings, smoothies or you can ground your own seeds. Ground seeds must be kept in the freezer or eaten immediately.





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 11.Maca (powdered supplement) – it comes from the maca root.  It contains amino acids, complex carbs, Vit B, C and E, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium and iron.  It balances hormones, builds muscle, enhances stamina and can increase fertility.  It supports the adrenal glands and can reduce stress on the body.  It has a strong flavour and can be used in smoothies.




Now for the best one of the lot – CHOCOLATE … forget Cadbury’s .. it just won’t do for you what raw chocolate will do!


12.  Cacao – chocolate – who doesn’t love chocolate!!  The commercial chocolate is full of fat and sugar.  Cacao contains high levels of magnesium (great when you have pmt).  It can diminish appetite and releases the serotonin ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain.  Cacao has no dairy so most people will not have an allergic reaction to it.  You can add to your smoothies, only a small amount is required. I will add dessert recipes for cacao in the next few days.