“It’s smart to eat Dark Chocolate,” Matteo Chiropractic & Physical Therapy advises, “but don’t go overboard and eat the whole box!”

You may have heard about the fat-burning benefits associated with dark chocolate due to it’s theobromine content.  Theobromine, a bitter alkaloid found naturally in dark chocolate, has been shown to suppress appetite and mobilize fatty acids to be burned as energy (without the stimulatory side effects of caffeine).

That said, what you may not know or realize is that dark chocolate can also boost your brain health as well!  It’s true, as dark chocolate is rich in antioxidant flavonoids, which help to fight against oxidative stress that deteriorates brain tissue over time.

In fact, in a recent Harvard Medical School study, researchers found that consuming antioxidant-rich dark chocolate daily was actually able to significantly reverse cognitive decline in seniors age 60+.

For best results, we recommend 1 – 2 squares of dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cacoa (where the flavonoids are found) daily.  It’s also important to note that milk chocolate contains very few anti-oxidants, so if you’re looking for the fat burning and brain boosting benefits from chocolate, you need to reach for concentrated dark chocolate.


To your success,

Joel & Josh

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Joel Marion & Josh Bezoni
Founders, BioTrust Nutrition

Top five holiday foods that promote cancer, diabetes, heart disease and premature death Especially beware of Alcohol + Tylenol

The holiday food rush is on across the USA, and for the next month, Americans will be stuffing their faces with precisely the kind of disease-promoting foods that will cause them to scream, “Where’s my free health care?” in early January.
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The conventional media will give you all sorts of stories about which holiday foods are “high calorie” or have too many grams of fat, but it seems no one in the mainstream media is willing to tell you the rest of the story: How to avoid the cancer-causing chemicals, toxic heavy metals, GMOs and artificial ingredients found in holiday foods.

In fact, mainstream magazines like Women’s Health are still stuck in the old-school paradigm of recommending angel food cake over pecan pie because the angel food cake, “Has virtually no fat!” Gee, it’s almost like riding in a holiday time travel machine back to 1986, when doctors swore that eggs were deadly and partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil would lower cholesterol and reduce heart attacks.

So for those who wish to benefit from cutting-edge nutritional wisdom gleaned from 2013 and not the 1980s, Natural News gives you the real story on what you truly need to avoid. Here’s the list:

#1) Artificially colored Christmas cookies

If it’s artificially colored, it’s bad for you. And when it comes to holiday cookies, cakes, muffins and other treats, Americans have been brainwashed into thinking that Christmas time somehow means all their foods should be inundated with synthetic RED and GREEN dyes.

How do you make a batch of Christmas cookies? You take a regular batch of cookies and you dump a bunch of green food coloring in it. Then you put red sprinkles on top, feed ’em to the kids and watch them all climb the walls while their parents scramble to find their ADHD medication.

#2) Anything made with vegetable shortening

Aside from the fact that vegetable shortening is loaded with trans fats — recently declared “unsafe for human consumption” by the FDA — it’s also a source of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal with a half life of nearly 30 years in the human body.

Beyond that, nearly all vegetable shortening is made from genetically modified soy, meaning that when you buy foods with vegetable shortening, you are financially rewarding Monsanto.

Virtually all store-bought cookies, pie crusts and other holiday treats are made with vegetable shortening. Check food labels for anything made with “partially-hydrogenated soybean oil” or “vegetable shortening.”

#3) Processed meats made with cancer-causing sodium nitrite

Beware of holiday processed meats — especially the ones that require no refrigeration. Did you ever wonder how they last so long in their plastic packaging without rotting? It’s because they’re blended with sodium nitrite, a cancer-causing chemical that kills bacteria.

Sodium nitrite increases the risk of leukemia, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, brain tumors and more. It’s found in nearly all holiday season processed meats, including “gift” sausages and other packaged meats.

If you are crazy enough to actually eat some of these meats, make sure you take plenty of vitamin C with it, because vitamin C helps block the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines from eating sodium nitrite.

#4) Eggnog drinks made with refined sugars

Watch out for holiday eggnog drinks. They will often combine high-fat dairy liquids with liquid sugars. Some don’t even contain eggs, and others are made with high-fructose corn syrup (read the labels to avoid).

Interestingly, the healthiest part about eggnog is the spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon, two spices commonly used in traditional eggnog recipes, are both used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and they both have genuine nutritional value. Unfortunately, most commercial eggnog sold today uses artificial flavors instead of real spices.

If you want to drink eggnog this holiday season, make it yourself! (And don’t forget the rum…!)

#5) Stuffing

Check out the ingredients on many commercially-available stuffing products, and you’ll find monosodium glutamate.

Yep, many stuffing products are stuffed with MSG, a neurological poison that causes neural cell death. If you stuff your face with stuffing, you’re also stuffing your head with an excitotoxin, and that’s not good at all, especially considering all the other brain-killing substances people tend to abuse from now through New Year’s Eve.

Read labels to make sure you don’t buy or consume stuffing made with MSG. Keep your brain cells alive while you got ’em!

Additional warning on Alcohol + Tylenol

There’s a lot of drinking that goes on during the holidays, and most people don’t realize the extreme danger caused by combining alcohol with Tylenol. It’s astonishing that Tylenol is even sold over-the-counter, given how toxic it is to the liver. Taking Tylenol while drinking alcohol can actually cause permanent liver damage and even death.

In fact, earlier this year, Tylenol’s manufacturer was forced to warn its customers of the risk of death from using its product. This was the result of a lawsuit involving the death of Tylenol users.

In covering the lawsuit, the San Jose Mercury News even describes Tylenol as, “…the nation’s leading cause of sudden liver failure.” The paper goes on to say, “Overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year and kill at least 500, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.”

The bottom line? Protect your health this holiday season. Stay away from foods that contain toxins, and don’t pop pain pills when you’ve had alcohol.

If you play it smart, you can enjoy the holiday and still be alive and healthy to see another year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

“Is Oatmeal really a good and healthy breakfast?” ….Matteo Chiropractic asks you.

Do you eat oatmeal for breakfast? While it certainly can be a solid, healthy option, most are heavily processed and absolutely TERRIBLE for you.

For example, I was just at the store and took a look at a brand of “heart-healthy” instant oatmeal (their claim), the “Maple and Brown Sugar” flavor.

First, there is no maple in it. There is also no brown sugar in it. Instead, it’s packed with artificial ingredients, colors, and flavors. It’s also packed with regular sugar and I’ve even seen some varieties with the “flavor” gel packets full of high fructose corn syrup…talk about royally screwing up oatmeal!

This product also has a significantly higher glycemic index than regular “old fashioned oatmeal” due to it’s instant nature where it’s been pre-cooked via high-heat processing. This high heat processing also robs the oatmeal of many important vitamins and minerals, making it an overall less nutritious product.

So, if you’re going to go with oatmeal, please stay away from the instant, processed, sugar-laden versions.

Instead, the best choice is plain ol’ steel cut oats. While they take a few extra minutes to cook, it’s certainly worth it for the lower glycemic index, extra fiber, and greater vitamin and mineral content…all while avoiding all that processed garbage.

Steel cut oats will also leave you feeling fuller, longer, and you’ll probably find that you enjoy the more firm texture and nuttier flavor a LOT more than mushy instant oatmeal anyway.

Coach Josh

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Josh Bezoni
Co-Founder, BioTrust Nutrition

New Research showing Chiropractic care helping those with Diabetes!

Chiropractic and diabetes, the latest report being shared with you by Matteo Chiropractic &Image Physical Therapy, College Point, NY

The possibility for chiropractic care to help people with diabetes is an up and coming area of research, and it is an important one. Roughly one out of every three men and two out of every five women born in the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes in their lifetime.

Research points to evidence that chiropractic care may make a valuable contribution to a wellness protocol that helps those diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States and a growing epidemic worldwide, so help is desperately needed!

The average person may not recognize how diabetes and chiropractic are connected. What does the back have to do with blood sugar? Often, an electrician understands this faster than most people. Interfere with the current flowing through the wires and the appliances or areas of the house lose normal function or might even catch fire.

If the nerve supply from the upper neck or middle back (the two areas that supply the pancreas) are disturbed, pancreatic function suffers; maybe in it’s ability to produce enzymes to digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates, or maybe insulin production, or both. Blood sugar and digestion become unbalanced, resulting in either in diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Studies suggest a chiropractic-spine-nerve-blood sugar connection

A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research illustrated the positive effects of chiropractic when used as part of an integrative treatment for adult onset diabetes diagnosed by a medical doctor. Along with chiropractic care, the patient also received nutritional and exercise guidance.

After one month of being on the program, the patient’s glucose blood and urine levels normalized and remained stable. His medical doctor, who monitored his progress, said the patient would not need insulin if the condition remained stable.

Canada is currently leading the research effort

The National Post reported: “DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH: In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body’s nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians. Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children. ‘Mice with diabetes suddenly didn’t have diabetes any more.’ The excitement of the team from Sick Kids, whose work is being published today in the journal Cell, is almost palpable.

A recent case study published in the November 2011 edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health documents a case of a four-year-old child who had terrific results stabilizing her blood sugar through chiropractic care. The patient was diagnosed with spinal subluxation in the upper cervical region. She began chiropractic care and was seen a total of 24 times over a two-month period. During this two-month period, she experienced a decrease in hemoglobin A1C from 7.2 percent to 6.5 percent. She also decreased the amount of insulin used from 15 units to 11 units per day.

These results are quite remarkable because the literature states that intensive medical treatment of type I diabetes often does not succeed in lowering A1C levels under 7.0 percent. Chiropractic care works by optimizing the neural connections throughout the body. This enhanced brain-body connection works to better coordinate immunity and hormone function throughout the body.

 

By Murray Galbraith, D.C., National Directory of Chiropractic

Stay young with these 7 foods. Matteo Chiropractic wants to help you retain youth and wellness!

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If you’re over 40 and want to defy each passing year while promoting more youthful hair, nails and skin, the below 7 foods will help you stock up on some of the most powerful anti-aging nutrients around.

1.  Olive Oil – Not only do the monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil support healthy arteries and a healthy heart, but olive oil also contains polyphenols, a potent anti-oxidant that may help prevent a number of age-related diseases.  We recommend organic extra virgin olive oil for the most anti-aging bang for your buck.

2.  Red Wine – That’s right, a glass of wine daily may indeed have a positive effect on your health due to its resveratrol content, a unique anti-oxidant that can help fight against diabetes, heart disease, and age-related memory loss.

3.  Beans – The unique proteins in beans thicken and strengthen your hair cells, so you can enjoy a full head of hair as you lengthen your years. 🙂

4.  Brazil Nuts – Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral which aids in the production of the anti-oxidant glutathione to help slow down the skin aging process.  Just 2 nuts a day will provide you with enough selenium to reap its anti-aging benefits.

5.  Tomatoes – Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to support heart health and healthy cholesterol levels as you age.  Lycopene also acts as a natural sun block to keep skin youthful and protected from harmful UV rays.

6.  Raspberries & Blueberries – These two berries contain important anti-oxidants to help offset inflammation and oxidative stress that contribute to skin aging and wrinkles.  Just one serving of either or these berries contains more anti-oxidants than 10 servings of most other fruits and vegetables!

7.  Organic Eggs – Despite the bad rap eggs get because of their cholesterol content, which is based on completely erroneous science, eggs are rich in biotin and iron which help to promote healthy, youthful skin and hair.

Now, apart from stocking up on anti-oxidants and other anti-aging vitamins and minerals via the above foods, there is one other extremely important nutrient that you won’t find in the above foods that very well may hold the key to ULTIMATE health and longevity…

To your success,

Joel & Josh

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Joel Marion & Josh Bezoni
Founders, BioTrust Nutrition