Called the "tree of life" in the Phillipines and the "all giving tree" in Indian classics, the coconut palm has sustained cultures throughout millennia. In fact, the coconut is the foundation of most diets in tropic and subtropic countries. Though the flesh of the coconut is popular, as is its milk, the most widely used part of the coconut is its oil. Some say coconut oil is the best choice for one's good health. Still, others say that since coconut oil is saturated it should be avoided. Who should we believe?
Edible Island Nutrition News
Debbie Bowman is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who holds degrees from both the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the University of British Columbia. Debbie is our in-store nutritionist here at Edible Island where she assists customers make informed food and supplements choices to best achieve their specific health goals.
Some call it Frankenfood… and some just call it dinner. Genetically modified (GM)foods are considered by many to be our saving grace, as they're touted to have the ability to end world hunger. But a growing number of scientists say that genetically modified foods will be the bane of our existence if the practice is left to continue unabated. Who should we believe?
The idea of consuming fermented foods may be new to you, but the practice of preparing and consuming fermented foods has been around for thousands of years. Back in the day, though, people fermented foods as a means of preservation. Today we ferment foods for taste and for the many health benefits fermented foods have to offer.
Most of us have read or heard of the hype being touted about the evils of high fructose corn syrup, (HFCS). In fact, it wasn't that long ago that I let my daughter choose a Jones soda, sweetened with cane sugar, over a normal soda, sweetened with HFCS, and felt I had made a good choice for her health. But was I duped? Have we all been duped into thinking that one sweetener is better than another? Let's look at the facts.
Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bones, is a serious problem faced by men and women of all ages. In fact, fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime.
Sneezy, Wheezy, Puffy, Itchy, Watery, Drippy, Dopey…..no, I'm not naming any dwarves, I'm listing some of the ways we feel when we are afflicted with seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, pollinosis and allergic rhinitis. Seasonal allergies are triggered by allergens that are emitted from weeds, grasses and tree pollens. Essentially, our body overreacts to these allergens and causes something known as a histamine response.
The average home today contains more toxic chemicals than the average chemistry laboratory at the turn of the century, and ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. More than 72,000 chemicals have been produced since WWII, but the majority of these synthetic chemicals have never been tested for acute or long term effects, or their combined or cumulative effects. Many of these chemicals created for use during the war have found their way into our homes.
Olive oil is one of the world's oldest foods and is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet - a diet that sustains some of the healthiest populations and is associated with a low rate of cardiovascular disease. The health benefits of olive oil are so extensive that it's considered a functional food.
Diets are made to fail. I say this with confidence because statistically it's true - ninety five percent of the people who start a diet won't lose weight or keep it off. But we are ever hopeful. Like our waistlines, the list of diet books on display at the local bookstore or on the top ten list is ever expanding. Every day people start a new diet, firmly believing that this time, this diet will actually work. So what's wrong with this picture? Why do so many diets fail and what can we do to turn those statistics around? Diets fail for three main reasons:
Whether you’re a serious athlete or a recreational exerciser, it’s important to make sure you stay hydrated before, during, and after exercise, especially during the hot summer when we are likely to lose even more fluid through increased perspiration. For workouts that last less than an hour, simple water is all one needs to stay hydrated, but for longer workouts it's important to replace lost electrolytes.
One of the oldest surviving tree species on the planet, Ginkgo biloba is an extraordinarily hardy tree. Growing to a height of over 120 feet, the ginkgo is resistant to disease, insects, fungus and modern day pollution. In fact, Charles Darwin called the Ginkgo tree a "living fossil". Though we never want to be called a fossil, we do want to be strong and hardy into old age - so it's interesting to note that this long surviving herb has been effectively used as an anti-aging supplement for over four thousand years.
Wouldn't it be nice if there was one supplement that could neutralize free radicals, fend off disease, protect our vital organs and energize us from head to toe? Actually, there is - and it's already inside of us. It's called coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
While most of us associate inflammation with pain, inflammation can actually be a good thing. Specifically, inflammation is the body's natural response to injury or infection. However, when inflammation persists it can shift from a healing response to a damaging condition. Chronic inflammation is common among the aging population and is the root cause of many serious illnesses - including heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer's disease.