Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reasons to Avoid Wheat

Together with rice and corn, wheat is one of the most widely consumed and widely grown crops in the world. From beer and breakfast cereal to common flour and pasta, wheat products can be found on almost every dining room table at breakfast, lunch and dinner. But what’s not to love? Wheat is a staple source of carbohydrates and a spectacular source of protein and fiber. As attractive as this perennial favorite may be, we at Teraganix have compiled a few major wheat health concerns that may inspire you to look for alternatives.

  • Irradiation and Toxins - Irradiation is common in many forms of food production. With wheat, however, production scales are so massive and fast-paced that the grain is consumed only days after being irradiated. Because of this, congressional hearings on the health risks posed by irradiated food have often focused specifically on wheat products. Modern hybridized wheat is also treated with sodium azide, a well-known toxic poison that can be fatal in sufficient quantities.

  • Gluten &Allergies - The rise in cases of diagnosed celiac disease has brought the world’s attention to the potential dangers of gluten; a culture of caution has created a worldwide demand for gluten free options in restaurants and on grocery shelves. Celiac disease is not the only concern, however; while only 1% of the population suffers from celiac disease, there are other, more common forms of gluten sensitivity that fall in a wide range of susceptibility and severity. Patients that fall in this spectrum experience symptoms from intense pain to muscle twitches and abdominal disorders. Wheat’s high gluten content combined with the high rate of wheat-specific allergies make the grain a risk to anyone who has not had a physician completely rule out the presence of both.

  • Genetic Modification - Wheat, corn and rice, as the most in-demand staple grains of the world, are some of the primary subjects of genetic modification. As the seed supply of each is incorporated into more and more research, it is becoming less and less possible to guarantee that the grains you are consuming are free from genetic meddling. As GM foods become more prominent, so do reports of harmful side effects like new allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, severe headaches, joint pain and other adverse reactions.

Wheat Alternatives

Luckily, alternatives to wheat are widely available. Buckwheat, despite its name, is completely wheat and gluten free; most grocery stores now stock buckwheat flour and tapioca flour in order to offer a gluten free baking option. Quinoa and amaranth, while not technically grains, are also wonderful substitutes for wheat and even boast a better amino acid profile than the enviously high protein grain.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Product Review: Pro EM-1 Probiotic Cleanse

Since being introduced to the world in 1982, Dr. Teruo Higa’s Effective Micororganisms® (EM Technology®) has been at the forefront of the beneficial bacteria industry. These colonies of vital microbes have helped produce larger crops, condition soils, naturally clean surfaces and more. Dr. Higa’s PRO EM-1® daily probiotic cleanse makes this same technology available for your own personal, day-to-day use.

This probiotic supplement is more than just a way to enhance your diet. Each bottle is its own ecosystem and supports no less than 1 million colony forming units (cfu) per ml (cc). Six species of probiotic microfauna live in symbiosis and can be easily and safely consumed on a daily basis, reintroducing microbes to your digestive system that can aid in digestion, support weight loss, boost your immune system and promote overall, holistic health.

What makes Pro EM-1 different is that the microbes are fermented at body temperature. Unlike 99% of the other probiotics on the market, which contain freeze-dried microbes. The fermentation process is a natural process where the microbes of fed sugars (natural honey and certified organic molasses). The sugars are converted by the microbes into a variety of substances including various enzymes, co-enzymes, bio-available vitamins and organic acids and amino acids. Most companies extract these and sell them in isolated forms. Instead, in Pro EM-1 you get them all in their natural state. This natural process is also the reason that Pro EM-1 is stable at room temperatures and does not require refrigeration.

This probiotic cleanse is 100% wheat, gluten, GMO, dairy and soy free. It contains only natural ingredients: the probiotic colonies themselves and a matrix of molasses and honey that promote microbial growth. The colonies digest this molasses and honey during fermentation, making the product safe for those suffering from diabetes and other sugar-related health issues. Try a bottle out for yourself and soon you’ll make this probiotic supplement part of your regular diet with a bi-monthly delivery from Teraganix, EM’s licensed US distributor.