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Sweet As Sugar: Health Benefits Of Stevia And Xylitol

Sweet As Sugar: Health Benefits Of Stevia And Xylitol

By Robert Iafelice
***SEE REPOSTERS Note after References if sugar/carbs are causing deterioration in your health***

In 1991, reacting to an anonymous trade complaint, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed the sweetener stevia unsafe and issued an Import Alert, banning all stevia from entering the United States.1-3 While the FDA cited inadequate toxicological evidence of its safety, the ban was not based on any consumer complaints or reported adverse effects.2

Extracts of the South American stevia plant, called steviol glycosides , are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar and have little aftertaste, zero calories, and no effect on blood sugar.3 At the time of the FDA ban, supporters of stevia argued without success that stevia, with its long history of food use, should qualify as having GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status in the same manner as coffee, tea, sugar, fruit, etc. A history of safe use is one condition that must be met to qualify for GRAS, and this was actually acknowledged in the FDA’s Import Alert for stevia!4 The FDA not only banned a safe and natural sweetener in stevia, but one that appears to provide health benefits as well, most notably for regulating blood sugar and blood pressure.3,5

The controversial ban on the importation of stevia in the US continued until 1995 when the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 forced the FDA to allow stevia to be imported and marketed as a dietary supplement, but not as a sweetener or other food additive purpose.1 The FDA’s policy to classify stevia to be safe for consumption as a “supplement,” but potentially harmful as a sweetener just added to the controversy and confusion.

In 2008, after a rigorous review of the scientific evidence, the FDA granted stevia sweeteners GRAS status.6 It was also approved by the European Union in 2011.7

Today, hundreds of foods and beverages throughout the world are sweetened with stevia sweeteners. Among these are Vitamin Water®, Coke Zero®, Sprite Green®, Gatorade’s G2® and Crystal Light®. Coca-Cola® and Pepsi Cola® have both disclosed their intentions to use rebaudioside A, the sweetest stevia extract, as a zero-calorie soft-drink sweetener in the US.3

Stevia May Help Control Blood Sugar And Insulin Levels

Health Benefits

While stevia has been documented to have medical purposes as an antimicrobial, anti-diarrheal, anti-tumor, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory actions, the scientific evidence is strongest, and its use is most promising for two indications: (1) high blood sugar/insulin resistance and (2) high blood pressure.3,5,8

Stevia May Help Control Blood Sugar And Insulin Levels

Extracts from stevia leaves have been used for centuries as a medicinal herb in the traditional treatment of diabetes in South America.5,9 Today, scientific evidence on stevia supports its historic precedent in the regulation of blood sugar and insulin.

Avoiding excess elevation of blood sugar and insulin after meals is perhaps the most important dietary measure you can take to reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, and other age-related disorders. In a recent study in type II diabetic subjects, stevioside, one of the stevia extracts, reduced after-meal blood glucose levels by an average of 18%.10

When compared to sugar, stevia consumption before meals results in far lower after-meal glucose and insulin levels.11 Even when compared to aspartame, stevia resulted in lower post-prandial insulin levels.11 The comparison with aspartame is more impressive because the change in glucose and insulin levels cannot be due to a difference in calories, as with sugar. A key finding from this study was that participants eating stevia felt satisfied with fewer calories and did not eat more food throughout the day to compensate.11 This is an indication of stable blood sugar and insulin levels.

At the root of many cases of chronically elevated glucose and insulin levels is insulin resistance. In rats fed a fructose-rich diet for four weeks to induce insulin resistance, stevioside lowered high blood glucose levels in a dose-dependent manner and delayed the development of insulin resistance.12

Studies have evaluated the effects of stevioside on animal models of both type I and type II diabetes: elevated blood glucose levels were lowered, and less insulin medication was needed for the same effect. This research clearly demonstrates that stevia has the ability to increase cellular insulin sensitivity and help reverse insulin resistance.12,13

Interestingly, the mechanism for stevioside’s hypoglycemic effect in the latter group of rats with insulin dependent type I diabetes was determined to be slowing down gluconeogenesis (the synthesis of glucose in the liver from non-carbohydrate sources).13 Another plant compound very familiar to readers of Life Extension magazine®, chlorogenic acid from coffee beans, also down-regulates gluconeogenesis. Coffee sweetened with stevia may pack quite a one-two punch for blood sugar control!

The effect of stevia on blood sugar has only been observed when plasma glucose levels are elevated. It does not lower normal blood sugar levels in healthy individuals.5

Stevia is not just a safe sugar substitute, but a natural insulin sensitizer that may help maintain normal sugar and insulin levels in diabetics and nondiabetics alike. Since stevia extract also decreases oxidized LDL cholesterol14 and triglycerides,15 and lowers high blood pressure3,5—all metabolic risk factors—it has great potential for the treatment of metabolic syndrome.

Stevia May Lower Blood Pressure

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study demonstrated that oral stevioside taken at doses of 250 mg, three times a day for one year resulted in significant, lasting decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with mild to moderate hypertension.16 A longer, subsequent study by the same research team that lasted two years and with an increased dose of stevioside ( 1,500 mg) replicated the decreases in blood pressure found in the initial study.17

The stevioside treatment was well-tolerated and no side effects were reported or detected. Moreover, the stevioside treatment group reported significantly higher quality of life scores than the placebo group.17 On the other hand, it was noted that more patients in the placebo group developed left ventricular hypertrophy,17 an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle often caused by high blood pressure.

Though the effect of stevioside was not better than drugs, it appears comparable and nearly everyone taking stevioside had significant lowering of blood pressure. As in the case of blood sugar, stevioside lowers elevated blood pressure, but not normal blood pressure.5

As a natural plant compound with no demonstrated side effects, stevia may offer an alternative or supplementary therapy for high blood pressure, and with possibly better compliance.

Xylitol: A Sweetener That’s Good For Your Teeth

Another sugar substitute with beneficial health properties that is growing in popularity is xylitol. While xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables, it is also naturally produced in our bodies during normal carbohydrate metabolism. An average-size adult makes up to 15 grams of xylitol daily.18,19

Xylitol is classified as a sugar alcohol (like sorbitol, mannitol, erythritol, etc) because its chemical structure partially resembles sugar and partially resembles alcohol.20 It is actually a carbohydrate that looks and tastes remarkably like table sugar with 40% fewer calories and practically no aftertaste.21 It is used as a sweetener in chewing gums, mints, beverages, sweets, toothpaste and in tabletop granular form. It has been approved for use in foods, pharmaceuticals and oral health products in more than 35 countries worldwide, including the US.21

History Of Stevia

Stevia is a perennial shrub with over 200 species belonging to the Aster (sunflower) family and indigenous to South America.46 For centuries, the Guarani tribes of Paraguay and Brazil used the leaves of stevia, which they called ka’a he’e (“sweet herb”) to sweeten yerba mate tea and various foods. It was also used medicinally as a treatment for diabetes,47 hypertension, and obesity.5

Stevia has been used in Europe and Asia since the sixteenth century when it was discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors.48 The particular species used as a sweetener, Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, was named after botanist Moises Santiago Bertoni, who “rediscovered” stevia and scientifically classified the plant in 1899, describing its sweet taste in detail. The compounds in the stevia leaf that give the plant its sweet taste, stevioside and rebaudioside A, were isolated in 1931 by French chemists.2

During World War II, England began to investigate stevia as an alternative to sugar, which was in short supply.49 In the 1970s, the Japanese began to use stevia to replace the banned artificial sweetener, saccharin. It became their chosen sugar alternative to sweeten food and beverages, so much so that Japan is now the largest consumer of stevia.2 Today, stevia can be found growing in China, South America, India, South Korea, Taiwan, and Israel, and is used in many countries around the globe.

Xylitol Fights Cavities

Though largely preventable, tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases among both adults and children, with 1 in 5 Americans reported to have untreated cavities according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).22 In 2010, roughly $108 billion dollars were spent on dental services in the US.23

By providing fuel for acid-forming bacteria in the mouth, sugar consumption sets up an ideal acidic condition that promotes decay and demineralization of teeth. Xylitol, conversely, is non-fermentable and does not feed acid-forming oral bacteria. Regular use of xylitol causes cavity-forming bacteria, most notably Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans ), to starve and die off by as much as 73%, decreasing the level of acidic byproducts formed when bacteria ferment sugars.24 Xylitol also increases salivary flow which helps to buffer these acids.25 A more alkaline environment is created, leading to less tooth decay and plaque, and enhanced tooth remineralization. Untreated cavities, especially small decay spots, can harden and become less sensitive from exposure to xylitol.26

Considerable research conducted since the early 1970s has established that consuming xylitol products results in reduction in tooth decay rates ranging from 30% up to levels in excess of 80%.27 What’s more, the protective effects of xylitol are long-lasting. In a study of nearly 300 children who chewed xylitol gum habitually for over two years and then stopped, some experienced a reduction in their tooth decay rate over the next five years.28 Xylitol-sweetened gum even reduces transmission of cavity-causing bacteria from mother to child.29

According to newer research, the number of exposures to xylitol throughout the day is more important than the quantity of xylitol.30 Consider chewing xylitol gum after each meal, sweetening your tea or coffee with xylitol granules and using xylitol toothpaste once or twice a day. Several dental associations, including the American Dental Association31 and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry,32 support the use of xylitol in caries control and prevention.

Xylitol Benefits Diabetes And Metabolic Syndrome

Because xylitol is slowly emptied from the stomach, and only about 50% of it is absorbed, it has neglible effects on blood sugar and insulin secretion.33,34 Xylitol has a considerably lower glycemic index (13) when compared with sucrose (65) and glucose (100).33 It even compares favorably with foods such as legumes and milk.35

In a recent animal study examining the antidiabetic potential of xylitol, animals fed xylitol had significantly better glucose tolerance (more stable blood sugar levels), less weight gain and significantly lower food intake (suppressed appetite) than both the sugar and control groups.36 Data from this study and others confirm that xylitol is an ideal low-calorie sweetener for people with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and other metabolic disorders.34,36,37

Of course, like stevia, xylitol can be used by anyone to help maintain low blood sugar and insulin levels, thereby reducing risk of age-related disease.

Xylitol Helps Prevent Ear And Upper Respiratory Infections

Xyitol not only suppresses S. mutans, the cavity-promoting bacterium, but it also inhibits the growth of Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae), a major cause of middle ear infections and sinusitis.38,39 Owing to its unique structure, xylitol also has the ability to interfere with S. pneumoniae’s ability to stick to tissues and form colonies of bacteria called biofilms, making the germ more vulnerable to treatment.40

In clinical trials, xylitol given in the form of chewing gum or syrup reduced middle ear infections in daycare children by 30-40%.38,41,42 This safe and great-tasting sweetener offers the possibility of preventing ear infections in children and thus lessening the need for antibiotics.

Xylitol Strengthens Bone

Since xylitol appears to induce remineralization of tooth enamel, researchers are also now investigating its ability to remineralize bone tissue. Several animal studies show that xylitol increases bone density,43-45 suggesting that xylitol shows promise in the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis. Clinical trials are needed to confirm these potential benefits.

Summary

Stevia and xylitol are not only safe and tasty sugar alternatives, but also potent natural compounds that provide multiple health benefits.3,5,8,27,34,36-38,43-45 While both sweeteners improve glucose tolerance and reduce insulin needs, stevia can also lower elevated blood pressure while xylitol can help prevent cavities and ear infections, and possibly strengthen bones.3,5,8,27,34,36-38,43-45

Add some stevia to your favorite beverage and chew xylitol gum after meals. Enjoy the sweet taste and gain important health dividends as well.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension® Health Advisor at 1-866-864-3027.

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*****REPOSTER’S NOTE

Thank You to  Life Extension Magazine February 2014    for this article – Well Done

Dietary Intake of  refined sugars and starches has increased dramatically during a time when physical activity has reduced significantly. We are seeing the North American population in particular.

This in combination with other lifestyle changes over the past 100 years of progress is leading to an overall reduction in health and wellness. Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Cardiopulmonary Disease are now very common detractors to what should be more enjoyable lifestyles.

Our societal sweet tooth is doing more to shorten lifespans and quality of life than anyone could have anticipated 100 years ago. Natural substances such as Stevia, Xylitol and Monk Fruit are gaining popularity as healthy natural sugar replacements.

They are a step in the right direction. Real progress will need us to move away from our high calorie, sedentary, sleep deprived  behaviors we as a majority are currently engaged in.

To combat the effects of the typical North American Lifestyle, we have chosen to add a nutritional supplement to our daily routine that employs Stevia, Xylitol and Monk fruit.  On  their own they provide healthy benefits but when combined with other needed and beneficial nutrients They Can Literally Save  Lives. Consistent use reverses damage caused by the typical North American lifestyle.

Take a look at this link only if you are interested actively pursuing a path to better health. It just requires a few moments a day consistently. This solution is just one part of the equation for far better health and wellness but to us, a very important one. So important that I chose to become a sales rep so I could help friends and family.

Should you decide that this is also for you, my name is Deb St Jean and my ID number is 1309426. Please contact me through comments for consumption guidelines.

You don’t have to be perfect to be healthy – and you don’t have to be deprived. A few good choices can change every outcome.
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God’s Pharmacy ~ & ~ 1 Ounce Powehouse!

GOD’S PHARMACY

God left us a great clues as to what foods help which part of our body!

The human body responds best to nutrition in the form of Natural Whole Foods. Food such as plants and herbs were recognized for their curative powers and were the original source for early medicine.

The wisdom of the ages still holds as true for today as it did all those thousands of years ago when it was first taught by Hippocrates  – The Father of Western Medicine.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

 

Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are most nutritious & most powerful when eaten raw.
When raw  doesn’t work, the next best choice to get the most nutritional value is to lightly steam.
Grains and rice typically require the most cooking and moisture to make them digestible – I have an awesome 3 level steamer/rice cooker that is a joy to work with. It saves energy and space too.
No more boiling the nutrition out of vegetables and pouring it down the drain.

 Thank You to Present-truth.org and Herb Workshop for a lot of this information.

It’s Magical how each food  below resembles the part of the body that it benefits the most.

Writing this today, the Irony of it all struck me and I couldn’t help but chuckle.

20 years ago,  Bottled and Water were not commonly found in the same sentence nor were the words Obesity and Epidemic.  Today they are predominant word pairs.  Nutritional insufficiency and dehydration underlay almost all disease in a time when there is more food and water available.

More and more we receive our food as processed, packaged in bags and boxes ~ So much of what is eaten today is not whole foods and when it is it a whole food, it is likely over processed.  We see more people now, than ever before have  box or bag like shapes.  Dieting has become BIG BUSINESS.  It is consistently pointed out that fast and processed foods are playing a “huge” role in the size, shape and health of North Americans. The universe has the last laugh  – too many of us are now the shape of those foods containers.

Too funny~ pun intended – we are the BIG BUTT of Universal Irony!

What we choose to eat shapes us. PUN & TRUTH

Shape your food choices well, because they shape you.

I am so proud of myself – last night I chose to snack on the leftover mixed veggies rather than the absolutely creamy yummy Cherry loaded ice-cream. NOT!  Our freezer is in the garage and it was too cold to go out there and freeze my buns off in my slippers and jammies.  The steamed veggies drizzled in a bit of butter, sprinkled with ground peppercorns and sea salt were in the fridge. I chose  the easy route – and it was definitely the better choice for my BUTT and my Health. It tasted pretty darn good too.

Big life lesson that I get is – always make the better choices the easier ones so we just naturally opt for them.

No matter who you are,  when you are hungry or tired – fast, easy and tasty always wins over inconvenient and  time consuming. So set your self up so that fast, easy and tasty is always the best choice.  That is why ice cream will always live in the the freezer in the garage not the fridge in the house.  I set myself up so the fast, easy, tasty choice just also happened to be the better SELF CARE choice.

Now to the IMPORTANT PARTS OF THIS POST

It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden.
He made animals and fish… all before making a human.
He made and provided what we’d need before we were born.
~

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

 

A Tomato has chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

 

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

 

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuro-transmitters for brain function.

 

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

 

Celery, Bok Choy and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

 

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers.

And how profound is this?  It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

 

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

  

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

 

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

 

 Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

 

Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

 

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

Make sure to take a peek at the Food Value Chart below also.

Of all the foods above, Figs and Eggplant are the only ones I don’t recall using.

I am a great believer in Prevention. Often we are not be able practice it as fully as we would like to. I have seen first hand  the huge difference nutrition makes in overall health and well-being. Myself and family members have faced challenges such as severe ADHD, IBS and Crohn’s. Nutrition and complimentary medicine solutions, rather than prescriptions and surgeries have allowed our children all of the opportunities life had to offer.

Was it a pain – OH YES – but our lives and bodies are intact and functioning.  That is not the case for so many others we have met on this journey who face the same challenges. Rather than feel helpless and powerless, we chose to take action and it paid off.  Growing our own garden, making all meals and snacks from scratch, reading anything and everything I could get my hands on ~ then making my family take the next promising solution.

Nutrition hands down is what made the biggest difference to everyone.

It is not always easy to get the nutrition we would like to have so we supplement.

We use a 1 ounce powerhouse Daily Complete to fill any gaps. It is a SIMPLE SOLUTION that was not around when our kids were little. It saves us time and money & ensures daily we are get all those crucial micro-nutrients  in the form of whole foods that our bodies need to perform it’s best and heal itself.

Daily Complete hits all of the really important points for smart SELF CARE.  It is effective, affordable, convenient, really good for us and something our family doctor can recommend.

If you need to fill nutritional gaps – Daily Complete is really worth looking into because……

  • It tastes really good 
  • It is liquid and it is very bio-available
  • It has 194  Essential Vitamins and Major Minerals, Super Food Greens, Phytoplankton,  Omega Fatty Acids, Essential Fatty Acids plus much more in a  natural botanical base  – IT IS REAL FOOD!
  • 100% RDA of Key Vitamins & Minerals
  • Listed in the Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceuticals & Specialties
  • It provides the basic micro-nutrient nutrition we need whether we are 6, 26, 66 or 96 years old.
  • It does not have Dairy(whey), Soy, Gluten, Aspartame, Sucrose,  Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • We no longer need a cupboard full of costly supplements.
  • No more expensive trips to the health food store that empty the wallet.
  • No more hands full of pills to take every day
  • We are getting far more nutrition for a much better price.
  • 1 oz a day  – So simple to take.
  • It’s delivered to our door every month.
  • I love that it, like my Oxygen Spa is Natural and every side effect is better heath.

Go check it outhttp://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete

Be sure to take a look at the study ~ “The Efficacy & Safety of Daily Complete For Energy & Overall Well-Being

For the FUN of IT  ~ Check out the Celebrity Fans of Daily Complete who love it enough to do UNPAID endorsements.

I especially wanted everyone to hear about it this month specifically because when  you order and go on auto-ship, you get an awesome gift so check out Synergy Defense too.

It is not just me, or the Celebs,  These folks say it all and more too ~ real customer reviews

I had a skin problem for a long time, and my doctor told me there was nothing he could do about it. I tried Daily Complete, and I’ve noticed my skin is getting better and better each day. — Henry, in BC

I had tried everything to relieve my allergies for two years, after using the Daily Complete for three weeks I no longer take any other products. It’s a miracle! — Carol, in ON

This product gives me the energy to keep me going through the day. My cravings disappear completely since my body is satisfied with this nutritional supplement. — kathy forbes, in ON

My hair was falling out,  after using the product within 30 days my hair was no longer falling out in clumps.— Susan, ON

No vitamin capsule or pill comes close to this! — Lisa Hanson, in MB

Complete is better then taking hard pills, a delightful orange taste to it. Complete mixes well in bottled water or juice and even in the Pure Trim Wellness shakes. — Doug, in SK

Its great to find one product that offers SO much. I was tired of taking 16 different vitamins a day, every day. Complete gives me all I need in a small serving. — Jason, in MB

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Daily Complete will be available in Europe and Asia later this year. The parent company and Daily Complete have a great long term history. It will be terrific when it is available to even more of us.

If you use Daily Complete and the foods listed below – YOU WILL BE PRACTICING EXCELLENT SELF CARE!

I  firmly believe DAILY COMPLETE is The Superman of Nutrition for Today!

Don’t forget to check out the FOOD VALUE CHART at the end of the post.

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Celebrities Shine with AwarenessLife Products!
 

After seeing the health benefits for themselves, many of these celebrities have agreed to reveal themselves to the public!

These are NOT paid endorsements, but real celebrity fans of the AwarenessLife® products!



Lindsey Vonn is the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winner and a 5-time world champion in downhill skiing!

Overall, Lindsey Vonn is the most successful American female skier in history.



She has appeared in many television series, including Alias, Firefly, Angel,and The Shield.

She is currently starring on the USA Network show Suits as Jessica Pearson.



Alexis is best known for her appearances in the hit comedy films Project X and Pitch Perfect.


Joe currently stars in the CBS series Criminal Minds as FBI Special Agent David Rossi.

He has also starred in hits like The Godfather and The Simpsons.



Arielle is known for roles in films such as American Pie, John Tucker Must Die, and Vampires Suck.

She has also starred in TV series including The Vampire Diaries, Life Unexpected, and 90210.



Alicia is best known for her roles on hit TV shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Mentalist.


All of these celebrities have two important things in common. None of them have been paid for this, and they love the AwarenessLife® products!

AwarenessLife® products are being noticed because they work.

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FOOD VALUE CHART

 Apples

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

Apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Slows aging process

Artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

Avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

Beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

Beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

Blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

Broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

Carrots

Saves eyesight

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower

Protects against Prostate Cancer

Combats Breast Cancer

Strengthens bones

Banishes bruises

Guards against heart disease

Cherries

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Ends insomnia

Slows aging process

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Chestnuts

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Chili Peppers

Aids digestion

Soothes sore throat

Clears sinuses

Combats Cancer

Boosts immune system

Figs

Promotes weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Fish

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Supports immune system

Flax

Aids digestion

Battles diabetes

Protects your heart

Improves mental health

Boosts immune system

Garlic

Lowers cholesterol

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

kills bacteria

Fights fungus

Grapefruit

Protects against heart attacks

Promotes Weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Grapes

saves eyesight

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Enhances blood flow

Protects your heart

Green tea

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps stops strokes

Promotes Weight loss

Kills bacteria

Honey

Heals wounds

Aids digestion

Guards against ulcers

Increases energy

Fights allergies

Lemons

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Stops scurvy

Limes

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

  Smooths skin

Stops scurvy

Mangoes

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Regulates thyroid

Aids digestion

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Mushrooms

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Kills bacteria

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Oats

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Prevents constipation

  Smooths skin

Olive oil

Protects your heart

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

  Smooths skin

Onions

Reduce risk of heart attack

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Lowers cholesterol

Fights fungus

Oranges

Supports immune systems

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps respiration

 Antioxidant

Peaches

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Aids digestion

Helps hemorrhoids

Peanuts

Protects against heart disease

Promotes Weight loss

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Aggravates
Diverticulitis

Pineapple

Strengthens bones

Relieves colds

Aids digestion

Dissolves warts

  Reduces Inflammation

Prunes

Slows aging process

Prevents constipation

Boosts memory

Lowers cholesterol

Protects against heart disease

Rice

Protects your heart

Battles diabetes

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Strawberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Calms stress

 Promotes normal urination

Sweet potatoes

Saves your eyesight

Lifts mood

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

 Very Nutritious

Tomatoes

Protects prostate

Combats cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

 Good for immune system

Walnuts

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Lifts mood

Protects against heart disease

Water

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Conquers kidney stones

  Smooths skin

Helps Brain Function and memory

Watermelon

Protects prostate

Promotes Weight loss

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Wheat germ

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Wheat bran

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Yogurt

Guards against ulcers

Strengthens bones

Lowers cholesterol

Supports immune systems

Aids digestion

“Frankenfoods” vs Real Food, What You Want To Know & Need To Know.

Excellent article from Herb Workshop! …….As a re-poster, I have added a bit here and there.

“Frankenfoods” vs Real Food

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes get an incurable craving for junk food that can only be abated when you have consumed the source of your obsessive thinking? You’re not alone if this has happened to you, AND it is part of the make up of what I like to call “Frankenfoods”.Frankenfoods

Through the use of artificial colors and flavorings, and concentrated fats, proteins, and sugars, food scientist have developed these “faux-foods” in a devious attempt to keep us coming back for more of their unhealthy offerings. These chemical-laden concoctions have been developed to stimulate the pleasure center of the brain, causing us to be highly stimulated and enamored with these faux-foods. We choose a physical response in the brain, a release of dopamine, followed by pleasure rather than choosing true health and vitality.

This cycle has led our nation (USA) to the highest rates of degenerative diseases in the world.

Through the refining process, all the good, natural nutrition is stripped away and replaced by harmful, disease promoting substances. These substances promote heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and a myriad of other health complications.

As we allow our schedules to become overloaded with inconsequential activities, we often reach for denatured foods that are quick, pleasurable, and devoid of any real nutritional value. As a result, a full 51% of the “foods” Americans eat today are processed and refined. By engineering the substances that are baked into these faux-foods, frankenfood manufacturers are betting and profiting from our becoming addicted to these chemicals, resulting in our consumption of more and more of their wares.

Real FoodSo how can we combat the physiological effect these faux-foods have on us. Well, start by NOT EATING THEM! Health food stores often have “healthier” alternatives to our worst cravings. These are a good way to begin transitioning away from the other junk foods, but these should not become a mainstay in your diet either. Even though its from a “health” food store, and often contains better ingredients, it is still refined and should eventually be eliminated from your diet. If you are looking for healthier alternatives, refer to the recent post concerning recommended RAW food books.

The following are other suggestions that will help your body loosen the hooks these foods have placed in your mind and in your body:

  1. Start each day with a good breakfast. I recommend using fruit and/or soaked grains. Avoid fruit juices and coffee that jack-up your blood sugar levels. Stabilizing your blood sugar helps control and eliminate cravings throughout the day. ( I will show you an amazing healthy coffee that we absolutely love in a future post)
  2. Eat at least 10 calories per pound of your IDEAL body weight. If you eat too little food, your body will stop producing lepting – a natural appetite-control hormone. Dietary recommendations are that we not eat fewer than 1500 calories a day, and NEVER under 1200 calories per day – except when fasting.
  3. Throughout the day, continue to eat foods that will continue a steady blood sugar pattern. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes (beans and lentils) will help prevent blood sugar dips and spikes that can lead to cravings, fatigue, and an overall feeling of “lousy”. (Graze)
  4. Eliminate the over consumption of animal proteins and fats. This will significantly reduce hormone swings, which can often lead to cravings. When consuming animal products, make sure they are organic or free-range, and hormone free. (In many other parts of the world meat is used more as a flavoring rather than a main course)
  5. Exercise moderately six days a week to build physical strength and to promote the elimination of toxins from your body. Your fitness routine should include a combination of aerobic and strength building exercises. ( I use my Oxygen Spa and get a cardio workout equivalent to a 3 km jog – getting my body clean and my workout rolled into one – again, will tell you more about that in a future post)
  6. Go to bed early. As busy parents it is often tempting to stay up late, after the kids have gone to bed, in order to get a little personal time. This eventually will cause a backlash effect, resulting in you feeling more tired and worn than if you’d gone to bed early and awakened earlier. ( Read the previous posts on sleep – it is more important than you think – on the news last night – newest North American Health  Epidemic – SLEEP DEPRIVATION)
  7. Turn off the TV. Television is known to be a powerful trigger for one’s appetite, AND can cause us to over-consume if we eat while watching it. The American Academy of Pediatrics has specifically associated childhood obesity with TV viewing. ( So if it is a problem for our kids you can be sure it is a problem for the adults as well)
  8. Plan ahead when traveling or eating out. Pack a cooler with “friendly” foods that won’t bust your gut while on the road. With the use of the internet, you can also find restaurants that have vegetarian menus and menu items.(It is OK to not be totally rigid about your choices,   but again from experience – all things in moderation or you will be choosing a result that stops you from having the best moments possible in every moment)
  9. Take a break from eating. Fasting is very beneficial to the body, when done correctly. Abstain from food for up to 24 hours once a week, or once a month, if possible. When resuming food intake, make sure it’s natural and raw; don’t overload your rested digestive system with heavy, chemical-laden foods. You will defeat the purpose of your fast if you do. ( We like to drink water flavored with real fresh squeezed lemon on an on going basis – you just naturally eat less when you consistently drink- sip more)
  10. Seek support from your family and friends. They may not understand what you’re doing, or why you’re doing it, but ask that they respect your efforts. I’ve often found that it is better for me to bring something to a dinner or barbeque invitation so I can have something to eat. It’s also a great way to explain what you’re doing and the benefits you see from it. (Bring an amazing dish you love with enough to share – soon they will want your recipes. Lead by example – Yummy is Yummy and we are all suckers for YUMMY)

These few, important steps must be followed daily in order to permanently overcome damaging food seductions.

These suggestions may seem to over-simplify the sensitive nature of food addictions, but really are powerful recommendations that are reliable and effective. Food seductions and pleasure releases are real. Recognizing the pleasure triggers in your life and intelligently working with them are required if you wish to achieve and maintain ideal health.

If you want more information about food additives, check out the book
‘A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives’ by Ruth Winter, M.S.

garden harvestBetter yet: do what you can to grow as much of your own food as possible. Lack of space is not a good excuse. Google “small space gardening” and you’ll be amazed at the ingenuity of folk to grow their own produce. Check it out!

Re-posters NotesRETAKE CONTROL OF THE FOOD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EAT SO YOU CAN AVOID AS MANY ADDITIVES AS POSSIBLE.

Your future,  your physical and mental  health as well your family’s future, their physical and mental health is in the choices you make every day.

We have a son who was labeled severe ADHD  at 4 1/2 years old and a daughter diagnosed with severe Crohn’s  finally diagnosed when she was 11 after 4 years of trying to get some one to listen.

I had very severe IBS long before it had a name and spent so many hours laying on emergency room floors trying not to scream from the severe pain.

PAIN & FRUSTRATION are huge incentives to find ways to improve any situation so we did.

Start cooking foods from scratch – to save time and money, make 2 or 3 lasagnas, casserole etc. and freeze. When our kids were little, I would spend an evening or a weekend every week putting  together and pre- cooking casseroles, soups, hearty stews. I was making 4 or 5, by the end of the first month I had quite a variety. For those busy days when there were after school activities. I would pull one out before I left for work – it would be thawed when I got home from work, in the oven it would go for 10 – 15 minutes.  I’d throw together a salad and we could eat healthy and be out the door in 30- 40 minutes max. I really got to like being able to shop for supper in the freezer – lots of mornings you don’t know what you want for supper – this one thing allowed us so much more freedom.

It takes that long to order a pizza or any fast food and go get it or get it delivered. The difference is I knew exactly what we were eating and it made a huge difference for our high level ADHD son. When he would eat prepared food/fast foods at 4/5 – he would tell me, mommy I don’t like how I feel, my body is all jumpy and buzzy, please make it go away.

We had a very bright child who had no attention span unless he was being over stimulated by fast paced games like dodge ball, tag etc or video games. He could beat 16 -20 years olds no problem. A neighborhood teenage boy and our son caught the same school bus and came to be video game buddy’s. As a result I had teenagers from all over our end of the city asking to come watch our son play video games because he was that good. ( It was really weird to have teens routinely show up on our doorstep on weekends and almost beg to watch D play. We would allow them  a couple of hours and he would show and tell them. It is amusing when I think back to all these teenagers thanking a 4-5 year old for the great tips and tricks.)

Had we not chosen to seek out complimentary solutions and change to only real food  we prepared/grew rather than follow the medical drug solution we would have stolen our children’s  choices for their future with out even knowing it. I see the difference between him and a cousin on each side of the family whose family’s chose the other route, the route that both medical and school officials were quire forceful in suggesting.

Our son has been able to do more, see more and have the choice of whatever profession he wants. His cousins never even made it through high school. He is still figuring it out but he has the marks and the education to choose between becoming an Electrical Engineer, Pharmacist or Air Traffic Controller. He is a very determined individual and when he makes up his mind to accomplish something it happens.

His employers enjoy his inquiring solution oriented mind and affable personally. Even better, like all teens he tried a bit of pot and booze but then knowingly chose  for those not to be his choices.

This is the kid the psychiatrists and psychologists said would never make it through school because his inability to pay attention was so severe.

Our daughter has not needed surgery and is able to stay off steroids etc by maintaining responsible nutritional choices and supplementation.  Another student in her class with the same diagnosis but less severe had to have his intestines removed in grade 11. His parents followed the medical advice they were given to a T.

Now I have very, very infrequent minor bouts of  tummy discomfort – typically when I choose eat processed/ fast foods for a few days like on road trips. I don’t have to deny myself anything in the food world anymore as long as I use moderation. So changing what you eat is not a life sentence like disease can be, for us it is life liberation. We are a family who can and will tell you that from Experience – because of what we have gone through to get where we are today.

The future with respect to physical and mental health is all about the choices we make.

We  are not RAW or VEGAN – We ARE regular people who make conscious choices about what we eat and have been well rewarded for making choices that work far better for us.

Through this blog I will share some of those choices that make a real difference in our lives every day like the ones above.

Please CHOOSE WISELY!  We do and I am grateful that I was savvy enough – not to just accept and follow the advice that was offered and insisted upon.