In this Issue:
Seven Easy Ways to
Increase Your Daily Intake of Antioxidants
How to get more antioxidants into your diet, even if you don't like vegetables.
Worst Corporation of 2010? No, it's not BP!
In a year with a surplus of corporate abuse and scandals, which corporation committed the worst offenses?
Are You Still Drinking Bottled Water?
Compelling reasons to re-examine your choice when it comes to choosing drinking water.
Seven Easy Ways to
Increase Your Daily Intake of Antioxidants
The most common advice given to increase your daily intake of antioxidants is changing your diet to include more fresh fruits and vegetables. However, for various reasons, this isn't easy, or even desirable, for everyone. I've got a few helpful hints that will allow you to reach that goal without making drastic changes to your diet.
Clicking on any of the links will take you to a corresponding page on my website where you can get more details on any given item.
- use more herbs and spices in your everyday meals; although all spices are good sources of antioxidants, the richest ones are allspice, garlic, ginger, clove, cinnamon, oregano, peppermint, sage, turmeric and thyme.
- drink green tea regularly; green tea has more antioxidant benefits than any other beverage
- freshly-made smoothies or juices allow you to get your daily requirement all at once!
- dark chocolate can be a great source of antioxidants -- if you know what types to get.
- superfood powders like chlorella, spirulina and others -- it only takes a tablespoon or so to give you the benefits of 6 servings of dark green leafy vegetables!
- drink just a few ounces of antioxidant superfruit juices daily.
- Antioxidant supplements, while not a substitute for food sources, can help you fill in the gaps with specific antioxidants that you're not getting from the foods you eat regularly. There's also some antioxidants that you just can't get in substantial amounts from any food.
Download a copy of my Antioxidant Food Guide if you want a handy chart showing you the best foods for each antioxidant.
Worst Corporation of 2010?
No, it's not BP!
It's not easy determining the worst corporation of the year; there's so many unethical and immoral practices being used that you can't keep track of them all. The leading contenders in 2010 included oil companies, banks and financial institutes, food producers and pharmaceutical companies.
In a year that saw the worst environmental disaster in history, a global banking meltdown/scandal, and the largest criminal fine ever imposed on a U.S. drug company, there was a corporation that wreaked even more havoc on the health and well-being of ordinary citizens.
Monsanto, the primary force behind the increased use of pesticides and genetically-modified agriculture, managed to garner 38% of the vote to win the 2010 spot in the Corporate Hall of Shame, promoted by Corporate Accountability International.
In the judgement of the CAI:
"From the using aggressive legal tactics to intimidate and bankrupt local farmers to its reckless promotion of genetically modified organisms, the list of Monsanto's abuses is long, and the negative impacts to human rights and the environment are staggering."
"Add on a 40 year history of producing dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals -- from Agent Orange and PCBs to RoundUp and rBGH -- and we have ourselves a winner."
You can help stop these corporations and their agendas, and make them accountable for their unethical and immoral practices. Send a message to the decision-makers and legislators via the Corporate Accountability International website... it takes only a minute.
If you're especially concerned with the unregulated growth of GM agriculture, join the Organic Consumers Association's Millions Against Monsanto campaign. Click on the link or graphic below to learn more about the threat of genetically modified foods and cast your vote!
Are You Still Drinking Bottled Water?
The original reason for the explosion in the popularity of bottled water was the questionable purity of tap water in many communities. Consumers naturally think that bottled water is purer and of better quality than what they get from the tap. Is it really?
The truth is that the federal government does not regulate bottled water as thoroughly as they regulate tap water. Bottled water can cost thousands of times more than tap water. When you're spend that kind of money, you'd think that you'd have the right to know what exactly you're getting.
However, most bottled water makers don’t think so. Many of them don't even reveal some elementary information such as:
- Where does the water come from?
- Is it purified, and if so, what method is used?
- Has it been tested for any contaminants?
The Environmental Working Group has just released their latest Bottled Water Scorecard for 173 unique bottled water products, and finds that secrecy about the product remains the rule among many of the bottled water companies.
Among the ten best-selling brands, nine don’t answer at least one of those questions. Overall, 18 percent of bottled water companies fail to list the source, and 32 percent disclose nothing about the treatment or purity of the water. Their labels are still covered with vague claims and visions of pristine springs, and copy that is often nothing but hype.
Here are some other little-known facts that the bottled water industry would rather their consumers did not ponder:
- Close to half of all bottled water is sourced from municipal tap water.
- Every 27 hours Americans consume enough bottled water to circle the entire equator with plastic bottles stacked end to end.
- It takes an estimated 2,000 times more energy to produce bottled water than to produce an equivalent amount of tap water.
- Bottled water production and transportation for the U.S. market consumes more than 30 million barrels of oil each year and produces as much carbon dioxide as 2 million cars.
- Plastic is not an inert substance. It contains chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which are two of the most abundant toxins found in people today.
- Plastic water bottles are the fastest growing form of municipal solid waste in the United States. Each year more than 4 billion pounds of PET plastic bottles end up in landfills or as roadside litter.
The Environmental Working Group recommends that you drink filtered tap water. You'll save lots of money, drink water that’s pure and help solve the global glut of plastic bottles.
An excellent, reasonably-priced line of home water filters can be found at Aquasana. Their counter-top and under-counter water filters are consistently rated highly by independent consumer groups, and they all meet the California Department of Health's certification standards, the strictest in the United States.
If you shower frequently, it could be even more beneficial to get a shower filter; taking a seven-minute shower exposes you to more chlorine and toxic disenfectant byproducts than drinking a gallon of tap water. Aquasana also makes shower filters and whole-house units as well.
Aquasana's basic counter-top units start at just $100 (you get 20% off by ordering through my website) and will provide you with clean water for as little as 10 cents a gallon. Their shower filters start at less than $70. If you click on the banner ad, you can browse the Aquasana website and see all the different options they offer.
If you still prefer to drink bottled water, you can download the Environmental Working Group's Bottled Water Scorecard to find brands that disclose the water's source, purification method (if any) and quality of 173 name-brand bottled waters.
Worthwhile Causes to Support
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) works to protect the public from harm due to toxic contaminants. Their website has lots of great information that will help you identify the threats from toxins and make it easy for you to voice your opinion on environmental issues to your congressman and other policy-makers.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is a grassroots, non-profit public interest organization that promotes and supports organic agriculture and addresses issues related to it, including food safety, food politics and GM technology.
The OCA is actively working to stop Monsanto from spreading GM agriculture around the world and gaining control of the world food supply. You can sign up here to support their campaign, Millions Against Monsanto.
The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. Founded in 2003 by international bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, the IRT works to mobilize citizens, organizations, healthcare professionals and the media to discover the truth about GM foods.
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