Aluminum additives in food and personal care products can accumulate in the body, including the bones!

Aluminum toxicity accumulates over time and can be difficult for the body to eliminate.  Beware of your exposure from various sources!

Aluminum hydroxide is used in many antacid medications.

Aluminum phosphate and sodium aluminum sulfate are used as stabilizers in many processed foods.

Aluminum salts are found in many antiperspirants (aluminum chlorhydrate, aluminum chloride, aluminum hydroxybromide, aluminum zirconium) and can be absorbed through the skin.

In one study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, researchers found that women with breast cancer had a higher accumulation of aluminum in their breast tissue.  Aluminum salts can also mimic estrogen, which has been shown to increase the risk for breast cancer.

There is growing evidence that chronic aluminum exposure can be a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.

A study from Keele University in the UK shows high levels of aluminum in the brain of an individual exposed to aluminum at work, who later died from Alzheimer’s disease.   In 2004 high levels of aluminum were found in the tissues of a British woman who died from early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Cooking with aluminum foil and/or aluminum cookware increases absorption of aluminum into food and beverages.  This includes making coffee in an aluminum espresso maker.

Aluminum can be inhaled through cigarette smoke.

Read labels and avoid ingredients containing forms of aluminum.

Some foods that may contain aluminum:  baking powder, self-rising flour, salt, baby formula, coffee creamers, processed foods

Foods and drinks in aluminum laminated pouches or aluminum cans

Toothpaste containing aluminum oxyhydroxides

Deodorants, antiperspirants, cosmetics, lotions, sunscreens, shampoos, bath salts, and other personal care products

Over-the-counter medications and/or dietary supplements containing aluminum, including the additive magnesium stearate

A healthy digestive tract will help move most of ingested aluminum out of your system before it gets absorbed.  This means that you need to eat in a way that doesn’t leave you reaching for antacids or make you constipated for days.

Eat foods rich in fiber, especially vegetables, and avoid processed carbohydrates that are high in sugar and low in fiber.

To help restore a healthy balance of gut bacteria, eat some fermented foods like sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar.  Add foods that contain live probiotic cultures like unsweetened yogurt and cottage cheese.  Choose products from grass-fed cows and those not raised with antibiotics or growth hormones.  If you don’t consume dairy products, consider taking a probiotic supplement.

Consume bone broth to help repair the gut and to supply collagen, shown to reduce the loss of bone mass and the likelihood of hip fractures.  There’s a basic recipe on my website.

Eat foods high in sulfur like garlic, onions, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, bok choy, sweet potatoes, nuts, turnips, and watermelon.  Sulfur helps the body to produce the antioxidant glutathione, which is essential for protecting the body from damage caused by chemicals like aluminum.

Drink enough pure water (tap water can also be contaminated with aluminum).

Get enough daily exercise and practice deep breathing to help remove toxins through perspiration and respiration.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Natural Health Consultant

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The standard American diet has left the majority of us deficient in vitamin C! Prolonged deficiency could result in . . .

tissue degeneration of the heart, arteries, and veins, increasing the risk for cardiovascular problems.  Vitamin C helps protect us from damage caused by chemicals.  Those who may be at high risk for vitamin C deficiency include:

*Those who eat a diet high in fried foods, sugar, and processed foods.

*Those who take anti-coagulants, cortisone, large amounts of pain killers, aspirin, and birth control pills.

*Cigarette smokers and those affected by second-hand smoke.

*Those who chew tobacco and consume excessive amounts of alcohol.

*Those on long-term antibiotic therapy.

*Those who regularly use the microwave to heat or cook food.

*Those often exposed to x-rays and/or other forms of medical radiation.

*Those exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace and/or home:  tanning salons, dry cleaners, oil and gas refineries, gas stations, carpet and tile installers, flight attendants and airline pilots, furniture refinishers, farmers, carpet plants, nuclear waste disposal, miners, truck drivers, water/sewage treatment, battery plants, roofers, hair salons, plastic factories, road/asphalt workers, and cleaning and deodorizing chemicals we use in our homes and put on our bodies!

Many people think that they are getting the recommended daily amount of vitamin C by drinking commercial orange juice.  This may not be the case.  Cooking, pasteurization, long-term storage, and synthetic chemicals added to restore color and taste, may leave little to none of the original vitamin C.

Less than 5% of the American diet comes from fresh uncooked foods.

Fresh produce that is allowed to sun-ripen before it is picked contains the most vitamin C.  Most citrus fruits (grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, lemons, etc.) are picked green and ripened in warehouses.  Toxic gases are often used to finish the ripening process, and other chemicals may be used to keep them from spoiling before they reach the produce department of your local grocery store!

Storage, shipping, and chemicals all destroy vitamin C!

Other problems that could result from a vitamin C deficiency include frequent infections, easy bruising, bleeding gums, nosebleeds, tooth decay, belly fat, lack of energy, anxiety, and respiratory problems.  A low intake of vitamin C has also been shown to double the risk of hip fractures!

Many processed foods contain ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C), often derived from corn, which may be genetically modified.  This could cause problems for those with corn allergies.  Ascorbic acid is also a common additive in soft drinks, along with the preservative sodium benzoate:

Together, ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate produce benzene, a known carcinogen!  Not the kind of vitamin C you’re looking for!

The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 90 mg. for adult males and 75 mg. for adult females, and your body only absorbs so much at one time.  If you choose to supplement, one way to find out when your body reaches its saturation point is to start with the recommended daily amount, slowly add extra until your bowel movements are loose, and then take the last amount that didn’t cause diarrhea.

Studies indicate that, when it comes to stroke prevention, vitamin C supplements don’t offer the same protection as eating the whole citrus fruits.  On the other hand, there have been indications that taking more than 350 to 400 mg. of supplemental vitamin C a day for a period of at least 10 years seems to help lower the risk of developing cataracts.  Remember, it’s the cumulative effects of nutrients and deficiencies that make the long-term difference in our health!

Your daily vitamin C intake depends upon your lifestyle factors:  diet, stress, and chemical exposure!

The pulp (pith–white part between the peel and fruit) of citrus fruits contains 10 times more vitamin C than the juice, and frozen orange juice contains more vitamin C than those in cartons and bottles.  Eat the pith and buy juice that contains pulp.

Get your daily intake of foods rich in vitamin C!

1 large yellow bell pepper contains an average of 341 mg.

1 large red bell pepper contains an average of 312 mg.

1 large orange bell pepper contains an average of 238 mg.

1 large green bell pepper contains an average of 132 mg.

1 cup raw chopped broccoli contains an average of 79 mg.

1 cup fresh sliced strawberries contains an average of 97 mg.

1 cup papaya cubes contains an average of 87 mg.

1 navel orange contains an average of 83 mg.

1 medium kiwi contains an average of 70 mg.

1 cup cubed cantaloupe contains an average of 59 mg.

1 cup fresh orange juice contains an average of 124 mg.

1 cup orange juice from concentrate contains an average of 97 mg.

Of course, nutrient content varies depending upon the condition of the soil the plant was grown in, chemicals used during growing and harvesting, and how much is lost from the farm to your table.

An easy way to add more vitamin C to your diet is to drink fresh lemon water every morning.  Vitamin C can help fight cell damage, chronic inflammation, and strengthen the immune system, and lemons also contain limonin, a substance shown to help prevent cancer, strengthen blood vessel linings, elevate beneficial liver enzymes, and reduce artery-clogging cholesterol.

Add a dash of cayenne pepper to your lemon water for extra vitamin C and to help boost metabolism and circulation.

Note:  Grapefruit increases the bioavailability of certain drugs.  Consult with your health care provider if you are taking oral medication to make sure that grapefruit won’t interfere with any medication.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Healthy Lifestyle Coach, CNC, CNHP

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This heart-protective nutrient helps neutralize toxins before they can cause cellular damage!

While in outer space, astronauts are exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation from the sun.  Exposure to these large amounts of ultraviolet light left them feeling sick and tired.  NASA researchers discovered that high amounts of UV radiation were damaging their red blood cell membranes, resulting in anemia.  When the astronauts’ diets were supplemented with vitamin E, the fatigue syndrome disappeared!

Some notable research findings on vitamin E, especially relating to the heart, include:

*Helps protect arteries and heart tissue from damage due to aging and/or toxic chemicals

*Helps to increase blood flow to internal organs

*Helps normalize blood clotting

Some top food sources include:

Sunflower seeds–just 1/4 cup contains 60% of the RDA of 400 IUs of vitamin E, along with 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 20 mg. of calcium, 10% of the RDA for iron, only 1 gram of sugar, and zero grams of sodium and cholesterol.   They also contain 30% of the RDA for magnesium, a common nutrient deficiency, that helps relax muscles, including the heart.  Eat them raw and unsalted.

Almonds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, avocados, cold-pressed wheat germ oil and pumpkin seed oil, wild-caught salmon, spinach, and other dark green, leafy vegetables.

If you live in an industrialized area with high levels of pollution, are exposed to high levels of toxic chemicals in the workplace, or even second-hand cigarette smoke, make sure that you’re getting sufficient vitamin E in your diet!

Ongoing radiation exposure can increase our need for vitamin E:  television, video games, computers, cell phones, medical x-rays, etc.

A large number of American children are deficient in vitamin E!  Their diets are usually high in refined grains like white flour, white rice, degerminated corn, etc., all of which have had the vitamin E removed.

Meats that contain nitrates like ham, bacon, salami, bologna, hot dogs, etc., are other common staples in children’s diets, as well as sugar, deep-fried foods, and all kinds of artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors.  Vitamin E is needed to help protect the body from the damaging effects of these toxic chemicals.

Food sources are always best, but if you need to supplement, beware that many vitamin E supplements are derived from genetically-modified soy, which could cause an allergic toxicity.  Also, most synthetic supplements don’t contain the full spectrum of vitamin E, as do food sources.

Remember, deficiencies are cumulative, doing their damage little by little, over time.  A severe vitamin E deficiency could increase the risk for health problems, including heart disease, hardening of the arteries, anemia, infertility, and autoimmune disorders.

Consider adding a handful of unsalted sunflower seeds and almonds, along with an extra serving or two of dark leafy greens, to your daily diet!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Healthy Lifestyle Coach, CNC, CNHP

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

The opposite of peace is stress.  Stress can negatively impact our health, interfering with sleep, digestion, and blood flow.  It can also keep us so distracted that we forget to pay attention to making healthy choices.

Stress is the number one acid producer in the body!  Too much acid causes inflammation! Too much inflammation can lead to chronic health issues, including a weakened immune system and faulty digestion!

Some healthy lifestyle practices to help you manage stress:

Practice positive thinking:  “—Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”  Philippians 4:8.  Add to this gratitude, forgiveness, and laughter (it really is the best medicine)!

Practice deep breathing several times throughout the day, especially when you feel tense or under pressure.  Before you eat a meal, take a few deep breaths to prepare your body for digestion.  Between bites, put your food or fork down, and take another deep breath before the next bite.

Stretch to help relieve muscle tension and to create more flexibility in your arteries and around your heart.

Drink enough water–dehydration can stress your body.

Exercise is a proven stress reliever.  Make time in your daily schedule–at least 20 to 30 minutes.

Green tea contains theanine, an amino acid that has been found to have positive effects on anxiety.  Chamomile tea has also been studied for its ability to relieve anxiety.

Sleep at least seven or eight hours a night to give your body time to repair and recharge, ready to handle the next day’s stress!

Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and can help reduce stress. Wild-caught fish, like mackerel, tuna, sardines, and salmon, are good sources, and grass-fed beef has more omega-3 fatty acids than corn-fed.  Raw nuts and seeds also contain these good fats.

Some foods that help the brain produce the feel-good hormone, serotonin, are bananas, oatmeal, and turkey (raised without antibiotics and packaged without nitrates/nitrites).

Reduce or eliminate foods that promote inflammation and stress, like refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, most refined vegetable oils, too much meat, dairy, and sodium, white flour, white rice, packaged foods that contain artificial colors, flavors, MSG, and preservatives.   Eat more fresh and less processed!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Healthy Lifestyle Coach, CNC, CNHP

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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