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Wellness Wednesday

Happy Wellness Wednesday! 

Those who know me well, knows how much I loooove researching nutritional and wellness topics. I came across some I was reading about and wanted to share them here.

1. Some Lectins are not good for you. 

This is due to phytohaemagglutinin – a lectin that can cause red kidney bean poisoning. The poisoning is usually caused by the ingestion of raw, soaked kidney beans. As few as four or five raw beans can trigger symptoms. Raw kidney beans contain from 20,000 to 70,000 lectin units, while fully cooked beans usually contain between 200 and 400 units. https://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-lectins

*A remedy to this issue is to soak, ferment, sprout and cook your beans. This will decrease lectins and free up the good nutrients. 

2.  Four disruptors to your body that you should research and watch out for is:

*Artificial sweeteners (saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, sucrose, neotame, high fructose corn syrup, and sucralose). Sweet and Low, and Splenda are artificial sweeteners and also contains some of these ingredients.

*Herbacides are poisons put on our foods to prevent insects from eating them. The problem is that if we eat them long enough, they can disrupt the cell signals in our bodies causing some things to get crossed up. It is for this reason that we try and get some items “organic” because it would be less harmful to our system. I am not saying to get everything organic, but it would help to at least get organic strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apple, grapes, peaches, tomatoes, cherries, pears, celery, potatoes, and bell peppers. The reason is because these fruits and vegetables typically have a higher pesticide load than the others.

*BPA – Bisphenol A is usually in plastic, and is the reason why there is suddenly a market of “BPA FREE” options when purchasing Tupperware, plastic cups & bags, straws, cups, etc… BPA is a chemical used in plastic and it imitates the hormone, estrogen.  When too much of it invades our system, our body can confuse it with estrogen. This synthetic hormone can create reproductive problems, cancers, obesity, early puberty, and heart disease. So do yourself a favor and eliminate it whenever you can. If you would like to learn more about this chemical, go here www.ewg.org/bpa/

*Avoid Toxic cleaning products that contain nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). NPE is a common ingredient in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, but is banned in Europe and known to be a potent endocrine disrupter, causing male fish to transform into females. If you would like read more about this go here https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/environment-fish-changing-sex-gender-chemicals-pollution-rivers-water-charles-tyler-fisheries-a7821086.html

3. Other household items that can be potentially damaging is:

*Thermal receipts are unhealthy because most contain BPA.

*Teflon is great for keeping food from sticking on pots and pans, but has been known to cause fever and flu-like symptoms. If you read a medical journal about Teflon, doctors say they are unsure if it is unsafe but if you read a journal from a green living journal, it talks about how Teflon kills birds due to hemorrhaging in their lungs. It seems to be a difference of opinions, so I will leave it up to you to research and decide for yourselves. Here is a medical article https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/teflon-and-perfluorooctanoic-acid-pfoa.html and an article from green living  https://greenlivingideas.com/2012/06/13/how-toxic-is-teflon/

*Avoid Hand sanitizers with Triclosan. Triclosan can cause our immune system to be weakened, contaminate our water supply and go seep into our skin causing hormone disruption. I personally use a Triclosan-Free hand sanitizer but of course, I always encourage others to research things and reach their own conclusions!

*Avoid Sunscreens with retinyl palmitate, retinol or vitamin A, oxybenzone, octocrylene, paraben preservatives, homosalate and octinoxate. These all contain hormone disruptors. There are some healthier options, so look into those.

*Avoid deodorants with aluminum. This is possible! After many trials, I finally settled on a really good aluminum free deodorant. It is based on your body chemistry, so trial and error is the BEST way to find the RIGHT deodorant for you!

References

  1. Precision Nutrition
  2. EWG
  3. Green Living
  4. Cancer.org
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