Nutrition for Body and Soul

What the Heck is Carrageenan?!?!

Reading labels can be so confusing at times… Take Almond milk for instance… You’re trying to eat healthy so you grab for the almond milk!  However, not all almond milk is created equal!  Read the following article on carrageenan, which is found in most almond milks.  I found one that doesn’t have carrageenan in it at Sprouts.  I believe Whole Foods Market has a good one too.


The following article is from Prevention!

Sometimes eating something natural isn’t good for you.

Many food manufacturers—even some makers of commercial organic foods—are adding “carrageenan” to foods like yogurt, chocolate, soymilk, and even ice cream to give the foods a thicker consistency and to make low-fat versions taste fuller. Derived from red seaweed, it’s often added to beverages to keep their ingredients from separating; you’ll find it in many nutritional shakes, milk products, and milk replacements. The ingredient even crops up in certain frozen dinners, soups, and commercial broth products. The problem: carrageenan could be causing inflammation, gut irritation, and even cancer.

“What’s striking to me is that carrageenan has no nutritional value,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, director of farm and food policy at the Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog group that promotes family-scale farming. The organization has been critical of carrageenan’s approved use in organics and recently launched a nationwide petition urging the FDA to ban the ingredient from the food supply.

Its use in beverage products could be completely eliminated if companies printed “Shake Well” on their packages, since carrageenan essentially makes sure liquids remain mixed.

Although derived from a natural source, carrageenan appears to be particularly destructive to the digestive system, triggering an immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens like Salmonella. The result: “Carrageenan predictably causes inflammation, which can lead to ulcerations and bleeding,” explains veteran carrageenan researcher Joanne Tobacman, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago. She says the food ingredient irritates by activating an immune response that dials up inflammation. Her previous work showed a concerning connection between carrageenan and gastrointestinal cancer in lab animals, and she’s involved with ongoing research funded through the National Institutes of Health that is investigating carrageenan’s effect on ulcerative colitis and other diseases like diabetes.

The concern over food-grade carrageenan isn’t new. Beginning in the 1960s, researchers started linking the ingredient to gastrointestinal disease in lab animals, including ulcerative colitis, intestinal lesions, and colon cancer.

Here’s how to cut carrageenan from your diet:

Scan the label. Carrageenan must legally appear on a food label, so check labels of even organic foods to see if it’s an ingredient. While organic foods ban the use of GMOs, chemical pesticides, and toxic synthetic additives, the program does allow carrageenan. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards Board isn’t set to vote on removing it from organics for four more years.

Speak up. Sign the Carrageenan Petition to the FDA to let the federal agency know you don’t want this ingredient in the food chain.

Check the list. The Cornucopia Institute created a Buying Guide to help you shop carrageenan-free products. Vallaeys says the good news is companies like Stonyfield Farm, So Delicious, Eden Foods, and Oregon Ice Cream are voluntarily working to reformulate carrageenan-free products.

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Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus Globulus….

Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil has a crisp, stimulation aroma that makes it perfect for aromatic and topical use.  It contains a high percentage of eucalyptus, which is also found in other botanicals such as bay leaves, sweet basil, rosemary, and sage.


Eucalyptus Globulus oil contains a variety of purifying properties.  It is often employed to help support healthy respiratory system function.  Eucalyptus Globulus oil also has a calming effect on the mind and body, including relieving sore muscles after exercise and increasing concentration.  It is stronger than Eucalyptus Radiata oil, so extra care should be taken when using with children, the elderly, and those with sensitive skin.

Suggested uses….

*  Rub 2-3 drops of diluted Eucalyptus Globulus oil into palms and inhale to promote normal respiratory function, Can also be applied to the bottoms of your feet

* Add a few drops of Eucalyptus Globulus oil to a warm bath and soak in it to relieve sore, overused muscles

*  Massage 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus oil – diluted to 50% – into sore muscles as needed to soothe them, especially after heavy physical exertion

*  Diffuse Eucalyptus Globulus oil in an Améo diffuser to promote normal immune system function, improve concentration, aid in frequent sneezing, and support respiratory function

*  Apply a few drops of diluted Eucalyptus Globulus oil to bug bites, as well as minor cuts and scrapes, to aid in purifying and cleansing

*  Massage 1-2 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus oil – diluted to 50% – or diffuse with Peppermint oil in an Améo diffuser for a natural, chemical-free insect repellent

*  Mix Eucalyptus Globulus oil with Bergamot oil and a carrier oil and apply inside the mouth to aid in oral health

*  Diffuse Eucalyptus Globulus, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, and Rosemary oils in an Améo diffuser to purify the air in your home, office, or car


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Cheers to health the natural way!!!


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Get Your Walk On!

Start off with 10 minutes per day and work your way up!! Make it a healthy habit! You will feel so much better!

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A Little Food4Thought!

A little Food4Thought to start your week out!!


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What’s For Breakfast You Say???

Not only is this easy, but it’s oh so pretty!! Make sure to use organic, free range eggs… And organic peppers!!


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Your love for avocados is oh-so right, according to a new study that finds that eating an avocado a day can improve bad cholesterol levels — at least in overweight and obese people.

Avocados have gotten a bad rap in the past because they’re high in calories and fat. But it’s their richness in monounsaturated fat that researchers say gives avocado its ability to lower bad cholesterol.

Researchers asked 45 overweight or obese participants to eat an average American diet (51 percent of calories from carbs, 34 percent from fat and 16 percent from protein) for two weeks to establish a common baseline for testing their cholesterol and other measurements. Then they assigned the participants to complete a series of three diets in a randomized order: a low fat diet (24 percent of calories from fat) without avocado, a moderate fat diet (34 percent of calories from fat) without avocado and a moderate fat diet with a daily serving of a whole avocado. Each diet lasted for five weeks, with two-week breaks in between to control for any carryover effects. The participants were also provided with food for each phase of the study, making the meals uniform.
The researchers found that all regimens helped participants lower their levels of two types of cholesterol associated with cardiovascular disease risk: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and non-high density lipoprotein (non-HDL).

It’s important to note that these diets often work simply because researchers have a high level of control over participants’ food choices. Nutritionist and lead author Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D. of Penn State University noted that readers shouldn’t simply start adding an avocado to their diets, especially if it’s a typical American one that takes a significant number of empty calories from grain-based desserts like cookies and cakes. That’s a recipe for weight gain, according to Kris-Etherton, because an avocado has about 200 calories. If you want to incorporate avocados into your diet, try them as a substitute for junk food.

Because of how expensive and rare avocados can be in different parts of the country during certain times of the year, Kris-Etherton also emphasized that there are many other sources of unsaturated fat in addition to avocados, like nuts, seeds and other oils. Still, her research showed that the avocado diet proved to be a better diet for cholesterol than even the moderate fat diet, which also supplied dieters with monounsaturated fat in the form of sunflower and canola oil. Kris-Etherton is intrigued about what sets avocados apart from other sources of good fat.

“We don’t know what it is. It could be the fiber, but it could be some other bioactive components in the avocado that are also in other plant foods or fruits and vegetables,” she said. “Or they could be unique to avocado.”

In addition to good fat, avocados are also packed with potassium (it has almost twice as much potassium as a banana) and have among the highest levels of proteins for a fruit. The superfood even has the ability to lessen the inflammatory properties of other foods that are eaten alongside it; a 2012 UCLA pilot study found that eating a hamburger with half of an avocado significantly cut down on the production of an inflammatory compound normally associated with the consumption of red meat.

For tips on how to incorporate more avocado into your life, check out HuffPost Taste’s Avocado Recipes That Go Way Beyond Guacamole.

The study was funded with a grant from the Hass Avocado Board (HAB), an industry group that promotes research about the health benefits of eating avocados. Kris-Etherton is also a member of the Avocado Nutrition Science Advisors (ANSA), a group of nutrition researchers focused on cardiovascular health, weight management and type 2 diabetes. ANSA scientists are nutrition advisors and spokespeople for HAB.


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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress/Cupressus sempervirens

Distilled from the twigs and shrubbery of the cypress tree, this oil has a fresh piney scent that is especially popular during colder months.  Cypress essential oil blends well with True Lavender, Rosemary and citrus fruit oils.  It is used extensively in spa therapy and treatments to beautify the skin.


Cypress oil has a long history of use, including promoting normal circulation and respiratory function.  Cypress oil can be used in a wide variety of situations and conditions.  Mentally, Cypress oil helps create a sense of stability and security, especially during times of uncertainty and change.

Suggested uses

*  Massage Cypress oil into the arms and legs, moving toward the heart, to promote normal circulation; also rub 1-2 drops directly over the heart

*  Rub 1-2 drops of Cypress oil into palms and inhale when experiencing fear, stress, doubt or panic

*  Apply 1-2 drops of Cypress oil to the soles of the feet to keep yourself grounded

*  Apply several drops of Cypress oil to the reflex points on your feet to aid in menopause symptoms

*  Add a few drops of Cypress oil to bath water or directly to armpits to help control perspiration

Clinical grade oils are what you want!!


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Immune Boosting Smoothie

Immune Boosting Smoothie
Breakfast, Vegan, Smoothie, Wheat-free, Juice
Serves 2
2 oranges
2 carrots
2 ounces of water
1 cup (or more) chopped kale
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 inch fresh ginger root, chopped
Place the juice of one orange on the bottom of the blender. Add rest of the pulp to blender as well.
Place next peeled orange segments, water, kale, chia seeds and ginger in blender.
Blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

Thanks Lauren Kelly for sharing!

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