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OMG will my BBQ give me HCAs and PAHs?
Astaxa…..xantha….azantha…...what the?
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Hi Everyone,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely time and now are enjoying this very fine Summer which has been slow in coming. Did you manage to get through the family-get-together peacefully and without incident? Any New Year’s resolutions? The ones that I am hearing about are surprisingly realistic such as eat more vegetables rather than lose 10kg by next week!

I mentioned that there would be a $50 voucher for anyone with a story that they would like to share with us all reflecting something that happened in 2018? Here is the winner! 

This past year has been a challenge but a good one. I completed my degree (finally) got engaged, moved house and got a puppy! The winter saw me break my leg, then in the spring I broke my arm. I am worried about Summer but heres hoping things really don't happen in threes. Thank you Deirdre for the voucher (if I get it) as my puppy needs its vaccinations.”  from Susan

Thank you for your story Susan. Voucher coming your way (you know I don’t treat animals don’t you?)

Talk soon
Deirdre x

OMG will my BBQ give me HCAs and PAHs?

Let’s start with a little less jargon, its only January for goodness sake! HCAs also called heterocyclic amines and PCAs also called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are known to be known carcinogens or cancer-causing chemicals. Before yell “go away fun police!” I do get asked all the time if BBQing is good for you and I’m here to give you the “rub down”. 

I love BBQs but some research suggests that burnt or charred meat may increase the risk of cancer. Substances called heterocyclic amines or HCAs are formed in foods that are cooked at high temperatures and blackened or charred. In animal studies, HCAs are carcinogenic (cancer causing). However, the evidence in human studies is not clear. Charcoal-grilled meats contained more carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) than meat heated with propane. When fat drips from meat, the fat burns and creates PAH-infused smoke, which coats what you're cooking. Charcoal makes more smoke than gas does so perhaps in this case admitting to having gas is a good thing!

Astaxa…..xantha….azantha…...what the?

Astaxanthin, is difficult to say but a great antioxidant to take. A naturally occurring chemical it gives certain marine plants and animals their pink or red colours. It is found in salmon, lobster, crab and crawfish, as well as in krill oil and algae.

Nature always gives us clues why things were put here and it appears that this antioxidant can help us from being sunburned. Astaxanthin is known to help with skin health protecting against UV damage and preventing the redness and peeling which shows that the body has absorbed so much damaging radiation that it attempts to shed the affected cells. Astaxanthin also increases skin elasticity, improves skin moisture levels and aids muscle recovery. Brilliant for that hard day in the garden!

Special: 10% off this product for the January/February: $65.50 Now: $58.95

But wait there's more!

Additional products to keep an eye out for: As usual DP Herbals tries to promote lovely products that you just might want to try. Available for January and February. (NET special for January only)

Neurocalm: For those of you who know and love this stress-busting formula you can get it now for a reduction in price. Limit 2 per person (otherwise it will run out and I will get stressed lol!)

  • Current price: $48.45 Now $43.60

NET: If you follow me you know that I am offering half price 30-minute NET sessions for the month of January. If you have ever been curious about neuro-emotional technique now is the time to book in. If you have any emotional blocks that you want to discard starting back into a new year – give it a go!

  • Current price: $100.00 Now: $50.00

Zinc C powder: A foundation powder which contains zinc and vitamin C good for immunity, skin health, repair, good hair, energy…..pretty much all things that the body requires daily. 

  • Current price: $35.00 Now: $31.50

Let’s stay in touch!

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