Quality Supplement or Arsenic Laden

Importance of choosing a quality supplement.

 

In my last article “You Do Need Nutritional Supplements” I wrote about the importance of taking supplements. I know that most of you were just so excited, that you have been waiting for me to write about a Vitamin so that you can go to the grocery store or a vitamin store to go pick some up! Now, before you do that, we need to discuss the importance of consuming a quality supplement. The reason that you can purchase all sorts of supplements from just about any store is because FDA does not regulate Nutritional Supplements. For those of you who are into deregulation, this may sound great. However, the problem with this is that anybody can manufacture some sort of supplement, slap a label on the bottle, and make $$$. What this means for you as a consumer is that there is no guarantee that what is on the “Label” is in every dose that you take. It also means that the manufacturing facilities may not be as clean. Who cares if you have traces of Arsenic in your vitamins? Well, I do. What about absorption? Is the supplement actually breaking down so that your body actually absorbs what it needs? Or is it just going in your mouth and out your bum-bum?  While there are many factors to a quality supplement, I want to highlight the absorption/Bioavailability area. Once again, I turn to my Scientist experts from USANA Health Scientists. Enjoy!

“Bioavailability is defined as the degree and rate at which a substance (as a drug) is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of physiological activity. Different vitamins and minerals have different absorption rates regardless of their source (tablet, liquid, powder, or food). Calcium, for example, has a fairly standard absorption rate (~25-35%). The delivery form does not generally make a significant difference.

 

There are many factors that can affect the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Some of these factors are a function of the person taking the nutrient and are dependent on the age of the person, the integrity of their digestive system, the state of their health, the time of day, the person’s gender, and if the supplements were taken on a full or empty stomach. People whose nutrient needs are greater – such as growing children, pregnant or lactating women, and those who are currently deficient – may have significantly enhanced absorption rates for certain nutrients.

 

Recently, some individuals and companies have made claims that their products are superior because they are “98% absorbed” (or some similar number). This is a misleading statement because there are far too many variables to imply that an individual’s absorption is a certain percent of the material consumed. Even absorption of minerals from food sources can vary significantly. Boron, molybdenum, and iodine can be absorbed at over 90 percent, while the average absorption rates of zinc, copper, and selenium can range from 30 to 80 percent depending on the form.

 

From this, it is obvious that stating a specific absorption rate on a package or in advertising is almost always misleading and inaccurate.” –Usana Health Sciences, Ask the Scientists

 

 

If you need some help finding a quality supplement, check out “Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements” by Lyle MacWilliam, MSc, FP

http://www.amazon.com/NutriSearch-Comparative-Nutritional-Supplements-Consumer/dp/0973253886/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245791189&sr=8-1

Tacos, and healthier tacos

Tacos have always been a family favorite, it is always a fun dinner when these tasty bites are served.  The first recipe is fantastic and the second one is just a little healthier for those of you looking for a healthier lifestyle without giving up the goods.

Firehouse Machaca Taco Filling

INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)

  • 3-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/4 pounds beef chuck
  • 3/8 small onion, quartered
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon green salsa
  • 1 tablespoon and 1-3/4 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a stockpot, combine, water, beef and quartered onion. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until meat is very tender. Strain and reserve broth. Shred meat with 2 forks; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Saute chopped onion and bell pepper until tender. Stir in 1 cup of the reserved broth, shredded beef, salsa, cilantro and jalapenos. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Now for the healthier recipe

Quick and Easy Tacos


1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper
12 taco shells, 6 corn tortillas or 4 flour tortillas
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
1 cup salsa
Chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and onions for toppings
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Cook onion and garlic in oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat about 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Add turkey; cook about 5 minutes, breaking up large pieces, until turkey is no longer pink. Add chili powder, paprika, cilantro, salt and pepper; heat until hot.

For tacos, heat taco shells in toaster oven 2 to 3 minutes or until hot. Spoon 2 tablespoons filling into each taco shell. For tortillas, microwave tortillas on High about 30 seconds each to soften. Spoon about ¼-1/3 cup filling down center of each tortilla. Top tacos or tortillas with cheese, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, onion, avocado and sour cream. Roll tortillas around filling.

Substitution: If you don’t have seasonings on hand, you can substitute 1 envelope (1 1/4 ounces) taco seasoning mix for the garlic, chili powder, paprika, cilantro, salt and pepper. Add the taco seasoning mix with the turkey. Prepare as directed.

Meditation of The Week for June 19th

 

 

SHOULD DO’S ARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DESIRE I DO-BOWING TO THEM MEANS I AM NOT LIVING FROM MY OWN SPIRIT.

CHOOSE MY OWN UNIQUE PATH AND GO WITH IT!!!!

JAMES RAY- FROM “PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY” 

 

Practical Spirituality Book

42 days to a new life

Every year on January 1st, millions if not billions of people around the globe make New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions range everywhere from making more money, to the most common goal, losing weight. Rarely does someone really stick to their New Year’s resolution and I believe it is because it is such a huge obstacle in our minds to continue anything for a year. Too many hurdles obstruct our path to success. The dessert that a friend orders on January 5th makes us doubt our ability to last another 360 days without dessert. The party on January 15th that lasts late into the night essentially gives us a free a free pass to skip that trip to the gym the next day, as well as every other gym day we have coming the rest of the year because “if it is going to be this hard for this long I just don’t want to do it at all.”

On top of all this we are members of a society in which the average person changes professions every 7 years and only 50% of marriages last. We get new cars every 2- 3 years and most of us will not make it to retirement living in the same house let alone the same state that we started in. We live in a society that is ADD and changing all the time. This is no longer the post- WWII lifestyle and we need to adapt our goals to this new society.

This is why I came up with a 42- day or six week “test drive” (a little bite from Steve Pavlina’s 30-day version). There are many things in my life that I want to do and although our goals may differ, I am sure that you have aspirations as well. Things like eating a raw food diet or taking on a specific meditation as a daily practice are important to me because I am interested in the effects it will have, but I know myself well enough that there has to be an end in site, otherwise I will create one by quitting. See, other than being married to Mandy for 7 years, I have major commitment anxiety and if I feel that there is no end in sight often times I just won’t stick with my goal. With the 42- day program, however, there is definitely an end in sight and after your “free trial” you get to choose whether you want to “buy” that way of living and behaving.
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Healthier Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a classic dish that people love, often times a meat eaters dream and the more meat in the sauce the better.  I also like the vegetarian version you will see  below as well.  Though I have bounced back and forth from vegetarian to meat eater in the last few years and am beginning to sway back to the vegetarian side of things.  I absolutely love this vegetarian dish.

As it will always be in this recipe of the week, I will be taking a traditional dish we all enjoy and making it a little healthier.  Sometimes it is by taking the meat out of it and sometimes it will be in other ways.  Check back weekly on Saturday for a new recipe to try.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 pound of italian sausage

1 large onion, cut your favorite way

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 cans of tomato paste

1 can of tomato sauce

4 tomotoes chopped

1 tablespoon italian seasoning

4 oz. of red wine

1 teaspoon salt

8 oz. water

salt to taste

 

Directions

Brown the beef and sausage heavy bottomed pot, then drain off the fat. Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, seasonings, and water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool. The sauce will keep for several days covered and refrigerated. Serve with spaghetti or your favorite pasta.

 

VEGETARIAN 

Ingredients 

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 pound of italian sausage

1 large onion, cut your favorite way

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 cans of tomato paste

1 can of tomato sauce

4 tomotoes chopped

1 tablespoon italian seasoning

4 oz. of red wine

1 teaspoon salt

8 oz. water

salt to taste

 

 

Directions

Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic and saute in a heavy bottomed pan until the onion is tender, in a  about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, seasonings, and water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool. The sauce will keep for several days covered and refrigerated. Serve with spaghetti or your favorite whole-wheat pasta.


Lavender For the Relaxed Life

 Lavender is one essential oil that can be used in every home, and this week it’s all about rediscovering its many uses! Lavender Essential Oil is a more natural alternative to many store-bought products, and once you begin using it around the house you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.

    One of the first natural remedies to be reintroduced to Western culture, today lavender is used for everything from calming the mind to soothing irritated skin. Here are a few quick and easy ways to incorporate its benefits into your daily routine:

 Relaxation

  • Massage lavender into the back of the neck or bottom of the feet for relaxation.
  • Add a few drops of lavender to your bath water for a relaxing soak.

Diffuse lavender before bed to quiet the mind and prepare for sleep.

Skincare

  • Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops to the affected area.
  • Rub several drops onto the scalp area to help soothe minor irritations.
  • Reduce or minimize scar tissue by massaging it on or around affected areas.

Apply 2–3 drops to relieve itching and soothe skin.

 

Remember, there is a difference between true lavender essential oil and other lavender-like products that promise the same benefits. However, these synthetic products merely duplicate the aroma of lavender, and cannot offer the health-enhancing benefits of a therapeutic grade lavender.

 

 

Did you know…

  • That the benefits of lavender essential oil date all the way back to Ancient Greece?
  • That a study at the Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan suggests that, “Lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects?”
  • That lavender has the Latin name lavare, which means “to wash”?
  • That lavender blends well with other essential oils like cedarwood, clary sage, and geranium?
  • That lavender is harvested year round; and that depending on the time of year, it will “smell” different?
  • That Shakespeare grew lavender in his garden and spoke of it in his writings, including a recipe for a lavender tea in The Winter’s Tale?

 

 

A few more tips:

+ Inhale lavender essential oil to soothe and

relax the body and mind.

+ Make an herbal tea by mixing 2 drops of

lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of blue

agave syrup and adding to warm water.

 

 + Add 4–5 drops of lavender essential oil to a bath gel base and use in warm bath for relaxation.

+ Drop 1–2 drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow to aid in a restful night of sleep.

 

*This information is intended for Educational purposes and personal, at home use.  It is not intended to treat any disease or replace your doctor

My House Is A House Of Love

I dwell in the house of Love;

My dewlling place is filled with peace and eternal calm.

Love attends me in my home of the sould, and Joy awaits upon me in the “Secret Place of the Most High.”

My house is build for me by the hand of Love, and I shall never leave this HOme of the Spirit, for it is always present. I shall abide in this home forever.

 

My house is a house of love.

 

“Ernest Holmes”


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