Wednesday, November 4, 2015

10 Things to Throw Away for Better Health

#1: Artificial Sweeteners
 
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) trick your body into storing fat and raise your risk of diabetes, so if you're looking for health benefits, you'd be better off throwing those colorful little packets in the trash.

The same goes for any food or beverage containing artificial sweeteners, such as diet soda. Besides worsening insulin sensitivity and promoting weight gain, artificial sweeteners also promote other more serious health problems, including heart attacks, stroke2,3,4 and Alzheimer's disease.
 
One of the mechanisms by which artificial sweeteners promote obesity and disease is by disrupting your intestinal microflora.5,6,7,8  Specifically, artificial sweeteners alter metabolic pathways associated with metabolic function.
 
Decreased function has been observed in pathways associated with the transport of sugar in your body, for example. Artificial sweeteners have also been found to induce gut dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people.

#2: Plastic Food Containers and Bottles

Tossing your plastic food containers and plastic bottles is a basic step to reducing your exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol-S (BPS), and phthalates.
 
Your endocrine system as a whole is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals have been linked to a wide number of adverse effects, including:
  • Hypertension: According to one randomized, controlled trial, BPA from cans or plastic bottles can raise your blood pressure within just a few hours of ingestion
  •   Reduced IQ in children10,11
  • Hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning
  • Cancer of the breast, prostate, and thyroid12 
Heat, along with wear and tear through multiple washings can increase the amount of chemicals being leached from containers and bottles, so holding on to old containers is not a good idea.
 
While I used to support switching to BPA-free containers, it's now been revealed that even "BPA-free" plastics can leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are just as bad as BPA.
 
Your best bet is to avoid plastic containers altogether, and replace them with glass bottles and containers. Also opt for glass baby bottles if you have young children. Make the switch to glass, and you won't have to struggle figuring out which plastic might be safer than another, only to later find out it wasn't such a great trade after all...

For the rest of the story: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/04/06/10-everyday-items-throw-away.aspx?x_cid=20151103_ranart_10-everyday-items-throw-away_facebookdoc

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