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Dangers of Energy Drinks

ENERGY. HEIGHTENED MENTAL AWARENESS. WEIGHT LOSS. STAMINA. ETC…

Advertising, marketing and bright bold colors on the cans or bottles are made to lure you in to these amazingly awesome energy drinks! But beware, nothing is ever as it seems.

So I’m here today to explain to you what exactly is in these mainstream energy drinks and how to read ingredients and more so know what affect they have on your body.

Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar are some of the popular brands of energy drinks out there today. Lets take a look at some of the main similar ingredients in these:

SUGARS

RED BULL: 39g

MONSTER: 54g

ROCKSTAR: 30+ grams

ROCKSTAR ZERO: 0g BUT it;s made with erythritol which is a FAKE chemical sugar worse for you than regular sugars

As you can see there is tons of sugar for a small can of drink.30 plus grams is alot, you shouldnt even consume that much sugar per day let alone on one drink, that’s my opinion. Sugar from fruits are different so that doesn’t apply there. SUGAR is on of the root causes of disease and chronic illnesses. Disease, candida, inflammation they all FEED off of sugar. Sugar is how these bacteria, fungus and viruses live. When you starve the body of sugar, they cannot survive.

CAFFEINE: these drinks contain way over the limit the body can handle for caffeine. Every body is different but these high amounts make your cortisol levels spike then immediately crash hurting your adrenals glands, bringing them to exhaustion and then your body creates a dependence on that cortisol spike to survive creating a cycle of inflammation.

HERBS: They look great listed as an ingredient right? But you have no idea or source of how they are grown or harvested so most likely they are sprayed with tons of chemicals.

CHEMICAL ADDITIVES AND DYES: you have to realized that the USDA (they careless about your health) does not require certain ingredients to be listed when in smaller amounts, but all health drinks contain dyes, that’s what makes certain ones certain colors, These dyes are not made for consumption, they act as allergies to the body. Other chemicals are added for taste and other factors that harm you also.

Studies have shown that energy drinks do not enhance athletic performance, they do not enhance cognitive performance either.  It’s really scary because mostly younger individuals are attracted to these drinks because they want to fit in and do what everyone else is doing, be accepted and follow along with the trend. But these drinks are harming kids as well as others who consume them.

DANGERS OF ENERGY DRINKS:

  1. CARDIAC ARREST
  2. HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
  3. INCREASED ANXIETY
  4. INSOMNIA
  5. TYPE 2 DIABETES
  6. DRUG INTERACTION
  7. ADDICTION
  8. RISKY BEHAVIOR
  9. JITTERS AND NERVOUSNESS
  10. VOMITTING
  11. ALLERGIC REACTIONS
  12. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
  13. NIACIN OVERDOSE
  14. STRESS HORMONE RELEASE ELEVATION

So if the reason why you are consuming these energy drinks is truly to have more energy, here are some safer and natural options:

  1. strengthen your adrenal gland and thyroid gland by eating a diet free of gluten, and sugars and possibly lower or stop gluten consumption. When you strengthen your overall body, it helps with your energy levels. I take and recommend these two supplements to support your adrenal and thyroid gland. Adrenal Health by Gaia and Thyroid Support by Gaia.
  2. Stay away from processed sugars or too much of any sugar. Sugar will always weaken and halt your immune system
  3. Eat real foods- consuming whole foods preferably organic will fill and feed your cells which is what provide energy to your body.
  4. take a good vitamin B supplement. Vitamin B’s are necessary for cell function and provide O2 and energy production to each cell of your body. A great vitamin B complex is this one and also a great vegan B12 by GHC.
  5. Drink more water, dehydration will zap you of energy
  6. Sleep better, sleep, so simple, but it does a body good.
  7. Stay away from simple carbs like sugars and eat more complex carbs like sweet potatoes, yams and bananas.
  8. Do a full body detox regularly- once a year is preferred, I recommend twice. The best detoxes that I have used and only will use are from Global Healing Center. I recommend the Body Cleanse Starter Kit to start.

Hope this gives you some great info and insight on the dangers of energy drinks.

There’s one brand that is local made in Hawaii that you may want to try. It’s called GREEN and made with pure organic ingredients! Check them out.

Xo,

Jodi

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Did You Know…

Some of you may know. But for those who don’t, I created and ran a hand stamped jewelry business named Dark Chocolate & Tulips, since 2010. After obtaining my Bachelors degree in Exercise Science, I was blessed to travel the world as a professional Polynesian Dancer then later Flight Attendant for Aloha Airlines I got married and had three younger children. I knew what it felt like to have to leave my oldest son while I was still flying. My goal was to raise my own children and not worry about having to take off to be there for their games, performances etc. I wanted to be my own boss💕💚 I love how powerful words are so I started this hand stamped business in 2010 and was able to make a living and also be there for my family. It was tough to balance but I’ve been so blessed. Within those past years I’ve stamped close to 10,000 pieces that’s been shipped all over the world, crazy! This past year I put my biz on hold to do other things, but since Mothers and a Fathers Day is approaching I’ve decided to start it up again. In the past I’ve worked with silver, gold, aluminum, brass, copper and pewter but have limited it to just mostly pewter and copper. I’ve always loved words that the power that inspirational words have on lives. I have done so many Bible verses, quotes and many many pieces with children’s names and birthdates on them. If you’d like to check them out heres my site. Please use code: greenandfitblog for an extra 10% off of your order!

 

Xo,

Jodi

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The Adrenal/Thyroid Connection

When you thyroid is compromised, so are your adrenal glands and vice versa. Let’s start wit the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland that is located at the base of your neck below the Adams apple. Each lobe of your thyroid lies on either side of you windpipe. The function of your thyroid gland is to make, store and release thyroid hormones into your bloodstream. These hormones are called T3(liothyronine) and T4(levothyroxine) which affect every single cell of your body. Too little thyroid hormones slows your body down and its called hyPOthyroidism and too much hormones produces speed your body up and its called hyPERthyroidism.  The amount of hormones made in your thyroid are controlled another gland in your brain called the PITUATARY gland which is also helped by your hypothalamus. You see how all these parts of your body need help functioning from each other? It’s amazing how God created each part of us to depend on one another. Problems with the thyroid gland can be caused by nodules which are structural or function problems. Both can be caused by a diet consisting of processed foods, sugars and chemicals, toxicity of the body or deficiency or lack of necessary vitamins and minerals necessary to function.

Your adrenal glands are also necessary for proper thyroid function and like I mentioned before, they go hand in hand. Your adrenal glands are no bigger than a walnut and are located above each kidney. “AD” means over and  “RENAL” means kidney.  Their function is to secrete cortisol (sress hormone), estrogen and testosterone. These glands will regulate every function in your body and also most importantly how you feel and how your body responds to stress.

Some symptoms but not limited to adrenal fatigue and thyroid problems are these:

  • body aches
  • trouble concentrating
  • racing thoughts
  • moodiness and irritability
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • hormone imbalance
  • cravings for sweet and salty foods
  • pain
  • autoimmunity
  • chronic illness
  • cold hands and feet
  • weight gain or rapid weight loss
  • hair loss
  • always tired or so fatigue

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I want to share some diet tips and great amazing supplements that I use to keep my thyroid gland and adrenal gland functioning properly.

DIET:

Adrenal Health

lower or take out caffeine, add coconut oil and coconut meat or coconut milk  to your diet, add healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed meats and wild salmon to your diet. Eat lots of green veggies like kale, chard, spinach and seaweed which contain iodine to support your adrenals.

Thyroid Health

foods to avoid are gluten, sugars, conventional non organic dairy and dyes. Foods that help support a healthy thyroid are wild caught fish, seaweed, probiotic foods like kombucha, low sugar coconut yogurts, kim chee, natto, saurkraut, sprouted seeds like flax, hemp and chia, bone broth, fruits and vegetables and purified water.

Supplements that I use to support my thyroid and adrenal glands that are amazing. They help you sleep better, regulate hormones, mood, energy, pain etc..

There is a great Thyroid Kit by Global Healing Center specifically created to support your thyroid. It contains vitamin B12, Selenium and Iodine. You can read up and order it HERE.

I also use two amazing supplements by GAIA called Adrenal Health and Thyroid Support, you can check those two and out read up on them, just see the links. These two contain powerful adaptogenic herbs and minerals that help the body relate to stress and support both the thyroid and adrenal glands which need each other for proper function.

Note: I am not a doctor, I am just giving you foods and supplements that I use and love. If you are taking any medications you need to read up on interactions or speak with your doctor. Hope this helps you to start healing your thyroid and adrenals or help those who need to.

Xo,

Jodi

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All Disease Begins in the Gut

All Disease Begins in the Gut Something few wish to have a conversation about but it’s necessary for every persons health- your colon (gut) “All disease begins in the gut” is a famous quote, not only is it famous but true. You intestinal tract is 25-30 feet in length and covers the surface of a tennis court!! by age 40, the average person has 10-20lbs of hard compacted fecal matter lodged in their intestines! That’s craaaaazy! Oxy Powder is formulated with elemental magnesium to support proper digestion and cleanse your gut of that compacted stuff �. ~GHC
There are NO harsh herbs in this, just one main ingredient. Non gmo, vegetarian, gluten free, made in the USA. Great stuff and a perfect way to start a full body cleanse. You only have one body to live in, treat it well. See link here for more info and to order:

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