Saturday, April 30, 2011

Did You Know...

"A piece of printer paper is more space than each chicken gets
in a conventional henhouse.
Having an inactive social life is as unhealthy as smoking up to
15 cigarettes a day.
1 oz. is the amount of olive oil you should have daily to reduce
your risk of heart disease, according to the FDA.
For a quick cardio workout, run up the stairs, then walk down,
20 times.
A component of the Indian spice turmeric, curcumin is as effective
as Ibuprofen in treating osteoarthritis in the knees."

-Prevention Magazine May 2011

The Whole Truth at Whole Foods

"You may think that organic means the same thing on a cereal box
as it does on a shampoo bottle- but that's not the case. That's why
Whole Foods will now be policing organic claims for body products,
which are not bound by the same rules as organic food. Beginning
June 1, any personal-care product sold at Whole Foods with the word
organic on the front label or in the name must be certified by a third
party and be made with at least 70% organic ingredients. Products that
don't pass Whole Foods' inspection will be removed from the store shelves
until they're reformulated- or relabeled."

-Prevention Magazine May 2011

Yummy Baked Goods

Lingonberries Market has some delicious Sugar Cookies and
assorted flavors of Piece of Cake at special prices. Come choose
your sweet deal while they last...

Outback Fundraiser

Don't forget to come into Lingonberries Market to buy
your tickets for the Gluten Intolerance Group Outback Fundraiser
on Saturday, September 17 at 1pm. Tickets cost $15.00 and go to
a very worthwhile and important cause! Thank you for your support!
See you there...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Products at Lingonberries Market

Earth Cafe Strawberry Fields Forever Cheesecake - Raw Vegan
Katz Gluten Free Cinnamon Rugelech and Marble Cake
Kim & Scott's Gourmet Bavarian Pretzels
Rudi's Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns
PaoBread - Brazilian Cheese Bread in Regular and Roasted Green Chilies
Seasnax Lightly Roasted seaweed in Toasted Onion and Classic Olive
UDI's Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns
Vegenaise - Soy Free dressing and sandwich spread
Walden Farms Pasta Sauce in Alfredo and Garlic & Herb

Also check out the new June/July issue of Living Without Magazine,
it's chock full of great information!
Best Allergy-Friendly Waffle Recipes
Guide to Safe Restaurant Dining
Quick & Easy GF Pasta Salad
Special Section - Help for Autism
GFCF Recipes, Start-Up Guide and Why Diet Matters

Monday, April 25, 2011

Detox Delicacies

"Feeling sluggish and saggy after a winter of rich foods and too
little exercise? Never fear, spring is here. As the weather warms up,
Mother Nature provides a bounty of veggies that help cleanse and
energize wintered-over bodies. While all spring greens are good for
you, a select few have properties that target key cleansing organs,
such as the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. Try eating:
Dandelion Greens
Bok Choy
Mustard Greens

-Vegetarian Times Magazine April/May 2011

Feed Your Heart

"When it comes to reducing inflammation in the body, a risk factor
for heart disease, the variety-rather than quantity-of fruits and veggies
we eat may be key, suggests a study in the American Journal of Clinical
The antioxidant powers of a host of nutrients found in fruits and veggies
may work in concert to dampen inflammation. (Think synergy: the whole being
greater than the sum of its parts.) Heart disease remains the leading cause
of death in the United States.
Follow the example of the heart-healthiest study participants, and aim
to eat eight or nine different fruits and veggies per week. To encourage
adventurousness, American Dietetic Association spokesperson Dawn Jackson
Blatner, RD, recommends that every week you prepare two new recipes
featuring produce you haven't eaten in a while or have never tried."

-Vegetarian Times Magazine April/May 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Magic Fiddle

"Fiddlehead ferns, a mild vegetable with asparagus-like flavor,
are only in season for a few weeks. One big reason to squeeze them
into your diet this spring: They're high in alpha-carotene, recently
linked to longevity. When CDC researchers analyzed levels of the
photochemical in more than 15,000 adults, they found that those with
high levels had a lower risk of death. Saute the delicate ferns in olive
oil with chopped garlic and fresh basil."

-Whole Living Magazine, May 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stress and Sleep

Stress is an external (or sometimes psychological) force that affects an individual. Not necessarily positive or negative, stressors can motivate people to meet a deadline or work out before for a race. On the other hand, long-term or chronic stress can increase the risk for serious health problems like heart disease and depression.

When stressed, the adrenal glands release the stress hormone cortisol, which raises blood pressure and quickens the heartbeat, a state known as “fight-or-flight” mode. Elevated cortisol levels over the long term lead to inflammation and increased disease risk. Stress management is the effort to respond or adapt to stress in a more positive, effective way. Eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and sleeping enough all help improve stress response, as do supportive, loving relationships. Meditation techniques have been shown effective at reducing stress. Supplements that may improve the body's stress response include American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius); Siberian ginseng or eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) antioxidants, 
such as vitamins C, B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, and other B vitamins; L-theanine, found in green tea; ashwagandha (Withania somnifera); rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea); schisandra (Schisandra chinensis); fish oil (omega-3 essential fatty acids); and chamomile.

-Delicious Living Magazine, Week of April 20, 2011

Gluten Free

Gluten is the common name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale grains that cause allergic reactions and digestive difficulty for those diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. A little over 3 million people in the United States have celiac disease, but only approximately 200,000 cases have been diagnosed, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Of course, celiacs are far from the only demographic group interested in gluten-free products. A growing number of people are choosing a gluten-free diet for a host of reasons—ranging from believing that they are sensitive to gluten to a willingness to try anything to help them look and feel healthier. When people seek medical help because they are feeling drained of energy or are suffering from digestive problems or other chronic health issues, health practitioners—particularly naturopaths and acupuncturists—will often prescribe elimination diets to determine whether food is at the root of their symptoms. Gluten is usually the first food to be removed, followed by other common food allergens, including casein (the protein found in milk and cheese), soy, corn, peanuts and nuts. In addition, some people believe going gluten free relieves some of the symptoms of conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fibromyalgia.

As attention on celiac disease increases and awareness grows of the health benefits associated with a gluten-free or low-gluten diet, many manufacturers are adding gluten-free options to their product lines. The FDA is currently in the process of developing gluten-free labeling standards.

-Delicious Living Magazine, Week of April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's Greek to Me

" Greek yogurt is strained, so even fat-free versions are thick
and creamy.
And the lost liquid means that the yogurt that's left has twice
the protein of ordinary yogurt (or milk) - about 17 grams in 6 ounces
of plain Greek yogurt. That's not trivial for people who have to cut
back on meat, fish, and poultry.
Many people assume that yogurt is rich in protein because an 8 oz.
container (which used to be typical) of plain yogurt had 8 grams of
protein, just like a glass of milk - and now that yogurt containers
are 4 or 6 ounces - there's less room in the tubs for yogurt, which
means less protein.
A 4 oz. tublet of Breyers Smooth & Creamy, Dannon Light & Fit 60
calorie packs, or Yoplait Fiber One, for example, has just 3 grams of
protein. That makes Greek yogurt even more impressive.
On the downside, Greek yogurt has less calcium than ordinary yogurt.
A 6 oz. container of Dannon All Natural Plain (non-Greek) has 30 percent
of the Daily Value for calcium. Six ounces of Fage or Chobani plain
Greek yogurt have 20 percent. And Greek yogurt is pricier."

-Nutrition Action Healthletter, April 2011

Salt Strikes Swiftly

"A high-salt meal can stiffen your arteries within 30 minutes.
Arteries that lose their ability to expand when they need to can
increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and
cognitive decline.
On two separate occasions, researchers fed 16 healthy men and women
with normal blood pressure a meal that contained either 115 milligrams
of sodium or 1,495 mg (a full days worth). At 30 minutes and 60 minutes
after the high-salt meal, the ability of the participants' arteries to
expand was more impaired than it was after the low-salt meal. Make sure
to cut back on salt."

-Nutrition Action Healthletter, April 2011


We're Bringing BBQ Back!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by Maeve Whelan-Wuest

Our loyal fans send us delicious and creative product requests on a daily basis, be it through Facebook, our website, blogs, online forums or at gluten free events. While we love hearing all of your great ideas, what we love more is being able to fulfill such wishes. It was very exciting, therefore, to officially announce the launch of our Hamburger and Hotdog buns and new Ancient Grain Breads at Natural Products Expo West.

For too long, eating gluten free has meant eating BBQ free. Grilling on hot summer nights just isn’t the same when you can’t enjoy a juicy cheeseburger or a perfectly charred hotdog in a bun. And, with BBQ season just around the corner, we weren’t about to let our great fans suffer through one more disappointing BBQ. Relive your favorite childhood summer memories with the Classic Hamburger and Hotdog Buns, or try the Whole Grain Hamburger Bun for an extra kick of nutrition. Soft, savory and durable, all three buns are the perfect accompaniment to whatever you’re cooking on the grill.

Along with the seasonally appropriate buns, Udi’s also announced our new Ancient Grain Breads. Ancient grains, such as millet, chia and salba, supply a powerhouse of nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants and—the best part—they are naturally gluten free. Our Millet-Chia bread combines the fiber and protein-packed Chia seed with the heart-healthy and delightfully crunchy Millet grain. Meanwhile, one loaf of our Omega-Salba bread delivers 490 mg of Omega-3 and 6 grams of fiber from each serving. We went back to the land for inspiration and found new flavors that will certainly bring joy and well-being into your home.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for that first burger of grilling season. Personally, I plan to devour a coffee-rubbed burger with provolone cheese, sautéed onions, smoked bacon and my homemade Texas BBQ sauce on a savory Udi’s Whole Grain bun. How about you? What will you eat at your first Udi-Q this summer?

-Udi's Newsletter, March/April 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Free Cookbook

Free Living Without Baked Goods for Spring Recipe Book

Submitted by jelizondo on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 11:18am

Living Without and Earth Balance have partnered to offer a Baked Goods for Spring recipe e-book for FREE! The book is full of gluten free, dairy free recipes and tips on making them egg free as well.

Recipes include those for flaky biscuits, sugar cookies and vanilla cake. Also presented in the e-book is Living Without's great gluten free flour blend guide as well as substitution solutions for Dairy and Egg.

To get your free recipe e-book, visit Living Without's website.

-Navan Foods Newsletter, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Got Milk?

I hope not.

It’s all over the news. The radiation from the Japanese Fukushima nuclear meltdown is spreading world wide—and has been found in our milk. The levels of Iodine 131 alone have been reported to be 300% higher than maximum. But what about the other radioactive elements that could be in milk—a primary food source of calcium that many Americans depend upon for building strong teeth and bones.

First off, it’s strange to me that nobody is talking about Strontium 90—the most hazardous of all radiation elements to the bones and teeth. It sticks around in the environment for a good 28 years continually releasing its radioactive particles.

It is especially bone-seeking due to its close resemblance to calcium. Strontium 90 settles on vegetation and then can become incorporated into the meat, bone, and milk of animals that graze on grass. And that means it may soon find its way into cheese and other dairy products like sour cream, yogurt, and kefir.

So, what can you do about it, and how do you protect your little ones?

First off, keep in mind the following:
• You and your family can get the calcium you need without dairy. In Asia and Africa, where milk products are not included in the diet, the incidence of osteoporosis is negligible, while in Europe and North America—where milk and milk products are heavily consumed—osteoporosis is reaching epidemic proportions.

• Milk has nearly ten times more calcium than magnesium, which puts yet another strain on your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Magnesium helps calcium absorption, but too much calcium interferes with the absorption of magnesium. Magnesium reduces the need for calcium, but calcium increases the body’s need for magnesium.

• There are better sources of calcium than milk. More calcium can be found in a cup of cooked collard greens than 1 cup of milk. Three tablespoons of whole sesame seeds provide about 300 mg of calcium—the equivalent of 1 cup of whole, skim, or buttermilk!

• Nuts and seeds (especially high calcium and magnesium almonds) make great milk substitutes. Here is a do-it-yourself recipe for making sesame milk that was handed down to me from Dr. Hazel Parcells, the grande dame of nutrition—who lived to be 106! You will need 4 oz of hulled, whole sesame seeds and about 28 ounces of water. Add enough water to cover the blades of the blender and add the seeds. Start the blender on the lowest speed until seeds are well-mixed and increase the speed as you add more water and the seeds become completely crushed. Keep adding water until the container is filled up which will make a thick milkshake-like consistency—about 1 quart. You can add about 4 tablespoons of Fat Flush Whey Protein powder and ¼ tsp salt. Continue to blend until the whey is thoroughly mixed.

This basic recipe can be used for many different types of seeds and nuts. I like the sesame seeds in particular because the seed is nearly 50% protein and can raise the blood platelet count due to their Vitamin T content.

Other milk substitutes include So Delicious Dairy-Free Coconut Milk, Pacific Natural Foods Almond Milk, and Rice Dream Rice Drink (classic). But, these don’t supply the blood building ability of the humble sesame.

For more calcium support, take at look at Osteo-Key, which not only stops bone loss, but also promotes bone regeneration. It contains the best absorbed source of calcium—MCHA—along with a whole team of bone-building elements, including Vitamin K1 and two forms of Vitamin K2. K1 promotes higher bone density, while K2 has the unique ability to strengthen bones by cleaning calcium out of the arteries and depositing it into the bones. It’s a fantastic and effective calcium supplement that provides the recommended levels to protect against osteoporosis.

-Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, Edge on Health, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

GIG Meeting

Come join us for our monthly meeting this Saturday, April 16th,
10am-12pm at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, 2211 NE 139th St. Vancouver,
Wa 98686, Rooms C-D.
Rachel Robinson from the Vitamin Shoppe will be our guest speaker.

Don't miss it!

Monday, April 11, 2011


"Every year, the planet loses a patch of forest about the size of
Louisiana- a staggering statistic, given that half of Earth's original
cover has already been burned, cleared, or cut down. Trees remove harmful
CO2 from the atmosphere and are nature's best defense against climate
change, which is why the United Nations named 2011 the International
Year of Forests. You can help by paying bills online, unsubscribing
from junk mail, and looking for the Stewardship Council logo when buying
paper or wood. You can also take "think before you print" one step
further by saving your computer files in a format that can't be printed.
Visit to download the free software."

-Prevention Magazine May 2011

Easy Cheesy Biscuits

Cheesy Scoop Biscuits
1 package 1-2-3 Gluten Free® Southern Glory Biscuit MixTM
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a Mexican cheddar/Monterey blend)
1½ cups milk (I used 2%)
4 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter and garlic salt for sprinkling on top.

1. Preheat oven to 375. Line cookie sheet with silicone liner or parchment paper.
2. Put biscuit mix, shredded cheese, milk and 4 Tbsp. melted butter into large bowl. Mix together. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop biscuits onto prepared sheet, placing biscuits so they are touching one another.
3. Brush biscuits with melted 2 Tbsp. butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.
4. Bake until lightly golden brown, approximately 12-15 minutes, but baking times may vary.

-1-2-3 Gluten Free Newsletter, April 11,2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April GIG Meeting

Don't forget to put Saturday, April 16th on your calendar
for the next GIG meeting, from 10am-12pm.

Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital
2211 NE 139th St., rooms C-D
Vancouver, WA 98686

See you there!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Go Fish

"Atlantic haddock- a mild fish that's rich in
B vitamins- has been off-limits to eco-conscious
shoppers for more than 6 years due to overfishing
and a dwindling population. Recently, it was moved
from the "avoid" list to the "good alternative"
category (if caught by trawling.)"

-Prevention Magazine May 2011

Did You Know?

"Green-tipped bananas may be better for you than their
brown-speckled counterparts. Underripe bananas have less
sugar and more resistant starches, which may help burn fat
and lower blood glucose."

-Prevention Magazine May 2011

Flavored Yogurt

"It's popular and convenient-but does it deserve its
health halo?
Half hearted. Potassium lowers blood pressure, but
a small banana has more than twice the amount.
Go Greek. If you switch to plain Greek yogurt, you'll
get more than double the protein.
Bone Boost. It has a hearty dose of cancer-fighting
vitamin D and bone boosting calcium.
Culture Vulture. Don't be swayed by "special" additions.
Probiotics (i.e. live cultures) are good for digestion, but
all yogurts contain plenty."

"Say yes to yogurt, as long as it's plain. Nearly 75% of
yogurt eaters opt for fruity flavors, but to get your fill
of protein, probiotics, vitamin D, and calcium- without the
additives and sugar- choose unflavored yogurt and mix in
fresh fruit."

-Prevention Magazine May 2011

Spring-Clean Your Pantry

"Healthy eats can spoil quickly or lose their nutritional
benefits over time. Check the list below to see how long they
Olive Oil : 6 months
Nuts and Nut Oils : 3 to 6 months
Ground Spices : 6 months
Green Tea : 6 months"

-Parade Magazine April 3, 2011

Piece Of Cake

Come on into Lingonberries Market for your Piece Of Cake.
The frozen slices are on sale now for only $2.75 each, that's
a sweet deal and a great price! Lots of great flavors to choose
from. Hurry before they're all gone!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


SOS for Stress
March 29th, 2011
Magnesium to the rescue.

Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Nuclear meltdowns. I can’t help but think of the ominous Chinese proverb, “May you live in interesting times.”

Without a doubt, we are living with major Earth changes on a daily basis. When it comes to health, the single most important lifestyle change you can make these days is to optimize magnesium intake. Many of us are aware of the importance of both calcium and magnesium metabolism—two minerals essential for the nourishment and health of the nervous system, as well as of bones and the heart. Maintaining a healthy calcium/magnesium balance (1:1 or better yet, 1:2 in favor of magnesium) is vital, yet so many of us overuse calcium supplements.

A high intake of calcium without accompanying magnesium can increase magnesium requirements and intensify magnesium deficiency symptoms, such as nervousness, anxiety, depression, becoming startled at the least little noise, and insomnia. Magnesium decreases the need for calcium.

Think of it this way: there are over 450 biochemical processes and 600 muscles in your precious body that need magnesium every second of every day. So why is magnesium MIA?

Our evolving human ancestors had a ready supply of magnesium in the form of nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables and therefore did not develop a storage mechanism for this mineral. But because they did not have high calcium foods like dairy products readily available, their bodies did evolve to store calcium effectively. Because of this storage mechanism, a little bit of calcium goes a long way in the body.

Our bodies are not biochemically different from our Stone Age ancestors of over 40,000 years ago. We still store calcium more efficiently than magnesium, so we don’t have to eat nearly as much as the dairy industry has conditioned us to believe. Got milk? I hope not.

A Calcium Dilemma
Another aspect of the dairy based calcium dilemma is that if calcium is not mobilized into the bones with the aid of magnesium, it may collect in soft tissues and cause calcium deposits and arthritis. But that’s not all. Magnesium is connected to potassium levels and even a mild deficiency will cause the body to eliminate potassium. Maybe this is why a high magnesium-rich diet is associated with low blood pressure.

We simply don’t eat enough magnesium rich foods on a daily basis—which would help keep us calmer, help prevent our muscles from being so tight, and help to mobilize calcium into our bones.

Magnesium can be found in many foods, such as leafy greens, nuts (like almonds), seeds (sunflower seeds), and sea vegetables (preferably those from our own coasts, pre-the Japanese nuclear tragedy).

We also deplete what magnesium we do consume by a diet high in sugar and alcohol, which increases magnesium excretion through the urine. Even if you eat yummy Greek yogurt every day for its calcium content, you may not be absorbing the calcium well if you don’t also eat foods with magnesium.

It’s impossible to predict how much magnesium we need on a daily basis—we are all so unique biochemically. Many individuals thrive on 200 mg while others need up to 1,000 mg per day. The key is to supplement by bowel tolerance.

For me, that means using my Female Multiple as a foundation. This product provides a 2:1 ratio of magnesium to calcium (the only one I have found on the market) that can safely provide me with 500 mg of magnesium per day. I add more right before bed as I find that 800 mg per day (especially when I am under stress—and who isn’t) fits the bill. It allows me to sleep throughout the night and keeps me regular.

Try to manage your stress in other ways, too—meditation, exercise, prayer, and deep breathing. We are all in this together and a positive pro-active approach should be the keynotes of the day—and as my 87-year-old mother Edith has always said, “This, too, shall pass.”

-Edge On Health, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Does Sunscreen Cause More Harm than Good?
April 5th, 2011

You may not be receiving the protection you thought you were.

Americans have a long-running love affair with sunscreen. These days you can choose if you want a lotion, a spray, or a mist. After a trip down the makeup isle you’ll be getting SPF just from powdering your nose. And who needs SPF 30 when you could have SPF 90? It almost seems like we’ve become “afraid” of the sun—but is it sunscreen we should be afraid of?

At least 75 percent of our body’s vitamin D supply is made when a type of cholesterol in the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. When you hide from the sun, you’re much more likely to become deficient in vitamin D, appropriately known as “the sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and bone mineralization—a deficiency that causes rickets (bowing of the legs and stunted growth) in children, and osteomalacia (a condition known as “soft bones”) in adults.

Optimal sunlight exposure depends on many factors, including an individual’s genetic heritage. Darker skinned people require more sunlight exposure than those with lighter skin to synthesize the same amount of vitamin D. This fact alone demonstrates why a “one-size-fits-all” sun exposure prescription just will not work for everyone.

Being out in the sun for at least 30 minutes while wearing sunscreen will not prevent vitamin D deficiency. Since sunscreen absorbs the ultraviolet rays that are needed for our bodies to synthesize vitamin D, constant sunscreen use has been found to decrease vitamin D levels in the blood.

Chemical sunscreens absorb UVE radiation, but not all prevent UVA light—which penetrates the farthest into the skin and is involved in the formation of melanoma. UVA light suppresses the immune system, specifically causing a loss of Langerhan’s cells, which are designed to keep the skin healthy and protect it from free-radical damage, bacteria, and other pathogens.

Over 15 years ago Canadian researcher and chemist Hans Larsen, M.Sc., ChE., agreed that chemical sunscreens may help promote the formation of skin cancer. Larsen explained that most chemical sunscreens contain benzophenone or its derivatives (oxybenzone, benzophenone-3) as their active ingredients, and in an article in the International Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Larsen wrote “Benzophenone is one of the most power free-radical generators known to man.”

It doesn’t help that people using sunscreen usually stay in the sun longer than others who don’t because they develop a false sense of security when they’re not getting sunburned. While sunscreens do prevent burning and protect against the formation of actinic keratoses—believed to be a precursor of one type of skin cancer—it hasn’t been proven to protect against melanoma or basal cell carcinoma—the most prominent forms.

Furthermore, a recent study by the Environmental Working Group found that topical vitamin A—a common ingredient in sunscreen—may speed the development of cancer. A one-year study by the FDA concluded that the tumors and lesions of lab animals coated in a vitamin A-laced cream developed up to 21 percent sooner that the control group after both groups were exposed to nine minutes of maximum intensity sunlight daily.

Safe Alternatives
So what can you do to practice “safe sun?” Multiple studies have found a link between melanoma prevention and omega-3 oils. In fact, an Australian study yielded a 40 percent drop in melanoma among those who ate a regular diet of fish.

I recommend adding daily omega-3 rich Super-EPA (1-3 daily), and Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds (2-4 tablespoons) into your daily regime for a diet high in skin protective essential fatty acids.

In addition, many studies have suggested that increasing your intake of antioxidants is a very important strategy for preventing skin cancer and lessening the damage to skin caused by sun exposure. Take a broad-spectrum antioxidant like Oxi-Key and make sure your multi contains Beta Carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, Selenium, and Zinc. Proanthocyanidins found in cranberry juice, berries, pine bark, and grape seed extract are also top notch for skin health.

When you are purchasing and using sunscreen, choose one that contains zinc oxide. Zinc is a mineral helpful for skin health and healing. It is a key component of that old standby calamine lotion. As for titantium dioxide, the other commonly found ingredient in sunscreens these days, I’m really unsure. This is a strong chemical that is not “native” to the body.

Chemical sunscreens—such as those that contain benzophenone—work by absorbing UVB rays. Inert minerals—such as zinc oxide—work by reflecting UVA and UVB rays away from the skin instead of absorbing them. This difference makes physical sunscreens much safer to use than their chemical counterparts.

Whether you choose to use sunscreen or not, limit your exposure and always avoid getting burned. As the sun comes out and we venture back outside, start with a few minutes each day and slowly build up your tolerance.

-Edge On Health, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman


Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that improve digestion, immune function, and nutrient absorption by fighting harmful microorganisms in your digestive system. These good bacteria are a natural part of your body’s immune system which makes them a safe option for keeping your body balanced and healthy.

You can get the benefits of probiotics with attune's probiotic chocolate bars and Münch probiotic granola. For maximum benefit, you can mix our delicious probiotic granola münch with probiotic yogurt for a refreshing breakfast.

Each attune chocolate probiotic bar features 6.1 billion probiotic CFUs of three of the most clinically tested strains: bifidobacterium lactis HN019, lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and lactobacillus casei LC-11 along with inulin, a prebiotic. Our Münch probiotic granola features 1 billion probiotic CFUs per serving of lactobacillus acidophilus and inulin, a prebiotic. attune is proud to be a member of the International Probiotic Association.

Also visit the International Probiotics Association page or Danisco for more information.
Probiotics 101
Prebiotics- the Perfect Probiotic Sidekick
Digestive Comfort

Monday, April 4, 2011

Resveratrol Combats Inflammation

"The ingredient believed to be responsible for the beneficial
effects of red wine, resveratrol, reduces chronic inflammation
and is a powerful antioxidant, according to a study published
in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Among a
group of 20 people, researchers compared 40 mg of resveratrol
daily with a placebo and found that the supplement lowered risk
for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke by reducing inflammation
in blood vessels."

-Amazing Wellness Magazine Early Winter 2010

Tastes of Spring

"Meet the elusive ramp: a beautifully wispy distant cousin to
the onion. Ramps appear briefly- for only about six weeks- in farmers'
markets before vanishing for another year. Don't be deceived by their
delicate, lily-like leaves: These alliums pack a pungent, garlicky bite
balanced by a faint whiff of musk. Edible from end to end, a few go a
long way. They're worth hunting down and then pairing with other peak
ingredients like grassy asparagus, nutty morel mushrooms, and tiny new
potatoes for the first feasts of the season."

-Cooking Light Magazine April 2011

Under Pressure?

"A daily dose of walnuts and walnut oil could help keep your blood
pressure from spiking during stress, according to research published
in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Aim for about 1.3
ounces of walnuts (nine whole) and 1 tablespoon of walnut oil per day.
Walnuts are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (including alpha-
linolenic acid, an omega-3), which help keep blood vessels supple and
functioning optimally.
Even everyday stress can send your cardiovascular system into over-
drive, raising your risk of heart disease.
Enjoy half of your daily intake of walnuts as a snack."

-Vegetarian Times Magazine February 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Gluten-Free Goddess

Gluten-free foods can be notoriously expensive. So when Nicole Hunn,
a former lawyer lost her job in 2009, she had to figure out how to cut
her family's grocery budget without compromising the diet of her 7-year-old son
who suffers from celiac disease. She had to get creative in the kitchen.
The mom of three spent years perfecting gluten-free versions of everyday
comfort foods and began chronicling the recipes on her blog, Gluten-Free
on a Shoestring. She also wrote a cookbook, "Gluten-Free on a Shoestring"
(Da Capo Lifelong Press)."

-New York Daily News, March 27, 2011