According to Emory University, Americans eat fewer than 70% of their meals at home and less than a third of American families eat meals together more than twice a week. Many busy families opt for convenience and often times rely on factory-processed foods to get through the week without having to make multiple grocery trips. Combined with our nation’s history of support for fast food chains, it’s no wonder that obesity is an epidemic. [Read more...]
Chances are you’ve been hearing about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) all over the health and wellness sphere. It’s a buzzing topic for so many reasons, but the main reason why we care so much is because we’ve been eating them… whether we like it or not.
In the United States, more than 70% of the food stocked on the shelves of supermarkets directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. There are eight GM food crops on the market. The five major varieties are soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. These five all have bacterial genes inserted, which allow the plants to survive deadly doses of herbicide. Farmers end up using more herbicides and as a result, the food we consume has higher herbicide residues. About 68% of GM crops are herbicide tolerant! If that’s not scary enough- there is a gene inserted into GM corn and cotton that allows the insect-killing Bt-toxin to be secreted in every cell. About 19% of GM crops produce their own pesticide. [Read more...]
These days when we walk down the aisles of our local grocery store, we are bombarded with diet this and diet that.
You name it and there are low-fat versions of it. The truth is- any smart food company will create “healthy” alternatives to their original products to keep selling to us. But what they’re selling to us is an illusion that we’re eating healthier. Whether “healthy” is actually healthy is up for debate. [Read more...]
These days we see “anti-bacterial” thrown on everything and we buy into this bacteria-free frenzy. But do all bacteria deserve a bad reputation?
A growing body of studies tells us that the answer to this question is NO. Bacteria are essential to the design of the body and basic human nutrition. Our gut is home to over 500 bacterial species. These beneficial microorganisms help prevent and alleviate many conditions, especially issues related to the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system. When we use antibiotics, we kill the bad along with the good. It is important to replace the destroyed good bacteria for a number of reasons. If our bacteria balance gets out of whack, we have a harder time suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. People lacking certain beneficial bacteria in their digestive tracks will suffer from irritable bowels, bloating, and gas. Probiotics are living microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial ones that are naturally present in our gut. We can get probiotic microorganisms from consuming traditional foods, such as kefir, sauerkraut, miso and kimchi.
A serving of broccoli a day keeps the doctor away.
We’ve all heard of the “an apple a day” idiom and there is truth to this saying. But what’s this whole broccoli business? Well, it turns out that broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. Paul Talalay, director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins, was the first to discover the cancer-fighting property of broccoli. Broccoli contains a special chemical, sulforaphane glucosinolate, which works as a catalyst to boost detoxification enzymes in the body. The enzymes then trigger a process of detoxification that lasts for at least 72 hours. This is significantly longer than the antioxidant actions of vitamin C, E, and beta carotene! Broccoli is also rich in indole-3-carbinol, which is another powerful antioxidant. And it doesn’t end here – broccoli can also help maintain a healthier nervous system, regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and boost weight-loss. Since the discovery of sulforaphane’s prevention powers in 1992, U.S. sales of broccoli have doubled. For those of us who want the benefits of this vegetable, but can’t stand the taste… try eating broccoli sprouts. Just one ounce of broccoli sprouts contains more sulforaphane than two pounds of broccoli. [Read more...]
We all know that obesity is a huge medical problem and leads to many life-threatening diseases which are costing us a fortune in healthcare expenses…but…is it a disease per se?
Let’s look at some arguments on both sides of this debate- [Read more...]
How much do you know about America’s leading cause of death?
I realized that I didn’t know too much besides the obvious- that heart disease is no good and that there are many preventive measures people can take. It’s hard to see heart disease as more than two words that connote something dreadful. The average person probably won’t take the time to understand and react until it’s too late. [Read more...]
Hormones imbalances are reaching epidemic proportions in the West and the question is ‘WHY?’
In this interview I speak with my dear friend Dr. Sara Gottfried who’s a Harvard trained OB/GYN and specialist on the subject. She’s a NY Times Best selling author and a sweetheart of a person. We discuss the chemicals you absolutely MUST avoid and what types of things cause the biggest problems around the house. There’s some fascinating new evidence out there pointing to specific chemicals in our lives that disrupt the pathways of our hormones and drive us to get fat, sick, and tired.
Endocrine disorders from hormone disruptors are just the start. We’re finding neurotoxic agents that are wreaking havoc on our brains and those of our children on a daily basis. Find out how to avoid these “Black List” items and how to maneuver your way through this toxic world in this interview.
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Thinking about the types of food you consume can make huge difference in your health and lifestyle. Organic food is not only more nutritious but it can actually save you money in the long run, when you factor in healthcare cost over the years.
We have created this infographic from several recent health articles and authoritative sources to help you eat healthier. There are plenty of reasons to eat organic foods and people seem to be catching on. Organic foods are the fastest growing and most profitable segment of American agriculture. We have included the unhealthiest conventional foods, some of which may shock you. We’ve also compared the characteristics of a grass fed cow to a grain fed cow in order to show you how many calories you could be saving if you switched to a grass fed cow and how healthier you could be.
Grass fed cows are leaner, have a better flavor and are less likely to cause health risks. Grain fed cows contain antibiotics and can cause inflammation in the body which leads to most modern diseases and current health issues. The E. coli count in grain fed cows is also much higher which is definitely worrisome. There is so much health news today and it is hard to know what information to trust.
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Check out the trailer to the “Vitality” movie which really lays this argument out and shows us how to live a healthier life.