If you’re shopping at your local health food store or pharmacy, you’ll definitely notice many new and unique products that contain activated charcoal. From lemonade and toothpaste to supplements, water filters, and face masks, this ingredient is the hot trend of the year.
Charcoal products used both externally for the skin and teeth or internally such as powders or capsules are usually made of activated carbon which is produced from carbonaceous source materials such as bamboo, coconut husk, willow, peat, and other wood.
When used to detox the body and skin, activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores, gently removing them from our system. Charcoal is often used in hospitals and emergency rooms to thoroughly help detoxify and cleanse people who have overdosed on drugs or poison. In fact, it draws out up to 2000 times it’s weight in toxins.
Another cosmetic feature of charcoal is its ability to whiten the teeth when used during brushing. Although messy, this technique works wonderfully well to remove stains from coffee, tea, red wine, and more. Because charcoal is 100% alkaline, it may also help to offset some of the acidity that leads to cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.
Charcoal is known to help alleviate gas, bloating and digestive disorders, and may lower harmful cholesterol, increase the function of the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands, and it could even prevent hangovers. Topical products assist with blackheads, clogged pores, acne, body odor, and other skin irritation and rashes.
Look for organic skincare and toothpaste containing charcoal along with supplements or powders that can be added to your daily smoothie or juice.
When taken internally, it’s best to start slowly and build up from there. Consume charcoal two hours before or after eating a meal or taking your supplements and medications as it may interfere with nutrient absorption.
Minor side effects may occur such as constipation or black stool but overall, it is well tolerated. Always, check with your doctor before starting a new supplement or health regimen.
Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness, and Lifestyle Coach Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com
He is the Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!
These days, if you order a latte from your local coffee shop, or hit the milk aisle at your grocery store, you’ve probably noticed a massive movement in the non-dairy milk industry. Where there was only cow and perhaps goat’s milk, you’ll now find more options than you can even fathom.
The biggest reason for this shift seems to be that more and more people are lactose intolerant, meaning they don’t digest the protein in dairy products.
Also, many health-conscious consumers are learning about the potential downside of consuming dairy products which often contain added hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals.
Another reason why we are seeing such an array of trendy and nutritious non-dairy milk products is that more people are becoming vegan for both health and ethical reasons.
As a health coach, I teach people to listen to their bodies. Not everybody needs to avoid milk and in fact, dairy can offer many benefits. If you do consume milk however, I am a firm believer in buying organic, full fat, and if possible, *raw dairy products too. Raw dairy has not been over-processed and still contains healthy and beneficial enzymes.
But for those looking to try an alternative for whatever reason, here is a list of the most popular non-dairy milks available and a brief outline of their benefits. Keep in mind that all of these options can be made at home or purchased already prepared. Always look for unsweetened and organic whenever possible.
- One of the most popular of all non-dairy milks, almond milk is made from ground almonds and water and has a slightly nutty flavor.
- Almond milk is low in calories, and relatively low in fat.
- A serving of almond milk provides approximately 20% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium, 10% of vitamin A, 25% of vitamin D, and 50% of vitamin E.
- Made from the meat of coconut and water, coconut milk has a sweet flavor and is loved by many.
- Coconut milk is creamier than coconut water and higher in essential fats and is often added to Thai foods including curry dishes.
- Coconut milk is higher in calories than some of the other non-dairy milks.
- Many people on the ketogenic diet or those consuming higher fat for weight loss, often make coconut milk or cream a part of their daily diet.
- A serving of the full fat version provides approximately 21% of the RDA of fiber, 11% of calcium, 10% of folate, 22% of iron, and 22% of magnesium.
- Cold-pressed flaxseed oil is mixed with water to make flax milk which is delicious and nutty.
- Many people have said that flax milk is the closest in taste to cow’s milk.
- Relatively low in fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Contains a generous 30% RDA of calcium but doesn’t contain protein or fiber. Flax milk contains 10% RDA of vitamin A, 25% of vitamin B-12, and 25% of vitamin D.
- Blending raw hazelnuts with water makes hazelnut milk.
- Hazelnut milk is smooth and creamy with a bold, nutty flavor. Hazelnut milk is considered by many to be one of the tastiest non-dairy milks.
- Hazelnut milk contains a lot of natural sugar at approximately 14 grams per serving.
- Hazelnut milk has 1 gram of fiber and only 2 grams of protein per serving. There is 30% RDA of calcium in a serving of hazelnut milk, along with 10% of vitamin A, 25% of vitamin D, 10% of vitamin E, and 30% of riboflavin.
- Made by blending hemp seeds and water, hemp milk has a slightly nutty flavor and a very creamy texture.
- An 8-ounce glass of hemp milk contains approximately 5 grams of fat, mostly the healthier polyunsaturated ones.
- Hemp milk has only 2 grams of protein and does not contain any fiber.
- Hemp milk is packed with amino acids featuring all of the major amino acids.
- Hemp milk has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and approximately 25% of the RDA of calcium.
- Popular in Europe and one of my favorites! Oat milk is made by blending oat groats (hulled whole grains) along with filtered water.
- Oat milk has a mild flavor with a hint of sweetness and a rich, creamy texture.
- Oat milk is moderate in calories, high in fat and carbohydrates. It is also high in natural sugar with approximately 19 grams per serving.
- There are 4 grams of protein and 35% RDA of calcium in each 8-ounce serving. You can find 10% RDA of vitamin A, 25% of vitamin D, 10% of iron, and 30% of riboflavin in each serving of oat milk.
- Another popular option. Rice milk is made from water and most often brown rice. Rice milk has a wonderful, mild flavor and a thinner consistency.
- An 8-ounce serving of rice milk has approximately 120 calories and 2 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.
- A serving of rice milk only contains 2% RDA of calcium and is sometimes enriched with other vitamins and minerals.
- The most popular of all non-dairy milks. Made from grinding dry soybeans with water, soymilk may be an acquired taste. Soymilk is one of the thickest and creamiest available and has a slightly nutty taste.
- A serving of soymilk has 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 6 grams of sugar in a serving of soymilk. Soymilk has a generous 7 grams of protein and 30% RDA of calcium per serving. A serving of soymilk contains 10% RDA of vitamin A, 50% of vitamin B-12, 30% of vitamin D, 6% of folate, 6% of iron, 10% of magnesium, 30% of riboflavin, and 4% of zinc.
- Sunflower kernels are blended with water to make sunflower milk. Sunflower milk has a rich texture and a sunflower seed taste.
- An 8-ounce serving of sunflower milk contains approximately 70 calories and 4 grams of fat. Sunflower milk has 7 grams of sugar and doesn’t provide a significant amount of protein or fiber, with one gram of each in an 8-ounce serving. It has about 30% RDA of calcium, 10% RDA of vitamin A, and 2% of iron.
Whole Grain Milk
- Combining various whole grains and blending them with water make whole grain milk.
- Whole grains may include brown rice, barley, black rice, millet, amaranth, and quinoa, among others. The flavor and nutritional value of whole grain milk varies based on the variety of whole grains used in the recipe.
- Nutritional values are similar to rice milk.
*Some people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, children, and some elderly may need to avoid raw dairy products. Always check with your doctor.
Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles.
He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!
Many people take better care of their cars than they do their bodies. We are quite disciplined when it comes to changing our oil, washer fluid, and maintaining our regular service.
But when we think of a full body detox or cleanse we get nervous. We picture going without food for days or taking a bunch of powders, pills, and potions and suffering along the way. While some major detox programs can be difficult, there are simpler ways to give your body and organs a rest. We can make small changes today that can provide a gentle, yet effective cleansing. Here are some ideas:
- Drink Water – The easiest way to cleanse our body of toxins is to commit to drinking more filtered water. Purchase a 32 oz. non-BPA plastic or stainless steel bottle and make it a point of filling it at least twice per day. This assures that you drink your minimum of 8 glasses daily. If you’re active, more water is likely required. For extra detox support, add organic lemon or lime to your water.
- Milk Thistle – The active ingredient in milk thistle is called Sylmarin and it has powerful antioxidant and potent liver-supporting properties. It acts to gently cleanse your liver from toxins and impurities. Milk thistle also has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Make sure to use an organic supplement and take it daily throughout the year or cycle off and on for 3-month periods.
- Infrared Sauna – This wonderful detox literally warms our body from the inside out and causes our system to sweat out toxins and impurities. Sweating is one of the safest and most natural ways for our body to cleanse. Look online for an infrared sauna health spa near you.
- Fresh Vegetable Juice – We are all familiar with the lengthy 7 or 10-day juice cleanse but consider doing 1 day only of fresh, organic green juice. This easy to follow regiment will give your body a break from processing foods and you’ll find yourself feeling lighter, more clear, and energetic.
- Intermittent Fasting – This fasting program isn’t as difficult as you may think. For 2-3 days per week try eating your last meal by 8pm and don’t eat again until noon the next day. Drink as much water as you’d like and feel free to have coffee in the morning but avoid solid foods for approximately 16 hours. This not only gives your organs a break, but it kick-starts your metabolism and helps you to burn fat too.
- Epsom Salt Soak – The most simple cleanse of all is taking an Epsom salt bath. The active magnesium sulfate in the salts work on detoxifying heavy metals, chemicals, and toxins from your system while gently relaxing the muscles. Add your favorite essential oils for an added Zen experience.
- Activated Charcoal – Activated carbon also known as activated charcoal can be found in powder or supplement form. It is most often made from the ash of hardwood trees or coconut. The porous surface of charcoal has negatively charged ions that work to attract and excrete positively charged toxins, poisons, and other buildup. Follow the directions on the bottle.
*Always consult with your physician before beginning a new supplement, herb, or fasting program.
Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com
He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!
Ingredients (Organic whenever possible)
Approximately 15 cookies
1 1/2 Cups of Pitted Dates
1/4 Cup Raw Almonds, Walnuts or your favorite nut
3/4 Cup Oats
2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
1 Tbsp Ground Chia Seed
2 Tbsp Hemp Hearts
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Maca Powder
2 Tsp Water
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Jam or Homemade Fruit Compote
Mix all ingredients except the oil, water and jam into a food processor and blend until clumpy. Add oil and blend again. While blending, add the water and mix until consistent.
Remove the dough and roll it into small balls. Flatten slightly with a spoon and make a small indent in the center.
Place onto parchment paper and fill the centers with homemade fruit jam or compote of your favorite flavor or an organic bottled one without added sugar.
Refrigerate for half hour and serve.
Ingredients (Use Wild-Caught Fish only, not Farmed)
4 Pieces of Fresh Cod or Mahi Mahi Filets
2 Cups of Full-Fat Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Cup Coconut Flour
½ Cup Almond Flour
3 Tbsp Ground Chia Seeds
6 Tbsp Shredded Coconut
½ Tsp Paprika
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
1 Tsp Ground Pepper
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
Marinate fish pieces in coconut milk anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour
Mix the coconut and almond flour and all spices into a shallow bowl or a rimmed plate
Once marinated, coat the fish thoroughly with the coconut, almond batter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Heat a frying pan with the coconut oil on medium high heat and pan fry the fish for approximately 2 minutes on each side until golden brown
Put them into the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes depending upon the size of your fish filets
Serve with baby organic broccoli and red and white quinoa with colorful peppers.