What Do Heavy Metal, Dirt and Protein Powders Have in Common?

Soil Depletion World Map #vibranthealthblog

Luv Doctor Oz ~ he’s made my job as a nutritionist SOooo much easier.  He helps people understand that they are in charge of their health.  He gets the conversation going.

Recently Oz's guest was Dr. Todd Cooperman, President of Consumer Labs, which tested 16 popular protein powders. Results showed that some brands contained less protein and more of both carbohydrates and calories than was stated on their labels. That’s a problem!

Another huge concern raised was over some products levels of arsenic and heavy metals including lead.  Of course the Oz show is limited in time and was only able to go into minimal detail.  So, let’s look a little deeper.  Dirt Deep!

Now, imagine that you’re deep within the Amazon rain forest.  The foliage and greenery is so dense that you can barely make-out the dappled sunlight beaming in between the trees and vines. It’s very humid and smells green and alive.  Let’s put you in some protective hiking gear and netting because there are some serious insects here.  Okay, reach down and pick-up a handful of the soil.  It’s nearly black it’s so rich with nutrients.  It’s moist and the scent too is dense and well…earthy.  That’s the stuff.  Plant any seed here that you want and it will not only grow ~ it will thrive!

How is our population affecting soil nutrient density? #vibranthealthblog

Now, zap yourself to any industrial agriculture farm. This is called arable land and we’re running out of it worldwide. Check-out this quick little video from the Farmland Trust. Every year we lose over a million acres of US farmland ideally suited to grow food. More than 75% of America’s fruit, vegetables and dairy products are produced on what are called urban edged farms. Go ahead, reach down and pick-up a handful of that soil.  More like plain dirt isn’t it?

Crops grow but, the plants don’t thrive. This soil has to be replenished with fertilizers because it’s been turned over so many times and provided so many years of crops for the American dinner table ~ it’s lacking in natural nutrients. That’s the reason why I and other nutritionists recommend that our clients use dietary supplements. The soil itself that your food is grown in is lacking in nutrients, next combine that with the travel and storage time it takes for the food to reach your table ~ there’s very little nutrient value left.

But, take another look at that farmland out there.  A field once used for corn, may now be used for soy plants etc. Again and again the land has been turned over and replanted. Also, seed is expensive.  Farmers can’t afford to have crops taken over by insects, other pests or plant diseases ~ So, along with fertilizers, insecticides are used.

This isn’t a US problem.  This is a worldwide issue. 

Soil Depletion World Map #vibranthealthblogBut, back to us in the US and this protein issue…

China is now facing a grave soil pollution situation. Heavy metals have severely polluted some areas, mines and factories have degraded soil in industrial areas and the amount of arable land is decreasing due to the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  In May of 2013, The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) refused to issue data related to soil pollution and declared that related data remains a ‘state secret.’  They continue to use chemicals which were banned many years ago here in the US. With an estimated $3.1 trillion of cash reserves, China has already been eyeing farmland purchases in a variety of countries (particularly at Africa).  Already, China is becoming a net importer of food. According to a report from the US Grains Council, China will import as much as 15 million tons in 2014-2015.

All of the values (calories, carbs, protein etc.) on Vibrant Health product labeling are accurate; what’s more ~ we’ve ensured that the protein is the most bio-available possible.

At Vibrant Health we chose to use a plant based protein formula combining Non-GMO Rice, Pea, Alfalfa and Spirulina proteins.  We took an additional step to maximize the bio-availability of those proteins, by adding a few select free amino acids, and creating a purely vegetable protein with an amino acid ration that surpasses albumin and whey proteins, which is nearly equal to that of human muscle tissue.

Sure, Whey protein isolates are popular but, they share the disadvantages that you’ll find with any dairy based product, which is antibiotics and pesticides in the grain that the cattle are fed.  Another huge issue is that many people have lactose or casein allergies. Additionally, any dairy product sold in the US must be pasteurized which “de-natures” any Whey product, automatically reducing its nutrient value.

Dr. Oz and Dr. Cooperman raised valid concerns regarding heavy metals and arsenic. Yet, if you look closely at the Consumer Labs report provided by the Oz program, the rice protein product test results all showed: ‘Did Not Exceed Contamination Limit for Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic’.  But, how did these contaminants get into the rice protein at all?  Good question.

Response to Dr. Oz's comments on protein powders #vibranthealthblogThe major producers of rice in the world are China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Brazil, Japan, USA, Pakistan, and the Republic of Korea (in this order).  Can you already see where a problem could arise for US products using rice?  Many of them source their rice from overseas where standards for water safety and chemical usage are not as high as those in the US.

Notice in this chart the tiny amount of rice produced in the US?

The arsenic that Dr. Cooperman mentioned raises a very specific issue because the report is leaving out a very important piece of the picture. And speaking of Oz ~ Remember Dorothy and Glenda the so-called 'Good Witch'?  Just think how much better-off Dorothy would have been if Glenda had given her complete information about those Ruby Slippers from the beginning!

The report fails to take into account that there are two types ~ organic and inorganic.  This makes a HUGE difference.

Arsenic both organic and inorganic is more common than many people realize. In fact, arsenic may be essential for biological activity in many organisms, including humans, though nobody's officially named it as an essential nutrient.

Organic Arsenic is found in soil, rocks and water, and it presents no danger in small amounts. Looking at the organic arsenic that you may get from fish, seafood and algae; the specific arsenic compounds obtained from these sources are arsenobentaine and arsenocholine, which are relatively non-toxic and are rapidly excreted in unchanged form in your urine.

Inorganic Arsenic is a completely different story ~ with a bad ending. Disturbingly, low-level inorganic arsenic exposure continues to take place in our general population (as do some cases of high-dose poisoning) through the commercial use of inorganic arsenic compounds in common products such as wood preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and paints; through the consumption of foods and the smoking of tobacco treated with arsenic-containing pesticides; and through the burning of fossil fuels in which arsenic is a contaminant. Inorganic arsenic is known to be a carcinogen (a cancer-causing agent). It's also been linked to problems with the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, liver, lungs and skin.  Bad stuff.

So you see, it's not enough to simply list something as a dangerous toxin, without looking at the complete picture. Partial information is as harmful to consumers as flying monkeys.

Practically every plant food has some naturally occurring metals in it. Why?  All plants absorb metals, etc. from the soil ~ which in turn absorbs it through ground water, rain water, etc. Carrots, corn, cucumbers, green beans, yams, potatoes, turnips, apples, tomatoes, artichokes, lettuce, spinach and many other fruits and vegetables contain arsenic.  A one cup serving of your favorite classic Green Beans contain a whopping 28.75 micrograms of lead. That level is 56 times the allowable limit! You’ll still live after a serving of green beans, because your body is designed to remove these modest doses.

Guess what? The same varieties of veggies found for instance in our Green Vibrance, are the very means that your body needs to remove toxins. Because the phytochemicals in them naturally help to detoxify your body, while providing your organs with necessary nutrients, cruciferous vegetables for instance are simply an excellent way to return your body to health. Also, with the presence specifically of the phytochemical glutathione, your liver is also positively affected, as this amazing element helps the organ excrete chemicals and heavy metals.

At Vibrant Health we test for heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants at several stages of our product manufacturing:

1.    It begins with our careful selection of raw material supplier (who tests prior to shipping). We review their Certificate of Analysis (COA) on raw materials which test for microbiology and heavy metals. A COA tests for microbiology (yeast, e. coli salmonella and staff bacteria, mold, and fungus) and heavy metals (arsenic, lead, mercury, aluminum, etc.). Levels have to be below a certain threshold as determined by Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) and American Public Health Association (APHA) which set global standards for quality of ingredients. 

2.    We test again before a material is added to any dietary supplement formula.

3.    A third test for a COA is conducted on our finished product and reports reviewed for any anomalies.

At any of these three stages, a raw material or finished product showing excessive levels of any of the heavy metals will be rejected. We use outside testing labs, which are not affiliated with the seller of the raw materials or with our company, which brings a level of impartiality to the process.

Although we believe our products are already safe when used as directed, Vibrant Health has been looking for ways to reduce lead and other heavy metals for many years now. While our arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury levels fall below recommended thresholds, we are currently evaluating new materials and new potential formulas for Pure Green Protein, etc. with the goal of reducing the current trace amounts of inorganic and organic arsenic, lead and other heavy metal content even more. 

This is the whole reason behind our company’s Guiding Principal of Formula Obsolescense’.  Our Flagship product ‘Green Vibrance’ is in its 14th formulation. Why?  Every Vibrant Health product is expected to change as new discoveries in science come to light, and as new raw materials become available. Vibrant Health products are ‘dynamic by design’ to stay at the forefront of nutritional science.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

Can Your Dental Health Affect Your Heart Health?

YES!!! Amazing Fact ~ Research suggests that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (including heart disease) have oral symptoms. In addition, dentists can help patients with a history of heart disease by examining them for any signs of oral pain, infection or inflammation.

Even the risk factors for gum disease are just the same as those for heart disease:

  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Poor Nutrition
  • DiabetesDental & Heart Health Go Hand-In-Hand

       You’ve got literally billions of bacteria and other microscopic critters that have taken-up residence in your mouth and they unquestionably influence the health of teeth and gums ~ AND YOUR HEART!

       The direct link has been difficult to determine ~ chicken or the egg. Studies have not yet established that either heart disease or gum disease actually causes the other. 

BUT…there are several species of bacteria which cause periodontitis that also have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart (and elsewhere). This plaque can lead to a heart attack.  In fact, gum disease (called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages) is caused by plaque buildup.

AND…other bacteria living behind your teeth can harm your blood vessels or cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. Your immune system's response to these toxins can actually harm vessel walls or make your blood clot more easily. Clots decrease blood flow to your heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing risk of heart attack.

       It is also possible that inflammation happening in your mouth fires-up inflammation throughout your body, which includes your arteries, where it can lead to heart attack and stroke. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease.

       Gum disease (called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages) is caused by plaque buildup. According to the AGD, proper diagnosis and treatment of tooth and gum infections in some patients has led to a decrease in blood pressure medications and improved overall health.

       Gum disease affects 80% of American adults, according to the AGD. For people with periodontitis (erosion of tissue and bone that support the teeth), chewing and tooth brushing release bacteria into the bloodstream.

What are the warning signs that you may have gum disease?

  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose or are separating from each other

Did you just reach for your toothbrush?  You can play a major role in preventing gum disease:

  • Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
  • Brush for 2 to 3 minutes, twice daily. Be sure to brush along the gum line.
  • Floss daily. This removes plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Use a mouth rinse to lower the acidic environment in your mouth. (⅛ tsp of Baking Soda in 2oz of filtered water).
  • Eat a healthy diet which will provide essential nutrients.

Regular dental exams and cleanings are still necessary to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar and detect early signs of gum disease.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

The ABC’s of Diabetes Prevention

ABC's of #Diabetes Prevention. #vibranthealthblog

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that by 2050, one in three American adults could have diabetes. 1 in 3!  So, let’s look at some means of prevention….

       First it’s important to watch out for Diabetes symptoms (such as sudden weight loss (or gain), persistent fatigue, thirst, blurred vision and frequent urination).  Have your blood glucose tested at least every three years (starting from age 45 or younger if you're at an increased risk for diabetes).

A ~ Alpha-lipoic Acid – This powerful antioxidant is involved in your body’s metabolic process of converting carbohydrates into energy. It’s been reported to improve blood sugar levels and there have been no reported side effects over the last 30 years in European clinical trials.

B ~ Blood Pressure – It is vital that you keep it and your cholesterol levels in check.

ABC's of #Diabetes Prevention. #vibranthealthblogC ~ Cinnamon – A study conducted in 2009 showed that regular consumption of cinnamon could reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The study, involved 22 people with impaired fasting blood glucose, and examined the effects of 12 weeks of daily treatment with a cinnamon supplement. Previous research also suggested that regular intake of cinnamon may help reduce levels of fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and total cholesterol.

D ~ Vitamin D3 supplements.  After reviewing data on 83,770 women, the authors of a 2006 study determined that a combined daily intake of over 800 IU of Vitamin D3 and over 1,200 mg of calcium was associated with a 33% lower risk of type-2 Diabetes (compared with a combined daily intake of less than 400 IU Vitamin D3 and less than 600 mg calcium). Always talk to your doctor before starting any supplements.

E ~ Exercise provides two main benefits for prevention of Diabetes. First, it causes your skeletal muscle to be more sensitive to insulin (the chemical signal that tells cells to absorb glucose). Because of this, exercise speeds the clearance of glucose out of the blood and into skeletal muscle cells, which require glucose in higher quantities during increased activity. Ever heard of AMP kinase?  Well, it actually initiates glucose transport from blood to cells without the use of insulin. This is especially important and helpful in light of the prevalence of insulin resistance in those at risk for diabetes. Exercise is found to naturally increase your levels of AMP kinase.

F ~ FOOD! ~ following a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Your focus should be on Functional Foods. Never heard of those?  While there’s not a clinical definition, they’re generally considered by doctors and nutritionists as those foods which offer additional benefits that may reduce your risk of disease or promote optimal health. Functional ingredients, such as cinnamon, Bitter Melon, garlic, stevia, onion, ginseng, Gymnema sylvestre and fenugreek, have been addressed for their specific actions towards different reactions involved in diabetes development.

Here are five Functional Foods:

  1. Cold-Water Fish ~ Cod, Black Cod, Mackerel, Haddock, Sardines and Salmon
    Omega-3 fatty acids are found in high amounts in these protein-packed fish. Studies prove that they lower overall risk of heart disease, reduce joint pain and ABC's of #Diabetes Prevention. #vibranthealthblogimprove brain development and function. General guidelines are that you eat about eight ounces of fish a week.
  2. Nuts ~ Great for snacks, because they’ll help you feel full but, don’t spike blood sugar levels. Raw nuts, including cashews and almonds, are high in magnesium, which can lower blood pressure. Almonds, pecans and walnuts can help lower cholesterol.
  3. Whole Grains ~ Barley, Quinoa, Kasha (buckwheat groats), Wild Rice, Bulgur, Whole-Wheat Couscous, Oats. They’re all high in soluble fiber; help lower cholesterol; and assist with your blood sugar control. So add barley to your soup at lunch, have quinoa as a side at dinner.
  4. Beans ~ Another terrific source of soluble fiber. High fiber diets can help reduce the risk of colon, rectal and breast cancers. While canned beans are fine, find those low in sodium. You can actually rinse beans before use, which can remove approximately 40% of added sodium content.
  5. Berries ~ They’re not only low in calories, but their anthocyanin pigments (which give them their rich colors), offer health promoting benefits. If fresh berries aren’t in season, frozen unsweetened berries make a fine alternative.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

9 Heart Health Secrets

9 Secrets for Optimal Heart Health #vibranthealthblog

9 Secrets for Optimal Heart Health #vibranthealthblog

1. Water

You’ll be surprised to learn that the greatest contributor to heart problems is not cholesterol, not salt intake but SUGAR! Sugar causes dangerous levels of inflammation in your body.

       Just one 12-ounce can of soda contains 130 calories and a whopping 8 teaspoons of sugar. New American Heart Association guidelines recommend that women get no more than 100 calories per day from all added sugars (those that aren’t found naturally in foods) in their diet, which is about 6 teaspoons per day. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons.

       Guess how much (on average) Americans typically consume?  22 teaspoons of added sugar a day ~ that equals 355 calories! In addition to weight gain, a high-sugar diet has been linked to increased risk for high blood pressure, low levels of HDL (the healthy cholesterol), and high levels of triglycerides (the type of fat in your bloodstream which raises your risk for heart disease and diabetes).

       The quickest, simplest, ‘no brainer’ way to cut back on your added sugars in your diet is to…Drink WATER!

2. High Blood Pressure can (and should) be improved ~ BUT…

"Doctors often deliver the news you have high blood pressure, but don't give any facts beyond that," says, George Vetrovec, M.D., the chair of cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia. Here’s the little reported fact ~ "Taking someone from an elevated blood pressure to a normal blood pressure (119/79 mm HG or lower) has about a 1 in 11 chance of preventing stroke or heart attack." So, if you’re counting it up, this means one out of every eleven men treated for high blood pressure will completely avoid problems ~ the others will not.

3. The True Effects of Exercise

It is key to heart health.  It can add years to your expiration date. "Everyone needs to do something dynamic at least 3 times a week (walk or jog)," Dr. Vetrovec says. "And if you lift weights, they need to be weights you can breathe through." That means you should not need to clench your jaw just to complete a set.

4. The Real Facts on Smoking

Sure, you’ve heard that smoking is bad for your health, but one central fact that you probably haven't heard is that cutting out cigarettes will reduce your risk of heart attack by 50% after just one year, according to Dr. Vetrovec. "Your risk returns almost back to that of a non-smoker after one year without cigarettes."

5. Sleep
Too little sleep just plays havoc with your hormones, blood sugar and yes ~ your blood pressure.

Women who sleep less than five hours each night have a 30% higher risk of heart disease than those getting eight hours, according to a study from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

6. Juice it Up
Pomegranate juice seems to stave off hardening of the arteries ~ and may even reverse it. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that pomegranate juice actually reduced the rate of cholesterol plaque buildup in mice by 30%. And guess what? Heart cells treated with the juice showed a remarkable 50% increase in the production of nitric oxide, a substance needed to help fight plaque.

7. Time to Laugh (15 minutes Daily)
Not making this statistic up. According to a study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, those who watched comedy films like There’s Something About Mary had healthier blood flow, compared with those who watched dramas like Saving Private Ryan. Principal researcher Michael Miller, MD, Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology, recommends 15 minutes of daily laughter.

8. Take a Deep Breath
We all tend towards shallow breathing.  Researcher David Anderson, PhD, a hypertension expert at the National Institute on Aging, says that this shallow breathing may delay your body's excretion of salt, a high-blood-pressure trigger. By taking 10 breaths per minute (instead of the usual 16 to 19) for 15 minutes a day over two months, studies show that you can lower your blood pressure.

9. Shrink the Plate

In studies at Cornell University, people who were given big bowls served themselves about one-third more ice cream than people given smaller bowls. One of the major reasons that heart disease and diabetes in women are on the rise is simply that 2 out of 3 American women over age 20 are overweight or obese. Using smaller plates can help you control portion sizes. The key problem with our American diet is not so much what we eat but how much we eat. So start downsizing your dishes.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

Valentine’s Chocolate Smoothie

Happy #ValentinesDay Vibrant People! If you feel like something filling and chocolate-y, but without a lot of guilt, try this smoothie out! #vibrantrecipes

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! We were feeling the love this morning in the Vibrant Health office and decided that obviously it was smoothie time and obviously there had to be chocolate in it. I can easily say this was the office favorite so far and it still only contains minimal sugar!

Happy #ValentinesDay Vibrant People! If you feel like something filling and chocolate-y,  but without a lot of guilt, try this smoothie out! #vibrantrecipes

Ingredients:

2 scoops Rainbow Vibrance

1 scoop Pure Green Protein Chocolate

1.5 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 small handfuls baby spinach

1 dark chocolate bar of choice

2 cups water

Ice

Directions: Blend until smooth. Swoon.

This recipe made enough for about 2-3 full mugs or 10-15 little tastes. Serve little tastes at your next party instead of an overly sweet treat. It will intrigue and impress your guests!

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Lessening the Glycemic Load Can Help You Be Skinnier & Less Tired

Do you know your glycemic load? Knowing the difference between Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load can help you lose weight and sleep better. #vibranthealthblog

Want to sleep better?  Want to lose weight? Want to have more energy?

Those are just 3 reasons that you, You and especially YOU should learn more about the Glycemic Load.

       You see, when you eat something which causes your body to experience a spike in blood sugar level, you develop a surplus of glucose that makes the storage of fat cells much easier and more efficient. This can contribute to weight gain, negative insulin responses and even type-2 Diabetes. Simply put, when you maintain a consistently lower blood-glucose level ~ it creates a healthier, more-balanced condition in your body. 

       Here’s how it works ~ an increase in blood glucose causes your pancreas to release more insulin. The increase in insulin levels causes your blood glucose to decrease. If your blood glucose drops too quickly, you may experience hypoglycemia. This can result in anxiety, dizziness, shakiness, confusion and weakness.

       Now you can see why, a diet of low-glycemic food can help prevent type-2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and gallbladder disease. It can also prevent obesity while giving you better energy and better sleep.

       By utilizing the Glycemic Index to help you select foods that release sugars slowly, you can easily make healthier and better decisions in terms of the foods you eat.

       So hold onto your hat, because science has already done the hard part for you.  They’ve looked into foods that you eat and created the Glycemic Index which determines and measures the relationship that carbohydrates have on the glucose levels in your bloodstream. In other words, this index is the tool used to determine how quickly the sugars from carbohydrates in your foods are released into your blood. The higher the Glycemic Index (GI) of a particular food that you eat, the more rapid the increase in your blood glucose.

       You can already easily guess when choosing between an apple and a stalk of celery, which will be more likely to spike your blood sugar level.  Unfortunately, not all foods are so easily identified. This is where using the glycemic index becomes an invaluable tool to help you to find healthy food choices. It will clearly show you the ‘good’ carbs from the ‘bad’ carbs in an objective and measured index.

Do you know your glycemic load? Knowing the difference between Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load can help you lose weight and sleep better. #vibranthealthblogSo how’d they come-up with the index? GI is measured by giving volunteers a portion size adequate enough to contain 50g of useable carbs. Consequently, the portion size of each GI tested food will differ according to how much carbohydrate it contains. Huh?!  Okay, let’s make an example of carrots. They contain only about 7% carbs, so the test-portion of carrots eaten by the test-volunteer has to be huge ~ about 1.5 pounds. But, serving sizes of foods (like bread) which contain a higher percentage of carbs, will be smaller.

       You see the problem here don’t you?  Know anyone who has 1.5 pounds of carrots at a serving? So it’s obvious that the main drawback of the Glycemic Index is that the tests are not performed on typical portion sizes. So, if you were to use the Glycemic Index by itself, the glycemic effects of foods containing a small percentage of carbs will naturally be overstated, while the glycemic effects of foods containing a high percentage of carbs will be understated. Take for instance foods that are mostly water or air, they will not cause a surge in your blood sugar levels even if their Glycemic Index is high. That’s flaw number one. 

       Flaw number 2 is also pretty obvious. Since there’s so much variation between foods and between people, there’s essentially no difference between any of the foods that have a difference of less than at least 5 or 10 points on the glycemic scale.  So how is anyone trying to use the index supposed to factor those foods in?  hmmmmm The index is only good for a very general look at carbs.

       This is why researchers developed the idea of the Glycemic Load. Instead of just looking at how fast a 50g amount of carbs will raise blood sugar levels; this ranks foods according to actual carb content, in other words ~ in normal portion-sizes.

       While calculating the Glycemic Index of foods requires human clinical trials, the Glycemic Load is a little simpler to determine. Now, let’s say you’re creating a fabulous meal and would like to figure out what the glycemic load will be per serving. Guess What? You can actually determine the Glycemic Load of food serving yourself. All you’ll need is the Glycemic Index number and a little bit of information from the Nutrition Facts Label.

       This calculation is easy ~ just divide the GI of that food by 100 and multiply this by the useable carbohydrate content (in grams) in the serving size. This gives you a basic sense of how much insulin might rise in your system.

       For a simple example, we’ll use a banana which has a Glycemic Index of 52 and 20% carbohydrates by volume. So when plugging into that calculation, the glycemic load of banana is 10. And that's just a little example, again Glycemic Load not Glycemic Index and you will have to look up that chart to find specific foods as Glycemic Index is not going to be listed on a package or on the nutrition facts label.

        A diet of low-glycemic food can help prevent type-2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and gallbladder disease. It can also prevent obesity.

       So choose what carbs you’re going to eat based on their GL, not simply their carbohydrate content. In fact, low GI diets have now taken the place of the formerly popular low carb diets, which are now regarded by most dietitians as less healthy and less easy to comply with than GI weight loss plans.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

“Max is why I’m having such an easy recovery from surgery”

"After my back surgery last week, my doctor had me on Percocet for pain relief. A couple of days of that and I knew it was time to get back on Max [Maximum Vibrance] and juicing greens like I usually do. Within 24 hours I felt so much better; out of bed, on my feet, and my system back up and running. Max is why I'm having such an easy recovery from my surgery" – Robert B, Age 47, Atwater, OH