As research data continues to come in, more and more Americans are making the switch from animal protein to plant-based protein. How to choose which plant-based protein powder might work best for you? Take a look at Healthful Hint #1.
- Soy protein - a “great choice for vegetarians or those who cannot digest lactose easily - is one of the few complete protein powders from a plant. It contains all of the essential amino acids and the FDA has determined that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol, that include 25 grams of soy protein a day, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
- Pea protein – an “alternative for people who do not want dairy, as well as those that avoid soy and gluten – has a neutral taste, is highly soluble and is a good choice for those on a vegan diet or looking for non-GMO options.”
- Hemp protein powder – made from hemp seeds and like soy, “serves up all nine essential amino acids – contains both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, fiber and packs a healthy punch of iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium.” (Information source: The GNC Learning Center at www.gnc.com.)
Healthful Hint #2
Did you know that certain houseplants not only remove toxins from the air, but also “promote drowsiness and cultivate better sleep?” German researchers have found that Jasmine fragrance, “working in ways similar to barbiturates, eases anxiety and encourages sleep.” And Lavender houseplants, as well as lavender bouquets and oils, are also “popular sleep inducers.”
And who knew? Boston Ferns remove formaldehyde from the air. English Ivy helps reduce air borne mold spores, and Aloe Vera “vacuums up” volatile organic compounds, those unhealthy indoor chemicals known as VOCs. (Information source: AARP The Magazine)
Healthful Hint #3
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently shared a Washington Post article entitled, “Separate fact from fiction.” In the article, Quay Snyder, president and CEO of Aviation Medicine Advisory Service, provided “advice for travelers on how to make wellness a priority while flying.” Most interesting was Snyder’s insight regarding contagion.
“Travelers are less likely to get sick on an airplane than they are in other spaces. That’s because air is exchanged more frequently on the plane, than it is in typical offices and school buildings, and filters on airplanes remove about 99 percent of germs from the air.
- “Choose a window seat,” Snyder says, “because airplanes are designed so that the air flow comes down from the top of the cabin and exits from vents on the floor by the window, so when you choose the window seat you benefit from that air flow.”
- And remember to pack wipes (those with at least 62 percent alcohol), and use them to wipe down flat surfaces like tray tables, arm rests, seat belt buckles, even head rests.