No More Bad Hair Days!

Are You  Having a Bad Hair Day?

Bad Hair Days…I have them too…but do you have more bad hair days than good ones?  If so and you want to do something about it, read on!

Good Hair Starts with a Healthy Scalp

A healthy hair care regimen requires us to keep our scalps clean and sufficiently moisturized. How often we wash our hair and what we use can go a long way toward maintaining smooth, shiny hair. Depending on our personal skin and hair type, here is our guide to help maintain healthy hair:

  1. Frequency depends on you. If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it every day; however,  be careful not to over wash and disturb the natural balance of oil. If you have chemically treated hair, your hair may be drier, so less frequently washing may be needed to maintain its natural moisture. As we age, our scalp makes less oil, requiring less frequent washing.
  2. Concentrate shampoo on the scalp. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse. After massaging gently into the scalp, be sure to rinse thoroughly.
  3. Use conditioner after every shampoo. Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength and offering some protection from harmful UV rays.
  4. Concentrate conditioner on the hair, not the scalp. Conditioners can make fine hair look limp, for oily hair concentrate on the lengths rather than the roots. Again, be sure to rinse thoroughly. You may also consider improving the water in your shower as well. The PiMag showerhead has made a huge difference for us!
  5. Let your hair air dry whenever you can. Hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons anything that produces artificial heat can damage hair and lead it to becoming too dry.
  6. Choose a range that is Sulfates, Paraben and PEGS free. True ElementsShampoo and separate Conditioner contain quality, natural ingredients, such as Aloe Leaf Extract, Bentonite, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Copper Gluconate, Peppermint Oil and Germanium Sesquioxide that work together to clean, moisturise and condition the scalp. Formulated for all hair types (dry, normal, oily, chemically-treated, colour-enhanced, male, female) to help maintain healthy scalp and hair.

P.S. it is also safe for pets!!!!

Oh no…..

 

Does Cold Weather Affect Our Joints?

Some of us experience a nagging discomfort in our joints during rainy days or throughout the winter months. Or, what’s bearable during warmer weather veers out of control when the temperature dives. These physical changes aren’t just part of our imaginations.

Health Professionals Weigh in…

Lauren Farrell, M.S.P.T., physical therapist and clinic director of Professional Physical Therapy in New Jersey, says, “While it can happen in any part of the body, this cold-weather achiness is most common in weight-bearing joints, like the knees, hips and ankles. This is especially true for the running population, where they tend to be spending longer periods of time exercising outside in the cold.”1

Although there is scanty research to prove why this happens, experts do have some theories. According to orthopedic surgeon and founder of Manhattan Orthopedic Care, Armin Tehrany, M.D., “The research suggests that in colder weather, the body will conserve heat, and it will send more of the blood to the organs in the center of the body, like the heart or the lungs. So when that happens—the arms, legs, shoulders, knee joints—those blood vessels will constrict. Less blood flow makes those areas colder and stiffer, which can cause discomfort and pain.”2

Other Factors

Another trigger for achy joints is a change in barometric pressure, a measurement that refers to the weight of the surrounding air. Researchers have found that barometric pressure affects pressure inside the joints. The Arthritis Foundation reported that when pressure in the hip joints was equated with atmospheric pressure, it threw the ball of the hip joint about one-third of an inch off track.3

When barometric pressure is high, it pushes against the body from the outside and keeps the tissues from expanding. When it is low, there is less air pressure pushing against the body, allowing the tissues to expand, which puts pressure on the joints. Even though there may seem to be only a small change in pressure, people with sensitive joints can discern a difference, especially those with injuries, chronic inflammation or even scarring of the tissues.

What you can do

If you are someone who has tender joints or muscles, here are some practical tips to help maintain Active Wellness:

    1. Dress warmly for the outdoors. Wear layers so you can peel them off when temperatures fluctuate. Layers also help trap in your body’s natural heat. Since heat is often lost from the extremities, wear gloves, socks and a hat.
    2. When indoors, try to keep your home warm. Use a heating pad on your joints if needed. Heat relaxes muscles and helps ease achiness.
    3. Soak in warm tubs, if possible. Hot tubs can provide great relief.
    4. Swimming in a heated pool is one of the best exercises to soothe joints. It’s not weight bearing, yet it provides great cardiovascular exercise.
    5. Inactivity causes increased stiffness of the joints, so keep physically mobile no matter how the temperature dips. Be sure to warm up to prevent stiffening of the joints and muscles. If you can’t stand being outdoors in the cold, find something to do indoors, whether it’s going to the gym or exercising to a DVD, dancing or using a treadmill or stationary bike at home.
    6. Stay hydrated. Dehydration increases sensitivity to discomforts, especially in the joints. Hence the saying, “Keep the joints lubricated.” Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating, so the best thing to drink is water.
    7. Lose weight if you need to. In people with tender joints, especially in the knees, even a few pounds can make a difference. Weight puts a strain on the knees and joints.
    8. Check your vitamin D levels. Research shows that low levels of vitamin D might increase sensitivity to the discomforts of arthritis. Since you might not get enough vitamin D from sunshine if you tend to stay indoors during cold weather, you may need a supplement such as Kenzen® Mega Daily 4. It supplies 100% of the RDA of vitamin D as well as other beneficial vitamins, minerals and vegetable superfoods.
    9. To give your joints nutritional support, consider Kenzen® Joint with its advanced formula of a naturally occurring compound, cetyl myristoleate. This ingredient has natural surfactant and lubricant properties to help in smooth movement.*
    10. The same ingredient is found in CM Cream Complex.  When applied topically, the combination of cetyl myristoleate with peppermint, aloe and menthol, provides a naturally cooling and soothing effect.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

1, 2 https://www.self.com/story/why-joints-hurt-more-cold-winter-weather

https://reverehealth.com/live-better/cold-weather-joints/

New Year, New You

It’s January-turn off the sugar?

Do you beat yourself up for caving into bad food cravings? Do you blame yourself for lacking will power? Understanding why you have those annoying cravings for sugar, fat, salt and so on, may be just how you can curb them!

In 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formed the Human Microbiome Project (HMP). Microbiome is defined as “the collection of microbes or microorganisms that inhabit an environment, creating a ‘mini-ecostystem.’”1

The human microbiome, located in the gut, is made up of trillions of bacteria that send messages to the brain. This communication is known as the “brain-gut connection.” Because approximately 70 to 80 percent of the body’s immune tissue is located within the digestive system, boosting your immune system really requires a healthy gut.2

The good news is that you can actually help manage your microbiome and influence the brain-gut connection as well as strengthen your immune system. You can increase the good gut bacteria that sends the brain positive messages and decrease the bad bacteria that causes bad food cravings. In this way, “you are what you eat.”

Getting Started

How to manifest a positive brain-gut connection is relatively simple, but the challenge is getting started. Since good bacteria thrives on fiber and nutrient-dense food, eating that type of food consistently is the key to a healthy brain-gut connection. Good bacteria feeds on fibrous food, digests it and releases a gas up to the brain, telling it that the body is well nourished. When the brain is told that the body is well nourished, it doesn’t think there’s a need to fill in the gaps created by a lack of nutrition. It’s a healthy cycle where nutrient-dense food that is fibrous creates more good bacteria.

On the other hand, bad food leaves nutritional gaps. The gaps are what lead to those unhealthy cravings. Sugar and processed foods contain empty calories rather than useful nutrients and the bad bacteria feeds off of it! In other words, when you avoid foods that generate negative messages from the gut to the brain, you’ll minimize cravings.

Fiber does more than curb cravings. It also helps your mood. The Human Microbiome Project has shown that serotonin, the “feel-good” chemical the body generates, is actually created in the gut, not the brain. More fiber and nutrient-dense food in the gut therefore influences our emotional health as well as our physical well being.

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You may be surprised how quickly a healthy gut helps the brain minimize unhealthy cravings and also helps improve your overall health. If you currently don’t eat lots of fibrous foods, integrate them into your daily regimen slowly so that your body has time to adjust. Incorporate it into each meal or snack. The fiber will give a sense of fullness to help you cut back on sugar and processed food.

  • Eat leafy greens, asparagus, any type of bean and root vegetables.
  • Try not to peel apples and pears. Well-scrubbed potato and carrot skins are also fibrous and edible.
  • Do you throw away stems? For example, broccoli stems are full of healthy fiber and taste great in soups and stir-fries. The same is true of kale and spinach stems.
  • Add variety to your diet. Be adventuresome and try vegetables you haven’t had. Or, try new ways of preparing your favorites. Many vegetables are delicious raw while others are easily steamed or sautéed.
  • Be generous in your use of garlic, onions, herbs and spices. They are also sources of fiber and add so much flavor.

The happier your microbiome, the fewer bad food cravings there’ll be. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but the important thing is to get started in helping your gut converse positively with your brain! Best of all, you will discover how delicious these nutrient-dense and fibrous foods are!

 

I recommend to help jumpstart your microbiome, take Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 to assist in processing the additional fiber you eat. Containing a combination of ingredients that tackles fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber, Kenzen® Digestion Complex 4-20 supports the assimilation of all types of nutrients.* And to help your circulatory and immune systems work optimally with your gut, I suggeset taking Kenzen® Immunity and Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0! I start everyday this way!

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

https://www.hmpdacc.org/hmp/overview/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/ 

Flu Shot In-Effectiveness??

How Important is Effectiveness?

Have you heard that the current Flu Shot’s is only 10% effective?!!

Would you purchase a car with brakes rated at a 10% chance of stopping? Would you invest in a new roof that has only 10% chance of keeping the rain out of your house? Probably not.

Me neither… especially now as the stresses and strains of the Holidays combine with the annual influx of winter colds.

I  start my day with Ciaga®ᵛ all year long, while other customers try this all-natural, certified-organic, 100% juice drink for the first time during the winter months.

The ‘V’ in Ciaga®ᵛdenotes its vital, select group of fruits chosen for their nutrients and beneficial characteristics – and for vitality. Let’s face, I need some extra vitality at this time of year- do you?!

Ciaga®ᵛ unique formulation

The foundation of Ciaga®ᵛ is the Organic Maqui-Acai fruit blend. Science has discovered that the Maqui Berry, Acai Berry and Grape Seed Extract have some of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) values of any fruit – giving Ciaga®ᵛ an ORAC* rating of more than 1500 units per 30ml. The Maqui and Acai Berry fusion also has very high levels of phenols and anthocyanins which, more importantly combined with other berries and extracts, give the remarkable blend of nutrients that Ciaga®ᵛ affords.

Natural in every way

Ciaga®ᵛ is an all-natural, certified-organic by the Soil Association, 100% juice drink with no added preservatives and a naturally sweet flavor. First, the organic, fresh foods in Ciaga®ᵛ are harvested at the peak of their growth cycle. Next, no pesticides are used in the growing or processing. Additionally, no added sugar, artificial colors or flavors are added. Finally, flash sterilizing and aseptic bottling allow Ciaga®ᵛ to be prepared without prolonged pasteurization, to preserve the natural nutrients.

From the developer:

Here is a live recording of the Developer of this amazing product. The first 11 minutes are focused on Ciaga:

Avoid the Flu

Want a better than 10% chance of staying healthy and avoiding the flu this winter??  I recommend  1 ounce of  Ciaga®ᵛ  alone or add it to a KVB Smoothie each day, everyday!

 

Got Sleep??

Does gearing up for the holidays and its increase stress impact your sleep?

We may feel overwhelmed with the added “list” during this time of year, but as the dark nights of winter set in, we can sometimes feel like we have less energy; one way to help combat this could be to get more sleep!  We all live such hectic lives, that this may seem like an impossible task but making some simple adjustments to your sleep environment may mean you wake up feeling like you have more energy, better concentration and feeling happier.

These changes won’t happen after a single early night. If you’ve had months of restricted sleep, you might have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks. To begin with, ensure your bedroom is a relaxing and confortable space. ‘Your bed may have deteriorated by as much as 70% from its ‘as new’ state after 10 years. Even beds as little as six years old could offer significantly less support and comfort than a new one, thanks to wear and tear not just from body weight and movement but also sweat and debris such as skin and hair.’[1]

This does not mean that you need to rush out and buy a new bed, but it may be time to try a mattress topper. You can transform your current mattress with the Naturest® Kenkopad®. Made from ecologically sound and renewable non-allergic latex, natural materials and Magnetic technology; it also helps with temperature regulation as you sleep.

To catch up on sleep; try to add on an extra hour or two, perhaps at the weekend. Start your bedtime routine earlier and go to bed when you’re tired, allowing your body to wake you up naturally in the morning. For extra comfort try the KenkoDream® Quilt, Naturest® Pillowcase  and Naturest® Pillow. The revolutionary technology in the KenkoDream® Quilt and pillowcase, helps to regulate temperature while the Naturest® Pillow is fully adjustable with an internal collar to help towards achieving the most comfortable position. If you need to “quiet the mind” our sleep mask may just be the answer! Isn’t time you had a really good nights sleep?

If you stress is due to what to get those on your list…..consider a unique twist….how about giving the….

Sleep is the foundation for good health — above are just some of the solutions we offer.

Tomorrow we are having a short sleep webinar and you’ll hear benefits people have had by incorporating better sleep into their lives – Tune in to hear more!

Better Sleep Webinar:

December 5th: 7:15PM EST

https://zoom.us/j/8122975550

 

[1] https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/sleep_media/key-facts-and-figures/Research by the Furniture Industry Research Association, 20114 (link to source)

What’s Lactoferrin and why is it important to you?

Tired – is there a reason?

There’s a new lactoferrin in the Nikken neighborhood and we’re super excited about it. Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0 addresses the body’s need for iron: iron deficiency can result in anemia, fatigue and poor circulation, as well as many other physical discomforts. Women are most vulnerable to iron deficiency, and people who are very active may also suffer from iron depletion. Kenzen® Lactoferrin 2.0 is a great solution.

Iron focus and still anemic?

Lactoferrin is a protein whose main biological function is to bind and transport iron.  It’s an essential mineral that helps hemoglobin carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. No matter how much iron is in your body, if it can’t be retained and utilized, you could end up deficient!

You may eat lots of green, leafy vegetables,and/or lean red meat. These are natural sources of iron. But your doctor runs a blood test and announces you’re anemic. How can this happen? Just because you eat iron-rich foods does not mean your body can absorb or process it.

The Solution

Lactoferrin 2.0 addresses this dilemma by providing a superior delivery system to allow the body to better utilize and balance the iron in the body.* Studies show that because Lactoferrin 2.0 is naturally iron-binding, it has a positive effect on iron absorption, which in turn increases blood iron levels.

In addition, Lactoferrin 2.0 is gentle on the digestive system, therefore supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions. Rather than adding elemental iron —the kind you find in virtually every iron supplement on the market—which has been shown to cause intestinal inflammation1, lactoferrin helps the body absorb what is already there—and importantly, without upsetting the stomach. And, Lactoferrin 2.0 has been shown in clinical research to be more bioavailable, allowing for more efficient absorption of iron, compared to other iron sources.2

Just take a look at the graph:

You get 200 mg of lactoferrin in each capsule.  Each capsule is lactose-free, gluten-free and  non-GMO. It’s a better delivery system with 4 organic antioxidant, anti-inflammatory ingredients (see Brain-Gut Connection) which equals increased access to Active Wellness and more importantly, your improved health!!

 

Uchida, T. (2006) Availability of lactoferrin as a natural solubilizer of iron for food products. International Dairy Journal 16. 95-101.

2 (Rezk, Dawood, Abo-Elnasr, Halaby, & Marawan, 2015), (Rezk, Kandil, Dawood, , Shaheen, & Allam, 2015), (Nappi, et al., 2009), (Paesano, et al., 2010), (Paesano, et al., 2014)

Got Energy?

A natural solution to sustained energy

“America Runs on Dunkins” — in New England there’s at least one DD in most cities….on busy corners and streets and even Gronk is enjoying his Dunks!

Gronkowski Dunkin Donuts DD Patriots

Well, as great as their coffee is, there’s a definite “up” and then most likely a crash….until you swing through the drive thru for number 2…and then number 3….etc…. Is there another way??   YES – it’s call Matcha Tea

It can be enjoyed cold or warm. It has a number of health benefits.

Here are just a few:
If you’d like more info, click below:

Since it is 10/4, I thought I’d write this quick post to introduce you to our version of Matcha — called Ten4 — to be enjoyed between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM  !!!

Ready to learn more about Ten4 or try it out please click on the picture:

matcha energy caffeine organic

 

Experiencing Awe – How can it help

Do you experience awe on a regular basis?

Can you remember the last time you were in Awe?? Was it something someone did? Were you in a place of such natural beauty that took your breath away? Just reading this and thinking about the last time you felt that feeling — are you reliving it? Feels pretty good, huh??!!

Many books, blogs, and sayings are devoted to being grateful; however, awe is something that I believe brings your energy up just like gratitude and gives me an added peaceful feeling.

I just read from a wonderful book that I’ve mentioned before on my website, “Open Mind Woman’s Daily Inspiration for Becoming Mindful” by Diane Mariechild. Today’s quote and her passage about it struck me to write my thoughts to you. Here it is:

“Holy Spirit, come into my heart, by your power I journey to you, God, and grant me charity with awe… ” Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena, a woman of humble birth, became an illumined teach, powerful writer, an incomparable orator, and a counselor of princes and pontiffs. The quote is part of a prayer she wrote after she miraculously learned to write. Her heart opened to a greater power and she acknowledged that it was through this greater power she was able to make this inner journey. She was praying for and acknowledging this gift of charity, which is love. She asked that this great love be filled with awe.

One of my favorite Lily Tomlin characters is Trudy, the bag lady. Trudy suggests that we practice “awe-robics,” by taking time each day to appreciate something such as the beauty of the stars. Trudy says we’re closest to understanding when we are in awe of what we don’t understand. may our hearts open to a love that is awesome.

So after reading the above passage are you smiling?  Last night there were a number of owls calling to each other in our back yard. I grabbed the cellphone and went out to the deck to record them. I was in awe by the beautiful stars in the sky AND those owls! It instantly brought my energy, vibration and joy up a number of notches!

I also experienced awe yesterday while sitting in the North church in Portsmouth – listening to a beautiful free concert done by 3 talented musicians, The Larksong Trio. Leaving the hustle and bustle of looking for a parking spot on a summer day to shifting to a quiet, serene church, sitting  on a seat built in 1712 and hearing the joyful sounds coming from the musicians.

Oh yeah….I’m sure many of us across the US were in awe as we watched either live or on TV the full eclipse!

Do you practice “Awe-robics” on a regular basis??  I dare you to start! Try it and let me know your experiences!

Why Omega-3?

What’s the scoop with Omega-3??

(This is from a Nikken Blog post – August 15, 2017)

The “3” in Omega-3 refers to the three major types of fatty acids that are found in food and used by our bodies. They are: ALA-alpha-linolenic acid, EPA-eicosapentaenoic acid and DHA-dicosahexaenoic acid. Once consumed, the human body converts ALA to EPA and DHA. Because the human body can create EPA and DHA in this way, they are not considered essential fatty acids. On the other hand, ALA cannot be produced by the human body and is considered an essential fatty acid that needs to be obtained from the diet. Omega-3s are important components of virtually all cell membranes, so having a balance of these fatty acids are necessary to maintain good health.

ALA is found in land-based plant foods, especially nuts, seeds, soybeans, green leafy vegetables, and some refined oils like walnut and flax seed oil. Since EPA and DHA are found in so few food types, when you hear people say omega-3 fatty acids, they are almost always referencing alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).1

Due to the many reported health benefits, many healthcare professionals recommend daily supplements, whether they’re omega vegetarian capsules made from algae, from fish oil (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, tuna, etc.), or from a crustacean (krill). For those with shellfish allergies, krill oil should be avoided.

Known as a primary source of omegas, supplements made from fish oil are by far the cheapest. Given how polluted the oceans are, fish oils can be contaminated with a variety of toxins. The process of detoxifying fish oils increases the oxidation and diminishes the omega and nutrient content. In addition, the world’s fish supply is diminishing in direct contrast to the increasing toxic load of the fish.

Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 oils have been identified as being especially important. An omega supplement must offer all three of these oils to be of greatest value. The importance of supplementation with omega fatty acids for heart health and brain health2  is in direct conflict with the risk of ingesting toxins through fish oils.

There is a Solution!!!

Nikken has been aware of this dichotomy for years. The answer is Kenzen® Omega Green+DHA. The plant sourced omega fatty acids for Kenzen Omega Green + DHA are cranberry seed oil, flax seed oil and red algae, each of which is easily renewable.

  • Cranberry seed oil contains naturally occurring substances called phytosterols that structurally resemble the human body’s cholesterol. Phytosterols reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) but do not affect HDL (good cholesterol). Eating foods with phytosterols may cut the risk for heart disease when consumed as part of a healthy eating plan, according to the Cleveland Clinic. 3 Cranberry seed oil is considered unique among fixed oils because it contains a very high essential fatty acid profile in addition to a high antioxidant load. 4
  • Flax seed oil contains ALA and has been advocated to combat cardiovascular disease. The use of flax seed oil as a nutritional intervention for the prevention of heart disease has received increasing amounts of research attention. 5
  • Red algae has been used for thousands of years as a food source, especially in Asian cultures. It is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are easily utilized by the human body to help boost the immune system and nourish skin.  The main benefits of red algae are its ability to promote healthy circulation in the body, to help regulate blood sugar levels and to help lower bad cholesterol levels. High in dietary fiber, it is also a rich source of calcium and magnesium so it contributes to bone health.6

Consuming Kenzen® Omega Green+DHA gives you all the benefits of an omega supplement and none of the risks. It helps carnivores, vegetarians and vegans to obtain the right balance of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 for Active Wellness without the risk associated with fish oil toxins.

Get what your body needs without the taste of fish AND it is good for vegans and vegetarians alike!

Until 5:00 PM PST, August 22, 2017. Place a minimum order of two bottles and receive 75 Reward Points (redeemable after August 24th on other Nikken Solutions!!!!)  Each additional order of two or more bottles will generate additional 75 Reward Points!) These points can be used on purchases and aren’t valid toward shipping or tax and are good for 6 months! It’s a thank you gift for taking that step towards better health…by allowing you to add another Self Care solution!

1          https://www.superfoodly.com/benefits-of-vegan-omega-3-epa-dha-sources-vs-fish-oil/

2          http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

3          http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-cranberry-seed-oil-10043.html

4          http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item/Cranberry_Seed_Oil_Unrefined/1164

5          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989356/

6          http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-health/the-many-benefits-of-red-algae

 

Does Fast Food = Fat Food?

Is there a healthier way to get “Fast Food”?

The fast food industry appeals to our two primary tastes: salty and sweet. That’s why fast food contains so much added sugar (in its many forms) and salt. The same holds true for pre-packaged fast food, the kind you pop in the microwave. So what happens when we eat lots of fast food?

  • Hydrogenated oils are a source of trans fat, which is shown to be negative for human health in many ways. Trans fat occurs during food processing and is commonly found in fried foods, pastries, pizza dough, crackers and pre-packaged food. It is also in the oil that many restaurants use to cook French fries, chips and more. Eating foods that contain trans fat can increase LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol and increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.1
  • The Obesity Action Coalition(OAC) reports that the number of fast food restaurants in America has doubled since 1970. The number of obese Americans has also doubled.

This is too much of a coincidence…do you agree???

  • Fast foods like bacon burgers, some fried foods and milkshakes can be high in saturated fats. “It’s been long established that saturated fats can negatively impact the heart, but there’s also research that suggests high saturated fat intake may negatively impact brain function and memory,” says Marissa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD.She adds that higher intakes of saturated fatty acids may impair memory speed and flexibility and prospective memory (your ability to remember to do what you intended).
  • Many fast-food meals have added sugar. Not only does that mean extra calories, but also little nutrition. The American Heart Association suggests only eating 100 to 150 calories of added sugar per day. That’s about six to nine teaspoons. A 12-ounce can of soda contains eight teaspoons of sugar. That equals 130 calories, 39 grams of sugar and nothing else.

  • Frequent soda intake can lead to poor oral health, says Leah Kaufman, MS, RD, CDN. Drinking large amounts of soda increases the amount of acid in your mouth, which eventually causes tooth decay and cavities. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the cheap sweetener most fast food restaurants use in their sodas, desserts, and many other products. Princeton University researchers linked HFCS consumption to obesity in an animal study. 3
  • The combination of fat, sugar, and lots of sodium (salt) can make fast food tastier to some people. But diets high in sodium can lead to water retention, which is why you may feel puffy, bloated, or swollen after eating fast food. 4
  • Some foods naturally contain higher amounts of sodium, but sodium is also added to many fast-food products. Some of these additives are monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate, which are used as flavoring or preservatives. Sodium can contribute to existing high blood pressure or an enlarged heart muscle. If you have congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease, too much salt can contribute to a dangerous buildup of fluid. A high sodium intake can cause your bones to weaken, leading to possible osteoporosis. The American Heart Association recommends adults eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. One fast-food meal could have half your day’s worth.

The good news is that palates can be trained. Once you consistently eat fresh, healthy whole foods and wean off fast foods, your body should start craving fruit instead of sugary sweets, and the desire for extra salt also abates. Nikken’s Everyday Organic Weight Management System -is easy, fast, tastes great and IS GOOD for you!

Insights from a nutritionist – starting at 14:40:

To learn more about these products click on the images below to visit my shop, if you have any questions feel free to contact me here.

 

Nikken Protein weight management shake organic moringa kosher non-gmo MCT monk fruit

organic matcha green tea natural caffeine energy no sugar!

www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity

http://www.eatthis.com/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-eat-fast-food

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2010/03/22/sweet-problem-princeton-researchers-find-high-fructose-corn-syrup-prompts

http://www.healthline.com/health/fast-food-effects-on-body