As the spirit of Halloween draws near, we thought it'd be fun to dive into some "scary" facts about nutrition and health. Grab your favorite pumpkin-spiced treat, sit back, and prepare to be spookily informed!
1. Your stomach gets a new lining every few days!
Here's something spooky but cool: your stomach is always creating a new "coat" for itself! Because it's filled with strong acid that helps digest food, the stomach needs protection. So, roughly every 4 to 5 days, it grows a brand-new lining. It's like the stomach has its own magic spell to keep repairing itself, making sure it's ready for whatever food adventure comes next!
2. Shiny deception
Shiny grocery store fruits are waxed and often sprayed with shellac (a type of bug feces).
What is shellac? Shellac or lac resin which are excreted by a female lac beetle is a product from India and is used in waxes for fruits and vegetables. So yes, they are not vegan! Without this waxy layer, the raw fruits would spoil too quickly.
These are also used on pharmaceutical pills and other hard candies to give them a shiny coat, they are often called confectioner’s glaze. Make sure to wash your shiny fresh looking fruits or go for organic produce.
3. Real-life zombies walk among us
We're not talking about the ones from horror movies but about the chilling effects of not catching enough sleep at night. At bedtime, our children's bodies and brains kick into overdrive, engaging in a crucial reset process. That's why it's vital for them to get a proper night’s rest, which is 7 to 9 hours for most kids.
Falling short on sleep can usher in a horde of health problems. Think about mood swings, weight gain, increased risks of diabetes and heart issues, a heightened craving for sugary foods, a weakened immune system, and even a drop in their performance in sports or physical activities.
To counter this, consider adding beneficial supplements to your routine:
Super Mag: Not just a magnesium supplement. Super Mag is known to support muscle relaxation and reduce nighttime leg cramps, helping ensure your body gets the most from its rest.
Melatonin: More than just a sleep inducer, Melatonin helps regulate your body's internal clock. It assists in resetting your sleep-wake cycle, ensuring you drift off naturally and wake up feeling refreshed.
4. Toxic apples in fairy tales?
We've all heard the tale of Snow White and her unfortunate bite of that poisoned apple. But did you know there's a tiny grain of truth in that story? Apple seeds do contain a trace amount of cyanide. Now, before you start side-eyeing your fruit bowl, rest easy. To actually feel its effects, you'd have to munch on and swallow a few cups of these seeds - and even then, the average apple holds only about eight seeds. So while the idea of a toxic apple sounds like something straight out of a storybook, in reality, your apple a day is likely to keep the doctor away than bring about a fairy tale calamity
5. Healthy guts are swarming with bugs
Sounds a bit unsettling, right? But it's a fascinating reality: our bodies teem with bacteria, and not all of them are bad news. Indeed, a thriving collection of these microorganisms resides right in our gut, playing an instrumental role in our overall health and wellness. A balanced gut can mean better digestion, enhanced nutrient absorption, and even a boost to our immune system.
When your gut's out of balance, the effects aren't just felt in your tummy. Symptoms can range from fatigue, unusual food cravings, weight changes, and even mood disturbances like depression or anxiety. While you might be familiar with probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and tempeh as ways to keep your gut in check
Want a convenient way to give your gut the support it craves? Our Probiotic essential powder is designed to complement your diet, promoting a healthy gut environment and ensuring those beneficial bacteria have everything they need to flourish.
6. The frightening fiber fact
Alright, here's a spine-chilling stat for you: most of us are only hitting about half of our daily fiber targets. Yikes! But why's fiber such a big deal? Well, beyond aiding in smooth digestion, fiber plays a key role in warding off some particularly spooky heart ailments.
But don't let this fact haunt you. We've got a handy solution. Our Fiber Balance Plus is a natural fiber supplement with a balanced ratio of soluble and insoluble fiber to help with occasional constipation and maintain long-term bowel regularity.
7. Some health supplements on the market are NOT third-party certified
Why should you care? The food supplement market is saturated with options. Unfortunately, some of these supplement providers are not third-party tested. This oversight allows companies to potentially cut corners on quality control, resulting in products with inaccurate labels, or even worse, those that carry harmful or toxic ingredients.
Avoid potential health risks by choosing your supplements wisely. At My Spectrum Heroes, we're committed to your well-being. That's why all our products undergo rigorous third-party lab testing, ensuring you receive only the best and safest supplements.
8. Bye bye Skin Cells
While our skin might feel soft and refreshed after a good moisturizer or a day out, the reality is a bit more surprising. Every hour, whether we notice it or not, we shed a staggering 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from our body's surface. It's an essential part of our body's renewal process.
But where do all these discarded cells end up? Well, a lot of them become part of the household dust on our tables, sofas, and beds. Over a year, this adds up, and you might be surprised to know that we shed over 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of skin annually.
Here's a tiny twist for you: our homes play host to tiny guests, dust mites, which thrive on these discarded skin cells. It's like a buffet for them. Regular cleaning and skincare can keep your living space and skin feeling fresh and healthy
9. The jiggly secrets behind Jell-O
Have you ever paused to ponder what gives Jell-O its unique wobble? That mesmerizing jiggle is all thanks to gelatin, a product derived from collagen. This collagen often comes from animal bones and tissues. So, the next time you're enjoying a bowl of this squishy dessert, remember you're indulging in a treat that has a deep connection with nature.
10. You get a new skeleton every 10 years
Isn't the human body incredible? Just as our hair and nails continually grow and refresh, so do our bones. Believe it or not, about every 10 years, our skeletal system undergoes a complete overhaul. While your bones might feel solid and unchanging, on a cellular level, they're constantly renewing themselves.