Is Aluminium Cookware Toxic To Your Health?

Cookware is for cooking, right? And as long as your food gets cooked, what does it matter whether you’ve used an iron pan or a scratched Teflon pan?

It might matter much more than you’ve believed. A growing body of research evidence appears to point to a strong link between aluminium accumulation in the body and Alzheimer’s disease – a disabling loss of mental ability that is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death among those age 65 and older and also cause of disability and poor health. As per statistics in 2017, more than 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, an approximately 5.3 million are age 65 and older and estimated 200,000 peoples are below age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Almost 2/3 of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

Is this cause for worry?

We believe it’s time to start taking precautions:

Rita Hayworth, not so long ago, made Alzheimer’s a household word. A disease that usually occurs at 50 and over, Alzheimer’s is characterized by severe forgetfulness initially, leading to a gradual waning of the ability for abstract thinking (including the ability to perform simple calculations, exercise judgement and solve everyday problems.) The person finally becomes severely disoriented to time, person and place. Post-mortems show the brain to be highly shrunken, the brain chambers to be abnormally dilated and a marked reduction in the number of brain cells.

To date, there is no sure care for Alzheimer’s. Nor do scientists agree on what causes it, though there are several theories, and research is going on apace to identify the culprits.

It was way back in the mid-1970s that researchers first noted higher-than-normal levels of aluminium in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. The question raised by this discovery was whether this excess aluminium caused the Alzheimer’s or the aluminium accumulation was a result of the disease process.

It’s a big question. Aluminium, it turns out, is a major player in our lives. It’s the third most common element on earth.

Aluminium, like other materials is present in all our bodies, though there’s no evidence that it’s an essential mineral. We all consume aluminium every day. A small amount of that consumption is due to aluminium that occurs naturally in some foods. But most of our aluminium intake occurs because someone, somewhere, added that aluminium to our food, drink, water, medicine or cosmetics.

And in our kitchens, aluminium pots and pans are widely used in cooking: being cheaper, lighter and easily available, they are preferred by a majority of the population.

But the aluminium in your cookware doesn’t stay there. Aluminium is highly prone to pitting corrosion, a localized form of corrosion that occurs due to small impurities in the metal. Says Dr. K.R. Satyanarayan, Head of the department of metallurgy, College of Engineering, Pune, India, “Even anodized aluminium vessels, i.e. those coated with a protective oxide that increases corrosion resistance, are not completely safe: the protective layer wears off with time, and there is no obvious indication to a lay person that this has happened.”

The risk of corrosion increases when food is cooked in aluminium vessels over a long time, and over high temperature. The greatest amount of leaching (of aluminium into the food) occurs when acidic food is cooked in aluminium vessels or stored in them. Try the acid test at home and you’ll believe!

Try this at home: Want to see some dramatic evidence of the effect of acid foods on aluminium? Line a container with aluminium foil, place some leftover tomato sauce in it, cover with foil so it touches the food, and leave it in the refrigerator for a week or two. When you take it out, you will probably find holes in the foil where the aluminium has been dissolved by the salt and acid in the food.”

Nor is Teflon-coated (non-stick) cookware an automatically safer option. The coating is a layer of PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene), a polymeric material that is highly corrosion-resistant. But when the coating wears off, the underlying aluminium layer is exposed, and the pan becomes prone to all the effects of aluminium leaching.

What exactly are these effects? The Scientists have reported laboratory studies that have shown that aluminium binds to the body’s chemical energy, ATP (adenosine tri phosphate) and could thus interfere with the body’s energy storage system.

How Aluminium works? Dr. Theodore Kruck, Ph.D., member of a leading team of aluminium-investigating scientists at the University of Toronto, offers his explanation of how aluminium damages nerve cells in the brain, based on research he and his colleagues have conducted:

“All living cells must perform ‘house-keeping’ to maintain their normal functions. To do this, they read ‘recipes,’ which are stored in the DNA molecules of their chromosomes. When we extracted the active chromatin (the chemical that contains the DNA molecules in our cells) from the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients, we found aluminium levels in the chromatin that were nine times the normal levels. We believe that this aluminium reacts with the chromatin and makes it ‘sticky,’ and this prevents the cell from maintaining itself. It’s as if someone put glue on some of the pages in the recipe book. If enough pages get stuck, the cell can’t get the information necessary for its maintenance and it will slowly die.”

Dr. Kruck says, “We have progressed to the point where we now have a smoking gun (aluminium) lying beside a dead body (the Alzheimer’s victim). Although we still can’t prove conclusively that the bullet came from that gun, we now believe there is very strong circumstantial evidence that aluminium is the murder weapon.” Let’s look at some of the evidence against the metallic defendant:

Aluminium’s Toxic Litany. Several independent lines of investigation have clearly established that aluminium can be highly toxic to our nervous system:

  • Animal experiments show that injections of aluminium into the brains of cats (animals often used in such experiments because of their tissue’s close resemblance to the human variety) will produce memory loss and other behaviours similar to Alzheimer’s. And the damage to the cat’s brain cells is in the same parts of the brain as in human victims of Alzheimer’s. Experiments with rabbits show similar results.
  • People with kidney failure, can develop “dialysis dementia” – a condition resembling the symptoms displayed by Alzheimer’s victims – when aluminium from the water used in the dialysis treatment accumulates in their brains.
  • Natives of certain regions in Guam and Japan (where there are high levels of aluminium in the soil and water) suffer from an increased frequency of neurological diseases in which their brains develop aluminium-containing lesions similar to those in Alzheimer’s victims.
  • The excess aluminium in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims isn’t found throughout the organ. The aluminium build-up is in the exact same brain cells that are physically damaged by the disease.

The only way to make a 100 per cent certain diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is to examine the brain after death to confirm the presence of nerve fibre “plaques” and “tangles” in the brain cells. Although aluminium occurs naturally in the brain, in Alzheimer’s-diseased brains aluminium levels are elevated where these plaques and tangles are found.Dr. Kruck and his colleagues feel that, while they are still far from having all the answers, the mounting evidence against aluminium justifies some recommendation.

How the risks from aluminium cookware may be minimized?

  • If an aluminium vessel is to be used for cooking, make sure it’s anodized aluminium – but not an old anodized vessel where the protective layer might have worn off.
  • Never use a high flame when cooking in aluminium. Aluminium is a soft metal; therefore higher temperatures cause greater leaching. The risk is less when water-based food is cooked, in which the temperature does not rise above the maximum of 100 degree C, than if dry cooking like roasting is done, when the temperature rises higher.
  • As far as possible use a wooden spoon to stir food being cooked in aluminium vessels; the abrasive action of metal spoons or forks will get the aluminium off the vessel and into your food.
  • Don’t cook acidic foods in aluminium – the risk of leaching multiplies greatly.
  • Salt also reacts with aluminium, so transfer cooked food into a stainless steel container before adding salt. (That goes for vinegar too).
  • Avoid boiling tea or coffee for long hours in aluminium kettles. American researchers have found 30 times the recommended WHO limits of aluminium in kettles in which water has been boiled for long periods.
  • Avoid storing cooked food in aluminium vessels or in aluminium foil, especially acidic food.
  • Avoid scouring soiled aluminium vessels with an abrasive sponge. Instead, use a soft sponge and warm soapy water. It is best to discard very badly burnt vessels.
  • As a better option consider cast-iron sizzler pans. Made out of an iron-zinc alloy, these pans retain heat and, like non-stick pans, require very little oil. They can be used instead of non-stick pans to make anything from omelettes to dosas. Also available are iron pans, which are ideal for making all kinds of foods. (The iron you may ingest from these pans will probably be beneficial to you, considering those who are iron-deficient).
  • If you have a malfunctioning kidney, you need to be particularly careful about aluminium ingestion: the kidney is one of the body’s prime mechanisms for controlling and guarding against overload of any metal.

Children, particularly infants, are similarly susceptible, because of their immature controlling mechanisms. Don’t go overboard with tinned milk powder which comes in aluminium containers.

We ‘humans’ have got the life a billion years ago. There have been five mass extinctions in earth’s history. We are living through the sixth. And now we too are running at a pace to end it all. This time it will be our fault.

The new discoveries and inventions have made our lifestyle full of convenience. But our bodies require work. Just like the sedentary water starts smelling, the sedentary lifestyle has given rise to many chronic diseases like the heart problems, diabetes and hypertension.

Today, the health researchers are suggesting that most of the chronic diseases that have appeared in man’s life are due to STRESS. From where it has come. It is the bi-product of our so-called modern lifestyle.

We are standing at the edge of cliff. Immediate actions are required to bring back the healthy days. We must incorporate exercise, balanced diet, sound sleep, and the most importantly happy and positive thoughts to our lifestyle to get rid of all health problems.

I believe “The opposite of great truth is also true.”

Day and Night, Work and Rest, Art and Science… they all looks opposite but my viewpoint is they compliment each other.

The more you relax, the more you active. Life is a balance between what we can and what we cannot. Learn to live between effort and surrender.

Independent Verses Residential Living

Senior apartments, independent living communities and assisted living facilities are classified under homes for the elderly, where services may include room, board, supervision and assistance in daily living, such as housekeeping.

Overall, the occupancy rate for senior housing facilities has been consistently growing during the past five years. In the second quarter of 2015, the average occupancy rate for both independent living facilities and assisted living facilities averaged 89.0%, according to the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. Occupancy rates showed improvement in 2016 compared with previous years, suggesting that the recovery will remain stable.

Senior apartments are residencies that are legally restricted to seniors aged 55 and older, not required to be licensed and often have income restrictions. They are similar in design to “family” complexes, except they usually have elevators, interior halls, more common area, and only one and two bedroom plans.

Senior apartments do not have central kitchen facilities and generally do not provide meals to residents, but may offer community rooms, social activities and other amenities.

The physical building of an Independent Living facility is quite different then residential assisted living home. The available shared space depends upon the community. Most Independent Living communities include smaller kitchens or offer community meals in the dining area. The cost of the facility reflects on the space and its designated use.

There are different types of Independent living facilities but the most common types for seniors are: senior apartments, Low-income housing. Senior apartments are apartment complexes that are restricted by age, usually 55 plus. Some senior apartments are converted private cottages or converted apartment complexes. Most senior complexes are assembled or re-rebuilt from existing structures; handrails and pull cords are often built in as an additional value for seniors. Some senior apartments provide community services such as recreational programs, transportation services, and meals in a shared dining room.

Residential assisted living homes are perfect for seniors that need help with (ADL) the everyday activities of daily living. Assisted living homes provide a better quality care for their residents; because the nurse to resident ratio is substantially lower then a institutionalized facility.

The monthly cost of senior care communities can range anywhere from $7,000 and up, depending on the level of care. The cost of residential assisted living homes, also depend on the level of care and can range anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000.

Home Health Care – Four Tips To Keep Yourself Cold Free

Few things are as annoying as catching a common cold or the flu virus. You have a busy life, and the last thing you need is to be down and out because you are ill. Fortunately, with a few safety precautions in place, you can put your best foot forward to avoid these conditions. While you may not be able to prevent them affecting your health 100%, you can side-step many occurrences if you act wisely.

Here are four quick tips to help you keep yourself cold-free…

1. Wash Your Hands Regularly. First, you will want to ensure you wash your hands frequently throughout the day. For sure after each time you use the washroom as well as preferably after each time you have been in contact with public spaces such as shopping malls, grocery stores, or other high-traffic areas.

You will have likely touched something which makes it all the more likely you will then contract on of these bugs. By washing your hands, you will keep yourself germ-free.

Make sure you wash with a quality soap and lather long enough to kill any bacteria.

2. Avoid Face Contact. It is also a must you avoid face contact. Meaning, hands off! Don’t touch your face unless necessary and only after you have washed your hands. Putting hands that have been in contact with public areas into your mouth, near your eyes, or near your nose will provide an excellent way to transfer germs into these areas. These areas are where bacteria love to grow and multiply. Thus they will inevitably cause sickness to set in if you are vulnerable.

3. Fruit And Vegetable Overload. One dietary change you can make to help avoid becoming ill is to ensure you are eating a maximum dose of fresh fruits and vegetables each and every day. These foods are chock full of antioxidants and will help to strengthen your immune system, so should you come into contact with different viruses or bacteria, you can fend them off.

Focus on brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables as these will have your highest overall vitamin C content.

4. Eat More Garlic. Finally, concentrate on eating more garlic. Garlic has been proven to help strengthen the immune system and keep you feeling stronger, so it is less likely you will become run down when you have this vegetable in your menu.

Add garlic to any food you are cooking – as often as you possibly can. In addition to boosting your immune system, it can also help you improve heart health as well.

Get these tips in line, and you can be sure you will not be taken down easily by the common cold or flu virus this year.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

The Health Benefits of Yoghurt

This is something recently added to my diet in the smoothies that have replaced a normal cereal breakfast. Used in conjunction with 5 or 6 different fruits and a small teaspoon of Manuka honey plus a stick of celery my gut is now singing and alive. Concerned about toxicity from an incorrect diet and worried by a recent report of fat in the pancreas (which can lead to cancer) it was essential to repair my body and release it from the toxins.

My research into yoghurt has confirmed the importance of it for the digestive system, although it is not essential. Being a dairy product it does not appear to hinder arthritis although further research into that side of it is required. It does, however, contain essential minerals, vitamins, and calcium, plus other goodies.

The first thing is about good bacteria in the gut. This product is usually made from bacteria which puts it in the status of probiotics, and most have heard that word before. The term ‘pro-biotics’ literally means ‘for living things’. By way of contrast ‘anti-biotic’ means ‘against living things’. The latter destroys bacteria and the former replaces it with the good ones.

It is also animal protein because it comes from milk. That means it has calcium, vitamins B2, B12, potassium and magnesium.

Calcium: is essential for bone mass, while it assists in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. It is, therefore, good for all age groups.

Potassium is essential for heart, kidneys, and other organs to function properly. Low potassium leads to a risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, infertility, and digestive disorders.

Magnesium helps keep the blood pressure normal and the heart rhythm steady along with healthy bones. Studies in the US show that people who do not have enough magnesium in their system are likely to have elevated inflammatory markers which are associated with heart disease, diabetes, and a risk of osteoporosis. People with high blood pressure can also be helped.

Since including it in my diet the benefits have shown up in many ways, including the good-feeling in my digestive tract. That means it is doing its job and there is nothing to be lost or which is adverse against it.

People who suffer from any of the above mentioned problems might like to do their own research into ways to improve their diet and increase the health benefits. Along with taking yoghurt on a daily basis I have included a gym membership for essential exercise and have removed refined sugar and salt from food wherever possible. Bread intake is also greatly reduced and sometimes not required at all.

Spices And Herbs That Can Improve Your Health

Various researches have shown that seasoning your daily food liberally with spices and herbs can help you replace them with flavor boosters like salt or rich sauces. Using spices and herbs will cause your palette to expand without adding any extra calories, and will help you lower your intake of sugar, salt or fat without having to sacrifice flavor.

Weight Control And Other Health Benefits Of Seasoning:

Seasoning can also effectively help in controlling your weight. As you add seasoning to increase the taste of your food, they impart more satisfaction to you in comparison with the bland food items. And the more you’re satisfied, the lesser you will tend to overeat.

Moreover, spices like chili peppers contain dihydrocapsiate, which boosts the fat-burning ability in humans. Studies also show that daily intake of capsaicin can lower blood pressure levels. Not only do spices and herbs improve the flavor of food items, but they also help preserve the food for longer time periods.

Spices And Herbs For Improved Health:

So, the first step is to spread the knowledge about various spices and herbs that can profit your health when used on a daily basis in your food. Take a look at the following seasonings that you should use to improve your body’s energy & vitality and help you stay physically fit.

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is commonly available in most households, but very few people use it regularly. It will surprise you to know that cinnamon contains highest amount of antioxidants than any other spice. It has also been proved that cinnamon lowers blood sugar level, triglyceride levels and inflammation in the body.

Cinnamon can also help you overcome nausea, and can contribute towards fat-burning process in your body. Additionally, cinnamon adds calcium, manganese and iron to your body. And the antibacterial properties of this spice helps preserve food for a long time.

Although, you limit the use of this spice to preparing sweet dishes like desserts, cookies and muffins, different parts of the world use cinnamon to cook everything from savory to sweet preparations from morning to night.

Basil:

This herb offers antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, and can also keep you from developing osteoarthritis. Basil has also been used to treat digestive problems, and further studies on anti-cancer properties of basil are underway.

Despite the fact that mainly Italians use this herb, you can include basil in your every day food items by adding to anything from soups to omelets to grilled and baked preparations. The best way to consume basil is by sprinkling fresh leaves of this herb on your salad or meat.

Turmeric:

This spice contains cancer-fighting compound called curcumin. This compound is taken in medicine form in the US for treating joint problems and for reducing inflammation. Try adding this spice to your meat and egg based preparations, or while baking food items to maximize the flavor of this spice.

These are a few of the spices and herbs that offer health benefits when added to your daily cooking. Instead of adding pepper and salt to your regular food, try using these seasonings to prepare delicious and healthful dishes.

4 Health Benefits of Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

Hydrogen-rich water is a practical and healthy alternative to drinking ordinary tap water, which can contain heavy metals, drug residues, fluoride and hormones. Simply choosing the hydrogen-rich water makes it possible to significantly lower the number of toxins that may be ingested into the body on a daily basis. Plus, this means it is easier to neutralize free radicals, prevent chronic diseases and detox the body.

Here are just a few of the major benefits:

Antioxidant

Hydrogen-rich water is also referred to as alkaline, antioxidant water, which helps to lower the risk of oxidation causing damage to the body’s cells. Also, this potent antioxidant has the ability to repair the already damaged cells that are attacked by free radicals. This healthy type of water is produced using an alkaline filter and tests show it has the highest concentration of antioxidants.

Preventing oxidation related damage to the body can benefit in many ways because it can lead to serious health issues such as dementia or other neurological conditions, certain cancers, and early aging. Also, the person with a high volume of oxidative damage is less likely to function properly and can experience issues related to mental clarity and low energy levels.

Inflammation

A regular drinker of hydrogen-rich water has the ability to minimize issues related to inflammation. It is not only able to relieve the existing symptoms of inflammatory disease, but can also lower the risk of experiencing the issue in the first place. It can be particularly helpful for asthma sufferers who are impacted by lung inflammation or inflammatory liver disease. Also, there are ongoing studies to suggest the hydrogen-rich water has the potential to relieve the symptoms and slow the progress of rheumatoid arthritis, which can have a serious impact on the joints.

Metabolism

A further benefit is the ability to speed up the process of glucose and fat metabolism, which is especially useful for those with glucose tolerance issues or type-2 diabetes. This means the hydrogen-rich water can have a positive effect on obesity, cholesterol and fatty liver.

Strong muscles and bones

Hydrogen can play a positive role in supporting stronger muscles and bones. The water is really effective at helping the body maintain the desired blood pH level without needing to take beneficial minerals like magnesium and calcium that are naturally stored in the muscles and bones. This is useful to lower the risk of osteoporosis in later life which relates to low mineral and protein content in the bones.