EWG’s 2017 Guide to Sunscreens">

EWG’s 2017 Guide to Sunscreens

Just in time for summer, EWG released its 2017 Guide to Sunscreens today, which found that almost three-fourths of the products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection, or have ingredients that could cause adverse health effects or heighten sensitivity to the sun’s harmful rays.
The 11th annual edition of the guide rates almost 1,500 sunscreens, moisturizers and lip balms that advertise sun protection. But EWG researchers found that 73 percent of the products don’t work well, or contain worrisome ingredients such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Oxybenzone is a known hormone disruptor and some evidence suggests that adding retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, to sunscreens could heighten sun sensitivity.
“The vast majority of sunscreens available to Americans aren’t as good as they should be,” said Sonya Lunder, senior research analyst at EWG and lead author of the guide. “Sunscreens will not improve until the Food and Drug Administration sets stronger rules, reviews harmful chemicals, and allows the use of new ingredients that offer stronger UVA protection.”
A poor quality sunscreen may prevent sunburn, but won’t shield skin from UVA rays that cause skin aging and possibly melanoma. EWG estimates that half of all sunscreens on the U.S. market could not be …read more

New Study Reveals Foods That Fight Inflammation">

New Study Reveals Foods That Fight Inflammation

A few common foods may help rein in the chronic inflammation that contributes to so many diseases. A new study by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease found that the polyphenols in onions, apples turmeric, grapes, onions, green tea and açai berries may be key to fighting the swelling.

To hone in on which foods might be most helpful in halting inflammation, scientists tested 31 polyphenols and six polyphenol combos to see how they affected T-cells in the blood. T-cells are a type of white blood cell that circulates throughout our bodies, scanning for cellular abnormalities. Through cell-signaling molecules called cytokines, they call in the troops—other cells—when they find a problem that needs help. Prior to the study, little was known about the relative potency of different polyphenols in modulating cytokine release, according to a University of Liverpool release about the research.

University of Liverpool’s Sian Richardson, a co-author of the study, said, “The results of our study suggest that (poly)phenols derived from onions, turmeric, grapes (red, purple or black grapes), whole wheat, blackcurrants, apples, onions, green tea and açai berries may help reduce the release of pro-inflammatory mediators in people at risk of chronic inflammation. …read more

Brain Boosting Foods">

Brain Boosting Foods

How many of us give much, if any, thought to keeping our brains in working order?
Think about it: Our brain and our heart are our two most vital organs.
If they stop working…we stop living.
But, while we’re inundated with information and advice about how to keep our cardiovascular systems purring, the gray matter inside our skulls is usually ignored — unless something goes horribly wrong.
Well, we thought, why wait until there’s a brain problem? Instead, let’s think ahead.
So, we asked a few Palm Beach County health experts for tips on maximizing brain health…
Load up on DHA, EPA and ALA
Look for foods that contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids called EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), recommends local certified health coach Pamela Higgins.
“These nutrients are essential for fetal brain development, as well as long-term brain health in preventing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s,” Higgins explains.
Among the EPA/DHA-rich foods Higgins recommends:
— Wild salmon
— Sardines
— Rainbow trout
— Herring
However, if you’re not a fan of seafood, there’s an alternative. “Eat foods rich in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), some of which gets converted by the body into DHA and EPA,” Higgins says. Seeds, such as those from flaxseed and pumpkin seeds, are full of ALA.
Go for …read more

A Cool Carrot Cake for Warm Weather">

A Cool Carrot Cake for Warm Weather

Coconut flour varies greatly between brands. We prefer Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour for these cakes because it is moister. Since unsweetened, shredded coconut is also dry, you may need to add the water gradually or add more water to get to the desired texture. It’s Gluten Free and Dairy Free, too.
1½ cups raw cashews, soaked at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours
½ cup almond milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup honey
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of sea salt
¼ cup raw coconut oil, melted on low heat
10 dates, pitted (about 1 cup)
½ cup purified water (plus more for blending)
1 cup raw walnut pieces and halves
1 cup raw coconut flour
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1½ tsp. sea salt
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon raw coconut oil, melted on low heat
1½ cups finely grated carrots (2 large)
Zest of 1 orange
3 Tbs. orange juice
2 Tbs. raw honey, raw coconut nectar, raw agave or maple syrup
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tsp. vanilla extract
To make frosting: In a blender, puree cashews, almond milk, vanilla, honey, lemon juice and salt until smooth. Slowly add melted coconut oil, blending until combined; refrigerate.
To make cake: Place dates and ½ cup water in …read more

Younger: How To Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years">

Younger: How To Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years

The body is magnificent but it doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty, or an operating manual. You’re the result of millions of years of evolution, but many of the adaptations that helped your ancestors survive are now working overtime to accelerate the aging process. The assumption here is that we are our genes and therefore trapped by the past. The good news is that your genetic code—the DNA sequence that is the biochemical basis of heredity—can play a minor role in the way you age.
The scientific reality is that 90 percent of the signs of aging and disease are caused by lifestyle choices, not your genes. In other words, you have the capability to overcome and transform your genetic history and tendencies. Harvard/MIT—trained physician Sara Gottfried, M.D. has created a revolutionary 7-week program that empowers us to make the critical choices necessary to not just look young, but also feel young.
There is the old axiom that genetics load the gun, and the environment pulls the trigger. Genetic factors and environmental factors don’t work on their own—they interact. Even if you have lousy genes, you can change your health destiny by managing your exposures. It means that you have the power …read more

The Right Eating Habits Can Free You From Arthritis Risks">

The Right Eating Habits Can Free You From Arthritis Risks

Arthritis comes in many different forms and can strike at any age, but your risk increases as you grow older. Arthritic conditions are often caused by or at the very least linked to the levels of inflammation in your body. Your diet can play a major role in how much or how little systemic inflammation your body has to contend with.
One of the best diets for reducing inflammation is a Mediterranean diet. A Mediterranean diet includes sources of good fat like olive oil and fish. It depends on lean proteins like fish, shellfish, chicken and some dairy (especially yogurt). And it includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
People who live in the Mediterranean and eat the typical diet of that region suffer from fewer chronic diseases including arthritis.
People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, a particularly painful form of arthritis that can affect your body’s organs as well as joints, fare well on a Mediterranean diet. In one study, rheumatoid arthritis patients switched to a Mediterranean diet for twelve weeks. At the completion of the study, the patients had lower levels of inflammation, better physical function, and a greater level of vitality.
Some researchers suspect that it is the central role of …read more

The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting (2017 Update)">

The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting (2017 Update)

“…But Tony the Tiger tells us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”
This rule has become so commonplace throughout the health and fitness community that it’s readily accepted as fact:
“Want to lose weight? Make sure you start off with a healthy breakfast, so you can get that metabolism firing first thing in the morning! Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
“Want to lose more weight? Make sure you eat six small meals throughout the day so your metabolism stays operating at maximum capacity all day long”.
There are even studies that show those that eat earlier in the day lose more weight than those who ate later in the day or skipped a meal.
So, eat breakfast to lose weight and obtain optimal health. Case closed…right?
Maybe you’re not getting the whole story. As skeptics, what we need to ask: what if there’s science and research that promotes SKIPPING BREAKFAST (the horror! blasphemy!) for optimum efficiency, maximum muscle retention, and body fat loss?
After firmly being on “Team Breakfast” for 28 years of my life, I’ve skipped breakfast for the past three years and will most likely not go back.
I want to …read more

Drinka pinta milka day | Letters">

Drinka pinta milka day | Letters

On World Milk Day, we are proud to say we have signed up to the Milk Manifesto, which sets out why it is key to healthy livingAcross the globe, people are today celebrating World Milk Day – and the nutritional goodness of milk. We have been drinking milk for over 11,000 years and, rightly, it’s a crucial part of the British diet. In an era of fad diets and self-styled nutritionists offering ill-founded advice, we are in real need of common sense.The science behind milk says it all. Calcium, iodine and protein are all key nutrients that benefit adults, teenagers and children alike. Milk also has a protective or neutral relationship with heart health and type 2 diabetes; and it is known as nature’s sports drink as it aids muscle recovery and provides rehydration. … …read more

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards – The Age Beautifully Cookbook WINS “Best in the World!”">

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards – The Age Beautifully Cookbook WINS “Best in the World!”

Grace O’s The Age Beautifully Cookbook has been named “BEST IN THE WORLD” in the Innovative category of the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards!! Grace O was thrilled and so proud to accept the award and said, “It was two and half years in the making, but it has been a labor of love for good foods that can help us look and feel younger.”
The FoodTrients team traveled to Yantai China for the four-day Gourmand event, which was attended by over 500 people from 59 countries, including cookbook authors and publishers. The themes ranged from single-subject books on garlic (another winner and one of our favorites), cheese, chocolate and sandwiches, to national cuisines from around the world. Daily cooking demonstrations from international author-chefs highlighted the awards event.
Executive editor Barbara Weller, graphic designer Lynn Fleschutz and photographer Matthew Fried also attended the Gourmand event. Stay tuned for more about our journey to China in the coming weeks.
The post Gourmand World Cookbook Awards – The Age Beautifully Cookbook WINS “Best in the World!” appeared first on Food Trients. …read more