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Protect Yourself From Food Bourne Illnesses

Screen shot 2013-12-19 at 1.31.38 AMEarlier this year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report about Salmonella poisoning in various imported spices that people use every day. Shortly thereafter there was a nationwide panic when Salmonella was found in grocery store chicken. With these various threats it is important to know what you’re dealing with and how keep yourself safe from salmonella and other food-borne illness. And it is especially important to us that you understand why you never have to worry about such contaminants in Wakaya Perfection products.

What exactly is Salmonella?

The FDA defines Salmonella as a group of bacteria that is the most common cause of food poisoning. Symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea and fever, usually last 4-7 days and many can get better without treatment. However, symptoms can be more severe or lead to more serious illnesses in older adults, infants and those with chronic illnesses.

What are the sources and how do you prevent it from being in your food?

Salmonella is usually found in uncooked eggs, poultry and meat. It can also be found in unpasteurized milk, juice, cheese, raw fruits and vegetables, and spices that have been processed improperly.

The primary ways to avoid Salmonella are to make sure that your meat and egg products are thoroughly cooked. Salmonella is usually killed off at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Also make sure to wash your hands properly before handling any raw food products, especially if you are interacting with animals or their treats beforehand. Germs can easily transfer from humans to the food, and if not heated properly can lead to Salmonella poisoning.

Be careful with your cooking utensils as well. Don’t use the same utensils to handle raw products that you do when your food is finally cooked. Check your labels and packaging for refrigeration protocols and follow them. Food that is not properly refrigerated before cooking can also carry the bacteria.

Why are you safe with Wakaya Perfection?

First of all, all of our products are 100% organic which means there are absolutely no outside pesticides or chemicals used in their processing. They are watered completely by Fijian natural rains – no man-made irrigation is used to cultivate our ginger plants.

Once our ginger is ground it is cooked for many hours in a sealed convection oven and immediately processed in our USDA NOP certified full stainless steel sealed suction powder processing machinery that allows no human contact or surrounding air contamination.. It is totally enclosed in the system for the entire process.

The packaging is immediate with no delays and no contaminants entering the system at any stage. The proprietary process is strictly controlled at every stage for immediate processing and not exposed to open environmental and human pollutants.  Our state of the art USDA NOP certified organically registered factory facility is our consumers’ guarantee of quality, purity and superior hygiene at all times.

5 Nutrient-Packed Foods for Healthy Hair

de5de856512394ea_shutterstock_96575575.previewMany of us assume that buying the best shampoos and conditioners will be enough to keep our hair looking healthy. These products do help to repair existing hair damage but don’t do much to promote new hair growth and cannot replace essential vitamins that we may be missing from our diet. There are certain essential vitamins and minerals that our hair relies upon, and a lack of these is often the source of many hair growth problems. Some simple changes to our diet can really make a big difference to the look of our hair.

Modern lifestyles can also have an impact – a busy lifestyle, lack of sleep, or even pregnancy can seriously make a difference in our hair health. Vitamin supplements have  been proven to help, but if you are looking for the most natural sources of these vitamins then here is a list of 5 food types foods that can help to provide those essential vitamins your hair needs.

Fish

Many sources site that salmon is the number 1 super food for healthy hair. This is because it contains a great combination of essential substances that our hair simply loves. Omega 3 oils help maintain a well hydrated scalp, and many believe this is essential to maintaining healthy hair growth. Oily fish such as herring, mackerel and sardines are rich in omega-3, and salmon is also rich in Vitamin D which is great for your hair follicles.

If you are someone who doesn’t like eating fish then certain vegetable sources can be a great way to get the omega-3 you need. Rapeseed, flaxseed, soya beans, walnuts, almond and even tofu are all good sources of Omega-3.

Vegetables with Beta-carotene

Beta carotene is present in many vegetables and provides us with a great source of Vitamin A. For many people who suffer from dandruff a simple addition of vitamin A to their diet can help solve the problem. Vitamin A helps to promote sebum oil which is our body’s natural conditioner for our scalp. It can also help with hair growth problems as it is said to assist with oxygenating our scalp. Sweet potatoes are known to be one of the best sources, and other vegetables such as carrots, spinach, and broccoli are also recommended.

Oysters

Oysters are also recommended to help fight scalp problems such as dandruff. A lack of zinc in your diet may even be the cause of hair loss, and oysters have a particularly high zinc content. Zinc helps promote the level of androgens in our body, and for some people a low level of androgens has been directly linked to hair loss. Crab, liver and beef are also good sources of zinc.

Eggs and other biotin rich foods

Our hair is essentially built using protein, a nutrient that has been associated with speeding up hair growth. Protein can be found in many types of foods, but eggs are one of the best sources. Another important mineral in eggs is biotin, and those who have a biotin deficiency may suffer from brittle hair. To prevent this, biotin has been proven to be effective from both foods and supplements if needed. Kidney beans and nuts such as almonds and even peanuts are also good sources of biotin.

Fruit and vegetables with Vitamin C

Vitamin C is great for both our hair and skin. Vitamin C helps keep our blood vessels oxygenated, which in turn keeps our hair follicles healthy. Super fruits such as blueberries have a very high level of Vitamin C, and strawberries and citrus fruits are also good sources. Many vegetables such as green beans, spinach and broccoli are good sources, and the old-fashioned rule of eating colorful vegetables can give you a good indication of a high vitamin C content, as well.

You may have identified that one of these essential sources of vitamins is missing from your diet, and that may well be the cause of a particular problem. If you are concerned and believe you may have a nutrient deficiency then simple tests at your doctors can identify what vitamins and minerals you may be lacking. This Women’s Hair PDF can also help you to diagnose any hair health problems you may have!

No Risk of Salmonella Recall: Your Vegan Alternatives For Egg Products and Egg-Based Meals

Just last week, a massive egg recall of a half-million eggs produced from Wright County Egg has made distributors, business owners and everyday consumers wary about the risk of salmonella in the eggs they purchased.

They have good reason to be. More than 1,000 people have already gotten sick from the contaminated eggs, and the numbers are expected to increase. Fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever are the common symptoms of consuming a contaminated product, which is especially dangerous for individuals with a weakened immune system.

Though egg recalls aren’t regular occurrences, exploring vegan alternatives to eggs is a great way to eat healthier with a more plant-based diet. Contrary to popular belief, it is absolutely possible to enjoy an amazing breakfast, bake cookies or even drink vegan eggnog without ever relying on eggs again.

General Egg Substitute: Ener-G is a flavorless and extremely versatile egg substitute found in many health supermarkets. It can work in baked goods, and also in casserole dishes as well. Follow instructions on box to incorporate to recipes with egg ingredients.

Egg-based Breakfasts: With some tofu, nutritional yeast and other seasonings, many vegetarians have found innovative ways to enjoy an "egg" scramble or "egg" omelette that doesn’t involve any real eggs whatsoever. Check out VegWeb for a list of tofu-based breakfasts that closely resemble their egg-based counterparts minus the cholesterol and fat. 

Baked Goods: Applesauce and bananas make for great egg substitutes in baked goods. Blended silken tofu also works very well for making pancakes and brownies. For a list of more egg substitutes and exact ratio of ingredients, check out this handy list from TipNut.com

Mayonnaise: Though the eggs are already included in conventional mayonnaise brands and probably won’t pose a risk of salmonella as raw eggs bought in a store, I highly recommend Vegannaise as an egg-less mayonnaise alternative, found in Whole Foods and many health food stores. It’s a whole lot healtheir and from my experience, actually tastes better than real mayonnaise. 

Eggnog: Are you always hankering for some homemade eggnog during the holidays? Many delicious vegan and gluten-free eggnog recipes exist on the internet, such as this almond-based one that sounds absolutely heavenly. 

The Incredible Edible Egg: Eggcellent News

The incredible egg. Eggs are loaded with nutrition and often considered a perfect food for their diversity of essential nutrients. However, some eggs are simply much better than others. It is not the color of the egg shell that makes them more or less nutritious but actually the chickens that these eggs come from and how those chickens are raised. What is the Julian Date on eggs? Are all eggs inspected? Where do brown eggs come from? What nutrients are more concentrated in the more nutritious eggs? What eggs are more nutritious and why? For these answers and to find out more, Read this post. Go Here: livesmartbook.blogspot.com/2009/07/eggcellent-news-about-eggs.html

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