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How To Get Off Of Effexor?

Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) is an antidepressant and nerve pain medication.

It’s prescribed to treat conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

It’s part of a class of antidepressants called serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI)s. They increase the level of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain by blocking or delaying their reuptake by nerves.

As far back as the year 2000 I was prescribed Effexor. During this time I was diagnosed with ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

At the time there were tangible benefits including reduced anxiety and less depression. However, my symptoms keep recurring and my doctor increased the dosage and the symptoms subsided. This was an endless cycle that kept occurring until the dosage was maxed out at 300 mg. By this time I started having problems.

Over time there were fewer tangible benefits to being on Effexor; anxiety and depression began to worsen and I started experiencing worsening mood swings. 

I wanted to get off this medication, but due to severe withdrawal symptoms I gave up and continued taking it for a number of years. 

Why Is Effexor So Hard To Withdraw From?

Trying to get off of Effexor is easier said than done. This is due to very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, which vary in severity depending on how much the dose is reduced. Also, these symptoms occur even when you miss one dose.

Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Feeling Dizzy
  • Vomiting
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Brain Zaps (mini seizures)
  • Body and Muscle Aches
  • Sleep Problems
  • Recurring Anxiety and Depression

My Motivations For Getting Off Of Effexor?

Reasons Include:

  • New Diagnosis: After changing therapists in 2017 it was determined that I didn’t need to be on Effexor. It turned out that I had high functioning bipolar disorder instead of ADHD and the medication was making my symptoms worse.
  • Class Action Lawsuit: Due to some really nasty side effects such as severe withdrawal symptoms and numerous birth defects there have been numerous class action lawsuits against the makers of Effexor.
  • Side Effects: Over time the benefits of being on Effexor were outweighed by the side effects. These include long term problems with sleep problems, weight gain, worsened anxiety and depression, mania, memory issues, brain fog, confusion, inability to focus and high blood pressure.
  • Psychological and Physical Addiction: Effexor is not considered an addictive drug, but some users can become psychologically and physically addicted to it. This means you can have a mental and emotional attachment to a substance.

How To Get Off Of Effexor Successfully?

Starting in 2017 I worked with a new therapist to start slowly tapering off of effexor. It’s not recommended that you quit taking cold turkey.

Here are some tips for minimizing the severity of the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Taking Benedryl: Benedryl is an over the counter allergy medication that has been reported to minimize effexor withdrawal symptoms. Be careful to not take too much.
  • Stay Active: When you’re tapering off effexor it can be difficult to stay motivated, so it’s important to start slow with a 20 minute walk a couple days a week.
  • Stick To A Schedule: It’s important to stick to the schedule layed out for you, because it makes withdrawal more painful if you jump ahead of schedule.
  • Taking CBD Oil: There’s a lot of promising research into CBD oil and it’s usage for treating withdrawal symptoms, especially when you’re feeling anxious and nauseous. 
  • Eating Nutrient Dense Foods: What you eat affects your mood. A lot of processed foods that contain white flour and sugar can make withdrawal anxiety worse. The foods that are recommended are anti-anxiety superfoods such as blueberries, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, avocados and turkey, which are nutrient dense.

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  • Supplements: It’s important to include supplements when you’re having withdrawal symptoms. These include Omega-3 Fatty Acids, B Vitamins and lots of Vitamin C.

Getting off of Effexor was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Benefits To Getting Off Effexor Include:

  • Lost 50 pounds
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Better Sleep
  • Clearer Mind
  • Improved Memory

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Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20044970

https://www.verywellmind.com/brain-shivers-as-effexor-withdrawal-symptom-1065516

https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/getting-off-venlafaxine-can-be-incredibly-challenging

https://www.terrybryant.com/houston-drug-injury-lawyer/effexor-lawsuit

https://www.verywellmind.com/tips-to-reduce-antidepressant-withdrawal-symptoms-1066835#:~:text=If%20you%20were%20on%20a,it%20has%20a%20sedating%20effect.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/12-ways-to-soothe-antidepressant-withdrawal-1362312753700918.html

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Keeping Mind and Body Healthy: Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety (Part.2)

I mentioned in Part.1 how the COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult time for everyone, particularly those who have issues with anxiety and anxiety disorders. I’ve been living with chronic anxiety long before this crisis started, but I’ve learned how to manage it in a holistic way. I’ll be sharing with you how I’ve been coping with COVID-19 anxiety.

I don’t have the luxury of working from home and I’m an essential worker, so it’s important for me to stay healthy and take a proactive approach toward my health by not only protecting my physical health, but my mental health as well.

I mentioned in my previous post about the mind-body connection; our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes can have an effect on our overall health. How you cope with anxiety is very important.

Ways of Coping Include:

Attempt To Maintain a Routine: This pandemic has thrown my normal routine off and it’s difficult to stay focused. I’ve been using block scheduling to maintain a routine for not only work, but also for exercising and for writing this blog.

Focusing on Breathing: Just simple breathing works its magic on anxiety. Taking deep breaths while meditating calms your brain down while you’re focusing on the present moment.

Exercise: An excellent way to maintain a good mind-body connection is to get moving and exercise. Since the gym is closed and I don’t want to risk getting bit by ticks by walking in the woods, so I’ve been taking time after work to take long walks while social distancing.

Watching What I Eat: I mentioned in a post about how there’s a negative connection between processed foods and mental health, and that it’s really important to watch what you eat.

Recommended Foods To Reduce Anxiety Include:

  • Turmeric
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Green Tea
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Almonds
  • Blueberries
  • Turkey Meat

Food To Avoid include:

  • Fried Foods
  • Artificial and Refined Sugars
  • Caffeine
  • Soda
  • Foods High in Sodium

Getting Enough Sleep: Getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep is important, pandemic or no pandemic, because when you don’t sleep well you not only have worsening anxiety, but also a weakened immune system.

Putting Limits On How Much Media I Consume: The 24/7 news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on my mental health and at the same time I need to stay informed about what’s happening, so it’s beneficial to limit how much news media I consume.

Limit alcohol consumption: In the short term having a drink or two is relaxing, however overtime excessive drinking can interfere with the chemicals in your brain that regulate mental health and cause worsening anxiety, depression and stress becomes harder to handle.

Connect with Friends Remotely: One of the most difficult aspects of this pandemic has been lockdowns and social distancing. Once a week I like to get together with friends to go hiking; I get my exercise and I socialize. However, due to social distancing I haven’t been able to go, so I connect with friends remotely through texting, social media and phone calls.

This is a tough regiment to live by to keep chronic anxiety under control and this challenging time we’re living in is making it even tougher.

How Are You Coping With This Tough Time?

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Sources:

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-cope-with-coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-psychologist-2020-2#use-the-time-to-reach-out-to-loved-ones-and-reconnect-with-old-friends-10

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/mental-health/alcohol-and-mental-health/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-foods-that-reduce-anxiety#section7

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Curious About CBD Oil?

What is CBD oil?

What is CBD oil? CBD or cannabidiol is one of many chemical compounds found in cannabis sativa or (industrial hemp) called cannabinoids. 

It is found along with 113 other cannabinoids including THC. Cannabinoids act on receptors found in the endocannabinoid system.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system or ECS is a system of cell receptors that bond with cannabinoids to regulate homeostasis or the balancing of your body’s physiology. 

The endocannabinoid system is described as being a lock and key mechanism. The receptors are the lock and the cannabinoids are the key. This triggers a reaction that affects the brain and body.

The ECS consists of two types of cell receptors:

Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1(CB1): Expressed in the peripheral nervous system and central nervous system which includes the brain. 

Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2(CB2): Expressed in the immune system along with the digestive system and many of the body’s organs. Mainly found in white blood cells, in the tonsils and the spleen. CB2 is very important in the regulation of the release of cytokine. What is cytokine? Signaling molecules that mediate and regulate immunity and inflammation.

What are the Benefits of CBD oil?

Benefits include:

  • Manage Stress and Anxiety: CBD oil has been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety including reducing rapid heart rates.
  • Improve Sleep: Since CBD oil reduces anxiety that interferes with sleep and helps you get more restful sleep.
  • Reduce Pain and Inflammation: CBD oil has anti-pain and anti-inflammatory effects that help with pain management.
  • Could Benefit Heart Health: The anti-inflammatory and anti oxidative properties of CBD oil may be able to reduce the risk of factors that can lead to heart disease.
  • May Reduce Acne: Using CBD oil may help reduce acne by reducing the amount of sebum the body creates.
  • Can Alleviate Cancer Symptoms: Research has suggested that CBD oil along with other cannabinoids may ease neuropathic pain, nausea and poor appetite due to cancer and cancer treatment.
  • Heal Without Habit: CBD oil and other cannabinoids may be a viable alternative to narcotic pain killers.

How is CBD Oil Applied?

There are three ways CBD oil can enter the body: 

  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion
  • Absorption

Inhalation

Inhalation occurs when you apply CBD oil though the lungs either by vaping or smoking.

What is Vaping?

Vaping is a popular way to apply CBD oil. It is fast acting and the effects can last up to three hours. It is a popular way to relieve stress and anxiety, chronic pain and it helps those who want to quit smoking cigarettes.

There are two options for vaping CBD oil vape juice or vape pen. The use of a CBD vape pen is the easiest way to vape CBD oil due to the easy to use out of box solution that required little or no set up. However the solution  found in CBD pens have to be replaced over time and that can get costly. The use of CBD vape juice is preferred when you want to mix CBD oil with a favorite flavor of vape juice. However the vaping device has to be purchased separately. 

Vaping CBD oil is fast acting due to it going directly to your lungs. When this happens the CBD diffuses directly into your bloodstream. Other methods of applying CBD oil take longer to take effect because it has to pass through your liver and gut.

There is a risk for lung irritation or damage from vaping. Over the long term inhaling hot CBD oil has the potential to damage your lungs. There are chemicals in many vape pens that contain thinning agents like propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol that are known carcinogens.   

Ingestion

Ingestion occurs when you apply CBD oil through your mouth. It can be by consuming an edible or applying a tincture.

What is an Edible?

A CBD edible is a tasty way of getting a daily dose of CBD. They can provide long lasting relief for the condition you’re trying to treat. However they take 30 minutes to 2 hours to fully go into effect. The results last longer than inhalation.

There are active compounds in CBD extract added to CBD edibles  that can be added to cooked or baked goods to add additional health benefits like boosting antioxidants. An example would be using cannabutter and CBD crystals when cookies or brownies are being baked.

It’s easier to get the correct dosage of CBD eating edibles than vaping. However, when CBD oil is inhaled by vaping it is harder to determine how much dosage you are getting.

What is a Tincture?

A tincture is a concentrated liquid form of one or more herbs, such as cannabis.

CBD oil tinctures are applied under your tongue. Wait between 50 and 90 seconds for it to go into effect.

Tinctures are not only popular they are effective. They deliver CBD to the body quicker than edibles and the body can break them down quicker also.  If a user cannot vape CBD oil due to health restriction tinctures are a great alternative.


Absorption

Absorption occurs when CBD oil is absorbed through the skin when it is applied topically as an ointment, salve or lotion.

Topical CBD oil is excellent for providing relief from pain in the muscles, joints, nerves and neck and back. Research shows that its possible it can be use as an effective treatment for bacterial infections such as MRSA.

Topical CBD oil is considered the most versatile among CBD products. It’s not only used to treat anxiety and depression, but it has many other functions.

 I discovered another use for CBD oil started when I started using it to relieve pain caused by a fractured finger. I rubbed it on topically and it dulled the pain as effectively as taking ibuprofen. According to a study done by the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research CBD oil strengthens bones and accelerates the healing of fractures.

The answer to this is yes. CBD oil is federally legal as long as the amount of THC doesn’t exceed 0.3%.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabidiol) like CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. However, unlike CBD THC is a psychoactive compound that can cause someone to become “high” and it is still considered a schedule 1 controlled substance by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was a proposed law that would’ve removed industrial hemp from schedule 1 controlled substance and would’ve made it an ordinary agricultural commodity. The provisions were incorporated into the 2018 United States Farm Bill that became law on December 20, 2018.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20180507/cbd-oil-all-the-rage-but-is-it-safe-effective#1

https://www.fb.org/market-intel/2018-farm-bill-provides-a-path-forward-for-industrial-hemp

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Why You Need To Drink More Water?

What Exactly is Water and Why Do We Need It?

Water is an inorganic, tasteless, colorless and odorless chemical substance. Its formula is H20; meaning that its made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. It exists in three different forms here on Earth – solid, liquid or gas.

It’s vital to all forms of life despite not providing calories or organic nutrients.

Did you know that an adult human body is 60% water and our blood is 90% water. Also, 80% of our brains consists of water.

Along with maintaining your body’s essential functions water also has a natural calming effect. Did you know that the added hydration from drinking water can be soothing for someone undergoing intense stress and anxiety.

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The Benefits of Drinking Water 

In the United States water (specifically bottled water) is the second most consumed beverage after soda. However, it’s estimated that most people don’t drink enough water.

There’s no universally agreed quantity of water that must be consumed daily. We do know that conventional wisdom calls for drinking eight 8 ounce glasses a day. There are many benefits to drinking more water.

Benefits Include:

Keeps You Body Functioning: Water is important, because the human body uses it in all of its cells, organs and tissues in order to maintain essential bodily functions such as temperature regulation, maximizes physical performance and nutrient absorption. 

Promotes Healthy Brain Function:  Drinking water is essential for maintaining a functional body. For example, your brain is 80% water and communicates with your kidneys through the pituitary gland and can tell them how much water to excrete or hold on to. The brain is also responsible for triggering your body’s thirst mechanism when you’re thirsty. Also, drinking water helps with concentration and cognition, helps to balance emotions and mood and increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain along with other parts of the body.

Helps You Lose Weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight. If you drink water before a meal you can prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness. Also, when you add ice to water before you drink it you can boost your metabolism, because your body has to work harder and burn more calories in order to warm that water up and this can lead to weight loss.

Helps Protect Vital Parts of Your Body: Water is essential for lubricating your joints, protecting your spinal cord and tissues. Along with maintaining moisture in these vital areas water is important for protecting your blood, bones and brain.

Essential For Digestion and Bowel Movements: Your body’s digestive system cannot function without water, so it’s important to drink water to have a healthy digestive tract and to be able to excrete feces from your body.

Less Likely To Have a Hangover: When you are at a party drinking alcohol and you want to reduce the likelihood of having a hangover switch to drinking water.

More Physical Energy: Drinking water when you’re working out increases your physical endurance and also helps you avoid muscle cramps. You should drink 5 to 10 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes while you’re exercising.

The Consequences of Not Drinking Enough Water (Dehydration)

Consequences of Dehydration include:

Kidney Problems: Not drinking enough water leads to kidney problems such as the formation of kidney stones and make you more prone to urinary tract infections. The longer you’re dehydrated the likelihood of kidney damage increases.

Mental and Cognitive Issues: It appears that dehydration decreases brain tissue fluid and may reduce brain volume and affect brain function. Dehydration affects sodium and electrolyte levels in the brain and this is linked to mental and cognitive issues. These include memory loss, confusion and brain fog. Also, since dehydration leads to an increase in cortisol levels it can lead to worsening stress and anxiety.

Constipation and Other Digestive Issues: Dehydration can lead to constipation and an overly acidic stomach; which can lead to heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Frequent Illness: Dehydration leads to the weakening of the immune system and can put you at a higher risk of catching a cold or the flu.

Skin Problems: Not drinking enough water can lead to skin problems. Dehydration leads to the creation of oil in your skin to make up for the loss of water and when this happens it leads to acne, irritation and dry patches. Also, being chronically dehydrated can lead to more wrinkles, sagging skin and flakiness.

Sugar Cravings: Not drinking enough water makes it more difficult for the body to metabolize stored sugar and makes us crave sugar in order to give us quick energy when we only need to drink water.

Fatigue: When you’re dehydrated you start feeling tired and lethargic. When your body has less water your blood volume lowers; this leads to less oxygen getting to your brain and your heart has to pump harder. 

Why People Don’t Drink Enough Water and How To Encourage Them To Drink More?

It’s very important to drink plenty of water, but most Americans don’t drink enough of it. There are many reasons why they don’t drink enough water.

Reasons include:

  • Not Feeling Thirsty
  • Mostly Drink Other Beverages
  • Have To Pay For Bottled Water
  • They Don’t Have Time To Get Water
  • They Already Feel They Had Enough Water Already
  • They Don’t Like The Taste of Water
  • They Don’t Trust The Water

How To Encourage People To Drink More Water?

I mentioned in my two previous posts about how to make it a New Year’s Resolution to eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup from your diet and To become less stressed. It should also be a New Year’s Resolution to drink more water everyday. 

Here are some things that can encourage us to drink more water:

Add Flavor To Water: Some people complain about how water tastes, so add fresh fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges.

Dilute Sugary Drinks: If you don’t want to give up on sugary drinks, but at the same time consume less sugar add water and ice to make it less sweet, but still have flavor.

Use a Water Filter: If you don’t trust the purified tap water coming out of your faucet due to the smell and taste try using a water filter. Filters remove bacterial contaminants, residual chlorine, heavy metals and organic contaminants left over from the treatment process. Using a water filter also saves money on bottled water.

Drink Bottled Water: Bottled water is a great way for staying hydrated on the go. The plastic bottles are highly portable and durable and are easily stored. Also, bottled water tastes better than what comes out of the tap. However, the cost of buying bottled water adds up overtime and can cost more than tap water. The plastic used to make the bottles contain chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA). These chemicals can seep into the water that’s in the bottle, especially if the bottle is left in a hot place where there’s a lot of direct sunlight such as your car. If you’re concerned about (BPA) in bottled water filter it before you drink it just like tap water coming out of the faucet. Also, many bottling companies get their water from the same reservoir that tap water comes from and the water may or may come from the highest quality source.

Keep A Reusable Bottle With You: If you’re looking for a way to stay hydrated on the go and at the same time concerned about the safety of bottled water try adding filtered water to a reusable bottle. Along with convenience you’re also safeguarding your health along with being environmentally sustainable. Discarded single use plastic bottles are becoming a huge environmental problem all over the world. The cost of either throwing them away or recycling them is on the rise and a lot of the bottles are exported to other countries where they are dumped out into the ocean. Unless this problem is solved there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by mid-century.

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Is Processed Food Linked to Physical and Mental Health Problems?


I was doing research for a previous blog post about guten and its effects on our physical and mental health and started asking about processed foods that contain high fructose corn syrup and how they affected our overall health.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is a key ingredient in processed foods such as soda, pastries, condiments such as ketchup, candy, processed bread, canned fruit.

Since the late 1970’s High Fructose Corn Syrup has been added to our food and as of 2019 it’s estimated that the average American consumes at least 40 pounds of it a year. 

Since it’s the beginning of the new year many people want to make New Year’s resolutions. Many of these resolutions revolve around changing our diets and this post is intended to inform you about why giving up high fructose corn syrup is a good new years resolution.

What is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), also known as glucose-fructose, isoglucose and glucose-flucose syrup is a sweetener derived from corn. It is used to sweeten processed foods and soda primarily in the United States. 

Starting in the 1970’s HFCS became more widely available due to low corn prices due to farm subsidies and table sugar becoming more expensive.

HFCS is similar to regular table sugar (sucrose); they both contain fructose and glucose.

What is Fructose?

Fructose is a sugar found naturally in fruits, fruit juices, certain vegetables and honey. However, fructose is an added component in HFCS and as a result occurs artificially in many processed foods. 

Fructose is a valuable and needed nutrient that is good for you, but it’s a problem when it’s added artificially.

What is Glucose?

Glucose is a simple sugar made by plants and most algae during photosynthesis from water and carbon dioxide using energy from the sun. Foods that contain carbohydrates such as grain, rice and potatoes and our bodies change 100% of carbohydrates into glucose. 

Glucose is a component added to HFCS.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from corn; when corn is milled its turned into corn starch and further processing turns it into corn syrup. HFCS starts off as mostly glucose, but it’s converted into fructose by using enzymes.

What Health Problems are Linked to High Fructose Corn Syrup?

High Fructose Corn Syrup has been linked to many health problems including:

  1. Adds More Fructose To Your Body Than You Need: Before table sugar and HFCS became affordable and widely available most people’s diets contained only small amounts of fructose from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables. However, over the past few decades the intake of fructose has increased significantly and has contributed to numerous health problems.
  2. Weight Gain and Obesity: The amount of fructose we consume from table sugar and HFCS has increased by 300% in the last 50 years and this has led to weight gain and obesity. Excess fructose in particular leads to the accumulation of visceral fat; which is a type of fat that surrounds your organs and leads to other serious health problems such as insulin resistance that leads to diabetes.
  3. Increases The Risk of Serious Health Problems: Along with weight gain and obesity HFCS increases the risk of developing some serious health problems including Heart Disease, Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes, Metabolic Disorder, Inflammation and Cancer.
  4. Harms Your Brain: Some of the worst effects of HFCS occur in the brain. Disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression and brain fog can result from HFCS. Unnatural amounts of Fructose from HFCS not only leads to insulin resistance that causes diabetes it can also interfere with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar and impede production of the energy needed to process thoughts and emotions. Studies done on rats concluded that a diet high in HFCS can damage the brain’s synapses (neural junctions). All signs are pointing to yes that poor diet leads to an increase of mood, emotional and learning problems. 

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Want To Start Making a New Year’s Resolution?!

Either reducing  or avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup is a challenge, because so many foods that we eat contain it. If you decide to make it a New Year’s Resolution to change to a healthy diet there are some important steps you need to take.

Start by closely reading nutrition labels: It’s important to carefully read labels before you buy anything at the grocery store to see if HFCS is an ingredient.

Foods that contain HFCS include:

  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Salad Dressing
  • Frozen Junk Foods
  • Processed Breads
  • Canned Fruits
  • Processed Fruit Juices

It’s important to be aware that some brands advertise as “no high fructose corn syrup” on the package, because there may still be HFCS in that product and may be listed under a different name.

These names include:

  • Maize Syrup
  • Corn Syrup
  • Glucose Syrup
  • Fructose Syrup
  • Isolated Fructose

Avoid Meals That are Canned, Frozen or Prepackaged: These foods are convenient, but there are a lot of added ingredients such as HFCS.

KnowThe Difference Between Natural and Organic: Someone I know is always asking questions about the food labels “natural” and “organic. The word natural is sometimes placed on products that contain HFCS. Also, the word organic is sometimes placed on labels, because foods contain “organic HFCS”. It’s important to note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate labels. Foods that are HFCS free organic can be found in the section at the grocery store that contains health food or at specialty health food stores such as Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. In the short run some organic foods are more expensive, but you’ll feel healthier in the long run. 

Start Incorporating More Whole Foods Into Your Diet: Incorporate more whole foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. When foods such as canned fruits are processed a lot of the fiber is stripped out, when grains such as wheat are processed into white flour the bran and germ that provide the most nutritional benefit are stripped out. It makes more sense to eat less processed or whole foods.

Start Baking and/or Cooking at Home More: When you bake or cook your own food you have more control over the ingredients that are added to them. If you don’t want to use table sugar instead of HFCS you can use alternative natural sweeteners such as honey or mashed fruit.

Take an Omega-3 Supplement: I mentioned that HFCS is harmful to your brain and its important to start taking an Omega-3 supplement along with changing your diet. Along with lowering blood pressure and reducing the likelihood of a heart attack Omega-3s decrease the likelihood of developing memory problems, depression and anxiety as the brain’s synapses are repaired.

I’ve noticed changes in my health right away just simply changing form Kellogg’s Raisin Bran to Organic Brands such as Cascadian Farms Raisin Bran. Right away you’ll notice that the flakes don’t taste as sweet and they have a lot more fiber. Raisin Bran is my favorite cereal and just changing to an organic brand promoted weight loss also.

Have you ever noticed that you feel better physically and mentally with an improved diet?


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