Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.
Our production partners on the bottled water film include five leading sustainability groups: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group, Food & Water Watch, Pacific Institute, and Polaris Institute.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Why does this happen? Because the shampoo molecules they contain are too large to penetrate the cells of hair and more importantly the tiny hair follicles where our hair actually grows. They sit atop the follicle until we wash them away.
Why is that a problem? Think about it this way—if you wanted to fertilize a plant, where would you pour the fertilizer? On the leaves? Of course not! You’d pour the fertilizer on the root and the soil where it’s needed most. Our hair works basically the same way—if you want to treat your hair right, you need to treat the roots.
But if regular shampoo can’t penetrate the hair follicles where our roots grow, what are we supposed to do?
Fortunately, a California company called Kronos decided to tackle this problem. Their team of researchers designed a more-effective shampoo—one that contains tiny microscopic spheres so small that they penetrate hair follicles and deliver nutrients to where they’re needed most. They call it “T-Sfere Technology”.
Once they had solved the delivery method dilemma, they turned their attention to formulating ingredients that targetted the 5 most significant signs of damaged hair:
1.Thinning hair that lacks volume
2.Dry, frizzy, unmanageable hair
3.Limp lackluster hair
4.Damaged hair with split ends
5.Hair with poor color retention
Does it work? Check out the results from the product’s clinical testing. In a recent study, the Kronos system was shown boost hair volume and body by an unprecedented 96%; increase hair hydration by 91%; improve luster and shine by 96%; reduce split ends and breakage by 96%; and virtually eliminate color fading for up to four weeks. It’s rare that a shampoo can provide so many amazing benefits.
Already, Kronos has quickly become one of the most talked about hair care systems out there. It was recently featured on the Today show and was rated the #1 Overnight Hair Treatment product by The Good Housekeeping Institute.
Since Kronos is still relatively new, the company is offering a limited amount of free trials of its 4-piece introductory kit, just so new customers can see the results for themselves before deciding whether or not they want to pay for their products.
The special trial includes a full, 60-day supply of four products that each feature the line's key ingredient complexes and delivery technology: Kronos Shampoo, Kronos Conditioner, the Phyx Overnight Repair Masque that repairs damaged hair while you sleep, and the Liquid Theory Conditioning Detangler that protects hair from thermal damage due to heat styling.
If you want to try this new way to shampoo, visit the Kronos website to see if these special Internet free trials are still being offered.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
All berries are low in sugar and high in fiber. Blueberries have been shown to increase memory in lab studies, and raspberries and strawberries are loaded with ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant that seems to have some anti-cancer properties, according to the American Cancer Society.
Beans are extremely high in fiber, which helps to control weight, prevent or manage diabetes and blood sugar, and may help prevent colon cancer and protect against heart disease. The National Institute of Medicine recommends 25-38 grams of fiber a day. The average American gets only 4-11 grams. One cup of beans provides 11-17 grams.
Some of the largest and most important long-term studies of diet and health have shown that eating nuts several times a week is consistent with a risk of heart attack and heart disease that is 30%-50% lower than the general population. Just one ounce of nuts-almonds, macadamia, Brazil , walnuts, pecans-eaten three to five times a week seems to be the magic number.
4. Wild Salmon
Fish is the ultimate anti-aging food. Cold-water fatty fish like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring contain omega-3 fats that protect the brain and the heart, improve mood, and lower blood pressure and triglycerides.
5. Raw Milk
Raw, organic milk nearly always comes from grass-fed cows and contains high levels of cancer-fighting CLA (conjugated linolenic acid) as well as a rich assortment of vitamins, minerals and beneficial bacteria (like Lactobacillus acidophilus)
Meat Meat from grass-fed cows has a much different fat profile than ordinary supermarket meat: high in omega-3s, lower in potentially harmful omega-6s and loaded with CLA, a kind of fat known for its anti-cancer activity. A superb source of protein and vitamin B12, it's also missing the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in the meat that comes from feedlot farms.
Considered by many to be nature's most perfect food, the egg is high in protein and relatively low in calories. The yolk contains choline, one of the most important nutrients for the brain, as well as lutein and xeazanthin, two critical nutrients for eye health. Brassica Vegetables Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale all contain plant compounds called indoles that help reduce the risk of cancer. In addition to a stunning range of vitamins and minerals, they also contain sulforaphane, an important plant chemical that helps the body detoxify health-damaging chemicals.
Not only do they keep the doctor away, they also appear to do the same for lung cancer, diabetes and asthma. An apple contains five grams of fiber and a rich blend of nutrients including the bone-building vitamin K and the anti-inflammatory nutrient quercetin. And there's no better way to control your appetite than an apple eaten about half an hour before a big meal.
9. Onions and Garlic
In an impressive number of published studies, the consumption of onions and garlic has demonstrated protective effects against stomach, prostate and esophageal cancer. Along with broccoli, tea and apples, onions and garlic are among a select group of foods found to reduce mortality from heart disease by 20%.
10. Pomegranate Juice
Called "a natural Viagra" by researchers at Tel Aviv University , pomegranate juice is loaded with antioxidants. Studies show it can reduce blood pressure and plaque in the arteries. New research indicates it also slows the progression of tumors.. Four to eight ounces a day is highly recommended.
11. Green Tea
Though all teas are great for you, green tea has a unique profile of plant chemicals that have anti-cancer activity. It's now fairly established that green tea may help prevent the following types of cancers in humans: bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectum and stomach. If that's not enough, it also appears to help with weight control.
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Friday, August 6, 2010
The term “Cirrhosis of the liver” is the rapidly increasing health problem in both men and women in the UK and even in the rest of the world. The recent study has noted that this disease is dangerous as it would even cause death. Alcohol is the main cause of this deadly disease and even Body Mass Index (BMI) is the other factor which would cause cirrhosis.
The relative increase in BMI on women is highly related to the increase in risk of cirrhosis. It is estimated that increase of 28% risk for cirrhosis for every 5 unit increase in the individuals BMI. The study also indicates that the rate of causing cirrhosis by alcohol is 42% where as obesity and increase BMI attributes around 17% of fatal liver cases.
So in order to protect your liver, it is necessary to maintain the proper BMI. Excess amount of alcohol gives you many health problems and consumption of alcohol should be limited in order to get longer life.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
As obesity rates continue to climb, nutritional scientists in labs around the world are trying to answer the question: what fills us up?
'How we can become satiated on good foods - in other words, eat less and feel less hungry - has become the big question,' says obesity specialist Dr Alex Johnstone, of the Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health in Aberdeen.
And where the scientists tread, food and supplement manufacturers soon follow.
Britons spent £45 million last year on 'satiety' products designed to fill your gut and quell your appetite.
One of the first retailers on the satiety bandwagon was M&S, which early this year launched the Feel Fuller For Longer range based on Dr Johnstone's work. The meals are high in protein, which is filling, but not high in calories.
'It's one of our most popular launches because it's an easy way to plug the hunger pangs that usually lead to diets failing,' says M&S nutritionist Claire Hughes.
But everyday foods can plug the gap just as well; as shown by research from San Diego University's School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, which compared the feelings of fullness generated by eating plums and biscuits - and the plums, surprisingly, won hands down.
Two hours after eating, the volunteers given the plums felt less hungry and had less of the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin in their blood when tested.
Interestingly, taking commercial appetite suppressants may not work as well as the right foods.
FIRST, EAT AN APPLE
Fruit and veg contain a lot of water, air and fibre which pack your gut, producing 'filling' signals in the small intestine. Apples, for example, are about 25 per cent air and, as they're digested, they produce the hormone GLP-1, which sends satiety signals to the brain.
The trick is to eat high-satiety foods at the beginning of a meal. 'They get you to feel fuller early on and the evidence shows you don't compensate for this later by eating more,' says Robert Welch, professor of food science and nutrition at Ulster University.
You may not fancy kicking off a meal with a plateful of diced apple - and no restaurant would offer it - but the next best option is a salad, for similar reasons.
Protein is the most satiating of the three food groups (compared with carbohydrates and fats).
It is why the high-protein, high-fat Atkins diet works: despite the fat, you can't eat a lot of protein before your stomach says stop.
The average British diet is about 15 per cent protein, which is adequate for growth, tissue repair and maintenance, says Dr Johnstone. 'But if you increase that to around 20 to 30 per cent of your calorie intake, you're going to increase satiation significantly.'
So what makes protein so filling? It triggers the production of the 'full-up' PYY hormone in the brain, and sparks the release of glucose in the small intestine; both send out satiety signals.
It is why, traditionally, the main course in a meal is protein-based.
CHOOSE GLOOPY FOOD
The texture of food and, in particular, how glutinous or viscous it is, can make all the difference to how full it makes you feel. That's why soup is a high-satiety food.
Present someone with a plate of food and they may be hungry three hours later; pulp the same ingredients into soup and the 'satiety' period lengthens, despite the decrease in the volume of food you're eating, says Professor Welch.
Scientists from Sydney University working on a 'satiety index' of foods found that its viscosity makes porridge twice as filling as muesli, even though the main ingredient is the same.
By contrast, pre-dinner nibbles, such as crisps - dry and high calorie - are a bad bet. You need to consume four times as many calories from crisps as you do from boiled or pureed potatoes to feel equally full.
DRINKS WON'T SATISFY
While gloopy soup, potato puree and porridge are filling, Dr Johnstone warns you don't get the same effect from drinks.
'The satiety signals from liquids are significantly weaker, so you can consume a lot of calories in drinks without feeling full.'
This is because they don't need chewing and require little time and energy to digest - so that regardless of the calories they contain, they don't send the same 'filling' signals to the brain.
This is a big problem, as the boom in sweetened manufactured drinks means the number of liquid calories we consume has more than tripled in the past 20 years - in line with obesity rates.
Most are sugary and, although initially satisfying, because they raise glucose levels in the blood quickly, they don't fill you for long, says scientist Bridget Benelam, of the British Nutrition Foundation.
'As with other energy-dense foods - such as anything off the bakery or sweet counters - you have often overeaten before the satiety signals have got through to stop you.'
Studies have shown that we eat up to 70 per cent more when distracted from our food, such as when watching TV. We also eat more when among friends or family - this increases consumption by around 70 per cent. Eat alone and you tend to eat less.
But take your time eating and chew well. Both allow 'full-up' hormones to be produced from the mouth and stomach which give the brain a 'stop' signal.
So which of these foods will banish hunger for longest?
Which of the feel-full foods are worth buying? We asked Sian Porter of the British Dietetic Association ...
ADOR PRUNE & GINGER OAT BAR 99p per 50g bar, from Holland & Barrett
Made from oat and palm extract oil, said to pass through undigested and trigger 'full-up' signals to the brain. Lower in calories than typical cereal bars.
VERDICT: Would fill you up more than crisps or a biscuit. But it's no better than a bowl of wholegrain cereal or fruit.
EGGS From 91p for six, from supermarkets
High protein content of eggs could play a role in weight management, a review of 71 scientific studies claimed. Researchers found eating two scrambled eggs for breakfast resulted in people eating fewer calories in the following 36 hours.
VERDICT: Protein is the most satisfying of foods and eating breakfast is known to reduce the urge to snack before lunch.
M&S SIMPLY FULLER LONGER HAM, CHEESE & MUSTARD SANDWICH £2.45, from M&S stores
One of 40 high-protein, low-calorie products in this range. Contains 320 calories, 25g protein and 8g fat compared with 540 calories, 31.3g protein, 24.8g fat in a cured ham and Greve baguette from Pret a Manger.
VERDICT: Won't block hunger for any longer than the Pret baguette which, with more calories and protein, will actually keep you fuller for longer. If you changed to the complete range, it might work.
BELVITA BREAKFAST £2.19 a box of six sachets of four biscuits, from supermarkets
Made from high fibre, wholegrain cereals; has a low glycaemic index - releasing a steady stream of energy.
VERDICT: Not that high in fibre and quite high in sugar. Not to be eaten regularly.
PORRIDGE From £1.40 for 500g, from supermarkets
As they take so long to digest, a bowl of porridge with skimmed milk or water will keep you full for around four hours.
VERDICT: Oats are a good source of soluble fibre, protein and have a low Glycaemic index, so are broken down slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer. RATING: 10/10
WHITE RYE BREAD £2.18 per 800g loaf, from Waitrose and Sainsbury's
Bread baked with white rye flour helps stabilise blood sugar levels and offset hunger better than a wholegrain loaf, says a Swedish study.
VERDICT: Like oats, rye contains soluble fibre and is digested slowly, helping you stay satiated for longer. But, other grainy breads can be as effective. RATING: 6/10