WELLNESS aficionados will probably appreciate this did-you-know list. It isn't true that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. In this case, it can help improve your state of well-being.
One cigarette can destroy 25-100 mg of Vitamin C.
Most store-bought milk with synthetic Vitamin D added can rob the body of magnesium.
Elderly people do not get enough Vitamin D due to lack of exposure to the sun.
Oral contraceptives interfere with the extraction of Vitamin C, B6, B12, folic acid from most diets.
Children need more protein than adults (about 11/2-2 times more per pound of body weight), and babies require three times more.
Daily "happy hours" can rob the body of Vitamin C and B.
The immune system will be depressed from constant consumption of foods with monosodium glutamate or vetsin, artificial colors/flavors, preservatives and other additives.
Raw peanuts have enzyme inhibitors that make it difficult for the body to digest all kinds of protein.
Natural fat (saturated fat) is better for the body than hydrogenated fat (found in low-fat butter substitutes like margarine). Hydrogenated oil is a trans fatty acid that has been linked to cancer.
Vitamin B1 can ease sea and air sickness.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and hormonal imbalance could indicate Vitamin B deficiency.
Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and is considered nature's equivalent of calcium channel blocker drugs.
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For more brain power, 100 mg of the phospholipid supplement phosphatidyl serine (PS) daily is suggested. It can help those with normal age-related memory problems regain at least 12 years of brain power.
Recent studies have shown that the mineral selenium may significantly slow the progression of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Flavonoids found in red grapes can be 1,000 times more powerful than Vitamin E.
People who consume nuts five or more times a week have a lower risk of developing heart disease compared to those who eat nuts less than once a week.
Drinking soda and eating foods with sugar substitutes stimulate the body to consume more fat.
An onion a day keeps stomach cancer away. Onion's allylic sulfides (anti-cancer compounds) activate enzymes that neutralize cancer-causing substances.
Many people lose enzymes necessary to digest milk after the age of 12. This is why adults suffer from lactose intolerance, like having gas/indigestion, after drinking milk.
Taking Vitamin E supplements can lower the risk of heart disease.
The American Cancer Society says new studies reveal that the life expectancy of non-smokers can be longer by 18 years compared to smokers.
Boron can be a woman's best friend. The trace-mineral (found in apples, grapes, raisins) may retard bone loss in women after menopause. It also helps women on ERT (estrogen replacement therapy) by keeping estrogen in the blood longer.
The swallowing of toothpaste should be avoided as there may be a connection between the oral hygiene product (with its additives) and bowel diseases.
Aspirin may triple the rate of the body's release of Vitamin C.
Walk with purpose but with calmness. Speak with passion but with peace. Act with energy but with serenity. These are the ways to manage the forces within you, using them not against but together with the flow of life.
Choose an affirmation each morning to start your day with inspiration not aggravation.
Breathe in a relaxed manner. Close your eyes and affirm: "I walk with the Spirit today." Visualize yourself bathed in brilliant white light.
Take a hot or chilled cup of peppermint tea. For extra energy, add a slice of fresh ginger for that zing.