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Food Poisoning SOS!

Tis the season to be jolly... unless you have the misfortune of eating contaminated food.  Although food poisoning can occur at anytime, this time of year, with all its holiday celebrations, increase our chances of encountering toxins, like salmonella and staphylococcus.

Holiday parties, office luncheons, and dinners expose us to food that is often unrefrigerated for too long, or that's been improperly prepared; inviting bacteria to multiply and wreak havoc on our digestive tracks. Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, achiness, headache, and flu-like symptoms that last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Each year, millions of cases are reported in the U.S., along with thousands of deaths; confirming food poisoning is nothing to take lightly... which you already know, if you've ever experienced it.

The reason for this article is not to discuss details of food poisoning, but, instead, to give information about a natural product that can come to the rescue after ingesting tainted food. The product: charcoal. Yes, the same charcoal used in barbeque grills, water filters, aquarium filters, etc. But, no worries... I'm not suggesting you munch on chunks of coal. Instead, use charcoal tablets or capsules, which can be found in pharmacies, health food stores, and online.

Taken at the first sign of illness, charcoal can effectively remove or reduce toxic substances from the colon and bloodstream by absorbing and neutralizing them. However, in order for charcoal to work its magic, it needs to be taken early on, which, realistically, is going to require you to have it on hand. Plan ahead by purchasing a bottle in advance... just in case. Charcoal is inexpensive and has a very long shelf life, so it will last for years.

Dosage:  6 tablets or capsules at the onset of symptoms, and again 6 hours later. Drink plenty of water when taking charcoal to help flush out toxins. Do not take it with medication or other supplements.

So, if that eggnog's been room temperature a bit too long, try charcoal to lessen the blow and save your holiday!

by Aaron Marino

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Hanging in Alpha | Papa Alpha Started Nutrisystem -
December 17, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. is proud of his Dad for taking a step to lose weight. He is partaking in a diet program. Papa Alpha describes how weight has been a battle his whole life and how he never took gym class in high school. As Papa Alpha has gotten older, weight has become a bigger challenge. And now, when puts a good day in the gym, he feels justified to eat more. He started Nutrisystem and deRead More»
Think Before Ordering at Restaurants | Healthy Eating -
November 29, 2012
Yesterday, Aaron Marino of alpha m. goes out for brunch and orders healthy. Doh! He forgot to ask for spray rather than butter. You'd be amazed about the hidden calories, but you can special order to cut down on hidden calories. Think through your order. The little things sneak up on you such as butter and salad dressing. So, when you go out to eat, pre-think then order. Read More»
Avocado the Simple Superfood | Healthy Eating -
November 20, 2012
Alpha was just preparing a salad for lunch. Aaron Marino of alpha m. boasts that the avocado is a superfood. An avocado has about 300 calories with 77% fat (mono-saturated fat, "good fat) and 20 essential vitamins and nutrients.  Be conscious of the calories, however. Avocado is great on sandwiches and salads as well as guacamole. He demonstrates preparing an avocado. When picking out an avocado,Read More»
Cook a Sweet Potato to Perfection | Healthy Eating -
November 16, 2012
Sweet potatoes are a great carbohydrate but many people don't know how to cook them. Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates the quickest and easiest method to cook them. You need a medium sweet potato, paper towel, and microwave. Cook for 5-minutes on high. Wait and then when you're finished, you have an almost cooked potato. It self steams inside its skin for 10-minutes. Read More»

Laxatives -
November 8, 2012
How many of you depend on laxatives to take care of business? Recently, several members asked about their use and safety, which made me realize more of us use laxatives than I would have guessed. I've written articles about digestive health, including elimination, but never broached the subject of laxatives. For those who may be uncertain of what laxatives are, they are substances that promote bowRead More»
Control Hunger and Blood Sugar Levels | Nature's Plus Sugar Control  -
November 6, 2012
Natures Plus Sugar Control Who out there feels like they can never get full and always eating or hungry? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says that chances are your blood sugar is out-of-whack. 'Ultra Sugar Control' by Nature's Plus stabilizes blood sugar and subsequently insulin levels are stabilized. As a result your appetite is controlled. If you are looking for something to help, this may be the produRead More»
Healthy Zero Calorie Sweetener | Stevia -
November 1, 2012
  Stevia Stevia Sugar Substitute Stevia Extract is sweet and derived from an herb found in South America. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the forms and functions of Stevia. It's zero calorie and zero insulin impacting sweetener. A few drops of Stevia is equivalent to 1 TBSP of sugar. This stuff is crazy sweet in liquid and powder form. Aaron uses it in his smoothies and coffee. See links Read More»
Pre Workout Meals | What to Eat Before Working Out  -
September 14, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses a viewer question regarding pre workout meals. Aaron doesn't eat before going to the gym. And if he's eaten, he waits at least 3-hours before working out. Your body is going to use the most readily available calories. Your body doesn't want to get rid of stored body fat, so your body will burn what you most recently consumed. You want your system as empty as possRead More»
Wholesome Sandwiches | Healthy Eating -
September 12, 2012
Sandwiches are a great option when you are running out the door. And you can keep the sandwiches relatively healthy. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses lunch meat sodium levels and a healthy bread option. Boar's Head produces a low sodium version of ham, turkey, and American cheese. The version has 40% lower sodium than in typical lunch meat. Aaron's favorite bread is by Nature's Own 9 Grain whichRead More»

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