Toxic Food

Toxic Food

Toxic food is a massive issue.  Did you know that a high proportion (up to 75%) of all spending in the UK medical centre is on chronic conditions. So these are things such as headaches, migraines, ear infections, irritable bowel, weight issues and psoriasis.  However, pharmaceutical medicine is best suited for treating acute conditions. Holistic medical treatment delivers superior results for chronic conditions. One of the reasons for this is that pharmaceutical medicinal treatments focus on the diagnosed symptoms. Holistic medicine tries to get to the root cause.

Toxic Food –  Food Allergy Test

Most people are oblivious that the food they consume might to the cause of many of their health issues. So there’s plenty to of information on how to eat healthily.  However, even foods that are generally considered healthy might poison certain people.  You should have a food allergy test to identify if you have developed any food allergies. Avoiding those foods will improve your wellbeing and health.

Almost all everyone at some point experiences symptoms such as aches, skin rash, indigestion, and other non-threatening conditions.  It is not just an age thing as young children also experience these conditions.  Take adults and children with conditions such as ADHD or autism. They often enjoy remarkable results to changes in their diets after having had food allergy tests.  By making some simple alterations in your diet you can dramatically improve your well being. This is especially the case if you eliminate certain toxic foods.

Toxic Food – Cancer prevention

By eating healthier foods and reducing or eliminating the toxins in our bodies we create an environment which makes it harder for diseases like cancer to develop. Generally lifestyles of busy people has meant a trend towards convenience and processed foods. The type of foods are in the main no good for us and in some cases poisonous and toxic.

Below are a list of foods that can be considered toxic for our bodies:

Toxic Food – Processed Meats

Processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs, salamis contain the chemical sodium nitrite. Sodium nitrate is a preservative and creates the pink colour of meat.  It is also used in smoked and pickled foods and also in cheese and some beer. During the digestive process sodium nitrite is converted into nitrosamine which is a carcinogen.

Toxic Food – Refined sugar

Cancer feeds on sugar in the blood stream. Blood sugar levels should be kept at a reasonable level.  Eating foods that are high in refine sugar content increases the opportunity for cancer cells to develop.  Cutting out refined sugar will improve your overall health and immune system. It lowers the risk of cancer cells developing.

Toxic Food – Refined or simple carbohydrates

Refined carbohydrates include foods such are white bread and white rice.  Refined and processed carbohydrates strip away beneficial fibre.  Try to reduce your intake of simple carbohydrates and look for healthier alternatives.

Toxic Food – Hydrogenated oils, Trans Fats, and Acrylamides

Hydrogenated oils, with trans fats are used because they prolong shelf life of some foods. Hydrogenated oils are produced by heating oils with other substances. This results in healthy fatty acids being replaced with trans fats. This type of fat dangerous for your heart and creates the ideal breeding ground for cancer. Acrylamides are fats that are produced when frying food.  Test on rats have shown that acrylamides can cause cancer.

Toxic Food – Chips

Chips and french fries are usually deep fried in hydrogenated oil.  They contain simple carbohydrates that quickly change to sugar level in our blood.

Toxic Food – Fried desserts and snacks

The mix of hydrogenated oils, refined flour, sugar, and frying can potentially cause cancer.  Foods like donuts fall into this category.

Toxic Food – Crisps

Toxic food
Toxic food

Most crisps are fried and contain trans fats, sugar and simple carbohydrates.

Toxic Food – Fizzy drinks

Fizzy drinks with high sugar content (and even their sugar free alternatives) should be avoided at all cost if you don’t want add to chemicals and sugar in your blood.  Drink water instead.

Superfoods

Superfoods

Incorporating so called superfoods into your diet has to be beneficial. So it is clear that a healthy diet is integral to your well being and reduces your risk of disease. To enhance your health and wellbeing further and reduce your chance of unpleasant disease why not incorporate some of the these foods below into your meal plans. These superfoods contain high levels of phytonutrients.  They are are proven to be powerful in fighting disease. So exactly which foods make the superfood list are open to debate. Needless to say they have high nutritional content play an important part in protecting against chronic disease.

Superfoods – Broccoli

This green superfood should be included in everyone’s diet. Broccoli is a great source of fiber and vitamin C. It is part of the “cabbage family” of vegetables and contains isothiocyanates, which are thought to prevent types of cancer.

Superfoods – Watercress

This green super food is best eaten raw as heat can destroy its beneficial qualities. Watercress is contains nasturtin, which convert during digestion into Phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC). PEITC has been studied for its potential to prevent prostate cancer.

Superfoods – Spinach

Spinach is a superfood packed with health benefits. Spinach is high in vitamins K, A and C and flavonoids. It is a high nutritional value but is low in calories. Spinach is thought to help prevent chronic diseases.

Superfoods – Kale

Kale is in the brassica family of vegetables along with broccoli and watercress. Kale has a high content of isothiocyanates thought to prevent cancer. It is loaded with vitamins A, C and E and is thought to have cardiovascular benefits.

Superfoods – Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a high source of lycopene which is a strong antioxidant that is believed to prevent prostate cancer. The lycopenes in tomatoes are absorbed best by the body when tomatoes are cooked. So tomato sauce is a great way to get the benefits that tomatoes offer.

Superfoods – Green tea

Green tea is a great source of catechins which are believed to prevent some of chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

Superfoods – Walnuts

Walnuts contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These help to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition, walnuts are rich in fibre and vitamins E and the B. It is best to eat walnuts in moderation as they are high in calories.

Superfoods – Blueberries and Rasberries

Superfoods - blueberries
Superfoods – blueberries

Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruits. Blueberries contain anthocyanins which are powerful antioxidants. These help protect nerve cells which control motor skills, learning and memory we get older.

Raspberries like blueberries are a great source of anthocyanins because they taste sweet, they are a great alternative to eating high calorie desserts and other sweat snacks.

Superfoods – Apples

Apples are high in flavonoids, which have antioxidants and also vitamin C. Eating apples has been related with a reduced risk of having a stroke and also diabetes.

Superfoods – Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotic which are friendly bacteria the health of the intestinal tract and the immune system. Yoghurt is a great source of calcium and protein.

Superfoods – Wild salmon

Wild salmon has a high content of omega-3-fatty acids that help to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It’s important to select wild salmon since farm raised salmon may be contaminated with potential cancer causing substances such as PCBs and dioxanes.

Superfoods – Flaxseed

Flax seed is high in omega-3 fatty acids and are believed to protect health of your heart and reduce inflammation in your body. Flaxseed are also high in lignans, which are believed to prevent or slow down the growth of tumours. So to get the benefit of flax seeds they need to be ground as whole seeds just pass through the body without benefit as they are undigested.

Superfoods – Avocados

Avocados contain oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat. Furthermore it is believed to lower risk of heart disease as well as lower cholesterol levels. In addition avocados are rich in potassium and fibre.  They do contain more calories than most fruits and vegetables so don’t eat too many.

What your dog should not eat

What your dog should not eat

What your dog should not eat might be surprising to you. Read the last of three articles on this subject.

What your dog should not eat – Cooked Bones

Some cooked bones can be dangerous for your dog, because they can be more brittle.  This means the chance of them splintering is greater which means they could cause an internal injury to your dog. Raw bones far better for your dog’s and are beneficial for his teeth.

What your dog should not eat – Cooking dough

Your dog should not eat uncooked bread dough which is made with live yeast.  If raw dough is swallowed by your dog, the stomach’s warm and moist environment is the ideal surroundings for the yeast to expand and multiply. This increasing mass of dough in the stomach can be enough to slow the wall of stomach, resulting in tissue dying.

What your dog should not eat – Cat Food

If your dog may a bit of cat food, it is likely not to be an issue. However, it is not advisable for your dog to eat cat food for a prolonged period of time.  This is because cat food usually has higher protein and fat levels which are unhealthy for dogs.

What your dog should not eat – Fat Trimmings

If your dog eats fat trimmings of meat, whether cooked or raw, it can create pancreatitis. The symptoms are may include a very painful abdomen, lack of appetite, depression, a ‘hunched up’ posture, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever.

What your dog should not eat – Liver

Feeding your dog liver occasionally probably won’t cause any issues.  However, too much liver consumption of liver can affect your dog’s muscles and bones in a negative way.

What your dog should not eat – Dairy Products

Dogs in general are relatively lactose intolerant.  Eating dairy products or drinking  can result is diarrhoea and other digestive problems.  Not all dog are effected.

What your dog should not eat – Fish

If your dog eats a limited quantity amount of fish in it is unlikely to cause any dietary issues. However, if you dog eats a high quantity of fish it can result in a vitamin B deficiency.  This can lead to loss of appetite, muscle seizures and in some severe cases even death.

What your dog should not eat
What your dog should not eat

What your dog should not eat – vitamin supplements for humans

Some human vitamins supplements can be poisonous for dogs.  This is particularly the case for vitamins A, D and E which are dissolvable in fat. Iron supplements can cause damage the the lining of your dog’s digestive system.  They can be toxic for a dog’s liver and kidneys.

What your dog should not eat – Snacks for Humans

Some snacks for humans sometimes include ingredients like onion and garlic powder, raisins, sweet and chocolate which can be poisonous for dogs. We probably shouldn’t be eating them ourselves.  Give your dog snacks and treats made specifically for them.

What your dog should not eat – Old Food

It s unlikely that you enjoy old or mouldy food, so why would your dog? The bacteria in old of mouldy food can contain different toxins that can be harmful to your dog.

What your dog should not eat – Leftovers

It feels almost unnatural not to give a dog leftovers.  However, if that is what you give your dog on a regular basis leftovers it is unlikely he is getting a proper diet. If you do give him scraps, make sure any bones taken out and fat is removed.

In summary, you should check the ingredients and know what is in the food you’re giving your dog.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods

Don’t feed your dogs these foods

Don’t feed your dogs these foods or it can be very bad for their health and wellbeing. You might feel tempted to share food with your dog, but you are probably not aware that many foods we humans eat are in fact toxic for dogs. Truth be known we probably shouldn’t be eating some of them ourselves! So below are some more foods that you should never feed your dog.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Fruits, vegetables, salad and nuts

Fruits, vegetables and salads are generally considered very healthy for humans, but certain types should not be given to dogs to eat.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Apple Pips, Apricot, Peach and Plum Stones

Apple Pips, Apricot, Peach and Plum Stones contain a form of cyanide called amygdlin. It is a poisonous cyanogenic glycoside found in many plants. It can prevent blood from transporting oxygen around the body. Dogs may not have any issues if they eat the flesh of a peach, but the stones must be avoided. They may cause a dog to have dilated pupils of the eyes, giddiness and unusual dribbling. Plum stones might have similar effects to peach stones and also might make t hard for your dog to breath and may also put the dog in a state of shock.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Avocado

Avocado fruits and stones are poisonous for dogs. It can damage their hearts, lungs and other soft tissue. It can also create upset stomach and vomiting and inflammation of the pancreas.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Grapes & Raisins

Dogs often have allergic reactions after eating grapes and raisins. Eating grapes and raisins may cause a dog to vomit, be tired, have diarrhoea, and even have severe kidney problems.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Corn on the cob

Dogs can eat the corn, but should not eat the cob. This is because most dogs are unable to digest cob. It can therefore result in an obstruction in the intestine, which can be very painful. An intestinal obstruction can be a very serious condition and may even prove fatal if the condition is not treated by a vet right away.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Macadamia Nuts

Consumption of Macadamia nuts by dogs can cause weakness, fever, depression, vomiting, muscle tremors and even hyperthermia. These are non-fatal conditions but nonetheless unpleasant. Exactly why Macadamia nuts are toxic for dogs is unclear, but best avoided.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Mushrooms

As with humans, mushrooms can be complicated. Some mushrooms varieties are fine to consume, others can be poisonous for dogs. Consumption by dogs of certain mushrooms can cause serious stomach upsets. It is probably best to avoid allowing your dog to consume mushrooms.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Onions

Onions are not good for dogs. You should prevent your dog eating both raw or cooked onions. A small consumption of onions on a daily basis for a few weeks, may cause the your dog to develop anemia over weeks to months.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Chives

If dogs consume chives it can cause hemolysis, which is a rupture or destruction of red blood cells. It can also cause anemia, which is a deficiency of red cells or the haemoglobin in the dogs blood.

Don't feed your dog these foods
Don’t feed your dog these foods

Also consumption of chive can cause hemoglobinuria, a condition where haemoglobin is excreted in the urine. Symptoms in dogs of eating too many chives include weakness, tiredness and discoloured urine.

Don’t feed your dogs these foods – Tomato Leaves

The leaves of tomato plants have the glycoalkaloids ‘alpha-tomatine’ and ‘dehydrotomatine’ which are poisonous for dogs. If your dog eats tomato leaves you might see him dribbling, having an upset stomach, possibly diarrhoea and vomiting. Muscle tremors and seizures might also occur.

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Foods never to feed your dog

Foods never to feed your dog

Foods never to feed your dog is not a concept many people consider. After all, if we as humans can eat something, surely it is fine for our dogs to eat. It is a fact and there are some foods that you should never feed your dog

Foods never to feed your dog
Foods never to feed your dog
under any circumstance. Whilst there may be variations dependent on the breed of dog and its weight generally below are some foods that your dog should not eat. As this is an important topic which I am going to cover over three articles.

 

Foods never to feed your dog – Sugar confectionary

Sugar confectionary includes all sweets, candy, chewing gum and chocolate. They are simply not good for Fido and actually although they taste yummy, they are not good for you.

Foods never to feed your dog – Chewing Gum

Most chewing gum contains Xylitol, a type of sugar. It is known to cause an unhealthy spike in insulin in dogs. This can drop the blood sugar of the dog to dangerous level. If a dog consumes a large quantity of chewing gum, it can create damage to the kidneys and liver. Apparently Xylitol does not have this affect on us humans!

Foods never to feed your dog – Sweets and Candies

Just like chewing gum, lots of types sweets and candies also have Xylitol in them. For the same reason as explained above, sweets are not good for your dog.

Foods never to feed your dog – Chocolate

Chocolate can be toxic for dogs. This is because chocolate contains Theobromine, which is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plants. It can create vomiting and diarrhoea and even worse damage the heart and nervous system of a dog.

Foods never to feed your dog – Drinks

There are certain drinks that you should not allow your dog to drink. Some pose a more serious threat to your dog than others. See below:

Foods never to feed your dog – Alcohol

Your dog should never consume alcohol. You shouldn’t even allow your dog taste any kind of alcohol, even licking you finger that has dipped in wine or beer. The principle contents of beer, wine, and other alcoholic drinks are toxic and quite simply are dangerous for dogs to consume. If a dog drinks alcohol may cause bad breathing, high acidity in the blood, a loss of coordination and possibly even put your dog in a coma or cause him to die.

Foods never to feed your dog – Coffee and caffeine

Ingesting a large quantity of coffee can be toxic for your dog and indeed for yourself. If your dog drinks too much coffee it is likely to cause the dog to vomit, have tremors and increase the heart rate. In some cases it can create seizures and dogs can even collapse if high quantities of caffeine are consumed.

Foods never to feed your dog – Milk

Many dogs happily drink milk and most won’t experience any issues. However, like with humans some dogs might be lactose intolerant. This mean that after drinking milk containing lactose, your dog may have an allergic reaction and get upset stomach and diarrhoea.

Foods never to feed your dog – Citrus fruit juice

Citrus fruit juice such as lemons, limes and oranges can cause stomach irritation for your dog, particularly if large volumes are consumed. Your dogs may have diarrhoea, vomiting, dribbling and trembling.

Foods never to feed your dog – Tobacco

Never ever give your dog tobacco or allow him to get access to it. The toxicity effect of nicotine on dogs is significantly higher than that on humans, in fact twice as toxic. A level of 10 mg per kilogram of body weight is potentially fatal.

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