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Our Magnesium Deficiency

Natural Healthy Concepts created this infographic on how many people are deficient in magnesium and the many related health conditions.

Magnesium can help also with the pain associated with menstrual cramps.

Fortunately, there are many seeds and nuts that contain high levels of magnesium that can help raise one’s levels.

The original image can be found here.

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Hampton Creek

www.hamptoncreek.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“We started Hampton Creek because we noticed that healthy food is absurdly expensive, and unhealthy food is insanely cheap. We want to live in a world in which food is not only healthier, more sustainable, and safer, but also tastier and more affordable. We quickly realized that this dream couldn’t be achieved by building upon the current, deeply dysfunctional system, so we asked ourselves a question…

“What would it look like if we started over?”

Our mission is simple: quality food should be available to everyone, everywhere.

We are working hard to construct a food system that’s radically better in every way. We believe it should be easy for good people to do the right thing—for their health, the planet, and their wallet. That’s what Hampton Creek stands for.

 

What is your most popular product?

Just Mayo“Just Mayo is the #1 selling mayo in Whole Foods and is flying off the shelves in major retailers countrywide! Just Mayo tastes like the homemade mayo Mom used to whip up—simple ingredients, with a bright burst of lemon and a creamy consistency—but with all non-GMO ingredients, none of the cholesterol and less sodium. Just Mayo is also available in Chipotle, Sriracha and Garlic—three flavors that add an extra kick to our original recipe, perfect for salads, sandwiches and dips with a twist.

Our newest product, Just Cookie Dough, is also wildly popular. Healthier, more sustainable, and yummier—the world was asking for a cookie dough they could safely eat by the spoonful, and Just Cookie Dough was our answer. Pick up a tub at Whole Foods and enjoy it raw or pop it in the oven for the perfect batch of cookies.”

 

Why do people love it?

“Our first two years as a company have shown us that people aren’t the problem—our systems are. The moment an opportunity to do the right thing was presented, the world didn’t hesitate to join our cause. We have the support of a global community that’s committed to building this new food system with us, and they love Hampton Creek because they get to use their power as consumers to improve the world. This isn’t our mission, our movement—it’s theirs.

 

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Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods

www.manitobaharvest.com

 

What does your company stand for?

“Hemp Foods of course! We are solely dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality hemp foods on the market. All of our products are Non-GMO project verified and vegan-friendly. We are also a BCorp Certified company. Our focus is health, nutrition, quality, digestibility and sustainability. We carry Hemp Hearts (raw shelled hemp seeds), hemp protein powder and hemp oil.”

 

Hemp HeartsWhat is your most popular product?

“Hemp Hearts”

 

Why do people love it?

“They taste great, are easy to use & nutritious too!

 

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Food vs Pharmaceuticals infographic

In our opinion, this infographic created  by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees and originally found here, should be titled “Food vs Pharmaceuticals” as medicine comes in many forms, including food!

 

70% of Americans are on prescription drugs. We’ve been over-prescribed!  Simple dietary changes can have a dramatic effect on one’s health. A vegetarian diet can reduce blood pressure and eating vegetarian is also cheaper than buying pharmaceutical drugs.

Food vs Pharmaceuticals infographic

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A Vitamin D Deficiency

70% of people do not have adequate Vitamin D in their bodies. Vitamin D is critical for many bodily functions, including aging, as seen in the infographic below.

People are not getting enough Vitamin D due to:

  • Sunscreen
  • Body Fat
  • Aging
  • Living in a Northern latitude

People ideally should have between 40 to 60 ng/ml as measure through a blood test.

The infographic was designed by Jason Wright Studios and found on Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s web site, FoundMyFitness.com

Vitamin D Defficiency


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Get Fat for Great Skin

Fat gets such a bad rap, and most of the fat-bashing misinformation out there is a direct result of the mass marketing efforts of fad diet companies and of course our friends at Big Pharma. So much time has been spent telling people that “fat makes you fat,” and causes heart disease and other health conditions; which, thankfully is starting to change.

Now research is showing that all fat isn’t the enemy–it’s mostly manufactured fats like trans-and hydrogenated fats (shortening, margarine, etc.) that cause these health issues. Integrative, functional, and other holistically-minded doctors and researchers even place less blame now on saturated fats (butter, whole milk, fat found in red meat), which, of course used to be the devil.

People need fat.

Fat serves many purposes. It provides support to the skeletal system and cushioning/protection to vital internal organs, it helps to lubricate joints and other connective tissue (like the skin), it helps to build strong cellular membranes to prevent water loss and maintain overall cellular health, regulates body temperature, and also (along with carbohydrates–the other devil) provides energy.

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Written by Rachel of Holistically Haute

Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/dermatologycom/7281515234


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The Importance of Vitamin D

I attribute much of our epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency to our sedentary lifestyles lived largely indoors. Dietary sources of Vitamin D such as fatty fish are also consumed infrequently by most Americans and their acidic diets high in sugar, grains, dairy, and grain-fed animal fats. Darker skinned individuals are at greater risk for deficiency as more sunlight is needed to produce healthy levels of Vitamin D.

Much of the negative effects of our diet is that we do not balance it with liberal quantities of vegetables, especially of the green leafy variety which are also dietary sources of calcium!

Even more interesting is that Vitamin D supports much more than bone health and calcium metabolism. Vitamin D actually modulates on the genetic level (influences over 200 genes) and there are vitamin D receptors on every tissue in the human body!

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Written by Alex of DrAlexRinehart.com


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The Turmeric Miracle

This infographic explains the great benefits of Turmeric and was produced by www.PSitsHealthy.com

 

The Miracle of Turmeric

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Phytonutrients – Fruit and Vegetable Colors Matter

Precision Nutrition customizes nutritional and exercise programs for people. They pride themselves on being the largest private nutrition coaching and research company in the world.

And they produced this great infographic on how to consume a variety of plant nutrients. The colors matter!

PN also has a Phytonutrient Cheat Sheet to stick on the refrigerator.

Phytonutrients - Fruit and Vegetable Colors Matter

Infographic credit: precisionnutrition.com/color-chart

 


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Wheat Allergy Natural Treatment

A wheat allergy is basically being allergic to wheat. It is one of the top eight most common food allergies (along with milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish) and can be difficult to manage due to the fact that about three-quarters of all grain products contain wheat flour. It is important to note that being allergic to wheat is different from celiac disease.

Wheat allergy natural treatment involves avoiding anything containing wheat.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Wheat Allergy?

An allergic reaction to wheat is similar to other types of food allergies. Symptoms can range from sneezing, congestion and/or asthma to hives, skin rashes or swelling to digestive issues like stomach ache, nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting.

Life-threatening reactions known as anaphylaxis can also occur. In cases like this a person may experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing and/or swallowing, swelling of the throat, chest pain, dizziness, fainting and/or a fast heartbeat. Immediate medical intervention is critical with an Epi-Pen and call to 911.

What Causes It?

A wheat allergy occurs when the body mistakenly views the wheat protein as an invader out to cause harm. It typically begins in the baby or early toddler years and is often accompanied by other food allergies. In many cases children outgrow the allergy with about 65 percent being wheat allergy-free by the time they enter the teen years.

How Is It Diagnosed?

If a wheat allergy is suspected, a doctor will perform a physical exam along with a combination of tests depending on the situation. In a skin test tiny amounts of wheat proteins are pricked into the skin to see if there is a reaction. A blood test can screen for antibodies.

Often patients are asked to keep a food diary where they write down what they have eaten and any reactions afterward. An elimination diet is another possibility where certain foods are avoided and then slowly added back in while noting any symptoms. Finally, in food challenge testing small amounts of the food may be eaten under very close supervision to see if a reaction results.

How Is It Treated?

Avoidance of anything containing wheat is crucial to preventing a reaction. Reading labels is a must and meeting with a registered dietitian can be helpful.

What Should Be Avoided?

Education and diligence are important in working to avoid wheat. As expected it is often in breads, pasta, crackers and many desserts like cookies and cake. More surprisingly, however, are other foods like hot dogs, ketchup, soy sauce and ice cream which may also contain it. Beer, licorice, jelly beans and hard candy may be culprits as well. Even make-up and playdough may have wheat in them.

Labels should always be read very carefully to avoid accidental ingestion.

What If an Allergic Reaction Occurs?

The possibility of an allergic reaction should be discussed with a doctor and a plan put into place. Generally speaking someone with a wheat allergy may be prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector (commonly known as an Epi-Pen) to use if he or she feels a reaction coming on. Antihistamines may help ease symptoms but should not be used in place of epinephrine which is the gold standard for treating life-threatening anaphylaxis. 911 should also be called in the event of a severe reaction.

Is a Wheat Allergy the Same Thing as Celiac Disease?

A wheat allergy is different than celiac disease. While people with a wheat allergy may be allergic to other foods there is also a chance they are not and wheat is the only food to be avoided.

Individuals with celiac disease, on the other hand, need to avoid all foods containing gluten (foods with wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut and some oat products among others).

The reactions also differ. For people with a wheat allergy reactions can be life threatening. Celiac disease also has serious consequences to eating gluten but the damage is over the long term with ailments like fatigue, malnutrition and anemia being possible.

Written by Kristen Stewart
Kristen is a freelance writer specializing in health, nutrition, parenting and lifestyle topics. To learn more, visit her website at kristenestewart.com.

  • acaai.org/allergist/allergies/Types/food-allergies/types/Pages/wheat-allergy.aspx
  • foodallergy.org/allergens/wheat-allergy
  • mayoclinic.com/health/wheat-allergy/DS01002
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Migraine Infographic

Migraine's 4 stages and natural holistic remedies

Migraine’s 4 stages and natural holistic remedies

Read about Natural Holistic Therapies for Migraines that formed the basis for the infographic above

 


Supplements – 5 supplements (Riboflavin, Magnesium, Ginkgolide B, Coq10, Omega 3) have shown to benefit migraine sufferers.

Herbs – Feverfew and butterbur are popular herbs that are commonly used to provide relief from migraines.

Biofeedback – This relaxation technique uses special equipment to teach you how to monitor and control certain physical responses related to stress, such as muscle tension.

CranioSacral Therapy – CranioSacral therapy is a form of treatment which has its origins in osteopathy and can be very effective in the treatment of migraine headaches.

Meditation – Meditation, an age-old technique of mentally concentrating to have resolution, can help treat migraine symptoms both physically and emotionally.

Essential Oils – Lavender oil is touted as being one of the best for migraine pain management.

Heat & Cold Therapy – Apply hot & cold compresses to the head or neck can be helpful in relieving pain & tension.

Homeopathy – Delivered at small homeopathic dosages, the SNRA molecule has shown to be fast-acting in migraine relief.