2 Articles: “Effects of Micronutrients on Heavy Metals” and “Nutrition and metal toxicity”

micronutrients effects on heavy metals article

micronutrient effects on heavy metals 2

Click on the underlined links above to read a really interesting articles on how important it is to keep on a healthy diet in order to lower the damage of heavy metals on the mind and body. Heavy metals are found everywhere, from seafood, to city air, to tap water…. it’s everywhere. Heavy metals include Cadmium, Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Aluminium, etc…  which all pose major health risks if kept unchecked.  A lot of research I have read has concluded that there is a correlation between aluminium toxicity and development of dementia. I’ll try to find some articles on that for next week’s post.  In the mean time enjoy learning about heavy metal toxicity and health.  Don’t get scared, get informed, research what can be done, treatment wise, if you think you have heavy metal toxicity or you would just be keen to detox, there are plenty of options out there, just be careful and always do your research.  Thanks for reading!  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

References:

Article 1: Marjorie A. Peraza, Felix Ayala-Fierro, David S. Barber,
Elizabeth Casarez, and Leonard T. Rael
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy,
The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, Environ Health Perspect 106(Suppl 1): 203-216 (1998). http://ehpnetl.niehs.nih.gov/docs/1998/Suppl-1/203-216peraza/abstract.html

Article 2: By Robert A Goyer, publication The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1995

Interesting Link: Fluoride Information Website *Everything you ever wanted to know and more*

http://www.slweb.org/bibliography.html

Enter the web address above (in bold) to your browser to link to an amazingly thorough website on the mineral, Fluoride.  This website links to tons of abstracts on studies done on the effects on Fluoride, as well as, some full research papers and studies!  If your thinking, “well who cares about Fluoride,” I should tell you, if you don’t already know, that in Western countries like Canada, the US, Australia, and NZ, the government puts fluoride into the public’s drinking water. Throughout all the studies I have read, fluoride is a non-essential nutrient, which means humans do not need it to survive.  It is put into our water to reduce dental caries, which yes it has been shown to do, but the side effects of long-term ingestion might not be worth it!  Check out the website and do some exploring to come up with your own informed conclusions about fluoride.  Thanks, happy reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Nutty and Nice Protein Balls :)

Nutty and Nice Protein Balls

Nutty and Nice Protein Balls:        *makes 12-20

-food processor or blender

-small handful of cashews, walnuts, macadamian nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts (measuring is not necessary, just grab a handful!) *any nuts you have on hand can substitute 

-1 tbsp of chia seeds

-1/4 cup of puffed rice

-1/2 cup of raisins

-4 dates (if using medjool dates, then separate the pits from flesh and chop finely, add later to dry ingredients as these are very sticky and will not blend well)

-1 tbsp of pea protein powder (or whatever protein powder you have/like)

-2 tsp of organic honey or agave nectar (use agave to make this recipe vegan)

-250g of peanut butter or any nut butter preferred (almond butter is nice)

-2 tbsp of protein powder in separate bowl for ball coating

Add all the nuts/seeds, puffed rice, raisins, dates (unless using medjool dates), 1 tbsp of protein powder, and chia seeds into a food processor or blender.  Blender until just fine, but still slightly chunky (not all the ingredients will blend finely, which gives this recipe its texture, *see picture below).

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Add blender ingredients into mixing bowl.  Add the dates (if you used medjool dates), honey or agave nectar, and peanut/nut butter of choice, to the dry ingredients.  Using washed and dried hands, combine the mixture until everything is incorporated.  The mixture should be malleable, but not sticky (*see picture below).

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Have the separated bowl of protein powder next to you.  Shape the protein balls….into balls 🙂 and coat with extra protein powder (so they do not stick together, *see picture below).

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Give the coated balls a little tap to shake off excess powder and place into a container.  This recipe makes anywhere from 12 to 20 balls, depending on how big or small they are made. Refrigerate and your done!

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I recently became a vegetarian and I noticed I was starting to crave protein. I made this recipe so that I could have a easy and convenient snack when I did get cravings, as well as, a quick energy boost before a workout.  They are gluten-free, vegetarian, raw, and can be made vegan.

These Nutty and Nice Protein Balls are great for a quick snack, can be made with kids, are convenient, healthy, and taste great!  Hope you enjoy this recipe.  Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂