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Top Ten Toxic foods we love

We all know that all the sugary goodness made widely available to us in supermarkets across the globe isn’t good for us. The majority of us however, have no idea that some of our staple supplies that make their way into our refrigerators and store cupboards can actually harm you when consumed in large quantities or consumed within certain conditions. Here are the Healthy Hideout top ten toxic foods we know & love;

  • Chillies – Known for their heat and fire, many of us add chillies to our food for an extra kick. Chillies contain a chemical called “Capsaicin” which is what causes the spicy kick you either love or hate, but eat too much of it and your body can suffer. Stomach pain and itchy skin are mild symptoms, but overdoing it can cause death.
  • Rapeseed Oil – Known for being an innocent natural oil, reports have shown that the rape plant from which is oil is produced from is in fact extremely toxic. Excessive consumption of the oil could cause respiratory problems and blindness.
  • Rice – Known for many health benefits, rice is best eaten in moderation due to reportedly high levels of arsenic. One study showed that almost one in five packs of American long-grain rice contained potentially harmful levels of the toxic substance. However, as a staple carbohydrate in most of Asia, the toxicity of this particular food is debatable.
  • Nutmeg – The common store bought spice is perhaps one of the most dangerous foods on the list. Although it carries many health benefits when taken in small moderation, large consumption can cause hallucinations, convulsions or even nausea due to the toxin “myristicin” found in the spice.
  • Non-organic fruit – Although it’s difficult for many of us to keep buying organic, fruit that’s mass produced can contain a high concentration of pesticides dangerous to the health. Apples are one of the fruits that top the list, as they are vulnerable to serious infestation. To prevent this, growers tend to “coat” the fruit in pesticides which can be absorbed into the flesh of the fruit.
  • Mass farmed Salmon – A study has shown that 13 different toxins were found in higher concentration in farmed salmon when compared to wild salmon. These toxins can pose potential health risks, so it may be a good idea to reduce the amount of mass farmed salmon you consume and switch to a more naturally caught salmon.
  • Mushrooms – Although they may seem harmless when being sold by many supermarkets across the board, did you know that there are around 100 species of mushroom that are dangerous to humans causing headaches, sickness and even death. Be wise in what you buy, and ensure that you don’t attempt wild mushroom picking without a professional.
  • Peanuts – Common for their allergens, peanuts can be toxic due to susceptibility to mould and the occurrence of a high toxic carcinogen known as Aflatoxin. Be sure to buy your peanuts from responsibility sourced areas and avoid snacking on them regularly.
  • Potatoes – For many of us, we didn’t want to see this one on the list as so many are consumed every year by each and every one of us. Potatoes actually reside from the same plant family as the deadly nightshade. Avoid potatoes that have turned green, or ones that have sprouted. These tend to have a higher concentration of “glycoalkaloids” which can cause negative effects on the nervous and digestive system.
  • Microwavable popcorn – A great treat for all us when settling down to the latest Blu-Ray in our home cinemas, butter flavoured versions have been shown to contain a chemical known as “diacetyl”, which releases toxic fumes when microwaved. At present, only factory workers are being affected but be weary when choosing your next flavour!

Definitely a list not to be taken lightly, it’s important to not let maintaining a healthy lifestyle a chore. Be sure to enjoy yourselves thoroughly whilst be weary of what your eating!

6 steps to a Healthy Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is time and effort invested well. We don’t have to stress how important is it to protect your heart the way nature intended. It doesn’t have to be a long list of major lifestyle changes either, a simple walk after dinner or changing ice cream for an apple as pudding can have massive long term benefits.

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 6 tips to keeping your heart healthy:

Small Changes = Big Results

Simple diet changes can cut your cholesterol by up to 30 per cent. A 5 minute weight-training workout can replace up to 10 years of lost or damaged muscle tissue. You don’t have to invest in endless amounts of equipment – Simply use what you have around the house. Why not try a bag filled with books as a simple weight lift.

Don’t be a couch potato

Recent studies have shown that 38% of Britons are getting less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Our bodies are built for daily activity, so it’s important to get out and about at least once a day. Why not try going for a stroll in the evening rather than sitting in front of the television. Try it for one month and feel the difference – you’ll be one more step away from & the need for coronary artery bypass surgery!

Fresh is best

Exchange any processed foods in your diet for fresh, whole foods where possible. Wholesome foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, dairy products and even soya work to protect your heart by reducing blood fats. This lowers overall elevated blood sugar, calming inflammation and destroying rogue free radicals.

Keep track of stats

If you want to be sure that your making progress, keep track of all the important information such as your weight and waist diameter. It may seem like something you can “remember” but make note of each night before you go to bed – It takes less than 30 seconds to do.

Avoid Toxins

It may seem obvious but try to cut out anything that’s going to have negative effects on your body. This includes avoiding tobacco, trans fats and excessive sugar, as well as environmental pollutants – All these things wreak havoc with our hearts. Don’t turn your body into a hazardous waste dump!

Smile & Be Happy

Many studies support the questionable fact that being aggressive, holding grudges and impatience are traits that can be linked to having an unhealthy heart. Furthermore, socialising with friends, being quick to forgive and keeping a positive attitude have all been linked to having a healthy heart. If your not stressed, neither is your heart.

Start your quest for a happy heart today and what changes you can make.