Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Food Cravings? Here's what they really mean...

Chocolate: magnesium

Chocolate is the most commonly-reported craving in the Western world, so it shouldn’t surprise us that it is linked to a nutrient in which a huge number of us are unknowingly deficient: magnesium.
According to recent statistics, up to 80 percent of Americans are lacking in this essential macromineral, which is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including reactions that relate to relaxation.
In fact, magnesium is nicknamed the “relaxation mineral,” since anxiety, irritability, insomnia and high blood pressure are its main deficiency symptoms. This is the reason why magnesium-deficient people temporarily feel better after eating a chocolate bar: the small amounts of magnesium in it (derived from its cacao content) relaxes them.
But, of course, there are far healthier sources of magnesium than processed chocolate. Dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts, fish, beans and blackstrap molasses are all excellent sources of magnesium and will help end chocolate cravings.

Sugary foods: chromium, carbon, phosphorus, sulfur and/or tryptophan

The second most commonly reported craving in the West is high-sugar foods.
This is the most complex craving to pin down, since deficiencies in no less than five nutrients could be causing it:
  • chromium (helps to regulate blood sugar levels)
  • carbon (one of the elements from which sugar is made)
  • phosphorus (helps the body produce energy)
  • sulfur (helps remove toxins)
  • tryptophan (a serotonin regulator)
Therefore, the best way to end incessant sugar cravings is to simply improve your diet, which will help remineralize your body in all areas.

Refined carbohydrates: nitrogen

A craving for refined carbs like pasta and bread signals a deficiency in nitrogen.
Nitrogen compounds are an essential component of nucleic acids and protein, and deficiencies in them can result in malnutrition due to a related protein deficiency. Therefore, if you find that you’re craving a lot of refined carbohydrates, add more nitrogen-rich foodsto your diet.
Most foods contain nitrogen in organic or non-organic form, but fruits and vegetables are especially rich in it.

The following cravings are less common than those detailed above, but are still regularly reported in today’s society:
Oily and fatty foods: You are deficient in calcium. Good sources of calcium include raw milk, cheese, turnip greens and broccoli.
Ice: You are deficient in iron. Eat more iron-rich foods like leafy greens, meat, blackstrap molasses and sea vegetables.
Salty foods: You are deficient in chloride and/or silicon. Try adding more fish, nuts and seeds to your diet.

Monday, January 8, 2018

BPA Disrupts Metabolic Rates and Causes Obesity, According to New Study

A new study conducted by the New York University of Medicine reports that packaged food is directly correlated to the obesity levels rising in American children because of their exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA).
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2003, 92.6% of children 6 years and older had obviously measurable levels detected in tested urine.
The study also concludes that BPA disrupts other multiple metabolic mechanisms.
BPA has been identified by scientists as a cause for recent early pubescent development in our children. Between the ages of 5 – 7 is the new average pubescent age, wherein this physiological change used to occur several years later just a generation ago.
BPA is a highly toxic estrogen accelerator that is used in all plastic products commercially produced. The chemical mimics natural estrogen when leeched into the body. It offsets natural estrogen levels, causing the body to hasten its pubescent generation. Nearly all children are exposed to this chemical through plastic toys, pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups. Its influence on natural hormone distribution within the body has proven to be incredibly damaging.
In April of this year, GlobalData surmised that manufacturers would produce 4.7 million metric tons of BPA to be used in plastics worldwide.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned its use in certain children’s products, it is widely used in packaging processed foods.
In fact, the FDA claims that there is not enough convincing evidence to support the banning of BPA from use in food products, plastic packaging and personal care products. The FDA also asserted that there is insufficient scientific proof to justify restricting BPA’s use.
Other chemicals linked to obesity in humans are:
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Phthalates (used in plastics)
  • PFOA (used in Teflon) also are harmful to the human immune system, liver and thyroid
  • Corn fed cows has higher levels of saturated fat in their beef
  • Arsenic (fed to pigs and chickens) affects the thyroid gland
  • Pharmaceuticals and medications in public water supplies negatively affect the natural chemical make-up of our bodies
The claim by recent a recent study that obesity is linked to IQ, which was funded by the pharmaceutical industry serves to purvey the idea that drugs are the answer to America’s weight problem. By determining the metabolic syndrome rate in a teenager, it is suggested that their cognitive brain function is compromised by their body mass index (BMI).
The author of this study recommends using methods to develop a classification for overweight children in America so that the psychiatric industry can work together with the pharmaceutical corporations to develop drugs.
Young people have been targeted as having a propensity toward becoming obese in rural areas. It was also noted that ethnicity played a part in the likelihood of becoming overweight. Blacks and Hispanics, according to the study, have a poor diet and are physically isolated, and do not necessarily have access to healthy food.
The World Health Organization (WHO) have asserted that American over-consumption of food is a drain on global resources and unsustainable. Although Americans only account for 6% of the global population, more than a third of them are considered obese.
WHO would like the average global body weight to be near emaciated levels to conserve food stores and reduce the human impact on the planet.
Michelle Obama has remarked that the growing number of obese children in America is a threat to national security.
Endocrinologist Robert Lustig of the University of California, San Francisco observes,“This epidemic of obese 6-month-olds. Since they’re eating only formula or breast milk, and never exactly got a lot of exercise, the obvious explanations for obesity don’t work for babies. You have to look beyond the obvious.”
Early life exposure to traces of chemicals and hormone-mimicking pollutants, such as BPA, in the environment, act on genes in the developing fetus and newborns and turn more precursor cells into fat cells. These chemicals cause the cells to hoard nutrients, directly causing weight gain in infants. They may even cause severe alterations in the body’s metabolic rate.
by Susanne Posel – Occupy Corporatism