Your Healthy Tidbits; Volume 12 Issue 44

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When you’re stressed over something in the past or possible future, or lost in a problem in your mind, breathe with your belly for two minutes and just focus on the air going in and out. This will calm your body down and bring your mind back into the present moment again.


Sodium tripolyphosphate, also known as pentasodium triphosphate (STPP), is used in cleaning products, detergents, soaps, paints, ceramics and food products. It’s often used as a preservative in seafood like shrimp and scallops to help retain tenderness and moisture during storage and transport. It is labeled by the FDA as a multiple purpose GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) food substance. Because STPP can improve the appearance of seafood, there is some concern that unscrupulous salespeople may sell products that are not fresh to consumers who cannot see the signs that the items have started to go bad. Although it cannot be used specifically for this purpose, this chemical also holds in water, making the seafood heavier and therefore more expensive. Some stores will mark products that have not been exposed to STPP as "dry." Although STPP is generally regarded as safe, in very high quantities (such as ingesting large amounts of the pure chemical), it can be toxic. There is some public concern about the presence of artificial preservatives such as STPP in food, but most current research suggests that it does not appear to cause health issues at the amounts normally ingested. Always check the ingredients label and avoid this chemical!


Diet Tip: Get more sleep! Research reveals that skimping on zzz's while you're dieting causes your body to lose more water, muscle, and other tissue (instead of fat) which slows your metabolism. It can also increase your body's production of ghrelin, an appetite-boosting hormone.


Researchers studied the relationship between chiropractic care and dizziness in older adults along with the effects of chiropractic spinal adjustments over an 8-week period on a group of patients. The results demonstrated an 83% improvement or eradication of the dizziness as a direct result of chiropractic care. The researchers report that more research is needed, but their findings suggest that chiropractic care may be a great option for patients with dizziness. The implication goes further than that because when considering the dangerous side effects and unpredictability of prescription meds, chiropractic may just be one of the best solutions for these people. Although chiropractic is not a treatment for symptoms/conditions, removing nerve interference allows the body to function at a higher level and express better health. Who do you know who could benefit from Chiropractic care?


Studies show that consuming 1 to 3 oz. of aloe gel at mealtimes could reduce the severity of GERD and other digestion-related problems. When used as a mouth rinse, pure aloe vera juice is just as effective at reducing dental plaque buildup as regular mouthwash. Just two tablespoons per day can lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers are currently investigating how aloe may play a role in some types of cancer, as well.


"Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life." ~Christiane Northrup


My wife asked me if I knew what her favorite flower was. Apparently, “Gold Medal All Purpose” was not the correct response.

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