My New Years Resolution

My New Years Resolution

by O2Living Editorial Team @o2living
posted on January 01st 2011

Every New Year I make the same resolution: Live a healthier lifestyle. I resolve to give up smoking cigarettes, start eating healthier food, and cut back on my caffeine. Two days later, I begin to worry that I will gain weight if I quit smoking or I have a headache because I haven’t had my coffee fix. I’ll find ways to justify my two glasses of red wine everyday, which I'm told is good for me. 

But let’s start with the red wine and break down some of its ingredients. Sulfites and sulfates are additives that are used in wine production to extend shelf life and fight bacteria growth. Asthma and allergic reactions can be triggered by sulfites. Since even some of the red organic wines include sulfites, it is really important to read the label. 

Look for quality organic reds which advertise “no sulfites added” or “sulfite free” on the label. These products are rich in cancer fighting antioxidants that can reduce the risk of a stroke and help thin the blood. They also contain flavonoids, which can lower cholesterol levels. 

We all know that alcohol abuse can cause cancer, liver and cardiovascular disease, shrink the cerebral cortex and, if you drink enough of it, can alter the brain cell function. However, moderate amounts of quality organic NSA free wine is actually good for you. 

For those who decide to give up the booze and opt for soda, please be advised that soda contains high levels of phosphorous and can increase calcium loss which can lead to osteoporosis. Aspartame, an ingredient found in diet sodas and other sugar free foods, is linked to arthritis, birth defects, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, lupus, sclerosis and diabetes and should be avoided. 

When aspartame is combined with carbs, it causes your brain to slow down its production of serotonin. Serotonin and dopamine are both key in keeping us happy and well−balanced. So drinking soda, especially diet, can have a negative impact and have you feel slugging and off balance. 

How many times have you said you were going to cut down on the coffee? Caffeine causes headaches, digestive problems, stomach and bladder irritation, peptic ulcers, diarrhea, fatigue, anxiety, and, of course, depression. It affects all our organs from the nervous system to our skin. Caffeine raises our stress hormone levels, and inhibits important enzyme systems responsible for cleaning the body. Decaf is highly acidic and really isn’t any better for you. 

Coffee beans, like most other crops, are grown using chemical pesticides. One of the most noted insecticides is D−D−7. It was banned here in the United States but is still used in coffee producing countries throughout the world. 

And last but not least, a word on the fatty food that we all crave and adore. Scientists and laboratories develop aromas, artificial flavors, chemical food colors, toxic preservatives and hydro generated oils. These highly addictive foods are full of saturated and trans fats, sugar, hydrogenated oils, calories and cholesterol. The FDA does not require companies to divulge the presence of any of these additive and the scary thing is that each of these products has a shelf life of at least twenty years. 

Who said ignorance is bliss?

It is important that we become educated consumers and understand not only the ingredients listed on the product label but the additives that might not be included on the label.

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