Best and Worst Halloween Candies!

We believe knowledge is power, especially when it comes to what our families and communities are consuming!  We do our best to educate our patients on healthy choices even when it comes to what Halloween candies they are handing out! 🙂

Top 10 Worst Halloween Candy 

  1. Candy Corn: Brach’s Confections brand

WARNING: Contains Titanium Dioxide, a metal used as a pigment also in cosmetics and vitamins.  Originally a glass-like structured man-made product that is completely insoluble.  Its consumption has shown to disturb normal immune function.  So…it’s like eating ground up glass…

  1. Nerds: Willy Wonka Candy Factory brand

WARNING: Contains Carmine, a food coloring additive also found in pharmaceuticals.  Carmine is derived from female cochineal beetles.  There is overwhelming research that this additive causes severe allergic reactions including long-term asthma and anaphylactic shock, which has led to its BAN in some countries such as France and Sweden.Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville candy

  1. Butterfinger: Nestle brand

WARNING: Contains TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone), an artificial anti-oxidant that keeps food tasting “fresh”.  Where else can you find TBHQ?  Yes, it’s in lighter fluid.

  1. Twizzlers: Hershey brand

WARNING: Contains food coloring Red 3 that has various additives as all food colorings do, including aluminum.  Evidence shows consumption to cause tumors and has been linked to Alzheimer’s as studies have found aluminum deposits in the brains of its victims.  Red 3 in particular was recommended to be BANNED during the Reagan administration.

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Hershey brand

WARNING: Contains Soy lecithin.  Soy is one of the most genetically engineered organisms on the planet, and has shown toxicity in animals.

  1. M&M’s: Mars brand

WARNING: Contains PGPR (PALSGAARD 4150), a yellow viscous liquid derived from castor oil and used as a substitute for cocoa butter.  Research does not know what long-term affects PGPR has on a person.  I prefer REAL cocoa butter to castor oil, wouldn’t you?

  1. Lifesavers: Wrigley brand

WARNING: Contains High Fructose Corn Syrup, which we have all heard to avoid, but why?  HFCS is not absorbed the same way cane sugar is absorbed, thus proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, allowing “leaking” out.  This can lead to increased appetite and weight gain not to mention diabetes, cancer, dementia, etc.  Not to mention, HFCS can even contain mercury!

  1. Tootsie Rolls: Tootsie Roll Industries brand

WARNING: Contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil.  This is a completely man made substance which causes cellular crisis within the body, leading to: cancer, because the product interferes with the enzymes your body uses to fight against cancer; decreased immune function, because the body has an immune reaction against the product; and even reproductive problems because again, the chemical interferes with the enzymes used to produce sex hormones.

  1. Skittles: Wrigley brand

WARNING: Contains Hydrogenated palm kernel oil.  This oil has been linked to Alzheimer’s, colon cancer and infertility.  This product is completely banned in restaurants across the nation… but still on our grocery shelves.

  1. Snickers: Mars brand

WARNING: Contains modified cornstarch.  The modified part meaning different chemicals are used in its creation including: hydrochloric acid (corrosive used to remove rust), sodium hydroxide (chemical used in making detergents and drain cleaners) and potassium hydroxide (used to make alkaline batteries).

Replace those candies with these!!

Top 10 Healthier Halloween Candies

  1. Sour Worms: Surf Sweets brand

Why We Like It: These sour gummy worms are made with organic sweeteners, no corn syrup or GMOs.  This product is also gluten and casein free.

Where to Find It: Natural Candy,

  1. Mango Jackie Lantern Gummies: Indie Candy brand

Why We Like It: Allergy-Friendly gourmet candies that are gluten, dairy and soy free. They are even created in an allergy-friendly facility.

Where to Find It:

  1. Bug Bites: Endangered Species Organic Chocolate Brand

Why We Like It: Bite size organic chocolate treats perfect for trick-or-treating.  The cocoa used is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms!

Where to Find It: Whole Foods,

  1. Fruit Snacks: Funky Monkey brand

Why We Like It: These freeze-dried fruit snacks are Organic/Non-GMO, no sugar added and have a HUGE variety of flavors.

Where to Find It: Whole Foods, Target,

  1. Organic Lollipops: Yummy Earth brand

Why We Like It: Chemical-free organic Lollipops that use natural food such as sugar beets, purple carrots, pomegranate extract, organic pumpkins and black currants instead of petrochemical fake food dyes. (Dr. Craig likes peach the best!)

Where to Find It: Whole Foods, Earth Fare, other health food stores

  1. Organic Hard Candies: Go Naturally Brand

Why We Like It: Gluten free hard candy free of fake food dyes and comes in a wide range of flavors.

Where to Find It: Whole Foods and fresh food markets

  1. Zbars: Clif brand

Why We Like It: Organic snacks without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, fake preservatives or artificial flavors.

Where to Find It: Grocery and convenience stores

  1. Chocolate Bars: Endangered Species Organic Chocolate Brand

Why We Like It: Chocolate bars that are GMO-free, gluten-free, all chocolate is 70% cocoa or higher and cocoa is always the first ingredient always cocoa, not sugar. (See above Halloween themed Bug Bites)

Where to Find It: Locally, Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.

  1. Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: Justin’s Brand

Why We Like It: Peanut butter cups made of entirely organic ingredients.  Highly recommended from our patients!

Where to Find It: Publix and other local food chains

  1. Unreal Candies/Candy bars: Unreal Brand

Why We Like It: 100% made in North America, completely GMO-free/corn-free; all the candies you love with wholesome ingredients: candy coated chocolate peanuts (peanut M&M’s), peanut butter cups (Reese’s), chocolate caramel nougat bar (Milk Way), etc.

Where to Find It: Local food or convenience stores,

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Increased Anxiety Associated with Sitting Down?

According to research published in the June 2015 journal BMC Public Health, lower energy activities that involve sitting down are associated with and increased risk of anxiety.  Many studies have shown that sedentary behavior is associated with physical health problems like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.  But there has been little research regarding the link between sedentary behavior and mental health.

We are seeing an increase in anxiety symptoms in our modern society, which seems to parallel the increase in sedentary behavior.  Thus, we were interested to see whether these two factors were in fact linked” said Megan Teychenne, the lead researcher at Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research. In Australia.  (Side note: Australia has a higher rate of obesity than the U.Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville SC Sedentary-LifestyleS.) “Also, since research has shown positive associations between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms, this was another foundation for further investigating the link between sedentary behavior and anxiety symptoms.”

Researchers looked at the results of nine different studies.  These studies analyzed television viewing/computer use, sitting while on transport and work-related sitting.  Two studies included children and the rest included adults.

Results of the studies:

  • Five of the nine studies found that an increase in sedentary behavior was associated with an increased risk of anxiety.
  • Four studies found that total sitting time was associated with increased risk of anxiety.
  • 36% of high school aged students that had more than two hours of screen time were more likely to experience anxiety compared to those who had less than two hours.

The research team suggests that the link between sitting and anxiety could be due to disturbances in sleep patterns, social withdrawal and/or poor metabolic health.  “It is important that we understand the behavioral factors that may be linked to anxiety- in order to be able to develop evidence-based strategies in preventing/managing this illness”, Teychenne said.

Sources: BMC Public Health – June 2015 and Natural Practitioner – August 2015

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Natural Remedies that Really Work!

You’ve got….. Constipation

  • Eat this: 8 ounces of aloe vera juice with 2 ounces of unfiltered apple juice. (Apple juice has fibrous pectin and aloe vera speeds up digestion); 1 tablespoon hemp seed oil or flaxseed oil  (lubricates the digestive tract). For chronic constipation use 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed each morning with 150 to 300 milligrams of magnesium citrate and then again at lunch and be sure to get at least 64 ounces of water daily.
  • Try this: Lie flat and massage your lower abdomen with your fingertips in short up and down motions for a few minutes every hour to help things get moving. After, walk around for a few minutes while you drink some water.

You’ve got….. A Stress Headache

  • Eat this: Foods containing magnesium: spinach, nuts, swiss chard, beans, etc. (MagPentz Family Chiropractic Summerville SCnesium pulls calcium from muscles, helping relax them) Avoid refined sugar!
  • Try this: Visit your Chiropractor! The nerves between each of the neck bones can have pressure on them. Getting a Chiropractic adjustment can realign the bones to relieve this pressure thus relieving that headache.

You’ve got….. Menstrual Cramps

  • Eat this: Ginger is an antispasmodic that helps block prostaglandins. Foods with omega-3s (walnuts, pumpkin seeds and fatty fish can also help reduce cramps.
  • Try this: Massage a pressure point. The acupressure point at the end of your spine (about 2 inches above your butt) connects to the uterus, thus relaxing the uterine muscles.

You’ve got… A Runny Nose

  • Eat this: Yogurt, miso and sauerkraut are fermented foods that contain probiotics. They can help boost immunity against colds and flu as well as foods that contain Vitamin C. Avoid dairy products, sweets and fruit juices (juices contain sugar that will feed the cold!)
  • Try this: Try a saline spray, such a Simply saline. Or create your own!

You’ve got….. Canker Sores

  • Eat this: Swish plain unsweetened yogurt along your gums to help rebalance the microbes in your mouth. Avoid spicy and acidic foods like citrus or soda.
  • Try this: Gargle with an equal mix of hydrogen peroxide and water as an antiseptic (Don’t swallow!) You can also coat the sore with baking powder before bed to help it close faster.

Sources: July 2015 issue, Draion Burch D.O., Mark Hyman M.D., Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Mao Shing Ni, PhD.

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