March Newsletter

Top 10 Healthy Foods
Benefits of Vitamin D
The Myth of Sports Drinks
This month’s newsletter features How Vitamin D protects you against radiation, whether Powerade really does make better athletes, and find out if you are eating the Top 10 Healthiest Foods!
This month’s tip from Laura: Make sure during meal time you either drink a glass of water 20 minutes before your meal, or two hours after your meal. If you drink during a meal, make sure your water is room temperature or warmer and you sip throughout your meal. Never drink a full glass of water directly after your meal is finished. This may cause poor digestion, and unnecessary bloating.
Did you know Vitamin D can protect you against radiation?
Radiological health expert Daniel Hayes, Ph.D., of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene suggests that a form of Vitamin D could be one of our body’s main protections against damage from low levels of radiation. Writing in theInternational Journal of Low Radiation, Hayes explains that calcitriol, the active form of Vitamin D, may protect us from background radiation and could be used as a safe protective agent before or after a low-level nuclear incident. Click here for more.
Does Powerade make better athletes?

(NaturalNews) Not all of today’s high-tech, ultra-talented athletes are hooked on today’s high-tech supplements. In fact, more than a few of them are beginning to do the right thing for their bodies by rejecting synthetic sports drinks and supplements, in favor of real food.

The natural food phenomenon is being highlighted as the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London is set for later this month, when viewers of the games will no doubt be bombarded with ads for so-called “sports” drinks, nutritional supplements and energy gels – the latter of which comes in small foil packages and which so many runners and cyclists use during their events.

In fact, top-selling Powerade is the “official” sports drink of the 2012 Olympics, National Public Radio reported recently, implying that “processed sports foods and neon-colored drinks are the stuff that gold medalists are made of.

Increasingly; however, sports nutritionists and professional athletes are not in agreement. Physician and nutrition expert David Katz, of the Yale University School of Medicine, told NPR that sports drinks on average are about as bad as soda. Click here for more.

Are you eating the Top 10 Healthy Foods?

1) Apples

Apples are an excellent source of antioxidants, which combat free radicals, damaging substances generated in the body that cause undesirable changes and are involved in the aging process and some diseases.
2) Almonds
Almonds are rich in nutrients, including iron, calcium, vitamin E, fiber, riboflavin, and magnesium. A scientific review published in Nutrition Reviews last year found that almonds as a food may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
3) Broccoli
Broccoli is rich in fiber, folate, potassium, calcium and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds which reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli also contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant, as well as vitamin C. Click here for more.