Trans fat needs a warning label

Trans fat roles in the body include:
? Lowers high density lipoproteins (HDL), otherwise known as the ?good
? Raises low density lipoproteins (LDL), otherwise known as the ?bad cholesterol?.2
? Raises C-reactive protein, a substance in the blood that indicates arterial inflammation and is said to indicate proneness to heart disease.3
? Raises Lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a)), a substance in the blood that indicates arterial inflammation and is said to indicate proneness to heart disease.4
? Raises C-reactive protein, a substance in the blood that indicates arterial inflammation and is said to indicate proneness to heart disease.5
? Promotes improper management of blood sugar thus having detrimental effects in diabetics.6
? Interferes with the function of the immune system.7
? Decreases the bodies ability to utilize and decreases the amount of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids in our tissues.7

What are trans fats? They are poison in our food supply. ?The latest government study confirms that trans fat is directly related with heart disease and increases LDL cholesterol. Because of that, the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, declared there is no safe amount of trans fat in the diet.?8 ?There should be a warning on food made with this stuff like there is on nicotine products. It?s that bad for you, says Dr. Jeffery Aron, a University of California at San Francisco professor of medicine and one of the nation?s leading experts on fatty acids and their effect on the body.9

(Fats, cholesterol, and the lipid hypothesis)

Exercise can be bad for your health

We all know that exercise is good for our health. Exercise helps to improve our cardiovascular system, and respiratory system; resistance exercise helps to improve muscle function and will prevent age associated muscle atrophy. But did you know exercise, especially high intensity exercise by flooding it with free radicals. Free radicals are chemical marauders that can affect every cell in your body causing DNA mutations, premature aging, cell death, muscle weakness, fatigue and chronic oxidative stress.

So how can you get the best benefits of regular exercise?without placing your body at risk in the process? Proper antioxidant support is one effective way: Extensive research shows that safe, natural substances including vitamins A, C and E, N-acetyl cysteine, lutein, rosemary leaf extract, turmeric, green tea, bilberry and grape seed extract are all potent free radical quenchers?and you can find all of them in a single daily formula from Vitamin Research Products called Extension Antioxidant.6-15

Supplementing with nutrients that will help your body to replenish its essential ATP levels is another key strategy?one that will improve muscle function plus increase your heart?s stamina and help it to keep up with the demands for more ATP during exercise.16

D-ribose is a pentose sugar that can help to maintain ATP regeneration in your body, especially following exercise. Studies document that D-ribose can supply extra amounts of ATP to your heart muscle in particular.17-18 Meanwhile, the popular antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) also plays a vital role in ATP synthesis, and can improve energy production when your body is under physical stress.19 It?s no surprise, then, that research shows that regular CoQ10 supplementation can boost exercise tolerance, lessen fatigue and improve physical performance in active subjects.20-23

Whether you?re a casual exerciser or an amateur athlete, look for the highly bioavailable form of CoQ10, preferably the second generation CoQ10-H2?, to combine with Extension Antioxidant and D-ribose?which are all available from VRP?for a supplement-based strategy that can reduce your recover time plus maximize your strength, energy and endurance throughout each and every workout.

8 reasons to eat more saturated fat

Sources of saturated fat: Beef, beef tallow (fat), dairy, palm oil, coconut oil.

Saturated fats? roles in the body include: [1]

? They constitute at least 50% of our cell membranes and give our cells integrity.
? They play a vital role in the health of our bones.
? They lower Lp(a), a substance in the blood that is said to indicate proneness to heart disease.
? They protect the liver from alcohol and other toxins like Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
? They enhance the immune system.
? They are needed for proper utilization of essential fatty acids.
? Stearic acid and palmitic acid, both saturated fats, are the preferred energy source of the heart. This is why the fat around the heart muscle is mainly saturated. The best sources for palmitic acid are beef, butter and palm oil.
? Short and medium chain saturated fatty acids have strong antimicrobial properties. They help protect us from harmful microorganisms. The best sources are tropical oils such as coconut oil and palm oil.
(Enig, Mary., and Sally Fallon. ?The Skinny on Fats,?

Food and the government

“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

Buyer Beware! If You’re Using Olive Oil for the Health Benefits the Fed is Stepping in to Help

The language surrounding olive oil is can be quite confusing.

From virgin to extra virgin, cold pressed, unfiltered, etc.

And to add to the confusion, a bottle of oil containing as little as 10% olive oil could call itself olive oil.

Reading labels is a must but at $15-20 a bottle for most oils it is a must to know what you are buying.

Julianna Barbassa delivers the latest news on the new regulations by the USDA to clarify olive oil confusion.

Seven Myths About Veggies!

No matter what you read there is one fact which is undeniable; we should all eat more fruits and vegetables.

That being said, how to determine which are best is another matter.

Raw versus cooked, fresh versus frozen, organic, not organic?

Lori Bongiornio of the Concious Consumer Blog sorts out some of your most common questions about fruits and vegetables and what is best for you.

Sturated fat doesn’t lead to heart disease

A recently published meta-analysis looked at 347,747 subjects in twenty-one studies to summarize the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease. During the 5 – 23 year follow-up 11,006 of the almost 350,000 subjects developed CHD or stroke.

Conclusion: Saturated fat consumption was not associated with an increased risk of heart disease or stroke
(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan 13, 2010)

Pool Supplies for Clean and Safe Swimming

The warm weather is here to stay for the season. With the heat and humidity, and immediate access to the sun?s hot rays, most people will want to jump in a pool eventually. Many homeowners build pools into their yards or maintain above ground pools. In either case, proper upkeep requires having the right pool supplies to keep it clean and safe for everyone.

Most importantly, it is essential to keep the water clean. Contaminants can find their way in from the air or from unknowing swimmers and foul the water. Small particles can buildup and make the pool unsightly to swim in. They can also cause injury if stepped on the wrong way. Pump and filtration systems can work on a consistent basis to intake water, filter it, and pass the clean water back out into the pool again.

Pool drains can be dangerous, especially for children. The suction is often overpowering for the strength of a child, so anti-entrapment systems can be used to stop the pump in case any suction is detected. This process works by allowing air into the pump, eliminating the force of entrapment almost immediately.

You can also keep the pool safe by getting the right ladder. Many kinds of ladders and steps are available. Depending on the type of pool, its depth, and how the ladder is being used, you?ll be able to gauge which product is most suitable. Lights are available for ladders as well.

Other pool supplies include pool heaters and thermometers. Some heaters are designed for installation above ground, but there are others that can be put below ground and out of sight. Various kinds of liners are available too, including expandable ones that will last and protect your pool even in winter. Accessories will help install liners as well as patch tears and holes.

Wooing Your Property Management

Armed with a bachelor’s degree, a double shot of adventure, and an intense need to get out of your hometown, you head off for the big city. Doesn’t matter where: the Windy City, the Big Apple, the City of Brotherly Love. The point is this: You’ve got to go. So, you meander around downtown and take in the tall buildings and small cafes along with the scents of taxis, hot dogs, and flowers. Now, you need a way to make money, and you need a place to live. Pound the pavement and follow up on that vocational aptitude test. Work can be fun, work can be profitable, but a person still needs a coat hook, an electrical outlet, and a bed. It’s time for apartment shopping.

You’ve seen him before, the landlord who pokes his head out of his doorway every time you come or go, shouting about rent and threatening to throw you out. He’s there again at three in the morning in a white tank top and unflattering shorts to wake you up and ask about the loud music someone complained about a few hours ago.

Not all landlords are like that. Make no mistake, landlords and apartment managers can be pretty cool. It’s a business relationship: You pay them money, they let you have a place to live, but you can still be sociable. Besides, being friendly with the property management never hurts. When your bathtub suddenly turns up in the apartment below you, you’re going to want a prompt replacement, and your manager is going to take extra care to help that friendly guy from upstairs who asks about the grand kids as opposed to the tenant in 45B.

So be wise, and make nice with the landlord. You’ve got a friend who’ll help you when the drain backs up. (But remember, the rent is still due Thursday.)

When you need Emergency cash

If you follow the advice about saving enough money to cover three to six months of your expenses in an emergency fund, you are ahead of a large part of the population. But what if something happens that uses that fund up quickly and you still need more? Some people might have other sorts of backup available like CDs, a 401(k) account, or stocks and bonds. But what does the ordinary person living from paycheck to paycheck do to find emergency cash?

Sometimes arrangements can be made to cover a sudden large expense by making payments. Hospitals and medical people often agree to let you pay a debt over time, so arrange payments when you can and save your cash for other less flexible debt such as a mortgage or car payment. If you miss a payment with these, it might be hard to catch up if you?re already strapped for cash.

If you have credit cards, you can usually get 30 days breathing space by borrowing cash. While not a good solution, it is a place to start to take the pressure off and give you time to think and plan your next move. Of course, the best plan is to have some idea of what to do if you need emergency cash?before you need it.

Another possible place to look for quick cash is a life insurance policy, if you have one. Although you will have to start over building up value on your life insurance policy after the crisis is over, borrowing against the cash value of your policy is a good temporary solution. If none of the above work for you, then you can either talk to family and friends and ask for a temporary loan, or decide if you have something of value to sell.

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