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Your Low Back Friend Ab Workout

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Hello guys! This is Andrew Raposo here.

Rick is taking the day off with his family. He is camping somewhere so I am going to show you and everyone at ExercisesForInjuries.com how to get abs while keeping your low back injury free.

As a matter of fact, these exercises will help treat your back pain but if you need a specific workout to help you with you back then check out Rick’s Fix My Back Pain.

Lets get to the workout….

Your Low Back Friend Ab Workout


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You can do these exercises during your workout, or at the end of the workout as well. All you need is space and a wall.

You are going to do these exercises for 3 sets.

The first exercise is a modified Dead Bug.

#1 – Modified Dead Bug

This is how you do this one.

Lie on your back, put your legs up at a 90 degree angle. Press your hands against the wall and then drive your low back into the ground, keeping your abdominals nice and tight.While pressing against the wall, extend one leg forward, get your heel to touch the ground and bring it back. You are going to alternate.

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With this exercise you are going to make sure there is no room underneath your lower back or you will feel a little back ache. This increases the core strength that helps protect your low back.

If you feel strain or pain in  your lower back, make sure your are doing the exercise right. If you still have strain or pain, then discontinue the exercise.

If you can not flatten out your back, you can put a towel under your back to fill in the space in your lower back or you can maintain the space you have throughout the exercise.

The next exercise is called a Hard Style Plank.

#2 – Hard Style Plank

With this one, you are just going to hold the plank for ten seconds.

When you are doing this exercise you want to create as much tension as we can. In that plank position, squeezing your abs, gluts and quads as tight as you can. Drive your heels as far as you can, keeping everything nice and tight holding for ten seconds and then rest for five seconds and repeat for three sets.

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With this exercise you are essentially creating as much tension as you can throughout your body, you will really feel a big burn in your abs.

Right after that get into what is called a Box Plank.

#3 – Box Plank

How this one works is you get on all fours, get your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees beneath your hips. Bring your hip and knees off the ground, without moving your hips side to side squeeze your stomach really tight and take one hand off the ground, then alternate making sure you are not shifting your hips side to side. You will feel a big burn in your abs with these exercises, lot better than your typical sit-ups and crunches and it helps the lower back.

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Alright guys, that is your ab workout. Repeat that for three sets. Enjoy the exercises, remember you will feel a nice burn in your abs. Better than any sit-up or crunch that you will ever do. Alright! I will see you guys later. Enjoy the workout.

If you want to learn more about working out your abs properly then check out Fighter Abs: Get Abs Like A Fighter here:

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Andrew Raposo, CPT

P.S. – That is it. I think Rick will be back tomorrow.

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Every Man Needs to Take This

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Every Man Needs to Take This

“What do I need to take?”, did I hear you ask?

I do hope I caught your attention with the title of this article.

Indeed, it’s difficult to resist knowing what every man needs to take and I won’t keep you in suspense any longer than necessary.

What does every man need to take and why?

The answer to this question is: nettle root.

If you have NEVER heard about nettle root, don’t fret because by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be in good shape. If you’ve heard about nettle root, then please KEEP ON reading because there is valuable knowledge ahead. First, what is this item? It is the nettle plant and in particular the stinging nettle plant, which may also be referred to as Urtica Dioica. This plant can sting when touched, so do watch out if you are handling the actual plant.

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LUCKILY, you can purchase the plant in other forms such as a POWDER, as a PILL or tablet. There are also creams, solutions, ointments, tonic, teas, etc. that have nettle root included as one of the ingredients. Dark green and leafy, the nettle plant grows wildly in various locations and there can be different species of this plant. People use various parts of the plant including its leaves, stem and its root.

Yes … but, tell me more about why men in particular can benefit from this plant!!

I hear you loud and clear … One main reason why men need to take nettle root is its “natural aromatization inhibition”, which is a really fancy term that simply means nettle root inhibits the conversion or transformation of testosterone into estrogen. We’ll discuss more about this shortly.

Apart from its natural inhibition to aromatization, there are other uses of the nettle plant and these are still beneficial for men too!

The leaves of many herbal and medicinal plants such as the nettle plant are generally used as tea in either fresh or dried form. There have been connections between the healing properties of the nettle leaf and conditions such as pains in the joints and allergies. Juice from the nettle plant has been used to treat stings and bites while tea from the nettle plant has also been used as an aid in pre and post childbirth situations and in the treatment of lung disorders [1]. Its usage is quite historic, medieval and impressive too!! Particularly for men, let’s dig deeper into this aromatization issue and the other reasons why men can benefit from consuming nettle root, especially the sting nettle root specie.

5 Reasons to Start Taking Nettle Root

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  • #1 – Nature Aromatase Inhibitor - Nettle root is a substance that can inhibit the transformation of testosterone into estrogen. This transformation of testosterone into estrogen is known as aromatization and as a man, you don’t want this to happen to you … OH NO! You want the testosterone you have in your body to remain as testosterone within your body and NOT convert or transform to anything else. To make this aromatization conversion much worse, it actually converts the testosterone to something that does not work in your favor as a man and this is … ESTROGEN. Nope! Although men may have some quantities of estrogen in their body, adding additional quantities of this substance is typically not beneficial to you. Hence, this is where nettle root could practically step in to save the day! There are certain compounds within the nettle root that help contribute to its aromatization inhibition and these compounds include ursolic acid, secoisolariciresinol, 14-octacosanol and oleanolic acid [2]. Nettle root can ensure that the testosterone in your body remains stable and in the right form … no conversions … no estrogen dominance … and no depletion of the benefits of testosterone!
  • #2 – Sex Hormone Binding - Yes, you’ll find this bit of information interesting too. The nettle root is able to bind to SHBG! This is the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin. Why should you care? Well, just as I mentioned how testosterone could be converted to estrogen, testosterone could also be bound to certain substances including albumin or SHBG and this totally removes any value from the testosterone you have in your body. NOT GOOD! Hence, as a man, you want to ensure that this binding with testosterone does NOT occur.

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin Every Man Needs to Take This

  • #3 – Prostate Health - Yes, men, this is for you too!! You could also see benefits from nettle root in areas of general prostate health and the urinary track as well. For those who may be experiencing the urge to urinate more frequently, the root of the nettle plant could provide relief. The root portion of the nettle plant is specifically great for tackling hormonal issues and problems regarding the symptoms associated with prostate. Sometime, the urinary problems that men experience could be as a result of an enlarged prostate and this may be more commonly referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia. The use of nettle root in treating or relieving the symptoms of prostate gland enlargement and benign prostatic hyperplasia is quite common [3].
  • #4 – Baldness - For men that are experiencing varying levels of baldness, there could be hope through the consumption of nettle root. We all know how good a full head of hair can look. Indeed, if you like the bald look, then you may have nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if your previously full head of hair is thinning out then nettle root could be used as a way to fight the loss of hair and the forms in which nettle root may be used or applied to hair include shampoos, hair solutions or tonics, conditioners and hair creams. As a result of its effect in treating baldness, you’ll probably see the inclusion of nettle root in popular hair treatment or hair loss prevention products. The way that the nettle root does this is its ability to block the hormone that causes baldness. This is GOOD NEWS for men!

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  • #5 – Vitality, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Oxidant Properties: Do you crave vitality? Do you see other men living a high-energy life and wish that you could have that too? Well … you very well can, my friend!! The natural healing effects and immensely beneficial properties of the stinging nettle root could provide you with this vitality in the form of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that the stinging nettle root possesses. This is MORE GOOD news for you and it is also directly related the vitality and energy-filled life that men want. There have also been linkages between the stinging nettle root and vitality that men crave. So, if you are feeling down in the dumps, with low energy and unable to carry out day to day activities, PLEASE don’t despair. HELP CAN BE WITHIN REACH!! With proper knowledge about this root and what it can do for you, you could be well on your way to turning things around for yourself. Perhaps you are generally fine but certain days leave you wondering about your slump in energy. For men, this could be related to your testosterone levels. You could need something to boost energy and the benefit that nettle root provides could also be connected to its ability to maintain stable levels of testosterone in the body. Especially for aging men, components known as lignans in nettle root could add to vitality by keeping testosterone unbound by the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin I mentioned earlier. Overall health and vitality can be enhanced by using botanicals such as nettle root which is able to decrease potentially dwindling testosterone levels that adversely affect men’s health [4]. Men’s health could also be improved as a result of consuming stinging nettle root because this natural botanical item is able to improve circulation and also improve blood sugar levels.

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To tell you the truth, if you asked me which plants would be one of the top plants that men should focus on to derive IMMENSE BENEFITS, the stinging nettle plant and in particular nettle root would be at the a major contender. So, where can you get nettle root? With a recommended dose of a half teaspoon, two times a day, you can purchase this powerful root extract here. Consider what this nettle plant, especially its roots can do for you. Apart from the more commonly recognized benefits of maintaining proper or acceptable testosterone levels, keeping you vibrant, blocking hormones that cause baldness and encouraging the growth of healthy hair, there could also be some other basics of nettle root such as the treatment of coughs and bladder infections.

The anti-inflammatory property of nettle root also helps provide usage for arthritis and allergic conditions such as coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. For men especially, the benefits of nettle root in terms of testosterone balancing and stabilization speaks for itself. You can TAP INTO the POWER of nettle root and when you do, you’ll not be able let it go. If you are a man, YOU NEED to know about nettle root and I am so glad to share it with you!

If you want to know more about nettle root and other herbs that can help you achieve your potential then check it out here.

Rick Kaselj, MS

References:
[1] Nettle – NYU Langone Medical Center
[2] Nettle Root May Help Multiply the Effectiveness of Your Androgens
[3] Nettle Root Benefits
[4] Natural Methods to Improve Vitality, Sexual Function and Prostate Health

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6 Quick Fixes for Your Back

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Ouch! Could the pain you are feeling be back pain?

Yes, people may experience pain in various parts of the body including shoulder pain, knee pain, other types of joint pain and possibly pain that may not be readily identifiable such as referral pain. However, a painful or sore back can be difficult to miss.

There could be various causes of back pain and if you have a sore back, you’ll need relief and FAST RELIEF too! However, if the cause of back pain or a sore back is not adequately addressed, you may be engaged in a never-ending cycle of pain and never really get rid of the pain. The GOOD NEWS is that there are some quick fixes for your back! First, you’ll need to know what these quick fixes are. So, let’s get started revealing 6 quick fixes for your back.

6 Quick Fixes for Your Back

#1 – Methylcobalamin. Have you taken any methylcobalamin today? You’re probably wondering what methylcobalamin, also known as MeCbl, is! Well, Mecbl is the activated form of vitamin B12 and the great news regarding this vitamin is that it can help relieve back pain. Apart from being able to alleviate low back pain, this activated form of vitamin B12 is able to also tackle nutritional diseases and some other diseases like arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease and in its active form of MeCbl, vitamin B12 acts as an analgesic with benefits on peripheral neuropathy including the ability to alleviate spontaneous and burning pain [1]. Targeting a diet that is rich in nutritional substances and foods includes paying attention to vitamins as well.

The B12 vitamin is popular in its use to address nutritional deficiencies especially in sports-related settings. So, what can you do to ensure you are getting enough of the B12 vitamin? Consuming foods that are rich in vitamin B12 is a good start and such foods include milk products, poultry, meat, fish and eggs. There are also dietary supplements available that can specifically provide this vitamin. Key points to remember when consuming the B12 vitamin include the possibility of side effects such as tingling and numbness. However, overall, it is typically a generally well-tolerated vitamin. Also check this out for more idea.

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#2 – Support While Standing. Let me explain … sometimes, we find that we have to stand for prolonged periods of time. Unfortunately, we may not actually realize that we are creating a stressful situation for our backs until it’s too late and we begin to notice the onset of aches and pain in the lower back or possibly all over the back region. The way we stand and where we stand can be the issue surrounding how our backs and other parts of the body such as our knee joints, feet, waist, etc., react or feel after we’ve been standing for a while.

If you are standing on a hard surface, the pressure your body weight is exerting on the ground could be channelled back to various areas of your body including your joints and back. There is a relationship between lower back pain or adverse health conditions and prolonged standing [2]. Thus, if you have been standing for prolonged periods of time and begin to develop back pain, your prolonged standing could be the source of your pain and what a mess this can be, especially if you continue to have NO IDEA what is causing your back pain!

What can you do?

LUCKILY … there is a way out of this mess and this involves paying attention to where you are standing and how you are standing. You can avoid standing on hard surfaces for a long time and if you do have to stand on a surface for a while, it is great to be smart about this as well. You could use a floor mat and there are so many varieties of these types of mats including the really comfy, squishy, padded floor mats that are designed to balance out the pressures from standing. You could also try ergonomic equipment including sit-stand workstations, shoes that are equipped with padded inserts and stockings or hosiery that provide adequate support for your back and joints. As your body weight gets relief from adequate floor mats, standing workstations and supporting clothing, your back will thank you for it too!!

#3 – Walking Uphill. Especially for scenarios where a person has a flat back, walking uphill could provide relief. And this is because of the inclined angle the back takes when walking uphill or on an inclined treadmill. Sometimes, having a flat back could result in seemingly never-ending soreness but the inclination of the back at an angle to reduce the stresses that are at work on the back could provide relief. Research studies have also specified that in addition to treating low-back pain in cases where flat-back syndrome exists, inclined walking such as on an inclined treadmill could also help prevent the occurrence of low-back pain and there is evidence to show that the back muscle endurance and anterior tilt pelvic angle extension increases significantly after inclined treadmill walking [3].

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#4 – Get Rid of Restrictive Clothing. Hmmm … do you have a pair of skinny jeans in your closet? If yes, think about whether or not you have experienced back pain lately. Restrictive clothes such as skinny jeans or really tight shirts could affect the movement of certain parts of the body. Results from a study to investigate the effect of wearing tight clothing such as restrictive trousers on lumbar spine movement, low back discomfort and trunk muscle activity revealed that restrictive clothing created an increased range of motion, reduced trunk muscle activity and high discomfort ratings [4]. So, if you are experiencing low back pain and you wear tight clothing such as tight pants and shirts, there is the likelihood that your dress habits could be related to your back pain.

#5 – Get Unstable Shoes. Being on a relatively flat surface with relatively flat shoes is the typical way to walk, run or jump. However, a research study involving people with non-specific, chronic back pain showed that wearing unstable shoes for a period of time as long as six weeks can significantly reduce chronic low back pain [5]. The shoes you may normally reach for in the shoe store are most likely the safe, stable sort of shoes … stop for a few seconds and check … are these the kind of shoes you are wearing right now? Probably so, unless you are not currently wearing shoes. Anyway, you get the idea … and with the information you are receiving now, you’ll see that unstable shoes could actually be GOOD for you!! Yes, there are shoes that are particularly designed to be unstable and for good reason too!

#6 – Change Your Bedding System. One common way that people announce they have back pain is right after getting up from a bed or some sort of sleeping or bedding system. Sometimes, you may think it’s the way you slept on your bed that is causing your back pain or sore back and indeed sometimes, this may be an accurate diagnosis. However, your bedding system may be the real culprit here. Sometimes the type of mattress a person uses could be generating stress-related symptoms and research shows that a person’s personal bedding can affect sleep quality with newer bedding systems increasing sleep quality and reducing back discomfort [6]. Thus, if your bedding system is old, has been overused and is simply inadequate, you may be more prone to experiencing back pain. Also, think about the advances in bedding technology!

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There you have it … 6 quick fixes for your back that you’ll need to know to ensure that your back is healthy and happy. We have really come such a long way in advances technology such as improved state-of the art bedding systems that cater to various types of people while ensuring that you have the proper lumber and stress support for your back. We are also getting more informed about nutrition such as consuming the necessary vitamins that do us a lot of good! If you are experiencing issues with your back, you can also treat it with exercise, avoid the vicious cycle that this type of pain could present, deal with root causes and also consider other tactics to get rid of the pain safely [7]. You could save yourself unnecessary pain and discomfort by doing things that can actually help your back. So, if you have back pain, it’s time to take action!

Want to learn more about how to fix pain, then check out Fix My Back Pain, here:

Fix My Back Pain 6 Quick Fixes for Your Back

Rick Kaselj, MS

References:
[1] Methylcobalamin: A Potential Vitamin of Pain Killer
[2] Evidence of Health Risks Associated with Prolonged Standing at Work and Intervention Effectiveness
[3] Effects of Inclined Treadmill Walking on Pelvic Anterior Tilt Angle, Hamstring Muscle Length, and Trunk Muscle Endurance of Seated Workers with Flat-back Syndrome
[4] Effects of restrictive clothing on lumbar range of motion and trunk muscle activity in young adult worker manual material handling
[5] Effects of unstable shoes on chronic low back pain in health professionals: A randomized controlled trial
[6] Changes in back pain, sleep quality, and perceived stress after introduction of new bedding systems
[7] Fix My Back Pain

Rick Kaselj, MS

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Special Announcements From Rick Kaselj and Exercises For Injuries

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Special Announcements From Rick Kaselj and Exercises For Injuries

CLICK HERE to what the video on YouTube

It is best if you watch the video above but if you don’t want to watch the video, this is what I cover in the video:

  1. The Exercises For Injuries YouTube channel has crossed the 1 million views mark. Thank you for watching and sharing my videos.
  2. The Exercises For Injuries Facebook Fan Page has almost hit the 12,000 mark. Thank you!
  3. Let me know how I can help you by giving me your feedback. You can do it by going here.
  4. I have settled in from my move from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Kelowna, BC, Canada. I promise to pick things up in the fall. As a thank you for your patience and to celebrate the move, I am going to put my Fix My Back Pain program on sale.
  5. I have been challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you can see my video here…..

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

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Thank you Alan, the challenge was fun and for a great cause.

If you want to see a very cute video, you can see my son doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge here….

My Son, Cole’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

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Thank you for watching and reading.

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Have a great day.

Rick Kaselj

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6 Ingredients to Avoid Eating

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The Dirty Dozen – The 12 Scariest Food Additives You’re Eating Right Now – Part 2

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In part 1 of this article, 6 scary food additives were discussed: azodicarbonamide, propylene glycol, saccharin, red #40, sodium nitrate and potassium bromate. Were these food items that you have seen as ingredients in some of the foods you are currently eating? Yes, shocking, probably …. but the good news is that knowing about these scary and toxic food substances means that you can NOW do something about them, right? YES, you can! “What can I do?”, you might wonder …. well…. for starters, you could get rid to these food additives from your diet or begin to eliminate foods that contain such food items. Thousands of substances, including man-made substances, are added to the foods and drinks we consume [1]. We NEED to be more aware of what these substances are, especially the MAN-MADE SUBSTANCES.

So, we covered the first 6 scariest food additives in Part 1 of the article. Now, let’s get to the rest of the dirty dozen. Let’s discuss the next 6 scariest additives that you might be EATING right NOW. Do your best to also AVOID these other 6 food additives including artificial coloring and artificial sweeteners:

7. Aspartame. This is another artificial sweetener that is linked to cancer and said to be an excitotoxin. It is known to bring on a bout of headaches or make people dizzy. You may also notice an onset of blurry vision and this could be intermittent too. Hence, it could go unnoticed initially. However, if you consume foods and drinks that contain aspartame and you “suddenly” develop a headache afterwards, this could be as a result of the presence of this artificial sweetener. We should not develop headaches if we consume foods we were meant to naturally eat. If we act “against nature” by consuming substances that act “against nature”, is it possible that that very item or food additive could also be having a parade in our tummy and acting “against nature” in there as well? Just saying …. it seems pretty creepy and scary to me.

Aspartame 6 Ingredients to Avoid Eating

8. Paraben. Do you like moldy foods and drinks? No … well, me neither! Yes, it does seem that this artificial stuff has the purpose of generally keeping the bad things away, including mold, bacteria, spoilage, etc. However, again I ask you my friend – at WHAT COST to our health do we decide to consume these artificial additives. Parabens actually stops the mold from forming and thus, keeps the food looking and possibly feeling and tasting fresher longer. Yes … initially, this may seem quite desirable. However, hold that thought and ponder …. just for a moment. Actually, the more I think about it, the more it CREEPS ME OUT!! Of course, there is a cancer-theme we see with most of these additives and yes, there have been linkages between parabens and the occurrence of breast cancer [2].

9. Carnauba Wax. Again, the name speaks for itself. It does not feel like something we should be CONSUMING, especially knowing the forms that wax can take. With a little heat and warmth, wax melts and flows or looks shiny and attractive. However, when cooled down, wax can become solid and potentially obstructive as well. Hence, IMAGINE this cool wax embedded in that shiny food product. It looks quite attractive when you see the food, right? Yes, but the problem begins when this wax sticks to your tummy and intestinal walls. There are also linkages between Carnauba wax and tumors or the occurrence of cancer as well. What are examples of products that you may find using Carnauba wax as an ingredient? Chewing gum is a big culprit and the wax helps to solidify the coating on the chewing gum plus give it a nice shiny finish.

Carnauba wax 6 Ingredients to Avoid Eating

10. Enriched Flour. This makes me cringe as well because in can be EVERYWHERE. I mean, it looks like flour and feels like flour. However, it’s not naturally-occurring. No, it’s ENRICHED flour. Do tell why this flour would need to be enriched? Sometimes, the answers are right in front of us but we don’t notice or stop to consider the facts. I have one word you need to consider and constantly remind yourself of … and the word is PROCESSING. This activity occurs when food items are transformed from one state or form to another. When you see the words “enriched flour” on the label of any food product, you may think that this is always GOOD for you, right? Not RIGHT! WRONG!! The enriched flour does not always mean that you are getting good stuff. Actually, during the processing of these types of “enriched” flours, most of the nutritional compositions of the grains from which these flours are processed have been washed away, leaving the residual flour completely or almost completely depleted of its natural nutritional base. What a terrible idea! With about 65% of American adults overweight [3], we can imagine what part flour played in this bleak picture.

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11. Sucralose. This is another artificial food sweetener and it may be more commonly known to many as Splenda. It may be used to provide sweetness for foods and drinks including pastries, other sorts of baked products, beverages, sodas, coffee, iced-tea and much more. Two things that some food producers and marketers try to sell to consumers is convenience and reduced calorie count. So, marketing sucralose as a reduced calorie sugar alternative is one way that consumers may be attracted to this substance. However, there can be a price to pay when using or consuming artificial sweeteners like sucralose. As much as is possible, do not consume overly processed food items and drinks because you get little or no nutritional rewards for doing so and some of these sugar alternatives are used to process these items. So, you end up with calorie-dense food or drink items and foods or drinks high in additions such as sucralose. Basically, all the calories in this food item are from sugar and mainly provide no nutritional value [4]. Calories from sugar do not do much for your health.

12. Caramel Coloring. This is a food coloring that may be found in foods and drinks that are in your KITCHEN right now!! It is a very popular food coloring with wide applicability including in foods like breads and other baked goods. Also, you could see caramel coloring being used in drinks like sodas. If you think about that RICH, BROWNISH color that certain foods and drinks have, you are probably realizing that indeed these items may not have their natural or unprocessed colors. Food and drink marketers typically spend significant effort in making their foods and drink look appealing and attractive. One method of doing this includes using attractive or “more pleasant” coloring. For example, if a drink looks deadly or pale brown and lacks any desirability, there is the increased likelihood that the drink will not do well in the marketplace. Hence, food and drink marketers are able to turn the tables around by using this artificial coloring. Yes, lots of changes can occur before a food item or drink ends up in your home, kitchen or fridge!!

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To recap, let’s list the dirty dozen food additives, colorings and sweeteners that we have mentioned and discussed. These 12 scary and toxic food items are: azodicarbonamide, propylene glycol, saccharin, red #40, sodium nitrate, potassium bromate, aspartame, paraben, Camauba wax, enriched flour, sucralose and caramel coloring. Now, if you are not careful regarding the items you consume, you shouldn’t expect that others will be there to always help you or keep you out of harm’s way. BUT …. I am on your side … and I think that the more informed you are about these very scary additions to your foods and drinks, the more conscious you’ll be about what you’re eating and drinking. Listen, it can add up over time … those seemingly minute or seemingly insignificant quantities of these food additives, artificial colorings and artificial sweeteners that we consume over time CAN ADD UP and eventually begin to manifest in ways we may not like.

You may have noticed the carcinogen and cancer related themes that kept creeping up with many of these substances. Some of the additives are certainly not hidden and can appear on the list of ingredients of the food item or drink. Thus, one thing you could do is take the time to read the food or drink label PROPERLY, especially the list of ingredients. This could help you filter out items that you should NOT be buying or consuming. You can also learn more about toxic foods and the dark side of nutrition labels [5]. The more processed the foods and drinks you are consuming are, the more likely that you’ll be consuming one of these terrible and scary food additives.

Want to learn more about what companies add to our food that is dangerous then check out 101 Toxic Food Ingredients They Never Told You About, here:

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Rick Kaselj, MS

References
[1] Food Additives – Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
[2] Study Finds Parabens in Cosmetics Linked to Breast Cancer
[3] What’s So Bad About Flour and Sugar?
[4] Nutrition Facts – Sweeteners, Tabletop, Sucralose and Splenda Packets
[5] 101 Toxic Food Ingredients They Never Told You About

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The 12 Scariest Food Additives You’re Eating Right Now

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The Dirty Dozen – The 12 Scariest Food Additives You’re Eating Right Now – Part 1

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Do you know what you’re eating or drinking?

Many food products you see and some that you probably eat contain food additives!

Why should you care? Well, one reason you should care is the fact that some of these food additives could be dangerous to your health. Ahhh …. just because it’s called a FOOD additive doesn’t mean that these additives are found only in foods. These additives can be found in DRINKS too. So, just be aware that we are talking about ingredients that could be found in BOTH foods and drinks! Even, scarier, right!! Indeed, there could be some scary food additives that you are eating and DRINKING at this very moment. The World Health Organization has written technical reports on various food additives and some of these additives contain aluminium, silicon and modified starches [1]. This does not sound appetizing, right? No WAY!! These are not items we should be consuming!

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Let me tell you about 12 of the really scary (and TOXIC) food additives which you may be consuming. In Part 1 of this article, we’ll discuss 6 of these scary food additives that you should be aware of and in Part 2 of the article, we talk about 6 more food additives that you should also avoid. In the last 50 years, man-made preservatives have become the more common method for holding or preserving food item and this has taken the place of using salts, herbs, boiling, vinegar and refrigeration [2]. There have been various people and groups who have raised awareness regarding the impact that an adequate diet, nutrition and exercise or the lack thereof could have on the body including the absence or occurrence of certain chronic diseases. A thought-provoking quote on the topic is presented below:

“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.” – Mike Adams

The dirty dozen food additives including artificial coloring and artificial sweeteners can be pretty much everywhere and there is a relatively high probability that you have come into contact with at least one of these dirty dozen and scary food additives TODAY, whether you were grabbing a drink or food item from your fridge or buying a meal outside your home. These scary additives can be ANYWHERE! WOW … so much bad news and really depressing stuff about some of the foods that you may really love eating. Indeed, it’s time to be careful or more careful with what you eat or drink. The first 6 scariest food additives in the dirty dozen are:

1. Azodicarbonamide. This name, by itself, is long and scary. No kidding … and things that end with “mide” may also make people quite weary as well. There are concerns regarding the use of azodicarbonamide because there have been some situations where it was linked or closely associated with the occurrence of asthma [3]. Where do you find this food additive? Well, if you see or eat certain brands of bread buns and other food items like bagels, you may pretty much be starring at the azodicarbonamide food additive.

2. Propylene glycol. If you have seen glycol, it typically does not look like something you’d wanna eat. No way!! It may seem thick and slimy. Certainly not something you want settling in your tummy. So, why do food producers include this item in our foods? Well, a property that propylene glycol has is its ability to THICKEN something. You name it … propylene glycol would probably be able to thicken it. You may find this food additive in some of your salad dressings or creams that are used for cooking or to make a sauce. Dairy products may also contain this additive, which may result in the seemingly rich texture and appearance that such products may have.

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3. Saccharin. Apart from additives that are added to foods and drinks, there are also artificial colors and artificial sweeteners too. One of these artificial sweeteners you should be aware of is saccharin. When tested on rats, this artificial sweetener was seen cause cancer in the rats. Not a good sign at all, especially for humans. Yes, rats are different from humans. HOWEVER, note that many tests for drugs and other substances are usually conducted on rats and the effects that these substances have on rats should NOT be ignored. Scary, right!!! Yes, indeed. Actually, a connection to the likely carcinogenesis of saccharin in human beings has also been mentioned [4]. So, pay attention to the potential consumption of this artificial sweetener.

4. Red #40. Red #40 is an artificial food color that you need to also avoid. This food color can be sourced from petroleum and SHOULD WE be eating anything from PETROLEUM? NO!!! If we can find petroleum and extract it, this in NO WAY means that we need to eat or consume it as well. It may look harmless and pretty. However, this still DOES NOT mean we need to eat it. Unfortunately, people include these products in foods and because the side-effects may not be immediately obvious or readily apparent, we all assume its fine. NOT SO!!! Down the road, these artificial food colorings could be linked to cancer. Hence, it is best to AVOID the artificial colorings despite the attractive appearance such items may provide.

Strawberry soda The 12 Scariest Food Additives You’re Eating Right Now

5. Sodium Nitrate. The way that processed meats remain fresh and also seemingly healthy to eat is that these foods are packed with sodium nitrate. This food additive can stop the growth and persistence of bacteria. Great, RIGHT? Well … you guess it …. No, NOT GREAT! While you may be avoiding getting sick from bacteria by eating meats that have been processed with bacteria, the additive that is keeping the bacteria away is not good for the human body. When things are diverted from their natural state, this can lead to trouble! In this case, the use of this additive could be linked to cancer. SO, dear friend …. STAY AWAY from it.

6. Potassium Bromate. Unfortunately, another food additive that has been linked to the occurrence of cancer is potassium bromate. This is found in food items like bread or other foods that are usually made to expand during processing. Potassium bromate is used to cause this expansion. Thus, bakeries could use this food additive to multiply their product, and at whose expense? Unfortunately, food producers are generally not thinking about your best interests. Of course, why should they?!! It’s usually all about the money and profits to be made. Hence, guess who has to look out for you? YOU DO!!! You need to ADVOCATE for yourself by knowing more about what you are eating. Thus, watch the labels of bread and similar foods that list potassium bromate as one of the ingredients.

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There are toxic additives and there are also toxic artificial colors and toxic artificial sweeteners. Some of these artificial sweeteners were discovered by accident [5]. Can you imagine eating something that was concocted by mere chance and now marketed in a form different from that for which it was originally intended? I don’t know about you, but it certainly does not leave a HAPPY THOUGHT in my mind. All three categories of these additives stuff need to be AVOIDED …. PERIOD!!! Including all these accidental discoveries too! Apart from the dirty dozen, and we have only mentioned the first 6 of these food additives in this part of the article, there are other food additives that also do not come with any good news. Hence, do pay attention to other food additives that may be listed as being contained in the food item or drink.

food label The 12 Scariest Food Additives You’re Eating Right Now

DON’T BE DISMAYED. You can avoid toxic and scary food ingredients and additives. FIRST, you need to know what these toxic and scary food additives are. Some may be somewhat obvious while others may come as a bit of a surprise. Either way, MAKE SURE that you get rid of these products if you are consuming these toxic food ingredients. Another sure way to stay away from dangerous food additives, artificial colors and artificial sweeteners is to focus on more wholesome, natural foods and less of the PROCESSED stuff. If you consume natural foods that contain one ingredient LIKE as grains, fruits and vegetables or ingredients that are EASY to PRONOUNCE such as coconut oil or cane sugar, your body will love you for it! It’s time to know what you’re putting into your mouth! There are ways to increase you knowledge even further such as learning about 101 toxic food ingredients that you may also not know about [6]. Now, it’s time to learn about 6 other scary food additives that you need to avoid. Let’s take a look at the next section of this discussion – The Dirty Dozen – The 12 Scariest Food Additives You’re Eating Right Now – Part 2.

Want to learn about the toxic additives in your food then check out 101 Toxic Food Ingredients They Never Told You About here:

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Rick Kaselj, MS

References
[1] World Health Organization Technical Report Series
[2] Dangers of Food Additives
[3] Almost 500 Foods Contain the ‘Yoga Mat’ Compound. Should We Care?
[4] Carcinogenicity of Saccharin – NCBI
[5] Artificial Sweeteners – MedicineNet
[6] 101 Toxic Food Ingredients They Never Told You About

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The TRUTH About Bagged Lettuce

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The TRUTH About Bagged Lettuce

Let’s talk about lettuce!

Yes, you know it’s good for you and you are most likely doing something healthy if your meals include this vegetable. But, HOW do you BUY lettuce?

Indeed, let’s talk about the TRUTH regarding the lettuce you buy. I’ve often wondered myself regarding whether I am doing the right thing by purchasing the type of lettuce I buy. There are different ways in which various types of produce and vegetables such as lettuce could be purchased. You may purchase lettuce in various states or forms from the time it is pulled from the ground and these forms include the unwashed and unpackaged form, washed but still unpackaged form and then there is also the washed and packaged or washed and bagged form of lettuce.

What are the pros and cons of either?

Does it REALLY matter? Well, yes …. could does matter. Sometimes, sickness could be traced to a particular form of sold lettuce. For example, in 2013, states in the United States reported the occurrence of parasite cyclospora outbreaks affecting 397 people and spreading to many states [1]. Honestly, lettuce could be infected long before the lettuce is put in bags. However, could bagging make the spread of such outbreaks worse? Hmmm …. ponder on that for a moment.

States Reporting Cyclospora Infections The TRUTH About Bagged Lettuce

“BUT, I have been eating one type of purchased lettuce for YEARS and I am still here”, you might say. Indeed, I hear you loud and clear. It is helpful to note that any type of lettuce or salad blend including bagged salads could make people sick if contaminated with various parasites.

However, sometimes, these infections and outbreaks are more prevalent with the bagged variety of lettuce. Why? Well … let’s discuss some information that will be beneficial to you regarding bagged lettuce. The MORE we know about these things, the better equipped we’ll be to keep moving in a healthy direction. So, do we want the good news first or the bad news first. Usually, it is best to deliver the bad news first, so let’s do just that. There are disadvantages regarding bagged lettuce including issues regarding improper washing and the potential of increased bacterial activity on the lettuce while in a bagged state.

Washed lettuce. Really? Well, the advertisements regarding bagged or “ready to eat” lettuce can be quite subjective. In reality, “washed” could mean a variety of things and although some lettuce brands may claim that their products are ready to eat, some of these bags or boxes of washed lettuce might not be washed as well as you think!! While the lettuce producers and packagers may want to provide truly washed and clean lettuce, some lettuce washing plants are just not located in areas where abundant supplies of water exist. Hence, the washing process may be a bit bleak in areas where water is scarce. So, if you think you’re ALWAYS getting clean, washed, bagged lettuce, THINK AGAIN! It might be better to simply buy the non-bagged lettuce and do the washing yourself, at home.

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Thus, in some cases, I wouldn’t be too quick to believe claims of double or triple-washed lettuce!! NO! NO!! This may not be reality and if the lettuce was washed three times, there is no guarantee that the water used to wash the lettuce three times was of the best quality. If you don’t believe me, let others confirm this as well. Consumer reports also indicate that pre-washed lettuce may not be entirely clean [2]. Still, you could do something about the potential for improper washing of this type of produce. You could wash the lettuce again before you eat it. With bagged lettuce, there is also the potential for bacterial growth. Deaded E. coli outbreaks and infections have been linked to lettuce [3]. Such breakouts of infection typically begin at the farm or source of cultivation of the lettuce. Indeed, when produce and vegetables get contaminated, this could happen right from the farms where the produce grows. However, with bagged or boxed lettuce, the potential for increased bacterial growth could be more profound. Just imagine packaging bacteria in a damp enclosure. Not a pretty sight but perhaps something the naked eyes may not readily notice. However, if observed under a microscope, a multiplying action of the enclosed bacteria may be noticed over time. Thus, this can be a significant DISADVANTAGE for both bagged and boxed lettuce.

What can you DO? Well … luckily, there are ways to avoid distress that could result from INFECTED bagged lettuce. You could MINIMIZE your risk for bacterial infection by seeking lettuce bags or boxes that have been recently packaged. For example, if a bag or box of lettuce is approaching its “best by” date, it may have stayed in the bag or box a little TOO long. Still, this would depend on if the enclosed lettuce had any bacteria on it to begin with. If the bagged or boxed lettuce is entirely clean, then you’ll have nothing to worry about. However, if there was any chance of bacterial infection as the bagging processed occurred, the chances that the enclosed bacteria could multiply are high.

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On the bright side, these are the advantages of bagged lettuce and you are probably aching for some good news or some validation regarding WHY you purchase bagged lettuce. Some of the reasons bagged lettuce is popular include reduced prep time. CONVINIENCE! Yes, this is probably one of the most popular advantages of purchasing bagged lettuce. It could reduce the time and energy required to prepare the lettuce or get it ready for consumption. So, if it is already purchased in a properly pre-washed and bagged state, you usually do not need to wash it again. Hence, you’re able to benefit from the convenience of taking the purchased bagged lettuce directly from the grocery store or market and placing it on your table for consumption. Neat, right!! Yes, for people who are extremely busy or just too tired to bother with washing the lettuce themselves, it can be quite the TIME SAVER!!! Also, the bagged lettuce is also usually pre-cut as well, saving you more time and energy.

You may also be able to get away with the advantage of reduced likelihood of cross contamination when bagged lettuce is used. If washed properly and ideally, a lettuce packaging plant is less likely to also be washing meat, for example, which incidentally is a common way that cross contamination occurs. In reality, when done properly, bagged or packaged lettuce could provide a sterile enclosure for your vegetables. Yes, it is not impossible for cross contamination to occur with bagged lettuce too, especially if we handle the opened bag or box of lettuce without properly washing our hands. With lettuce that is not bagged, you may be spending time washing and massaging these veggies in a sink but could also risk the possibility of introducing some contaminants as well. Hence, think about food safety, whether you’re consuming lettuce that is not bagged or the bagged variety.

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Although we’ve discussed some of the advantages and truth regarding bagged lettuce, I have a feeling that the bad stuff we mentioned is still playing back in your mind and you are wondering if you have just been lucky to avoid the bad stuff happening to you. Remember that more GOOD NEWS is that we can still do something about some of the disadvantages of bagged lettuce as mentioned above.

What DO I mean?

Well … if we think about it, we can usually find ways to improve or minimize bad side-effects of certain things and the IDEAS about early consumption of fresher lettuce or re-washing bagged lettuce could go a long way in minimizing risks. The foods that you eat are very important to your energy levels, mental clarity and vitality. Infected or low quality foods could lead to chronic inflammation and possibly pain in your joints and other parts of the body. Typically such inflammation and pain is connected to other types of foods such as those made from man-made trans fats or hydrogenated fats [4]. Thus, it is recommended that you eat foods that make up the superfoods list including vegetables like lettuce [5].

If the lettuce you buy is bagged, then you’ll be glad that you read these TRUTHS about bagged lettuce! Some nasty bacteria and parasites exist such as the parasite cyclospora and you do not want these microorganisms in your body! There is some good news too in terms of possible food regulation activities that could help to promote proper guidelines for food safety, especially for packaged, bagged and boxed produce such as lettuce. There are guidelines and legislature such as the Food Safety Modernization Act -that could specify how foods such as vegetables are produced and stored.

If you are looking for other foods to help you, then you need to check out 101 Superfoods That Stop Your Joint Pain & Inflammation here:

101 Superfoods for Joint Pain The TRUTH About Bagged Lettuce

Rick Kaselj, MS

References
[1] Experts: Health risks higher from packaged greens
[2] Consumer Reports Magazine – Bagged Salad: How Clean?
[3] CDC – Multistate Outbreak of E. coli
[4] The Superfoods News Daily
[5] 101 Superfoods That Stop Your Joint Pain & Inflammation

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WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)

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WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)

Starbucks!!

This store could be a delight for many but also possibly a bit confusing for some people. Have you ever been to a cafe or other similar store and wondered what’s GOOD, what’s BAD, what should I order (and why), what big idea should be into or know about? Wouldn’t you like to have some INFORMATION regarding what to order or what you may need to stay away from in terms of calorie count and possibly taste. Yes, people may have different taste preferences, however in terms of your health, the calorie counts and overall nutritional value provided DO NOT LIE!! What we eat and drink can also be linked to obesity and the World Health Organization has acknowledged the increase in obesity over the years and also the fact that 65% of the world’s population are located in countries where people die from being overweight rather than being underweight [1]. Hence, there is a big health concern regarding what we consume, including certain summer drinks at our favourite stores.

overweight WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)

Thus, sit back and enjoy the information provided regarding the WORST summer drinks at Starbucks and I’ll also throw in information about 3 Starbucks drinks you can try or continue to enjoy. Let’s start with the drinks that may not be quite good for you in terms of calorie count and nutritional value… These are referred to as “the bad”:

1. The High Sugar Drinks. Yep!!! You probably expected this to be an issue.

Well, of course it is!

Drinks that we consume can be appealing because these drinks taste so good. Let’s face it … some of the marketing strategies used to make sure that the drinks taste yummy is the inclusion of high quantities of sugar. Examples of Starbucks drinks high in sugar include some of the he Frappucino drinks. An example is the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino with a whooping 480 calories. Quite a pack of calories in this popular summer drink. Well … don’t get me wrong, there could be some better Frappuccino options available with a lot less calories. Another Frapuccino drink you should beware of with its high sugar and also fat content is the Tazo Green Tea Blended Creme Frappuccino which has as much as 430 calories or the Tazo Chai Frappuccino Creme Blend.

No, do not let the GREEN TEA association of the Tazo Frappuccino fool you.

This drink, with it’s tempting green colour as the next hype of summer, can contain as much sugar as a typical can of soda. This is certainly NOT ideal!!! Instead, seek a Tazo Iced Green Tea which contains no calories. Also, drinks that contain syrups are most likely high in sugar as well. Most of these calories are empty calories. Hence, as MUCH as is feasibly, it is BEST to stay away from the drinks that have high sugar content. Others have noted these layered sugar drinks too and referred to them as sugar bombs [2]. In addition to doing nothing for YOUR WAISTLINE, sugar could also be linked to inflammation and chronic pain.

latte WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)

2. The High Fat Drinks. Just like sugar, there are non-healthy fats which could add calories but no value. Also, there could be incidents of chronic pain and inflammation around the joints from food items like margarine [3] as a result of the trans or hydrogenated fats and if certain Starbucks drinks contain similar unhealthy fats, its best you STAY AWAY from these drinks. These fats are also not forgiving in terms of calorie count. Imagine filing up your recommended daily calorie range with a single drink from Starbucks!!!

No, this is certainly not ideal!

So, stay away from high calorie drinks like the high fat options at Starbucks. Some of these high fat drinks have calories counts that can be comparable with burgers such as a typical Big Mac burger. Incredible, right!!! Indeed, you do not want to be drinking a Big Mac or a double cheeseburger. As another example, the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino can contain as high as 520 calories and as much as 23 grams of fat! WOW!! Some of these unhealthy drinks have so much fat content that you could actually taste or feel the fat as you sip the drink. I KNOW … not a flattery thought! The gooey contents of some of these high fat drinks may taste good when passing your taste palette but can provide serious health implications when the body digests or tries to digest these food items. So, seek drinks with reduced fat and calorie counts.

3. Drinks With Added Milk. It may make the drink taste creamier. However, drinks with added milk could increase the calorie count of the drink and you REALLY have to think about whether you do need to add in the milk or leave it OUT and possibly have a more nutritious drink. Too much milk could just take you overboard and pushing the recommended calorie guidelines. Some of the summer-themed Frappuccino drinks like the Strawberry Frappuccino drink may be loaded with whipped cream and milk. This is a bad idea as you heap on added calories with no or little nutritional value. If you crave the strawberry flavour of summer, you could ditch this Frappuccino and settle for a rich strawberry smoothie instead. REMEMBER, you’re what you eat and if you pack on the whipped cream in these drinks, you could begin to feel like whipped cream at the end of the day …. sluggish and totally out of sorts.

So, my friend … chose to pack on the nutrients instead with a healthy dose of strawberries, bananas and possibly a touch of protein powder to boost your energy and vitality throughout the day. You get the beautiful berry colour of the Strawberry Frappuccino and a great taste without the hefty load of useless calories!

creamy coffee WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)

Now, that we have become somewhat overwhelmed with the sugary and high fat or milky drinks mentioned previously, let’s look at “the good”:

  1. Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea. This tea has zero calories. Can you believe it? Good stuff!!! You’ll also notice that alternatives to the low nutrient Frappuccinos include a variety of teas. Thus, keep this option handy when choosing what to order at Starbucks.
  2. Iced Americano Drink. With about 10 calories per drink, the iced Americano Starbucks drink is a divine way to cool down and relax. You get a refreshing drink without the added baggage of unneeded calories. What could be better than that?
  3. Iced Skinny Latte. This drink comes with about 70 calories. What more can I say? Healthier, light and definitely aligned with summer!

Do you know that you can take back your power and control, especially over the not so nutritionally recommended drinks that Starbucks has to offer?

One way to do this is to seek ways to reduce the quantities of sugar, fat and milk that some of these drinks normally contain. Most stores acknowledge that people want HEALTHIER options and make allowances or provisions for this as well by creating drink alternatives. For example, asking for skimmed varieties could reduce the overall calorie count in the drink. Thus, do not be AFRAID to ask for a healthier option of a particular drink. Where such healthier options may not immediately exist, enough people asking for an alternative may provoke the company to actually create one … You have MORE POWER than you think.

So keep seeking those healthier alternatives at STARBUCKS and we’ll probably see additional, healthier drinks introduced on the menu! The healthier the options on the Starbucks menu are, the less likely that your body will suffer from inflammation and other chronic conditions. Being knowledgeable about superfoods that lead to increased overall health [4] could also assist you in making healthier selections when ordering drinks at Starbucks.

skinny coffee WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)

Summer is a time to have fun and let loose a little …. still it does not mean that we should go overboard with high sugar, high fat or high milk contents. Additional ways to make your Starbuck drink selections healthier include passing on certain ingredients entirely. For example, pass on the whipped cream and do not seek an alternative. Omit the sugar entirely by asking for an unsweetened version of the drink. Yes to non-fat, no whipped cream, no sugar drinks … and your health will most likely thank you for it! Sometimes, the worst drinks for your waistline at Starbucks could actually be considered to be liquefied desserts. NOW …. THINK about this for a minute … doesn’t that put a whole other spin on things when you think about the drinks in this perspective. Hold this though when you’re about to order your next Starbucks summer drink and it might help keep you on the straight and healthy path!

Want to find other ways you can eat healthy while eating superfoods then check out 101 Superfoods That Stop Your Joint Pain & Inflammation here:

101 Superfoods for Joint Pain WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)
References:
[1] World Health Organization – Obesity and Overweight
[2] Sugar Shock: Starbucks Seasonal Drinks Are Calorie Bombs!
[3] The Superfoods News Daily
[4] 101 Superfoods That Stop Your Joint Pain & Inflammation