HEALTH TIP: Ketchup

20140127-pantyessentials-ketchupWhen you grab a bottle of Heinz ketchup, the list of ingredients starts off harmlessly enough:
1. Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes
2. Distilled vinegar
3. High-fructose corn syrup (that’s another way of saying sugar)
4. Corn syrup (more sugar)
5. Salt
6. Spices
7. Onion powder
8. Natural flavoring

Both high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are both elaborate names for sugar. If you combine the two together, the label might actually show that sugar is number two on the ingredient list.

Mr. Eastcoastman conducted an experiment by filling up a typical 1.3 liter bottle of Heinz ketchup with the actual amount of sugar that it contains.

It has 33 tablespoons of sugar. That’s a little over 2 cups of sugar. A two-tablespoon serving of ketchup, which is typical squirt onto a hamburger patty, has 2 teaspoons of sugar. According to the American Heart Association you should not consume more than 6 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis.

But here is ketchup taking up 1/3 of your sugar quota for the day. You may want to think twice about reaching for that ketchup.

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Coping with Asthma?

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Inhaling and exhaling is something we do without even thinking about it. But for those with asthma, a chronic lung condition, breathing can be frustrating and at times frightening. When you breathe in air through your mouth or nose, it travels to the lungs through your bronchial tubes. When asthma flares up, those narrow tubes swell and constrict, causing wheezing, coughing and a feeling of chest tightness.

Asthma attacks can be triggered by allergens such as dust, pollen, animals, mold, cigarette smoke, perfume or infections, including the common cold or flu. Occupational hazards such as dust, fumes, gases or other dangerous chemicals can also cause asthma.

Doctors may prescribe a rescue inhaler when sudden triggers lead to shortness of breath or wheezing. Here, at NaturalyPure, we have an alternative called Lungs Harmony. This is a formula based on a Chinese remedy formulated by Chinese master herbalists. For more information on our product, please click here.

HEALTH TIP: Water

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Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin in shape. It keeps your skin moist, which then makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. Plus, it helps with blood flow and keeps your skin glowing.

The common advice is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many. The water in fruits, veggies, juice and milk counts toward your total.

HEALTH TIP: Artificial Food Colorings

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These chemical dyes are used in food to spruce up their look. You have seen them used in candy, condiments, soda, cheese and sports drinks to enhance the color of the food.

Artificial food colors have been associated with hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. They have also been found to worsen asthma.

For more than 30 years, scientists have examined the side-effects of artificial food colors, but the results remain mixed. As a result, it is always safer to avoid them.

To know if a product has artificial food colorings, look for the following on food labels: Brilliant Blue (Blue No.1), Indigotine (Blue No. 2), Fast Green (Green No. 3), Erythrosine (Red No. 3), Allura Red (Red No. 40), Tartrazine (Yellow No. 5) and Sunset Yellow (Yellow No. 6).

Instead, look for products with natural food colorings such as Betanin, which is extracted from beets.

HEALTH TIP: Avoiding Smoke and Secondhand Smoke

Not only does smoking shorten your life, but it can also reduce the quality of life, even if it’s someone else’s smoke. In the United States, secondhand smoke is responsible for around 34,000 deaths from heart disease and 7,300 deaths from lung cancer every year, according to the Center of Disease Control.

The good news is that it is never too late to quit and you might find that motivation in this study. The prospective study on 1.3 million female smokers in the United Kingdom, published in The Lancet in 2012, revealed that women may gain more than 10 years of extra life if they quit smoking in their 30s or 40s.