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...]
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...]
Organic food is making is way into every community in the US. Sustainable organic farming and gardening practices have moved from something others do to a way of life for all of us. Whether we keep a few fruit trees in our yard or a tomato plant in the terrace of our apartment, we all have access to the ritual of growing our own food. This latest Well.Org webisode is a celebration of this. [Read more...]
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.
Organic coffee has never tasted so good. Christina Avaness gave us a tour of her roasting lab where she’s having a hard time keeping this coffee in stock. She’s been a great resource for us as she specializes in super enzyme foods that enhance the health. The question becomes- how can we eat well and actually enjoy our food at the same time? Avaness has really mastered the art of making healthy food taste great and now she has brought us a coffee that is good for us.
The bottom line is that this coffee has a net alkalizing effect on the body meaning that it doesn’t have the negative side effects that the regular stuff has. This organic coffee does not dehydrate you like the regular beans which are treated with chemical pesticides. I’m not a big fan of coffee to begin with so I went in very skeptical. My initial reaction was favorable- it tasted great. I hung out while we filmed a separate segment and noticed a couple of things:
1) I was very clear and focused without the wiry edge coffee normally gives me, and
2) my stomach wasn’t turning and growling which is something I’ve come to expect from normal coffee.
I wasn’t fully convinced until that evening when I realized I never got the post-coffee crash. In fact, I felt pretty good into the night and slept well.
We had Christina serve this coffee at the screening of VITALITY and received great feedback from hundreds of people who were at the event. Regular coffee drinkers were sold. The health benefits were there and it was tasty.
This product is Rain Forest Alliance Certified which means it is giving back and preserving the rain forests. They don’t use toxic fertilizers or any synthetic chemicals. Organic coffees that are grown in a sustainable way help make the world greener. These crops are not genetically modified and are certified organic. Organically grown in the tree canopy and not a big farm, this coffee comes from a clean environment and healthy soil. It preserves the natural plants and wildlife on the island which is a nice alternative to the deforestation that comes from conventionally grown coffee.
A whole village has risen to abundance because of the fair trade practices of this company so people can hold their head up high and deliver a quality product to the world. We like products that do this and are actively nudging our viewers to support companies that help make a difference. Good stuff which also shares the love
Check out some of the flavors they have and enjoy this stuff for a month and see the difference it makes in your life.