Friday, April 27, 2012
P.H.A.T Detectives expose High Fructose Corn Syrup. Check out the video!! If you didn't know, sugar, including high fructose corn syrup, is a major player in the obesity game. Sugar based drinks, like soda and energy drinks, attract people young and old. In the United States, consumer foods and products are known to use high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. It has become extremely common to prepare processed foods and beverages this way. Especially in the U.S., where we put it in everything from breads, cereals, yogurts, and as pharmaceutical coating.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
We all know our body needs water to survive. Water contains vital minerals such as minerals and electrolytes. The body takes water and fuels our organs with these enriched minerals. Our bodies are 50% to 70% water. It is a crucial part of our diet. Our body uses water to digest food , carry waste, and regulates our body temperature. So now that you know how vital water is to life, why should people have access to undrinkable water? More than one out of six people lack access to safe drinking water, 1.1 billion people, and more than two out of six lack adequate sanitation. 3900 children die every day from water borne diseases. The media says that our body needs 8 glasses a day, but what if we are over weight? or under weight? Too tall Or short ? poor or rich? They don't have an answer. Unfair, maybe? The best way we can help these people is to conserve as much water as possible. We can also flood global government institutions with letters that call for proper plumbing or higher water purification regulation in under developed countries.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
We all hear, day in, day out, "Eat this, don't eat that!" Or, "don't you know that isn't good for you?" Well, then what is? With all the diets, the trends, the advertising, how am I supposed to know what is good for me? And, wouldn't you believe it, with all the food hype, we really have just strayed away from the basics. We're all humans, and human bodies all need some basic things to be healthy.
First order: THE BASICS
Okay, now that that is out of the way.....what else? What should I put in my body?
2nd Order: The BASICS: Nutrients
1. Carbs: Carbohydrates are the main source of our bodies energy...so don't run from them, get your carbs!
Foods to eat: bread (bagels, oatmeal, whole grains!!) beans, fruits, brown rice
2, Protein: It builds our bodies. Proteins make us strong, build muscle, again give energy, and keep disease away!
Foods to eat: Turkey, tuna and other fish, cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, tuna
3. Vitamins: Are necessary for the function of life! Scientists have know this for ages! There are too many to list so please check here for a full list!
Foods to eat: fruits, veggies like broccoli, you can never have enough!
5. Calcium: We all know the mantra: Drink milk: It's good for you! Calcium definitely helps build strong bones, you be thankful later in life if you get enough calcium now!
Foods to eat: Not only dairy, but you can get your calcium from spinach, calcium fortified cereal, salmon, tofu, almonds
6. Iron: is needed to carry oxygen throughout our bodies! Without enough iron, our body will begin to breakdown.
Foods to eat: Poultry, meats, fortified grains
Of course this list can go on and on, but we wanted to keep it as short and sweet as possible. Check back soon for more information!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Here's a shocking fact, low income neighborhoods lack proper grocery stores. Surprisingly there isn't a shortage of convenient liquor stores and fast food restaurants, can you believe it. The problem is that large corporations use disinvestment has a tool to keep the poor in there place. Disinvestment is when a company will divest an asset or subsidiary as a strategic move for the company, planning to put the proceeds from the divestiture to better use that garners a higher return on investment. This powerful tool doesn't just act as an inconvenience by limiting what people eat but how there bodies respond to being malnourished. Fast food companies are becoming richer by the day because low income neighborhoods lack major human resources. In the greater picture American fast-food franchises have been a major contributor to globesity. Globesity his is a blend of global with obesity and refers to the looming public health crisis worldwide caused by excessive weight gain.
Be the change,
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Hello readers, I hope your spring break was all you could have hoped for. If it wasn't, think about the billions of people who live on less than $1 a day. This shockingly true fact is a harsh reality for many individuals who find living day to day more to be more like a game of survival. Sadly it doesn't stop there. Researchers created a chart that marked off all who live $1 a day so they could graph out how much others spent. They discovered that 162 million people live in ultra poverty on less than 50 cents a day. Imagine if all of the ultra poor were concentrated in a single nation, it would be the world’s seventh most populous country after China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, and Pakistan. If you are interested in joining the fight against world hunger follow this link for further information , http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/.
We must remember that these people are our people and we must work together to make a change!
Monday, April 2, 2012
Hey all you healthy creatures, Its World Health week. World Health Day is celebrated every year on the seventh of April. This event commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year a health focused theme or topic is chosen. Recent themes have included Emerging Infectious Diseases, Healthy Cities and Polio Eradication.The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme "Good health adds life to years". The focus is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live. The information kits prepared for these World Health Days can be found elsewhere, just click World Health Day.