Activated Charcoal – The Latest Health Breakthrough

Activated Charcoal – The Latest Health Breakthrough

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!

Aloe Vera – Sunburns & Wounds are ONLY the Beginning!

Aloe Vera – Sunburns & Wounds are ONLY the Beginning!

When I was growing up in Canada my mom would snip our Aloe Vera plant and place the gel onto my cuts and burns. I felt an immediate cooling sensation and we had great results with a speedy wound recovery.

Since that time we now see Aloe everywhere. Supermarkets carry pure Aloe Vera juice and Aloe skin care is very popular too. The world is beginning to see it as the amazing healing plant that it is.

Aloe Vera In Latin means “the bitter truth.” Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, referred to Aloe as the “Potted Physician.” I’d say this was a very accurate description indeed because of its myriad of healing properties.

Here is a short list of the benefits of Aloe Vera. Consider buying a real Aloe plant or look for pure and concentrated Aloe gel or juice that hasn’t been heated, processed, or diluted with other ingredients.

  • Digestion – Aloe has shown amazing benefits to reduce acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. It gently detoxes the digestive track and colon while taking with it toxins, chemicals, and even parasites and worms. It also helps with diarrhea and constipation for those struggling with either. A study in the Journal of Alternative Medicine found that Aloe Vera juice could be effective for treating inflammatory bowel disease as well.
  • Alkalinity – The typical North American diet is highly acidic from overconsumption of alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, and sugar. Consuming aloe juice regularly helps to offset this acidity and provide a more alkaline environment. Too much acidity has been linked to cancer, inflammation, and other disease.
  • Oxygen – Aloe consumption provides oxygen to our blood and may help regulate cholesterol levels and blood pressure and possibly reduce the risk of heart disease. Aloe Vera can increase circulation by 700%.
  • Antibacterial – Aloe Vera has strong medicinal qualities and is shown to be anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial and therefore may support the immune system and fight fungus and bacteria both in the body and on the skin when used topically.
  • Vitamins – Aloe is packed with vitamins and minerals making it a well rounded “multivitamin” from nature. A small amount goes a long way to support your immune system and correct deficiencies within the body.
  • Healing – As mentioned from my experience as a child and from a recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, it has been discovered that Aloe preparations speed wound healing.
  • Energy – Most Aloe Vera users notice a surge in energy levels. This is mainly due to the increased oxygen and rich levels of vitamins and minerals.
  • Blood Sugar – Clinical studies show that oral supplements of Aloe improve blood glucose levels in Type II Diabetes patients.
  • Arthritis– According to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Aloe can help prevent Arthritis and reduce the inflammation in joints already affected by arthritis.

 

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!

Chlorella – The Original Superfood

Chlorella – The Original Superfood

Chlorella is a chlorophyll-rich algae superfood that can be traced back over 2 billion years. The name comes from two Latin words: “chlor,” meaning green, and “ella,” meaning tiny. A superfood is simply “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”

Chlorella is made up of approximately 60 percent protein, 20 percent fat, and 20 percent carbohydrates and is jammed packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients.

Most superfood green powders on the market contain chlorella as their main ingredient because of it’s powerful healing properties.

Research has been done all over the world with many published studies showing the amazing health benefits of this ancient, original superfood. Health improvements can be experienced with as little as 2-6 grams of chlorella per day.

Some of these include:

– Increased immunity leading to a lower incidence of the cold and flu

– Improved digestion

– Lowering of blood sugar and blood pressure

– Anti-inflammatory effects, which may ease symptoms of fibromyalgia and other chronic disease

– Normalizing of blood counts in those with anemia

Chlorella also contains Glutathione, which is a liver-supporting compound. It has a unique cellulose layer that is shown to help flush the body of heavy metals including lead and mercury which makes it ideal for those looking for a gentle, yet effective detoxification.

Look for a chlorella powder or supplement that has been processed without heat or chemicals and therefore contains “live” enzymes. Also ensure that it comes from pure, unpolluted waters. Research a company with a strong reputation such as Purium. You can introduce chlorella into your diet by starting with a superfood greens powder, which is sure to include high levels of this amazing, healing miracle.

  • Always consult with your doctor before beginning any supplement regimen especially if you’re currently taking blood thinners.

 

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!

Give Cows a Vacation – Drink Non-Dairy Milk

Give Cows a Vacation – Drink Non-Dairy Milk

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.

Almond Milk

  • 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.

Coconut Milk

  • 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.

Flax Milk

  • 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.

Hazelnut Milk

  • 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.

Hemp Milk

  • 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.

Oat Milk

  • 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.

Rice 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.

Soymilk

  • 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 Milk

  • 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.

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!

2 Brains Instead of 1

2 Brains Instead of 1

Did you realize that we actually have two brains? Our gut is often referred to as our second brain because everything that happens in our body begins and ends in our stomach. The majority of Americans are moving through life with an unhealthy digestive system thus making them more prone to a myriad of possible diseases and health challenges.

There are numerous reasons why our stomachs are off balance with prescription drugs and antibiotics being number one. Stress also plays a huge factor in lowering digestive health, as does overconsumption of sugar and alcohol.

Some signs that you may have an unhealthy gut are skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or acne, anxiety and/or depression, lack of energy, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, acid reflux and heartburn, and arthritis or inflammation of the joints.

When I work with clients we look at what they’re doing to promote a healthy gut and then get down to some serious business of improving their system even more by using the following life-changing suggestions:

Fermented Foods – Kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha tea are just some of the fermented foods which offer an incredible amount of gut-healthy bacteria. Make it a goal to consume some fermented products daily to optimize the healthy flora in your stomach.

Probiotic – More important than a multivitamin is a probiotic. Choose a probiotic supplement with at least 30 billion live cultures and commit to taking it daily indefinitely. Within a short period of time you’ll begin to see the positive benefits of this live product going to work! If you’ve recently consumed a round of antibiotics, it can take up to 6 months to regain your healthy stomach flora.

Sugar and Alcohol – Sugar, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates like processed foods can feed unhealthy gut yeast that attacks our systems. Often a short detox is required to get things under control and regain balance. Eliminating sugar, alcohol, and processed foods and sometimes even fruit and dairy products while consuming fermented foods and a probiotic supplement will re-boot your system and get you back to feeling great.

Meditation – Stress actually affects our entire body including our immune system and digestive health. Taking time each day to meditate will benefit your overall health in ways that you can’t even imagine. Take a class in transcendental meditation or join a meditation group near you. Also create time each morning for quiet reflection to de-stress and reconnect with your spirit.

When we begin to truly understand that our gut is like the operating system for our entire body, we start to make it a priority. If you aren’t feeling your best, work on regaining a healthy gut and you may just realize where the problems have been all along.

 

Jay Bradley is an anti-aging, wellness & lifestyle expert living in Los Angeles http://jaybradleylifestyle.com

He is the author of LIVE LOOK FEEL The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!