Last updated: October 20th, 2019 As soon as I tried sardines for the first time, I was hooked on the instant energy boost that sardines can give you. Ever since then, I’ve been raving about the best canned sardines that I now eat on a weekly basis.
This article will do the following for you:
Give you accurate canned sardine nutrition information
Help you understand if you should eat sardine bones or not
Recommend the best brands of canned sardines to buy
Warn you about which types of canned sardines to avoid
I like the Wild Planet brand of canned sardines because they’re wild caught, cleaned well, and the cans are BPA-free.
Because BPA is a hormone disruptor, I’m big on avoiding it as much as possible (you can’t always avoid it, but it’s a good idea to limit your intake of BPA).
It’s also nice to know that Wild Planet sardines are caught in the Pacific Ocean, off the West Coast of the USA – so you’re getting canned seafood that’s as fresh as possible.
The Wild Planet Sardines in Marinara Sauce is my favorite product of theirs. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of sardines in general, and marinara sauce does a pretty good job of masking sardine flavor.
Crown Prince is another great brand of canned sardines.
The Crown Prince sardines are wild caught, and are usually from either Morocco or Scotland. The cans are BPA-free, and they offer a pretty standard lineup of flavors.
Crown Prince also offers plenty of skinless and boneless varieties of sardines. So, you’ll probably want to try Crown Prince if you don’t like crunching on sardine bones (even though sardine bones are healthy for you).
While there are many other brands of canned sardines available, these three brands of canned sardines are the most popular and trustworthy. You can almost always find at least one of these three brands of sardines for sale in your local grocery store, or you can choose to order them from Amazon.
I regularly eat all three of these sardine brands, and can personally vouch for them.
Warning about farm raised sardines
The reason that I recommend only three brands of sardines is because I know they’re wild caught and safe to eat.
And, you should not eat farm raised sardines under any circumstances, because farm raised seafood can actually be harmful to your health.
Farm-raised sardines are bred in unnatural conditions, don’t eat proper diets, and tend to be dirty, since they swim around in an enclosed (bacteria-infested) environment.
If you stick with the three brands listed above, you’ll at least know that you’re getting safe seafood.
For added peace of mind, Wendy Myers of Live to 110 agrees that when you choose to eat high-quality and wild-sourced sardines, you’ll be eating some of the safest fish in the world.
At a price of just a few dollars per pack of sardines, you really can’t go wrong with tossing some sardines on sprouted grain bread or lettuce, and enjoying a quick and nutritious meal.
Canned sardines are one of the least expensive and most nutritious foods that you can buy.
You might as well take advantage of this cheap, powerful and nutritious seafood, and enjoy every last bite.
Last updated: October 20th, 2019 As someone who’s constantly looking for the next edge in health and wellness, I’ve recently compared using Milk Thistle vs. NACto help detoxify my liver and improve my health.
Most people still don’t realize that detoxifying your liver could be the #1 key to amplifying your overall quality of life as a whole. Your liver is that important. It’s responsible for flushing out all of the nasty toxins that your body takes in on a daily basis, and keeping your brain working at peak performance.
And sometimes, your liver needs a supplement like Milk Thistle or NAC to heal it.
While I want to take great care of my liver, I don’t want to overexert it by taking too many liver supplements. So, I had to choose one.
To help my liver, and improve my overall health, I knew that it would come down to the battle of Milk Thistle vs NAC Sustain. This is what I found.
Milk Thistle vs. NAC introduction
Both milk thistle and NAC have been shown to boost levels of glutathione in the body.
Dr. Mark Hyman claims that glutathione is the most important molecule in your body. He says this because glutahione is a key antioxidant that can help you fight chronic stress, prevent modern disease, limit cognitive decline, and greatly improve your quality of life.
So, deciding to take milk thistle or NAC could be one of the most significant decisions that you make for your brain and body.
In my experiment, I decided to test Jarrow Milk Thistle vs. Jarrow N-A-C Sustain. I’ve personally used both of these supplements, and I can now report on my experience using them.
Out of all of my research, Milk Thistle seems to be one of the safest natural herbs that someone can take.
Jarrow Formulas Milk Thistle is an extract of milk thistle seed flavonoids which can improve glutathione levels, and therefore improve your liver function.
According to Dr. Axe, milk thistle is regularly used to treat immune system disorders, liver damage and gallbladder disease. Milk thistle is also commonly used to protect the liver from alcohol toxicity.
Overall, it’s an amazing natural herb that protects and detoxifies your body.
Because milk thistle is well-studied and usually considered safe to supplement with at appropriate doses, milk thistle has become a go-to supplement for improving liver health around the world.
It’s easy to use, readily available and just plain effective.
There are very few downsides to taking Jarrow Milk Thistle.
But, the most common complaint people have about milk thistle is that it’s hard to tell if it’s working or not.
I find this to be a reasonable complaint based on my own experience supplementing with Jarrow Milk Thistle.
You won’t feel anything happen immediately after taking a milk thistle supplement. But, if you’re in touch with your body, you will gradually feel milk thistle working over time.
Depending on what kind of food you eat, and how healthy you are, it can also take some time for milk thistle to help detoxify your liver and body. Give it at least 30 days before you try to see how milk thistle has ‘changed’ you.
You ultimately just have to trust that when you take milk thistle, you’re supplementing with a natural herb that has been safely used for thousands of years. People wouldn’t continue to use milk thistle to this day if it wasn’t effective.
It’s also nice to keep in mind that Jarrow Formulas is a trusted manufacturer of supplements. I only use a few brands of supplements, and Jarrow is one of them.
Benefits of taking Jarrow N-Acetylcysteine (N-A-C) Sustain
So, in addition to NAC detoxifying your liver, it can also help to prevent mental issues from popping up, which may or may not run in your family’s DNA. But when it comes to your mental health, it’s always nice to stay on the safe side. If you have some wacky stuff going on in your family tree like I do, then there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Anxiety runs in my mom’s side of the family, and I have an uncle with some severe mental problems too. I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, although I’m lucky that I’ve been able to take control of my condition.
NAC isn’t as straightforward of a supplement as milk thistle is. You have to do your best to figure out if NAC will work for you before you dive right in and order the supplement. That’s NAC’s greatest downside.
Don’t worry though. It’s well worth figuring out if you’re a good candidate to take NAC or not.
For example, it’s important to know that there have been reports that using NAC can increase your blood pressure. If you’re at risk of having high blood pressure, then you shouldn’t use NAC.
One popular study also showed that high doses of NAC caused pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in mice. Although, most specialists agree that this side effect wouldn’t be recreated in humans. The mice were given astronomically high doses of NAC in this particular study (10 grams per day), which is far beyond the level recommended for even human consumption.
I don’t think there’s another “base” supplement (it’s an amino acid) that has more perceived uncertainty around it than NAC. I’ve yet to see epidemiological evidence of any dangers other than possible PAH from either acute dosage or long-term supplementation. The negative studies that people sometimes reference are almost always irrelevant — bathing nematodes in ultra-high NAC solutions or cell-line studies using similarly outlandish concentrations.
On the other hand the positive effects of NAC in real, walking-around humans are astounding. Slashing homocysteine levels in the blood, dramatically reducing incidence of flu (your immune system uses a lot of glutathione), raising GSH levels in blood of the elderly to that of youth, and on. Pretty amazing stuff. In the flu study they gave 1,200mg daily for six months to the elderly and reported it was “well tolerated.”
And yet it is somehow often regarded with suspicion on this forum even though it is one of the more studied supplements out there.
Personally I take 600mg/day a few times a week. If I’m going out drinking I’ll pop a few. Hangover – tremendously reduced.
Here’s what Dr. Mercola has to say about using NAC safely:
My biggest concern is the use of NAC by cancer patients who think it is helping – when in fact it may be harmful to them by protecting cancer cells and counteracting what potential benefit they may get from some conventional treatments. It’s a thorny issue.
So, if used therapeutically, it should be used in low doses for ‘prevention.’ High doses should be restricted to disease/stress states that have high likelihood of high reactive oxygen species generation (such as trauma, certain types of infection, malnutrition, and certain types of toxicity).
Dr. LaValley feels that 200-500mg once a day is probably ok in most non-cancer cases. NAC is an important consideration for inclusion, at some reasonable dose, in anti-aging formulas.
If you’re on medication, or have a health condition, it’s going to be safest for you to check with a medical professional before taking NAC.
If you’re a generally healthy person, the consensus seems to be that most people may benefit from taking micro doses of NAC.
200-500mg of NAC once a day could be the sweet spot, according to Dr. LaValley.
Jarrow Milk Thistle vs. NAC Sustain conclusion
Overall, Milk Thistle and Jarrow NAC Sustain are both quality supplements with similar purposes.
They both help you boost your level of glutahione, and improve your overall quality of life.
Here are my final thoughts on the milk thistle vs. NAC showdown:
Jarrow Milk Thistle is one of the safest supplements for detoxifying your liver and body. There are almost no negative reports in regards to using milk thistle. This is a safe supplement for the vast majority of people
Jarrow NAC Sustain is a liver and body detoxification supplement that is more powerful than milk thistle. It’s best for people who have used milk thistle, or know about milk thistle, and want something more than milk thistle can provide.
NAC also has has the benefit of treating the symptoms of certain mental illnesses, so it has amazing potential in the field of psychiatry (much which we still don’t even know about).
It’s up to you to decide which supplement you decide to go with.
As for me, I’ll continue to supplement with 600mg of NAC Sustain a few times per week. Because just as the doctor is quoted saying above, using a therapeutic daily dose of NAC is “probably OK in most non-cancer cases”.
This means that you could absolutely benefit from supplementing with NAC as early as today.
Updated: October 20th, 2019 I like feeling sharp, light and ready to crush life. That’s why alcohol doesn’t really mesh with my lifestyle too much anymore. It’s for this reason that the following 15 non alcoholic drinks could absolutely save your health, and possibly even your life (you never know what kind of illnesses these healthy drinks can help you prevent).
Most of the following drinks can even be made at home at a minimal cost.
But, I’ll also recommend some convenient ready-to-drink options that can save you a lot of time.
OK, here we go…
1. Turmeric shots (wellness shots)
Turmeric is one of my favorite spices in the world.
According to John Hopkins, there’s a chance that turmeric can even prevent cancer.
There are only two issues with the spice, and they’re only minor annoyances.
For one, turmeric tastes really bad. And two, you have to add black pepper to your turmeric to activate curcumin, which is the key cancer-fighting ingredient found in turmeric (according to Mercola).
So, the easiest way to get all of the benefits of turmeric is by gulping it down in a ‘turmeric wellness shot’. You only need three ingredients to make a potent shot of turmeric:
Your choice of taste-masking liquid (orange juice, coconut water, lemon juice – it’s all good)
It’s also important to keep in mind that turmeric is fat-soluble, so you have to take it with a source of fat to get the most benefits. You could mix olive oil or coconut oil into your shot directly, or simply take your shot after eating a hearty meal.
Although, it’s also worth mentioning that you can brew loose leaf yerba mate to make an even stronger, bigger batch of this amazing non-alcoholic beverage. Best of all, yerba mate is great hot or cold, so it’s a great ‘social drink’ for any time of the year.
Kefir is one of the most life-changing non alcoholic drinks that anyone can benefit from.
It’s a fermented type of yogurt that tastes great, and contains healthy probiotics which help to detox your gut, and make you feel amazing.
I’m not kidding when I say that drinking kefir can literally change your mood, thoughts, and even the choices that you make. Yes, regulating your gut with healthy bacteria is just that important, as your gut acts as your ‘second brain’ (Scientific American). Most people don’t know this.
But, with the healthy probiotics found in kefir, you have the power to enjoy more control over your thoughts and emotions.
Kefir is available at most health food stores and mass market grocery stores.
4. Hand squeezed lemonade (sweetened with xylitol)
While this is one of the most basic non alcoholic drinks known to man, it’s still an important one.
Hand squeezed lemonade quenches your thirst, tastes great, and boosts your immune system with a blast of vitamin C.
I like to sweeten my lemonade with Xlear Xylosweet, as xylitol is most the best natural alternative to sugar available.
Kombucha tea is probably the tastiest booze-free beverage options on this list.
In fact, kombucha sometimes tastes really similar to cider beer, so it’s one of the best-tasting and healthiest NA beverages around.
Kombucha contains a variety of healthy acids, vitamins and probiotics that leave you feeling happy, calm and focused. The probiotics are typically the greatest benefit involved with drinking kombucha, as just one glass can line your gut with healthy bacteria, and leave you feeling great as a result.
You can brew kombucha yourself at home, or purchase a ready-to-drink option.
Here are two options that can get you started drinking kombucha:
Joe Rogan is a man who understands the importance of having a special green drink.
Your special green drink can include whatever ingredients you like.
But, you might want to include awesome ingredients like:
Lots of ice
The key is to use two or three green vegetables, and only one fruit ingredient in your special green drink. This will help you get the most nutrition while still being able to enjoy a sweet beverage.
8. Raw beet juice
Beet juice is one of my all-time favorite pre-workout beverages. It’s like an energizer for your mind and body, so it’s perfect for drinking right before a workout.
Beet juice is especially amazing for your cardiovascular system, too. Your body actually converts the nitrates found in beet juice to nitric oxide – which is like fuel for your body. This results in more blood flow, lower blood pressure, and greater strength and endurance.
I always make my beet juice at home using fresh beets and a Vitamix blender. But, any type of relatively powerful blender should do the trick.
9. Bone broth
While bone broth is technically a soup, it can still be poured into a tall go-cup for some excellent health benefits.
Bone broth probably isn’t something that you should take to a party. But, when you’re relaxing at home, you should drink it for its exceptional health benefits.
This type of broth is considered extremely healthy because when bones are boiled, the result that you’re left with is packed with nutrients that can improve your immune system, make your skin look better, and heal your gut.
Wellness Mama actually has an article that goes in-depth about all of the health benefits of bone broth, and how you can make it home.
10. Real hot chocolate
When you make real hot chocolate that consists of raw cocoa powder, you get the full benefits of this delicious drink.
Raw maca powder is powerful. I regularly make a quick maca powder mixer before I workout or go out for the night.
Maca powder is a finely ground root that’s loaded with health benefits. It gives you a fast burst of energy and sexual vitality. It’s also said to help balance your hormones. So, in addition to helping you experience better workouts, maca powder is also excellent to use before a big night out (party, social event, company get-together etc).
The only downside of maca powder is that it tastes really bad.
But, when you mix maca powder in a small (4 oz) glass of chocolate almond milk, it goes down pretty easy.
As a kombucha addict, I had no problem jotting down the truth about Tealixir to help you uncover an exciting new probiotic tea. So, this is my complete Tealixir Herbal Kombucha review that answers the important question at hand…
Is Tealixir the best-tasting, healthiest probiotic tea drink in a can?
Just keep reading to get the full scoop on this awesome kombucha brand, and find out about the surprisingly unique benefits that can be had by drinking Tealixir Kombucha.
At the very least, you’ll enjoy a delicious new beverage.
At best, you’ll load your body with a variety of nutritious herbs and spices that make you feel amazing.
Tealixir Herbal Kombucha Review – A Quick Introduction
Here’s how I would describe the taste and potential health benefits of China Rose:
Clean and effervescent
Tealixir China Rose is a clean and pure-tasting kombucha. It’s one of the very best fermented teas that I’ve tried.
Light citrus floral taste
The organic ginger, lemongrass and rose flavors stand out the most to me. I love the flavor combination, as it’s a unique blend that most people in the U.S. don’t get to try too often.
Delicate herbal flavor
While I personally couldn’t pick up on a strong herbal taste (my palette isn’t the best), I could definitely still tell that the herbal taste was there.
The herbal flavor of China Rose is subtle yet reassuring. You’ll feel confident knowing that you’re drinking a nice blend of ancient herbs and spices, and receiving the health benefits that come with that.
Special ingredients like organic fo-ti, rhodiola, lemongrass and even organic roasted brown rice prove that this kombucha product provides plenty of energizing, life-enhancing ingredients.
After drinking a can of Tealixir China Rose, I felt more focused, calm and awake.
Here’s how I would describe the taste and health benefits of Amrita Chai:
Excellent chai flavor
Amrita chai is smooth and refreshing with a light spicy finish.
Diverse flavor profile
Organic cinnamon bark, ginger root, and vanilla bean ingredients make for a delicious blend that’s unlike anything I’ve tried before.
Calming and stimulating
I felt that Amrita Chai was calming and stimulating at the same time. That might sound like a contradiction. But, the buzz that I felt was nice and synergistic. I think this might happen because of the ashwagandha ingredient found in Amrita Chai, which is an ancient herb that can relieve stress and ‘wake you up’ simultaneously.
While kombucha is considered an Ayurvedic medicine, Tealixir’s Amrita Chai is the only beverage I’ve discovered that maximizes the number of Ayurvedic ingredients in a single kombucha product.
I love that this product uses genuinely life-enhancing ingredients like organic gotu kola, ginger root, cloves, nutmeg and more.
Tealixir Herbal Kombucha Elixir Review #3. Dr. Marigold
Here’s how I would describe the taste and potential health benefits of Dr. Marigold:
Dr. Marigold tastes like a light, crisp and non-alcoholic apple cider/citrus beer.
Just enough sweetness
Tealixir has figured out how to balance kombucha with the ideal amount of sugar content. At 12 grams of organic cane sugar per 12 oz. can of Dr. Marigold, it’s just sweet enough to satisfy, without making you feel guilty afterwards.
Uplifting and energizing
This is where Tealixir really lives up to its reputation as a brand of ancient herbal medicine. I immediately felt a potent buzz after gulping down a can of Dr. Marigold. The lift in my mood lasted for at least an hour. I have to assume that this was the St. John’s Wort working its magic, as it’s an herb known for its anti-depressant benefits.
Immune system and heart health
While I obviously couldn’t feel the immune system or heart health benefits of Dr. Marigold right away, I trust that the organic ginko, hawthorn berries and various other powerful ingredients in Dr. Marigold provide awesome health benefits over time.
Tealixir’s Additional Benefits
There are so many benefits to drinking Tealixir, that it’s truly difficult to list everything that this awesome brand stands for.
But, here are just some of the additional benefits that Tealixir Herbal Kombucha offers:
Better gut health
Your gut acts as your ‘second brain’, and plays a massive role in how you feel, think and act.
Improving your gut health can surprisingly change your entire outlook on life.
Thankfully, Tealixir contains bacterial acids and probiotic flora that assists with digestion, and helps to regulate your gut.
Tealixir is a probiotic fermented tea after all, and helps to keep your ‘second brain’ in good shape.
All-natural, genuinely useful ingredients
I’ve tried a number of kombucha products. But, I don’t think I’ve tried one with as many organic, genuinely health-boosting ingredients as Tealixir.
BPA-free lined cans
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone disruptor that I try my best to avoid. It’s great to know that Tealixir stores their kombucha in BPA-free lined cans.
Because Tealixir’s cans are vacuum sealed and protected, they’re shelf stable. This is really convenient, because you can refrigerate your Tealixir whenever you want to.
Powerful non-alcoholic beverage
Before trying Tealixir, The Bu Kombucha was probably the most potent kombucha product that I’d tried. Now, I can safely say that Tealixir gives an even stronger kick than The Bu Kombucha. With more health benefits, too.
Great alcohol mixer?
Though I haven’t tried it yet, a quick Google search shows that kombucha and vodka is one of the healthiest cocktails you can make.
I have a feeling that Dr. Marigold mixed with Ciroc would be a fun party hit.
Coffee, soda or energy drink replacement
If coffee occasionally burns you out, then Tealixir could work great as a coffee substitute.
If you drink soda or energy drinks, then you should definitely consider switching to Tealixir.
I find that Tealixir has enough carbonation to give you a satisfying bite, but without any of the downsides of drinking traditional sodas.
Is Tealixir Herbal Kombucha Truly The Best-Tasting, Healthiest Kombucha Available?
Hope you enjoy the best-tasting, healthiest kombucha that I’ve been able to find.
P.S. I know that you’re going to love ordering a pack of Tealixir because the company delivers on their promises, and provides an exceptionally healthy and great-tasting kombucha tea that anyone can enjoy.
Tera’s is more expensive than most unsweetened whey proteins on the market
Serving sizes are two scoops, meaning that each tub makes only 12 protein shakes in total (at 22 grams protein per shake)
It can be too easy to go through entire tubs of Tera’s in just 1-2 weeks – depending on your diet and protein intake (if you only need one scoop of protein per shake, this tub could last you almost a month)
There are other delicious flavors of Tera’s available like Blueberry, Bourbon Vanilla and Dark Chocolate, which can make it difficult to settle for the plain flavor