That’s Too Sweet! or How Bad is Bad Sugar?

Each of us is sometimes visited by the desire to taste something delicious. Even though the understanding of deliciousness may differ from person to person, most of the time this feeling involves chocolate, ice cream, candy or lollypops – anything that’s sweet! However, we must control ourselves when eating sweet and sugary products as they are harmful to our bodies. Trust us – it is not a myth created by cheeky parents to steal sweets from their kids and eat them alone while the little ones are fast asleep. As we believe you have tons of sweets left in your pantry after Halloween that wait their moment to be eaten, be careful about the sugar you are likely to consume in no time… You understood correctly – we dedicated this blog to draw the line between bad and good sugar!

Sugar Does Not Grow on Trees, or Does It?

Sugar nowadays has become a somewhat usual ingredient in every meal or snack that we eat. However, we do not use the same sugar throughout all of the dishes or drinks. As the sugar name may differ, the methods of their production process are different as well, but as white sugar is the most popular, we invite you to get to know its production from a much closer perspective. White refined sugar gets extracted from two types of plants – sugarcanes and sugar beets.

The first of two is grown in mostly warm climate zones as sugarcane plants cannot survive the frost. Besides, large amounts of water are necessary to grow as much sugarcanes as would produce enough sugar to meet the demand. Once sugarcane crops are harvested, the plants are chopped and milled to extract their juices, which are later heated to produce thick syrup. Despite the already lengthy process, the manufacturers still need to evaporate the excess water from the syrup to achieve sugar crystals. However, the sugar journey does not end here as brown-coloured sugar crystals still need to be bleached with chemical compounds to produce a well-known white product.

Regarding the sugar extraction from sugar beets, this process is less complicated than the previously explained one. Sugar beets are usually harvested in autumn and then transported to the sugar production factories. After sugar beet's roots are washed (they are grown in fertile soil, so this step is not to be missed) and sliced, they are mixed with several chemical solutions and go through the process of evaporation, which creates white sugar crystals – no further refining process is needed.

How We Consume Sugar?

The sugar we consume every day mostly is what is called added sugar; however, the real difference lies in where this sugar is added to and by whom. It is quite clear how much sugar we consume by adding it to our morning coffee or tea, but things get more trickier when we drink soft drinks or store-bought sweets and snacks. If we decide to look closely at the food labels, we will see sugar listed as carbohydrates. It is a correct statement; however, we are much more likely to consume high fructose corn syrup, which is made from corn starch and not the usual sugar. This sugar-like sweetener is one of the most popular ingredients that manufacturers use even though it is not far from being banned in the EU and other countries. As for today, high fructose corn syrup’s production is subject to strict quotas and restriction documents, but it does not change the fact that we are still consuming it without really knowing when exactly.

How Harmful Sugar Really Is?

Excessive sugar intake can result in poor skin health and high blood pressure. However, as we tend not to know when we consume it, we often attribute these features to other life issues and not our diets. The scale of the problem gets revealed when we look more closely at food portion sizes, their nutritional value, and take into account the opinion of professionals. Medical researchers and dietitians agree that adults should have no more than 30 grams of sugar a day – same as seven sugar cubes; for kids and toddlers, these numbers must be several times smaller to maintain healthy life. Despite the righteousness of medical suggestions, they are very hard to live by as almost every store-bought product is packed to the brim with bad sugar. Bad sugar has no nutritional value, causes tiredness and constant hungriness, weight gain, and excess belly fat, which could turn into severe obesity. Besides, limitless sugar consumption is the straightest way to diabetes and heart diseases, and sadly these sicknesses are increasingly diagnosed with younger people and kids.

Are We Doomed, or Are There Any Alternatives to Bad Sugar?

The question above is quite silly as the very name ‘bad sugar’ suggests that there is another side of a coin – good or natural sugars. There are a bunch of natural sweeteners, which are far from processed and can sometimes be obtained straight from the plant. Natural sugars come in the shape of vegetables, fruits, and dairy products, but what they have in common is providing essential nutrients, which keep us healthy and strong. Stevia is one of the best-known plant-based sweeteners, which, despite being sweet, is also linked to lowering blood pressure and insulin levels; however, one still has to refine it to turn it into a more usable form.

Besides stevia, there are several other natural sweeteners used worldwide, which are less harmful to our organisms when compared to actual white refined sugar. Molasses are made from the same sugarcane plants and sugar beets as regular sugar but are not refined and has a syrup-like thick consistency. Maple syrup is also one of nature’s best natural sweeteners. Even if this product is quite expensive in stores, one can easily make it at home as the process of making it is simple – one has to boil the sap of maple trees until it thickens. Next comes coconut sugar, which is very similar to regular white sugar everyone usually uses as it is high in calories.

Now it’s time for the best natural sweetener of all times – good old honey! Even though it is still sugar, organic honey is far safer and healthier to use than table sugar. Full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, honey is also that one product that is completely safe to use after its expiration date. The only thing that helps people separate natural honey from the fake one is its consistency, which crystalises after some time, but does not lose any healthy features.

Recipes with Natural Sugars

Keeping only natural sugars in your pantry does not mean you cannot pamper yourself with some casual yet super healthy sweets. However, most of the time, such natural sweets require to prepare in advance. Pick them, mix them, bake them, cut them, and only after that EAT THEM – we can guarantee that these recipes will be as sweet and healthy as they can be! Besides, we decided to turn the healthiness of our favourite treats up by a few notches and share only vegan-friendly recipe ideas. You can thank us later!

Granola. Mix oats, nuts, and seeds with some coconut oil and honey or maple syrup, and add your favourite dried fruits. Pour the mixture into a large cooking pan and spread evenly, bake until golden. Let the granola cool completely and cut into pieces and enjoy!

Green cocktails. Grab every vegetable and fruit that you can find nearby and put everything into a food processor. Add in some honey or maple syrup, add few drops of CBD Oil for that extra healthiness and let it mix!

Nature’s candy. Pick your favourite berries or cut fruits into bite-size pieces, place them evenly into a food dehydrator machine or onto a cooking pan, and use it accordingly. Dried fruits and berries are a great alternative to bad sugars themselves!

Ice Cream. Mix coconut milk, maple syrup, and tahini – sesame paste – in a food processor, blend them well and pour the mixture into an ice cream maker or spread evenly on a freezer-safe dish. Don’t forget to put some berries or fruits as toppings!

Gummy Candies. Blend apple juice, a little bit of agave or maple syrup and Agar-agar powder together, strain the mixture and bring it to simmer in a small saucepan. Let it cool for a bit, add few drops of CBD oil for that extra healthy kick and pour into gummy moulds. Freeze it, remove it and enjoy!

Here at Biomedicanna believe that we should live as healthy as possible, and this journey starts with cutting bad sugars out of our diets. Natural sugars and recipes are a great alternative to regular chocolate, candies, and other sugary bombs that we consume without even knowing that. Trust us - it is not that hard to feel energetic, strong, and healthy without using refined and processed sugar every day – you will not miss it!


The Ugly Truth About Summer

Welcome to summer allergy season! Spring’s over, but you’re still stopped up, sniffly, and sneezing. Or You may feel as though you have year-round allergies, and you may be right… See what's most likely to be causing you to sneeze and wheeze as the months go by. It keeps going long after April’s showers and May’s flowers are gone. Many of the same triggers are to blame. Once you know what they are, you can take steps to get treated.

Pollen Is the Biggest Culprit

Allergic to tree pollen? Trees are usually done with their pollen-fest by late spring. That leaves grasses and weeds to trigger summer allergies. Although tree pollination can begin as early as February, it can last through May. That means you might need to slog through spring allergies for four long months. Grass pollen can also emerge this time of year in some parts of the country.

The type of plant to blame also varies by location. Those most triggering plants that likely to make you sneeze or sniffle during the warmer time of the year include:

Plants

Grasses

Ragweed is one of the most common summer allergy triggers. It can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind. So even if it doesn’t grow where you live, it can make you feel bad if you’re allergic to it.

Nevertheless, not only flowers and pollen can trigger most symptoms:

Smog: It’s Worst This Time of Year

Summer air pollution can make your symptoms worse. One of the most common is ozone at the ground level. It’s created in the atmosphere from a mix of sunlight and chemicals from car exhaust. Summer’s strong sunlight and calm winds create clouds of ozone around some cities.

Critters That Sting Are More Active

Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, fire ants, and other insects can cause allergic reactions when they sting. If you have a severe allergy, a run-in with one of them could lead to a life-threatening situation.

Insect bites usually cause mild symptoms, like itching and swelling around the area. Sometimes they lead to a severe allergic reaction, though. Your throat feels like it’s swelling shut, and your tongue might swell. You could feel dizzy, nauseated, or go into shock. This is an emergency, and you'll need to get medical help right away.

Tiny Things Grow in Warm Air

Molds love damp areas, including the basement and bathrooms. Their spores get into the air and set off an allergic reaction.

Microscopic insects called dust mites peak during summer. They thrive in warm, humid temperatures and nest in beds, fabric, and carpets. Their residue can get into the air and set off sneezes, wheezes, and runny noses.

Although the Summer is already in its mid-run, and it seems as June has passed like it wasn’t even there, but for someone who suffer from summer allergies will know what it means like when you can’t wait for the day to be over.

Let’s see what each month of summer has in particular; and which plants bloom specifically on each month, when talking about allergies:

JUNE

June is a key grass pollen month in many areas, and it's likely that grass pollen will start to trigger your spring allergies by this time of year if it hasn't already. As the days get longer and the temperature gets higher, you'll probably want to spend more time outdoors. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may have good days and bad days — the temperature, the rainfall amount, and even the time of day will affect grass pollen levels, and you'll need to adjust accordingly.

JULY

The good news is that by July, grass pollen should sub-side and you might feel like your spring allergies are finally becoming manageable again. The bad news is that July marks the start of fungus spores and seeds, so if you're allergic to molds and spores, too, you may feel like your allergies never end. Mold can grow on fallen leaves, compost piles, grasses, and grains.

Mushroom, Moss, Mini Mushroom, Sponge, Autumn

AUGUST

August is a prime month for people with summer allergies to mold spores, which peak during hot, humid weather. You might want to stay inside on days when the mold spore count is particularly high. The best way to keep away from these allergens is to run the air conditioning.

Talking about late summer, August is very related to September, because they are both almost transition to Autumn and even Winter:

During the late summer/early fall ragweed is the most common cause of Autumn allergies. Depending on where you live, ragweed-fueled Autumn allergies can start already in August and continue through October and possibly November. Pollen grains are lightweight and spread easily, especially on windy days. The more wet and windy autumn is in your area, the more easily the pollen spreads, and the worse your symptoms will feel.

What’s the solution?

Avoidance

Take steps to avoid seasonal allergens. For instance, use an air conditioner with a HEPA filter to cool your home in summer, rather than ceiling fans. Check your local weather network for pollen forecasts, and try to stay indoors when pollen counts are high. At times of year when your hay fever is active:

It’s also important to avoid cigarette smoke, which can aggravate hay fever symptoms.

CBD

When allergies won’t let up, more and more people are using CBD for allergies to help them manage their symptoms naturally. Using CBD oil for allergies may help you avoid having to take medications that can leave you drowsy. CBD is fast becoming a popular way to promote a better balance throughout the body. To understand if it’s right for you, however, it’s important to know exactly what it is:

CBD Oil For Allergies

As interest has increased in the healing properties of cannabis, attention is being paid increasingly to cannabidiol, also known as CBD, one of over 100 active compounds in the hemp plant. Industrial hemp is a close cousin of marijuana, but the difference between hemp CBD and THC is that hemp has trace THC amounts of no more than 0.3% concentration by weight (by comparison, marijuana can have concentrations over 30%). This means there’s no such thing as a “CBD high” — it’s perfect for letting you explore the benefits of cannabis without risking a psychoactive effect or failing a standard drug test. This makes CBD great for allergies, if you have to get back in the game fast.

Allergies And The Immune System

When you use CBD oil for allergies, you’re using it to promote a better immune system. An allergic reaction is when your immune system responds to the presence of a foreign substance, an allergen. This response to the allergen results in watery eyes, a runny nose, increased sinus pressure, puffiness, and difficulty breathing — all the symptoms allergy sufferers are familiar with.

CBD for allergies should not be used as emergency intervention in the case of an acute allergic reaction or anaphylactic event. In these cases, medical intervention is needed, and CBD is a supplement and not a drug. Daily use of CBD supports a healthier endocannabinoid system, which in turn, helps regulate your body. It is this regulating effect that makes it so effective for those who suffer from allergies.

The best cure is most often prevention, that means making sure the immune system is strong and healthy before an attack occurs. CBD oil for allergies is best taken daily as part of a self-care routine. Here are couple of ways to include it in your daily regime:

Remember one very important thing – allergies don’t just happen. They take months or even years after exposure for your immune system to develop an allergic response to an allergen. A healthier immune system is less likely to create an exaggerated threat response. When taking CBD for allergies, you’re prompting your endocannabinoid system to create a boosted immune system.

Take care of yourself. Stay healthy!

Yours, truly

Biomedicanna Team

The ‘Magic’ of CBD

Throughout all kinds of centuries people believed in magic and knew that it was used both with good and bad intentions, to get different results, respectively. Just as the word magic itself being so broad, abstract and mysterious can really have multiple meanings, so the things that embody it can have the full variety of qualities: both beneficial and harmful, if used improperly. 

A very long time ago, there was someone who found a weird looking plant, and decided to ‘’give it a go’’. It is not clear how long it took for homo sapiens to realise the benefits of the plant and how to use it wisely (knowing that this has been researched up until now, with exciting observations being found each day), although one thing should have been strikingly obvious since the very beginning, -  there is something magical about this plant! The plant we now call Cannabis. 

,,- So where is the magic then?’’ you might ask. 

Let us tell you a story…

…Since Ancient times many cultures used cannabis to treat plenty of illnesses: 

Practitioners in China treated malaria, gout and menstrual symptoms, while in Medieval Ages cannabis was used particularly for pain, epilepsy, nausea and vomiting. In US it was prescribed for multitude of reasons for long time up until the 1970 when it was claimed illegal. 

That’s when apparently things went forward in terms of research, - people started to look for something more concrete, logical and trustful. Maybe for a bit safer word than magic…

The plant qualities have been researched for long time so now we have a clear idea of the various effects of it. 

Tests are being made, studies are done, scientific terms are given, so we feel informed, secure and have a full access to the knowledge that was being built up for such long time. 

What is the best about it?

What we know now is that cannabis plant contains more than 80 various chemicals called cannabinoids, from which the most important are two. As the mother nature likes dualities (good and bad, male and female, yin and yang), therefore in this case we’ll discuss two interesting elements as well, both being similar and very different from each other: THC and CBD. 

Both being magical in their own way, they trigger the central nervous system. But you have heard of THC already, most probably… While THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the ‘cheeky’ one which triggers the psychic (therefore is called psychoactive) and can get us ‘high’ by making our head spin, there is another element, CBD, or in other word, Cannabidiol. This is the ’good guy’ and our future’s saviour, wiser people might say!

How does the CBD work? 

The extract works with the specific body’s so - called endocannabinoid system, which regulates our most important processes of daily life: pain, mood, appetite, and memory. It works with the body’s natural system rather than being an unnatural or chemical substance, therefore there is no chance that body could reject it.

What about the benefits? 

CBD approaches a human nervous central system providing with an explicit goodness. It has a multiple, extraordinary beneficial qualities. CBD has been studied for its role in treating number of health issues:

Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.

Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms (36Trusted Source).

CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior (37Trusted Source).

In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects. In animals, it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer

In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation

Where does the magic comes from? 

The extract is sourced usually from hemp, which is naturally high in CBD, and fortunate for us, - we have various of ways to extract the oil by leaving it pure with all its benefits and ‘’goodies’’. The most important part of it is that CBD oil doesn’t have THC, or any sign of it, so it is perfectly suitable for people of any age, including children.

That’s the part or this beautiful plant that can be indeed called magical

Let’s make one thing clear straight away: the components that are in CBD oil won’t make you feel like you’re an Alice in the Wonderland,- the furniture around won’t be getting bigger and there won’t be any rabbit with a clock-watch jumping around you, hurrying you to meet a blue caterpillar. Most importantly, it will rather help you find that deserved wonderland in your very own body and mind.

If You have any question, contact us!