The verdict is in. And, we shouldn’t be surprised. Health campaigners have been talking about how bad sugar is for years. Sugar has been linked to obesity and suspected of, or fully implicated, as a cause in the occurrence of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, macular degeneration and tooth decay. The truth is processed sugar does not contain any health benefit. It lacks fiber, minerals, proteins, enzymes, fats or anything that the body needs for healthy development. Sugar provides energy but no nutrients, just empty calories.
Is sugar toxic for the body? Lewis Cantly, cancer researcher, has been studying sugar as the main contributor to the rise in cancer. He says that this is because insulin causes so many adverse affects to cells in the body. Eating sugar equals increased insulin! So limiting our sugar intake decreases our chances of contracting cancer. Another study by Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biologist, shows that participants consuming sugar had increased blood levels of LDL cholesterol ( the bad one), and cardiovascular disease. This can happen in just two weeks of increased sugar intake, so imagine what years can do to our cholesterol and heart condition.
Preparing Sassy water in my kitchen.
Last week we suffered through massive amounts of rainfall and this week a heatwave. Officially, a heat wave is defined as three continuous days of high temperatures in the 90’s. With temperatures already soaring, what are you doing to keep sufficiently hydrated? Tired of sipping the same plain old bottled water?
Don’t you love it when you examine the nutritional value for any bottle of water, its reads zero calories, zero fat, zero carbs, zero sodium, and zero sugar? Before we get to a wonderful drink to quench your thirst with zero calories and great nutritional value. Let’s first take a Hydration 101 review of facts to make sure we know the importance of staying hydrated in the summer’s heat and humidity.
During a heat wave, the most important thing is staying hydrated. And, people who have a heart condition, are older than 50, or are overweight may have to take extra precautions. Our bodies are about 75 percent water and blood is nearly 80 percent water, so it is necessary to replenish what is lost every day. When water is not replaced, blood thickens, forcing the heart to work harder and raising the risk of heart attack. Staying watered down or up is essential for heart function, but it also helps with alertness, controlling appetite, and generally improving all activity.
Anyone remember Popeye–the sailor man? Remember how he would eat spinach and have super strength to defend Olive Oyl or put his enemies at bay by eating an uncooked can of spinach? No longer is spinach the super power food. It’s kale.
I am having a kale moment, enjoying all the healthy benefits. Who knew kale could be so beneficial for the body? Maybe you did but I am just discovering the many benefits of kale, the newest super food being enjoyed by many health conscious people. The dictionary describes super food, a term sometimes used to describe food with significant amounts of antioxidants where they bestow health benefits as a result. Move over blueberries and green tea (both considered great antioxidants), kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.
Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables especially dark, leafy greens like kale can do wonders for your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection, lowered cholesterol, and is unusually high in fiber (foods high in fiber help to create bulk one needs to keep you full for a good amount of time). Kale’s high levels of fiber have been found to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol.”