Six Easy Steps to Less Stress

Easy Steps to Less Stress

For many, the stress of living in today’s hectic, fast-paced, over-regulated lifestyles are wreaking havoc on our nervous systems. Following are six easy steps you can follow to attempt to calm things down; however, if you are suffering severe stress symptoms, a visit to your doctor may not be a bad idea.

6 Steps to Less Stress

Six steps to less stress

    1. Take 10 to sit quietly and/or meditate
    2. Tune out distractions – turn off TV, radio, computer
    3. Take a leisurely walk
    4. Write out your problems and/or feelings
    5. Try an over-the-counter remedy for stress relief such as melatonin
    6. Customize your work space as in de-clutter and add a favorite picture

A Sad Approach

Surfing through my twitter stream, I see the following (name left out because I don’t wish to pick on any one person) tweet:

Bad idea

That is the WORST idea to less stress and a very sad mentality. Especially with a child – and especially on YouTube where the unsavory lurk in many corners. More so, you don’t want to encourage more sitting around mindlessly staring at some silly video. If you must sit, doing an activity that makes a child think and learn is far healthier and far more productive.

What to do instead?

How about…

  • Going for a walk with your child?
  • Playing ball?
  • Going to the local playground?
  • Shoot baskets?
  • Get a book on simple astronomy and find constellations in the stars.
  • Snowy? Make a snowman, go sledding or ice skating
  • Hot? Go to the beach and make a sandcastle. Or play at a water park if you have one nearby. Otherwise there’s always the good ‘ol yard hose and sprinklers.
  • Too cold outside? Do some housework together – there’s always something that need cleaning up or clearing out.

Just a few ideas – use your imagination and you’ll come up with more, to be sure.

There is a whole world of wonders away from today’s many screens and violent games  – find some of them.

Gluten Free Foods From Campbell’s

A List of Gluten Free Foods From Campbell’s

The following list of Campbell’s products contains those in which every ingredient in each product falls under gluten free foods.

Campbells US Gluten Free Products

Swanson Broth & Stock (Aseptic) Gluten Free Foods

Can of Campbells Chicken Broth

  • Natural Goodness Chicken Broth
  • Chicken Broth
  • Chicken Stock
  • Beef Stock
  • Organic Chicken Broth
  • Unsalted Beef Flavor Stock
  • Unsalted Chicken Flavor Stock
  • Vegetable Broth

Swanson Broth (Canned)

  • Natural Goodness Chicken Broth
  • Chicken Broth
  • Vegetable Broth

Prego Heart Smart Italian Sauce Gluten Free Foods

Jar of Prego Heart Smart Sauce

  • Heart Smart Mushroom
  • Heart Smart Ricotta Parmesan
  • Heart Smart Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic
  • Heart Smart Traditional

Prego Light Smart Italian Sauce

  • Light Smart Traditional

Prego Italian Sauce

  • Arrabbiata Sauce
  • Chunky Garden Combo
  • Chunky Garden Mushroom & Green Pepper
  • Chunky Garden Mushroom Supreme with Baby
  • Portobello
  • Chunky Garden Tomato Onion & Garlic
  • Flavored with Meat
  • Fontina & Asiago Cheese Sauce
  • Fresh Mushroom
  • Italian Sausage & Garlic
  • Marinara
  • Meat Sauce
  • Pesto Marinara
  • Roasted Garlic & Herb
  • Roasted Garlic Parmesan
  • Three Cheese
  • Tomato Basil Garlic
  • Traditional

Prego Pizza Sauce

  • Pizzeria Style Pizza Sauce
  • Veggie Smart Pizza Sauce

Prego Italian Veggie Smart Sauces

  • Chunky & Savory Italian
  • Smooth & Simple Vegetable

Pace Salsas Gluten Free Foods

Pace Chunky Salsa

  • Chunky Salsa – mild, medium and hot
  • Fire Roasted Tomato and Corn Restaurant Style
  • Garden Pepper Restaurant Style Salsa
  • Garlic & Lime Verde Restaurant Style Salsa
  • Restaurant Style
  • Salsa Dip – mild and medium
  • Southwest Chipotle Restaurant Style Salsa
  • Texas Style White Bean Restaurant Style Salsa

Pace Sauces

  • Picante Sauce – extra mild, mild, medium and hot

Campbell’s Tomato Juice

  • Tomato Juice
  • Low Sodium Tomato Juice

V8 Vegetable Juice

V8 Vegetable Juice

  • 100 percent Vegetable Juice
  • Essential Antioxidants V8
  • High Fiber V8
  • Low Sodium V8
  • Low Sodium Spicy Hot V8
  • Spicy Hot V8
  • V8 with hint of Lime
  • V8 with hint of Black Pepper

V8 Splash Smoothies

  • Strawberry Banana
  • Tropical Colada
  • Wild Berry

V8 Splash Juice Drink

  • Apple Medley
  • Berry Blend
  • Cherry Pomegranate
  • Fruit Medley
  • Grape Blend
  • Mango Peach
  • Orange Pineapple
  • Strawberry Kiwi Blend
  • Tropical Blend

Diet V8 Splash Juice Drink

  • Diet Berry Blend
  • Diet Tropical Blend

V8 V-Fusion Juice

V8 Fusion

  • Acai Mixed Berry
  • Concord Grape Raspberry
  • Cranberry Blackberry
  • Peach Mango
  • Pomegranate Blueberry
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Tropical Orange
  • Light Acai Mixed Berry
  • Light Concord Grape Raspberry
  • Light Cranberry Blackberry
  • Light Peach Mango
  • Light Pomegranate Blueberry
  • Light Strawberry Banana

V8 V-Fusion Smoothies

  • Mango Peach
  • Mixed Wild Berry
  • Strawberry Banana

V8 V-Fusion Energy

  • Peach Mango + Energy
  • Pomegranate Blueberry + Energy

V8 V-Fusion Sparkling Juice

  • Black Cherry Pomegranate
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Tangerine Raspberry

V8 V-Fusion Juice Box

  • Apple
  • Berry
  • Fruit Punch

Campbell’s suggests you always check their ingredient labels, as they are always improving their products.
Source: Campbell Consumer Affairs.

See also: Gluten Free Recipes

Preventative Health Care Checklist

Free Preventative Health Care Checklist

Preventing illness before it strikes is the key to helping you save time, money and sick days. The free preventative health care checklist below includes health screenings that may help you stay healthy.

Be sure to check with your physician for specific recommendations based on your age, health and medical history.

Now is a good time to start scheduling and planning for these appointments.

The Preventative Health Care Checklist

Man checking preventative health care checklist

  • Blood Pressure: At least once every 1 to 2 years
  • Cholesterol: At least once every 5 years
  • Colon cancer: Yearly starting at age 50
  • Dental Exam: Twice a year
  • Diabetes: At least once every 3 years
  • Eye exam for glaucoma: Every 2 years
  • Weight/body mass index (BMI): At least once every 2 years
  • Pneumonia shot: Once in your lifetime if you got your first shot at age 65
  • Osteoporosis: Yearly starting at age 65

For women only:

  • Cervical cancer: Once every 3 to 5 years
  • Breast cancer: Once every 2 years

When you have your next check up, make sure your doctor:

  • Examines your thyroid (neck).
  • Examines the backs of your eyes.
  • Feels for enlarged lymph nodes in your armpits, neck and groin.
  • Checks your pulse in your wrist, neck, groin and feet.
  • Listens for bruits in your neck and abdomen.

Don’t Forget Fitness

Choose the right exercise for you. The popular exercise at work is racquetball and you don’t play very well. So don’t. Aerobic exercise can come from walking, jogging, swimming and even gardening. You don’t have to rely on expensive exercise equipment. If you find peddling away in front of the TV boring, get out and walk around the block. Dig up that rose bush you hate. You can vary your routine by biking one day and jogging the next. You don’t need to stick with one form of exercise. Just moving, doing something you enjoy, is extremely beneficial to your health and well-being.

GMOs: Creating numerous health problems?

Numerous health problems have increased in the US since GMOs were introduced. A report by the US Centers for Disease Control shows that food-related illnesses increased 2 to 10-fold in the years between 1994 (just before GMOs were commercialized) and 1999.

Multiple chronic illness rates jumped from 7 percent in 1996 to 13 percent in 2004. Increases in food allergies, autism, reproductive and gastrointestinal disorders, and auto immune diseases have all been reported. But without post-market surveillance or human feeding studies, any link to GMOs cannot be proved or disproved.

GMOs on the market

Say NO to GMOs
Say NO to GMOs

The six major GMO crops are:

  1. soy
  2. corn
  3. canola
  4. cotton
  5. sugar
  6. beets
  7. alfalfa

Each has added bacterial genes, allowing plants to survive an otherwise deadly dose of weed killer such as Roundup. Farmers use considerably more herbicide on these crops, causing higher herbicide residues in our food. The second most popular trait is a built-in pesticide, found in GM corn and cotton. An inserted gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) secretes the insect-killing Bt-toxin in every cell.

The other GM crops are Hawaiian papaya and a small amount of zucchini and yellow crookneck squash, which are engineered to resist a plant virus.

GMO Products Chart

Is the FDA protecting us? NO.

The Food and Drug Administration policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), released in 1992, falsely claims that the agency had no information showing that GM foods are substantially different. Thousands of secret memos later made public by a lawsuit reveal just the opposite. FDA scientists repeatedly warned of possible allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems; they urged long-term safety studies.

But the FDA official in charge of policy was Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney, later their vice president, and now the US Food Safety Czar.

The FDA ignored their scientists, and doesn’t require a single safety test. Instead, companies such as Monsanto, which have been found guilty of hiding toxic effects of their other products, get to decide if their GMOs are safe for us to eat. And the superficial studies they do conduct are widely criticized as rigged to avoid finding problems.

It is clear – we must be proactive as individuals.

Information from the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Echinacea Immune Enhancing Herb

Echinacea Immune Enhancing Herb

Echinacea is a popular American wildflower native to central United States. It is also used as a garden plant.

Native Americans used echinacea immune enhancing ability for generations. It is one of the most researched, immune enhancing herbs. Its extract is among America’s best-selling herb extracts.

There are 9 species of echinacea. Of the two most used species echinacea purpurea is the most commonly used. It is the most extensively studied. Echinacea angustifolia has a longer history of traditional use. Both are known to help in activating your body’s natural immune response.

Echinacea has the best effect on people who begin taking Echinacea Extract at the first sign of a cold or flu. Goldenseal is often combined with echinacea in preparations to be used for colds. Goldenseal is said to also shorten the duration of colds and flu.

Echinacea can be found growing as a wildflower in the prairies, the Midwest states, and as far south as Texas. In many areas wild populations are under great stress. Herbalists who have been gathering herbs for many years say echinacea is getting harder to find.

Echinacea immune enhancing

It has been said that Native Americans used Echinacea to treat more conditions than any other remedy. It is an immune-stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and has wound healing properties.

Traditionally, Echinacea immune enhancing has been used by Native Americans to treat colds, coughs, sore throats, and snakebite.

The Eclectic medical doctors, from the first half of the last century praised Echinacea. They used it for its benefits with various chronic congestive conditions of the respiratory tract.

Today, modern science is beginning to support much of its established traditional use. It is now known that extracts of Echinacea have the ability to increase antibody production. In addition, it helps with resistance to various infections.

With winter weather right around the corner for many of us, it may not be  a bad time to stock up on a supply of Echinacea. Get a head start and fend off those nasty sniffles and sneezes.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, prescribe for, treat, or cure disease, illness, or injury. Any interpretation other than that is willful misrepresentation of this information. For adverse health conditions, please consult with a qualified Health Practitioner.

Do You Suffer IBS Tummy Trouble?

That nasty IBS tummy trouble!

You know the drill. Discomfort in the stomach, then pain and trips to the bathroom. And then it starts again.

Person with IBS tummy trouble
Person with IBS tummy trouble

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is – well, irritating! Symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, gas and abdominal pain. And it is uncomfortable and embarrassing to have IBS.

Beyond that, IBS tummy trouble has serious consequences to your health. It also affects overall well being and your day to day life. You’ve heard the remedies of healthy diet, avoidance of trigger foods and regular exercise. These are good points. But if you suffer from chronic IBS, chances are you’re swatting at symptoms. The triggers of your IBS are left untreated.

Relax, you’re covered.

Digestive Science IBS Relief System is a comprehensive three-part natural treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Strategically formulated with the latest digestion research, it’s an effective way to treat the causes of IBS It can bring real, lasting relief where it’s so desperately needed.

Most IBS patients try healthy diets, exercise and fiber supplements reduce IBS symptoms. Yet in people with chronic IBS, the symptoms persist. There are several reasons for this. Pop the hood on IBS and we find they include:

Lack of Hydrochloric Acid. Too little stomach acid is linked to digestion problems. This includes improper digestion of proteins, allergic reactions, poor mineral absorption and bacterial infections.

Inflammation of the Gastrointestinal Tract. This can start a vicious cycle in which toxins leak from the digestive tract and enter your bloodstream. This in turn can lead to food sensitivities, poor liver function, constipation, diarrhea and gas.

Stress. Stress is inextricably linked to IBS. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter linked to sleep and feelings of well being. An estimated 95 percent of serotonin receptors are located in the intestinal tract. Research suggests that stress can reduce levels of serotonin and trigger pain in the gut.

Imbalanced Microflora. There is a delicate balance of good and bad bacteria that occur naturally in the gut. When the bad microflora take over, they trigger a variety of digestion problems. Symptoms include gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain.

These common triggers of IBS wreak havoc on your comfort, your life and those around you.

How is that possible?

Pain Relief – Most people with chronic IBS will tell you that more than anything, they want relief. Colobalance IBS Support is a daily supplement consisting of minerals, enzymes, herbs and fibers. They bring immediate, yet gentle relief to your pain and discomfort.

Restore Balance in Your GI Tract. Maximum Digestion Probiotic is ten strains of probiotic microbes – the “friendly” bacteria that assist in vitamin synthesis and eliminate dangerous bacteria like Salmonella. Better immune function, better digestive function and fewer symptoms of IBS.

Daily Digestion Support. This is a once-a-day fiber and nutrient supplement formulated with a series of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and the super food chia. Combined, these ingredients fortify the body with the nutrients required for good digestive function and reduce inflammation of the GI tract.

Digestive Science believes that IBS Relief System will bring relief to your IBS tummy trouble and reduce the triggers that cause this debilitating condition. Peace to your mind, peace to your gut. And with that, a wonderful sense of well-being.

Meditation for IBS Tummy Trouble?

There’s plenty of evidence that meditation can offer specific physical and mental health benefits.

Those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome may be glad to learn that meditating twice daily can significantly reduce symptoms.

It has also been shown to reduce depression and impart a general sense of calm.

Can Yogurt Help Lactose Intolerance?

Can Yogurt Help Lactose Intolerance?

Interest in the health benefits of cultured dairy foods dates back to the early 1900s. This is when Elias Metchnikoff, in his book called The Prolongation of Life, associated intake of large quantities of Bulgarian fermented milk with a long life.

Researchers continue to investigate the therapeutic role of probiotic bacteria in dairy foods. The following are some of the potential health benefits associated with eating cultured dairy foods.

Can Yogurt Help Lactose Intolerance?
Container of Yogurt

Yogurt Help Lactose Intolerance to Milk

A number of studies have shown that intake of yogurt enhances lactose digestion in individuals with low intestinal levels of lactase. Lactase is an enzyme necessary to digest lactose or milk’s sugar. The lower lactose content of some cultured dairy foods can contribute to the beneficial effect of these foods for people who have difficulty digesting lactose.

The beneficial effect may also be explained by the ability of the starter cultures used in the manufacture of yogurt with live, active cultures to produce the enzyme lactase, which digests the lactose in yogurt. Yogurts with live active cultures can be identified by the National Yogurt Association’s “Live and Active Culture” seal. Only yogurts meeting specific requirements may carry this seal. The requirements are (at least 10 million organisms per gram at the time of purchase.

Yogurt without live cultures, unfermented or sweet acidophilus milk, and cultured buttermilk are tolerated about the same as milk by individuals with lactase nonpersistence. Intake of cultured dairy foods such as yogurt may also improve tolerance to milk in individuals with cow’s milk allergy or sensitivity. It can also help prevent allergies to other foods.

Other Health Benefits of Yogurt

Intestinal Health. Yogurt with specific strains of live active cultures has been demonstrated to help maintain the normal intestinal microflora balance and suppress harmful bacteria in the intestine. A particular strain of bacteria used in yogurt, Lactobacillus strain GG, aids in treatment and prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, traveler’s diarrhea, and acute diarrhea in children. In adults, this particular strain of Lactobacillus has been shown to stimulate bowel function by altering the microflora and suppressing fermentation in the intestine. Yogurt with Lactobacillus gasseri may be beneficial for older adults with “atophic gastritis,” a condition that predisposes to intestinal infections and constipation.

Protection Against Ulcers. Specific strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus may protect against stomach ulcers by suppressing the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a known ulcer-inducing bacteria.

Cholesterol Lowering. Different strains of lactic bacteria in cultured dairy foods appear to have different effects on blood cholesterol levels. In a study of older adults, intake of about 1 cup of yogurt with live cultures per day for one year prevented an increase in blood total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.

Enhanced Immunity. Intake of yogurt may improve some of the body’s immune defense responses. When adults consumed 1 cup of yogurt with live cultures per day for one year, allergic symptoms decreased. Further studies are necessary to confirm this beneficial effect of yogurt on the immune system.

Culture Club

When yogurt’s live active cultures colonize your digestive system, they draw a line in the sand against disease. The cultures — especially acidophilus and bifida – muscle out potentially threatening bacteria. Low-fat or fat-free yogurt has a lot of other things going for it: It’s easy to digest, especially for those who are lactose-intolerant and have difficulty digesting milk and many cheese. It’s an excellent source of calcium, protein, riboflavin (a B vitamin), vitamin B-12 (which may be low in vegetarian diets) and vitamin A. It also provides selenium, potassium and magnesium.

Yogurt Brands With the LAC Seal is

Live and Active Cultures Seal
Live and Active Cultures Seal
  • Activia
  • Border Light
  • Cold Stone Creamery Lowfat Frozen Yogurt
  • Chobani
  • Colombo
  • Culture – The Yogurt Society
  • Danimals
  • Dannon
  • Dannon Fruit on the Bottom
  • Dannon Greekv
  • Dannon Light & Fit
  • Desi Nat Dahi
  • Emmi
  • Fiber One
  • Foodtown
  • Fred Meyer QFC
  • Gogurt
  • Golden Spoon
  • Haagen-Dazs
  • Jelly Belly Frozen Yogurt
  • La Yogurt
  • Market Basket
  • Mountain High Yoghurt
  • Natural Dahi
  • Natural Family Halal
  • Pathmark
  • Pinkberry
  • Rainbows END
  • Ralphs
  • Scott Brothers Dairy
  • Shop Rite
  • Sweet Chills
  • TCBY
  • Trix
  • White Cow Desi Dahi
  • YoCreamv
  • Yoforia
  • Yogen Fruz
  • Yogurbella
  • Yogurtland
  • Yoplait
  • Yoplait Delights
  • Yoplait Grande
  • Yoplait Grande Light
  • Yoplait Greek
  • Yoplait Kids
  • Yoplait Light
  • Yoplait Thick n’ Creamy
  • Yo-Plus
  • Yo-Plus Light

Did you know? June is National Dairy Month!

Infectobesity – A Viral Fat?

Infectobesity – A Viral Fat?

Could a virus you contracted in childhood turn you into a fat adult? That’s what research says. A common human virus called “adenovirus-36”, or Ad-36 – is now said to be a contributor to human obesity. According to a report on Web MD, “One specific Ad-36 gene, called E4Orfl, is responsible for the virus’s obesity-related effects.

Infectobesity a Nasty Virus“Infectobesity” is the term coined by Louisiana State University researcher Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD. There’s one caveat; tests were performed on mice and chickens, not humans.

Recently, viral infections have been recognized as possible cause of obesity. So the term infectobesity can be used to describe the growing nature of it. To date, in animals six viruses and a scrapie agent have been shown to be associated with obesity.

Understanding contribution of various etiologic factors of obesity may lead to treatments directed specifically toward the cause, and consequently, its successful management.

Ad – 36 was first isolated in 1978 in a diabetic child in Germany. The name is derived from the adenoids, or pharyngeal tonsils, where the first adenovirus was discovered.

After a lot of medical speak, the conclusion was that more studies were needed.

Though obesity has multiple causes, an overlooked possibility is that in some instances it could be due to an infection. It is possible that viral infections exacerbate and facilitate the development of obesity, or its complications, by working in conjunction with other adipogenic factors.

Due to ethical considerations, human beings cannot be experimentally infected with these pathogens. In order to determine the role of viral pathogens in human obesity, that is does the Ad 36 virus cause obesity or there are increased titers of virus due to obesity, further research with larger sample size is required.

Source: Infectobesity? Role of Ad – 36 virus (PDF)

Importance of Water in Our Bodies

The Importance of Water in Our Bodies

We have all heard it over and over. Drink your H2O! Since our body is made up with more H2O than anything else, it makes perfect sense that this is important.

  • 85 percent of your brain is water.
  • The human body is nearly 70 percent water.
  • Waste filtered through our kidneys is dissolved in water.
  • If we cannot have water, we will be poisoned.
  • Each muscle in our body is nearly 80 percent water.
  • Including your heart muscle.


Tip for Weight Loss

Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register fullness. While you are eating, focus on eating slowly to give your body the time it needs. Put down your fork after a bite or two and drink some water. This will not only help you get your daily quota, but will help you feel satisfied with less food intake.

Hydrate with Fruit

Many fruits contain a lot of water. Take the obvious one, for example – watermelon. Watermelon is a sweet and healthy way to hydrate. It is a terrific source of the antioxidant, lycopene and vitamins C, A, and B6. It also contains a lot of water — a great way to keep hydrated in the hot sun! One cup of watermelon contains about 60 calories, zero fat, and counts as one fruit serving.

Slice of Watermelon

Food for Thought

Check out the calorie content in the following beverages. Couldn’t you replace one of these with a tall, cool glass of H2O?

  • Starbucks Venti Cappuccino. A 20 ounce serving equals 200 calories.
  • Burger King large Coke. A 32 ounce serving equals 310 calories.
  • 7-Eleven Double Gulp Coke. A 64 ounce serving equals 600 calories.

Caraway Seed Aids Digestion

Caraway Seed Aids Digestion

The use of caraway in a medicinal form is no longer as common as it once was; however, there are long-standing uses that cannot be forgotten. Many herbalists still use caraway for several disorders; however, digestive problems are among the most common use.

Herbalists often recommend caraway seed for colic in infants. You can obtain caraway in an essential oil if  the seeds don’t appeal to you. The essential oil is very potent. It can irritate the skin. A skin patch test is advised before the diluted oil is applied to the skin. Be sure to follow instructions carefully when using the essential oil.

Caraway seed is improves the appetite and treats conditions of the digestive system, including:

  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • colic
  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • stomach ulcers

Caraway Seed is also considered a harmless calmative.

Strengthen the Intestines

As a further aid to the digestive system, caraway relieves constipation and expels flatulence. This eases the pain and grumbling in the bowels and intestines that frequently accompanies gas. This condition is often referred to as “griping”.

Herbalists consider caraway seeds as one of the most important herbs for strengthening the intestines. Caraway’s carminative properties prevent gas and aid in the release of gas.

Prevent Indigestion

Chewing of caraway seeds is a popular way to aid digestion after a meal.

Relieve Bloating

Bloating occurs when bad bacteria release gas in your intestine. Caraway seeds inhibit the growth of that bad bacteria and allows good bacteria to digest food.

Caraway Seed

Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Caraway contains antispasmodics. Antispasmodics can relax the uterus providing relief from menstrual cramps.

Note of Caution

Pregnant women should not ingest excessive amounts of caraway seeds.