• Mon - Sat at 10:00AM to 6:00PM

  • 110 N. IH35, Suite #295, Round Rock, Texas 78681

  • 512-310-8880

Nutritional Beverages Gaining Popularity

In a recent research released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and IRI, U.S. sales of consumer packaged goods (CPG), in 2016, showed growth of American consumers for convenient nutrition but also for apparently contradictory not-so-healthy treats such as confections and alcohol.

First of all, Happy Independence Day to everyone! I, like many, am celebrating the amazing freedom we have which often we take it for granted.

Summer is in full swing and we all should be hydrating ourselves more. Appropriately, I have been writing about water the last couple of blogs. Here is an interesting coverage on the new trend in the market place about nutritional and hyper-functional beverages.

In a recent research released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and IRI, U.S. sales of consumer packaged goods (CPG), in 2016, showed growth of American consumers for convenient nutrition but also for apparently contradictory not-so-healthy treats such as confections and alcohol.

“Our research shows that the growing popularity of convenient nutrition and wellness remains one of the most powerful trends in the U.S. consumer packaged goods industry,” said Jim Brennan, a BCG partner and co-author of the study. “But this does not mean that American consumers’ craving for indulgences has diminished.”

“Sales growth in these product categories is projected to remain strong,” said Krishnakumar (KK) Davey, president of IRI Strategic Analytics. “As long as the products are used for human consumption, we expect these bifurcated trends—demand for health and wellness products as well as for indulgence products—to continue, irrespective of whether they are bought in traditional stores or via an intelligent personal digital assistant like Alexa on Amazon.”

IRI and BCG generated three lists of growth leaders: small companies ($100 million to $1 billion in IRI-measured retail sales), midsize companies ($1 billion to $5.5 billion), and large companies (more than $5.5 billion).

The research found that health and beauty aids that convey “wellness” were one of the strong CPG growth categories in 2016.

“Hyper-functional beverages”—drinks with health and wellness in mind, such as improving health, boosting energy, or managing weight—was one of the hottest categories of 2016. For example, some key ingredients may included almond and macadamia milk, ginger, turmeric, ginseng, and other adaptogenic herbs sourced by direct trade.

Whether to have a hyper-functional drink or an indulging drink, the choice is clearly yours. But as for me, I go for healthy drinks 100% of the time!

I will be holding a workshop on Hydration & Hyper-Functional Beverages on July 11th, 2017, Tuesday. If you are within driving distance to our Wellness Center, consider this an invitation to come and join us on this FREE event. Please click here for more details.

For some of our own powerful hyper-functional beverage products, feel free to check the following blogs:

Ready for Some 4ward Thinking Drinks – http://www.healthyindeed.com/ready-for-some-4ward-thinking/

Thai-Go – https://www.naturessunshine.com/us/product/thai-go-two-25-fl-oz-bottles/4195/

 

Source: https://www.bcg.com/ and https://www.iriworldwide.com/

Tags:
Categories:

How Much Nutrition Education Do Doctors Get?

In the United States, most deaths are preventable and related to nutrition. Given that the number-one cause of death and the number-one cause of disability in this country is diet, surely nutrition is the number-one subject taught in medical school, right? Sadly, that is not the case.

I am re-printing below verbatim a blog written by Dr. Greger, M.D., which answers a relevant question many of us may have about how much nutrition background and education medical doctors actually have. The answer provided in his article below did not surprise me (but may surprise you), rather it confirms what I have known all along.

I have always been an abdicate of measuring one’s advice “with a grain of salt” against their background knowledge and actual experience. So, take this revealing backed-by-facts info with you on your next doctor visit when s/he gives you an advice on your nutrition plan (unless s/he has had supplemental training on this subject)!

To Your Wellness.

In the United States, most deaths are preventable and related to nutrition. Given that the number-one cause of death and the number-one cause of disability in this country is diet, surely nutrition is the number-one subject taught in medical school, right? Sadly, that is not the case.

As shown in my video, Physician’s May Be Missing Their Most Important Tool, a group of prominent physicians wrote in 2014 that “nutrition receives little attention in medical practice” and “the reason stems, in large part, from the severe deficiency of nutrition education at all levels of medical training.” They note this is particularly shocking since it has been proven that a whole foods, plant-based diet low in animal products and refined carbohydrates can reverse coronary heart disease—our number-one killer—and provide potent protection against other leading causes fof death such as cancer and type 2 diabetes.

So, how has medical education been affected by this knowledge? Medical students are still getting less than 20 hours of nutrition education over 4 years, and even most of that has limited clinical relevance. Thirty years ago, only 37 percent of medical schools had a single course in nutrition. According to the most recent national survey, that number has since dropped to 27 percent. And it gets even worse after students graduate.

According to the official list of all the requirements for those specializing in cardiology, Fellows must perform at least 50 stress tests, participate in at least 100 catheterizations, and so on. But nowhere in the 34-page list of requirements is there any mention of nutrition. Maybe they leave that to the primary care physicians? No. In the official 35-page list of requirements for internal medicine doctors, once again, nutrition doesn’t get even a single mention.

There are no requirements for nutrition before medical school either. Instead, aspiring doctors need to take courses like calculus, organic chemistry, and physics. Most of these common pre-med requirements are irrelevant to the practice of medicine and are primarily used to “weed out” students. Shouldn’t we be weeding out based on skills a physician actually uses? An important paper published in the Archives of Internal Medicine states: “The pernicious and myopic nature of this process of selection becomes evident when one realizes that those qualities that may lead to success in a premedical organic chemistry course…[like] a brutal competitiveness, an unquestioning, meticulous memorization, are not necessarily the same qualities that are present in a competent clinician.”

How about requiring a course in nutrition instead of calculus, or ethics instead of physics?

Despite the neglect of nutrition in medical education, physicians are considered by the public to be among the most trusted sources for information related to nutrition. But if doctors don’t know what they’re talking about, they could actually be contributing to diet-related disease. If we’re going to stop the prevailing trend of chronic illness in the United States, physicians need to become part of the solution.

There’s still a lot to learn about the optimal diet, but we don’t need a single additional study to take nutrition education seriously right now. It’s health care’s low-hanging fruit. While we’ve had the necessary knowledge for some time, what we’ve been lacking is the will to put that knowledge into practice. If we emphasized the powerful role of nutrition, we could dramatically reduce suffering and needless death.

Take, for example, the “Million Hearts” initiative. More than 2 million Americans have a heart attack or stroke each year. In 2011, U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies launched the Million Hearts initiative to prevent 1 million of the 10 million heart attacks and strokes that will occur in the next 5 years. “But why stop at a million?” a doctor asked in the American Journal of Cardiology. Already, we possess all the information needed to eradicate atherosclerotic disease, which is our number-one killer while being virtually nonexistent in populations who consume plant-based diets. Some of the world’s most renowned cardiovascular pathologists have stated we just need to get our cholesterol low enough in order to not only prevent—but also reverse—the disease in more than 80% of patients. We can open up arteries without drugs and surgery, and stabilize or improve blood flow in 99% of those who choose to eat healthily and clean up their bad habits. We can essentially eliminate our risk of having a heart attack even in the most advanced cases of heart disease.

Despite this, medical students aren’t even taught these concepts while they’re in school. Instead, the focus is on cutting people open, which frequently provides only symptomatic relief because we’re not treating the actual cause of the disease. Fixing medical education is the solution to this travesty. Knowledge of nutrition can help doctors eradicate the world’s leading killer.

I’ve previously addressed how Doctors Tend to Know Less Than They Think About Nutrition, which is no surprise given most medical schools in the United States fail to provide even a bare minimum of nutrition training (see Medical School Nutrition Education), with mainstream medical associations even actively lobbying against additional nutrition training.

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/06/08/how-much-nutrition-education-do-doctors-get/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=2a00d57887-RSS_BLOG_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-2a00d57887-23801717&mc_cid=2a00d57887&mc_eid=ad21ba259b

Tags:
Categories:

ADD & ADHD – Behavioral Disorder with a Biological Basis?

In the context of natural health approach, one does not treat symptoms but rather looks to the underlying cause. ADD or ADHD does not mean Ritalin deficiency, but rather it is often caused by nutritional imbalance.

Some of the common symptoms of ADD with hyperactivity (ADHD) are restlessness, inability to concentrate, aggressiveness, incomplete projects, quarrelsome attitude, and angry outbursts. To teachers and parents, these are considered often as “behavioral” problems. On the contrary, ADD children are passive or predominantly inattentive. These children are often quiet and though intelligent and bright, they just cannot seem to take in the information presented to them. They have been labeled to have “processing” problems.

In the context of natural health approach, one does not treat symptoms but rather looks to the underlying cause. ADD or ADHD does not mean Ritalin deficiency, but rather it is often caused by nutritional imbalance.

So, what are some of the most common underlying causes of the symptoms called ADD & ADHD? According to Dr. Mark Hyman (M.D), they are:

  •  Nutritional deficiencies – zinc, magnesium, B6, Omega3
  • Neurotransmitter and Hormonal problems – sleep, behavior, attention & hand writing problems
  • Inflammation – allergies & too much sugar & yeast
  • Digestive Imbalances – Overuse of antibiotics, anal itching (yeast)
  • Toxin Overload – lead, food additives, sugar, etc…

There are numerous alternative approaches recommended for healthy brain and ADD/ADHD. You can find some of them in this post or you can contact us for more information on this subject. Read more

Tags:
Categories: