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7 Worst Food Ingredients

  1. 71. Artificial Sweeteners

Its sweet taste regardless to the caloric content, enhances your appetite , which leads to weight gain. Aspartame has been tested to have most profound effect in this regard but other artificial sweeteners are also not behind. Apart from that, it can also attack your brain-cells. Sucralose, a type of artificial sweetener can destroy 50 percent of friendly gut-bacteria. These health-demerits are huge from even SUGAR!

2. Synthetic Trans Fats

These are present in foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, like fried foods, bakery items, crackers, and chips, just to name a few. Synthetic trans fats promotes inflammation in your body which is the root cause of almost all the chronic illness present. For example, according to a 2010 study on women (post-menopausal), who ate synthetic tranfat daily, had a higher incidence of ischemic strokes by 30 percent.

Synthetic trans fats have also been associated with:

  • Decreased immune function: They reduce your immune response.
  • Diabetes: They interfere with the insulin receptors in your cell membranes.
  • Heart disease
  • Problems with reproduction: They interfere with enzymes needed to produce sex hormones.
  • Cancer: They interfere your body’s enzymes which prevent cancer.


3. Artificial Flavors

It simply means “danger” as its extracted from unnatural additives. For instance, diacetyl which is commonly present as butter flavoring in microwave popcorn. Study shows it can be damaging for your brain health and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

This is present in Chinese foods and all the junk food, you can comprehend. MSG overexcites your cells to point of damage, even death. It also cause brain dysfunction, and trigger or worsen learning disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease etc.MSG is 78 percent free glutamic acid; which is similar to neurotransmitter that your brain, pancreas, eyes, nervous system and other organs use to initiate certain bodily processes.

5. Artificial Colors

Every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods — and that amount only factors in eight different varieties. As of July 2010, most foods in the European Union that contain artificial food dyes were labeled with warning labels stating the food “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” The British government also asked that food manufacturers remove most artificial colors from foods back in 2009 due to health concerns.

Nine of the food dyes currently approved for use in the US are linked to health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions — and these results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself.  Red cause hyperactivity in children and accelerate the appearance of immune system tumors in mice.

Blue color present in pet foods, beverages, candies etc. was associated to brain tumors. While yellow food color, used in cereal, candies, baked goods etc. is not just contaminated with several cancer-causing chemicals, but it is also connected with behavioral effects, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity in kids.

6. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Fructose is only read by liver, which has same damaging effect on liver as ALCOHOL.

It just gets stored in your fat cells, which leads to mitochondrial malfunction, obesity and obesity-related diseases. I advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. 

7. Preservatives

Preservatives lengthen the shelf-life of foods, increasing manufacturers’ profits – at your expense, since most are linked to health problems such as cancer, allergic reactions and more.

This blog is to educate you about the toxins you eat every day in the name of food.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,



7 Ways to Improve Your Brain Health Now!

7You may not realize how much data is constantly streaming into your brain from your family, job, social media, and television.

Adding to this “white noise” is the decrease in simple tasks you once had to do yourself which are no longer necessary.

The presence of computers and cell phones hinder your ability to improve brain health and protect it from degeneration ; as there is no need to search for  your spelling mistakes, ability to remember your payment of bill, and to recall a phone number to name a few.

Cognitive Functions of Your Brain

Your brain is the most complex organ in your body.  So complex, in fact, that scientists are still finding connections and learning how different areas of the brain work.

There are five essential cognitive functions of your brain that come into play when you want to “boost” brain power:  spatial concepts, language skills, executive functions, attention span, and memory.

How you train your brain may depend heavily on your habits.

7  Ways to Improve Your Brain Health Right Now

1.    Positive Thinking

Tai chi, yoga, guided deep breathing, and meditation can help you stay “in the moment” and release anxiety and stress from a bad day.

The above mentioned activities have been proven to improve blood flow, increase lung capacity, minimize stress, and improve your brain health.

Small amounts of temporary stress is natural but too much causes an increase in the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.  When those levels get too high the result is inflammation, heart disease, mental disorders and damage to your central nervous system.

Set aside at least 15 minutes each day to take deep breaths and clear your mind.  The habit will literally change the way your brain processes stressors and affect your entire life – not the least of which is improving your reasoning skills.

2. Get Moving

Regular exercise – even low or no impact activities – helps your body produce more nerve cells and strengthens their communication.

BDNFs ( brain-derived neurotrophic factors), are proteins that are emitted while exercise and help protect the brain from mutation and oxidative damage. People, who exercise daily, have improved basic learning skills as well.

3. Laughter is Still the Best Medicine

If you laugh, your brains emits endorphins which is a “happy-hormone”- that makes you feel happy inside out.

A good hearty laugh, helps to fight stress and boosts energy.  It helps your system to vent out negative emotions, so you can go back to your life with a renewed sense of well-being.

4. Change of Scenery

Incase you feel, sleepy, unmotivated or sluggish-get up and go for a walk, stop by a new business in town, or take a drive on a road you have never been on before.

Getting up from your desk and considering a problem from a different location resets the way your brain processes it.  Set goals and track your progress – it trains your brain to use specific methods for problem-solving and helps you stay positive.

5. Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Improper sleep has been associated with heart disease, obesity, mental disorders, cognitive decline and so forth. The importance of getting at least seven hours each day cannot be stressed enough if you wish to improve brain health.

Your physical and mental health depends on restful sleep each and every day.  When you sleep, your brain “catalogs” what you’ve taken in while you were awake.

6. Healing by Listening to Holy Quran

Many studies have been done on the “Mozart Effect” – where students performed better on higher-level thinking when listening to sound waves.  Listening to sound waves helps the right side of your brain “tune in” and look at situations from a different angle.

The Holy Quran’s sound has wave sounds a certain wave length and frequency. The consequent wave fields affect the brain positively and restore its balance. It gives the body a strong immunity to fight and protect against illnesses as big as Cancer .

The amazing effect resulting from Listening to Quran

The continuous listening to the recitation of Holy Quran gives you the following real fruitful results:

  • Change some bad habits such as excessive eating and smoking
  • Protect from diseases such as cancer and so on
  • Increase the immunity of the body
  • Improve the concentration ability
  • Enhance the creativity sense
  • Heal the chronic and incurable illnesses
  • Create inner peace and heal the neural tensions
  • Change the behavior and enable people to communicate better and gain trust
  • Heal nervousness, irritation and precipitation
  • Decrease fear and hesitation
  • Improve the ability of taking right decisions
  • Improve and strengthen the personality
  • Improve the speech ability
  • Heal the normal illnesses such as allergy, headache, flu ,etc.
  • Quran lovers tend to have higher IQs and are more emotionally connected to those around them

7. Keep Learning

Always read as much as you can – especially books you might not usually consider.  Reading new writing styles, unfamiliar matter, that you have never known or read before is superb to “boost-up iron” in your brain.

Doing crosswords and other complex puzzles-helps strengthen critical thinking skills and recall of knowledge or past events.

In awake of sizeable, steady cases of dementia yearly, I would advise you, to address brain health,  like building muscle mass or high blood pressure.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,