Antioxidants and Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

Posted by: Rhona Reid On March 29, 2018 12:00 pm

Free Radicals might sound like the kind of band name you and your buddy, that guy with the keyboard and the bad perm, might have chosen back in the 80’s.  

Wanted: Easy-going electron with calming influence to tame unstable Free Radical.

It’s true to say that free radicals sound a lot cooler than they really are. Existing virtually everywhere in the modern world, free radicals are impossible to avoid.  To labor the 80’s band theme again, like an aging rock star who has lived a wild and toxic life on the road: free radicals are unstable, slightly unhinged molecules trying to hook up with a nice, calming electron to stabilize them and settle down with.

Oxidative Damage

But it doesn’t

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Dehydration: Which Type Might Affect You?  

Posted by: Rhona Reid On March 27, 2018 7:00 am

 
Most of us know how it feels to become temporarily thirsty, and then slaking that thirst with a long, cool drink that restores our bodies to a healthily hydrated state again.  This common type of dehydration is known as temporary dehydration.

No one can function properly when they’re dehydrated.
Thirst Doesn’t Come First

It’s worth noting that although we’re sometimes guilty of waiting until we feel thirsty to drink, thirst isn’t one of the early warning signs of dehydration.  By the time we feel thirsty, our bodies are already experiencing other signs of dehydration, such as needing to urinate less and having a dry or sticky mouth.  

Chronic Dehydration

Chronic dehydration is more serious.  Known to occur as a

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America Brings Home Report Card; Gets a D

Posted by: Rhona Reid On March 1, 2018 12:00 pm

 
America’s Water Infrastructure Report Card for 2017 is in and it’s fair to say that there’s room for improvement. It’s not exactly new news to talk about the state of America’s pipelines and how millions of Americans are drinking water that might be harmful to their health, but the report card highlights another aspect of the problem – the waste.

Must try harder?
Pipe Down

Many pipes were laid during the early-mid 20th century and have a lifespan of 75100 years.  There are an estimated 240,000 pipeline fractures every year and with an average annual repair rate of 0.5%, the repairs will take around 200 years to complete, by which time the pipelines will have been around

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Plastics – The Global Crisis That Won’t Go Away

Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 15, 2018 12:00 pm

 
Single use plastics take five minutes to produce, five minutes to use and 500 years to break down, the vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, told reporters recently.  

499 years to go.

In a move that highlights just how catastrophic the risk of choking the planet in plastic really is, the EU has announced a plan to ensure that by 2030, all packaging on the continent must be reusable or recyclable.

No More Plastic Imports to China

The move is partly in response to China announcing that it will no longer accept plastic waste imports.  For years, EU countries have met their own higher recycling targets and reduced landfill by shipping the excess to China.  Here, the large-scale

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Just Add Salt?  The New Way that Salt is Harming Our Health

Posted by: Rhona Reid On January 23, 2018 7:00 am

 
Something else has been identified as a potential health hazard in our water.  To add to the cocktail of potential contaminants that flow out of taps across America, salt has recently been identified as the latest water worry.  

Do you really need more salt?
How Our Soil Gets Salty

Increased use of road salt is a major cause, as is mining, fossil-fuel production and the use of some fertilizers.  The salt seeps into the ground where excessive sodium dislodges the stable soil minerals such as calcium and potassium, changing the composition of the soil itself.

Of course, whatever is in the soil will end up seeping through to our water supply.  The salty water eventually trickles through the layers

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A Raw Deal?

Posted by: Rhona Reid On January 18, 2018 12:00 pm

 
The latest trend that seems to be gathering attention in 2018 is the craze for drinking so-called “raw water.”

Raw Water is not necessarily pure water.

When a small, Oregon-based start-up company started selling “pristine mountain spring water” to people in the San Francisco area, they tapped into the fashionable notion that the more “natural” something is, then the better for you it will be.

What is “Raw Water”?

Raw water is, quite simply, water that springs from the earth; or in this particular case, from “an ancient aquifer.” It is completely untreated and unfiltered.

One of several companies selling raw water around the country says that filtering and treating water to remove contaminants “disrupts healthy bacterias” that would

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Don’t Start Your New Year Detox Until You Read This!

Posted by: Rhona Reid On January 9, 2018 7:00 am

 
It’s here…that time of year when we look to our less healthy habits and try to quit them, or at least improve them where possible!

Eating whole, fresh foods is a great way to detox.
Let’s Get This Detox Started!

One popular way of kick-starting a new, healthy approach is by detoxing. For some, detoxing is giving up one or two things – alcohol for example – and for others, it’s about cleansing your system and heading into the New Year feeling refreshed and healthier.

Extreme Clean?

While a few people favor an extreme approach to detoxing, for most of us, that’s not practical or desirable.   Much more realistic is our simple, 3-point version that will enable you to

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How to Mix the Best Mocktails Ever at Your New Year’s Eve Party!

Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 31, 2017 7:00 am

 
Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be a time of excess, with rich foods, candy and alcohol all being consumed in larger quantities than usual for many of us.  

You can drink as many of these as you like!
Rock a Mocktail!

So how about taking a healthier approach to at least one of these usual suspects?  Instead of pouring another glass of wine, try one of our three delicious mocktails for a festive feel without the guilt!  

  • Mockmosa

Skip the Champagne and toast the season with a flute of sparkling grape juice with a little extra pizzazz!

1 part orange juice

1 part Tyent water

2 parts sparkling grape juice

Sprig of mint

Pour the orange juice and

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Why Your Dentist Dreads Christmas!

Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 29, 2017 12:00 pm

 
Okay, maybe not dreads Christmas.  But dentists are hyper aware of the damage that sweet things such as candy and soda do to our teeth.  

Therefore Christmas, arriving as it does, on a fresh wave of sweetness in the wake of that great testament to candy itself, Halloween, poses all kinds of threats to our teeth unless we take extra good care of them.

This is the stuff of nightmares for your dentist!
The Usual Suspects

As well as sugar, many people often consume more alcohol than usual around the holidays.  Alcohol attacks teeth in two ways: firstly with the sugar it contains and secondly with acid, which damages enamel.  

So you clean your teeth and visit your

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Are the Holidays Stealing Your Energy?  

Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 26, 2017 6:06 pm

 
Forget The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  This is far more serious, (and erm… real). The Christmas That Stole Your Energy needs fixing, and fast!

Have the holidays stolen your sparkle?
Partied Too Hearty?

It’s all too easy to run out of energy over the holidays.  Social engagements, parties, excited kids (everywhere, more every time you look up, it seems), rich food and maybe a few glasses of wine more than you usually drink?  It’s hard work having fun!   

All of these things are energy thieves.  And when you’re tired, it’s pretty easy to just throw yourself into the nearest armchair and watch It’s a Wonderful Life again/snooze it off/wait for the kids to grow up.

Tempting, but if you

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