Archive for November, 2012

Aluminum free deodorant that works!!

Finally after years of searching I’ve come across an Aluminum free deodorant… You see aluminium is one of the only substances that there is no known method of chelating (removing from the body).  Hence once you’ve got it in your body it stays in…  Aluminium has been linked with many degenerative brain diseases from Dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease.

 

But finally I’ve found a natural, aluminium free deodorant that works!!

 

It’s fittingly called ‘It’s All Good’

It’s available in Lavender or Lemon and Bergamot, comes in a 20ml pottle, which lasts me about a month….  The main thing you have you get used to is applying it with your fingers… armpits…fingers…. not something we’re used to, but you soon get used to it….

Pottles cost $11 and are available through the BePure online store or by calling 0800 873 787.

Here are a few more details….

Ideal for sensitive skins
Aluminium free
Natural & organic ingredients
Safe & effective
Gently scented with only pure essential oils

Ingredients
Shea Butter:
Coconut Oil: Moisturises & anti bacterial
Arrowroot: Light, soft and absorbent
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda): Anti bacterial, inhibits odours

Lavender or Lemon & Bergamot Essential Oils: Inhibits bacterial growth, anti-inflammatory, improves skin health and provides a gentle, pure scent.

Free from artificial colours, fragrances, parabens, SLS, gluten, dairy, soy.
Directions
Smooth a little onto the underarms after showering. The cream goes on easily and is not wet or sticky. You most likely won’t even feel it on! It dries very quickly and the scent is very mild and subtle.


 

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Is bacon healthy?

Well that depends on a lot of things… but it certainly can be.. Read on to find out how…

I say bring back the bacon!!

Yes folks you heard me right… Bring back the bacon!

There are two main traditional nutritional issues with bacon, the first being the high saturated fat content and how this might effect your cholesterol.  The second being the nitrates that are uses to cure commercial bacon.  Let’s deal with the fat content first….

For those of you who are new to the BePure Health Revolution, let me deal to a couple of basics about fat before we get into the nitty, gritty heart disease conversation.

  1. Fat does not make you fat, the only thing that can make you fat is carbohydrates because insulin is the primary hormone for fat storage and insulin is only secreted when you eat carbohydrates.
  2. Eating the right amount of fat for you will help stabilise your blood sugar levels, making you feel fuller for longer and helping you burn body fat.
  3. Eating fat stimulates bile release from the liver, which is the primary way your body get’s rid of toxins produced from detoxification by the liver, this bile stimulates a bowel movement – Therefore being a huge benefit for people who battle constipation.  This also helps your body get rid of toxins which otherwise would be stored in fat.
  4. Fat provide the precursors to your hormones, and hormones control everything that’s fun in your life (energy, feeling happy, sex, sleep etc).  Isn’t that reason enough alone??

 

Is bacon healthy? Reason #1

So, now for the fat in bacon… Being from an animal it’s high in saturated fats, saturated fats in the past have got a bad name because they can increase your cholesterol by an average of 12%.  We now know that not all cholesterol is bad, it’s really about the type of cholesterol and the ratios (to learn more about this click here to read a previous blog article).   Anyway, essentially  HDL cholesterol is your good cholesterol and LDL is your bad cholesterol (although technically these can be broken down further, we’ll stick with this for the purposes of this blog…)

O.K so we’ve been told we shouldn’t eat lard (bacon fat) because it will raise our cholesterol but when you actually look at lard (as Gary Taubes did in his great book ‘Why We Get Fat’) you’ll see that lard is not the killer it’s made out to be…

You see 47% of lard is monounsaturated fat, which is universally considered a good fat and used heavily in the Mediterranean diet.  Monounsaturated fats raise HDL (good cholesterol), and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).  Both good things according to your G.P.

Just over 40% of the fat in lard is saturated but a third of that is stearic acid a type of saturated fat that is also found in chocolate which raises HDL ( a good thing) and has no effect on LDL cholesterol. so, a good thing :)

The remaining 12% is polyunsaturated fat which lowers LDL cholesterol, a good thing and has no effect on HDL cholesterol.

So, over 70% of the fat in lard is beneficial to your cholesterol and the remaining 30% will raise your HDL, a good thing and also raise your LDL a bad thing, and so is neutral.

Put simply if you are currently not eating lard, but replacing those calories with carbohydrates (as most people are) you are actually increasing your risk of heart disease!! (click here to view an older blog with details of this…) So is bacon healthy? You bet!

 

Is bacon healthy? Reason #2….

The second main reason bacon has a bad name is because commercial bacon is cured with nitrates.  These nitrates can then combine with proteins to form nitrosamines and nitrosamines are highly assosicated with cancers of the digestive tract…

For this reason in the past I have advocated only eating nitrate free bacon, but recent research indicates that it’s not the presence of nitrates that’s the problem, it’s the lack of antioxidants eaten with the nitrates that allows the nitrates to form nitrosamines.  Whereas if adequate antioxidants are present then the nitrate actually forms highly beneficial nitric oxide – which are now highly recognised as being the common lacking factor in heart disease patients and erectile dysfunction…

This makes a lot of sense as 80% of the nitrites we ingest come from nature and vegetables. Nature in it’s wisdom also provides the antioxidants within these foods that keep us healthy through the production of nitric oxide…

So the key to making bacon healthy is to eat antioxidants with it… Any fruit or vegetable counts, the more different colours the better, and green leafy vegetables are one of the best sources of antioxidants…  Another fantastic source of antioxidants is BePure ONE and so just another reason to take your BePure ONE everyday… so bring back the bacon!!

 

In health and happiness

Ben Warren


 

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