Organic Foods Contain Higher Levels of Certain Nutrients, Lower Levels of Pesticides, and May Provide Health Benefits for the Consumer

This review article is a thorough evaluation of major research on this question to date. Crinnion does a great job of bringing out all of the issues of nutrient value as well as reduced pesticides as he looks at a multitude of studies. What he discovers is that it is a more complicated issue that . . . → Read More: Organic Foods Contain Higher Levels of Certain Nutrients, Lower Levels of Pesticides, and May Provide Health Benefits for the Consumer

Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance

This report is a clear and powerful compilation of the issues around consumer safety and the perfume industry. The authors tested 17 name-brand fragrances, discovering that only half the ingredients included in the fragrance are found on the label. On average, 14 ingredients were secret in addition to the 15 on the label. This is . . . → Read More: Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance

Is your vitamin supplement a food or a chemical?

Sadly, more than 90% of the products on the market are chemicals. The first question we should ask is, “What is the difference between concentrated, whole food nutrients and synthetic mega-, multi-, anti-oxidant supplements?” The second question is, “What is the impact on my health?”

A properly processed whole food supplement contains an infinite number . . . → Read More: Is your vitamin supplement a food or a chemical?

But I eat a pretty good diet…

The concept of eating well can be quite subjective. Do you mean the USDA Food Pyramid or the updated My Plate? Low-fat? Vegan? Atkins, South Beach, Fat Flush, Paleo? There are so many diet plans out there and so many ideas on what it means to eat a healthy diet that the first order of . . . → Read More: But I eat a pretty good diet…

Eating Healthy on a Budget (part 2)

The old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, is very appropriate here. These suggestions require you to set aside some time to plan each week and to talk with your family to gain their support. Once you get over the initial learning curve, these suggestions prove to be a huge time savings.

Develop . . . → Read More: Eating Healthy on a Budget (part 2)

Eating Healthy on a Budget (part 1)

Is health expensive?

Eating healthy and living a lifestyle that is supportive rather than self-destructive does take commitment and that often means time and money. Depending on the number of changes that need to be made, the adjustment in how you spend your time and money will vary. I believe that the time investment in . . . → Read More: Eating Healthy on a Budget (part 1)

Do you have metabolic syndrome?

 

Have you ever wondered why when one thing goes wrong with your health, all of the sudden there are several things, seemingly unconnected, that go wrong? Maybe you have never had a health issue, but you pick up a few pounds after a stressful period of time and the next visit to the doctor . . . → Read More: Do you have metabolic syndrome?

Do your food choices, even if they are not perfect, really matter?

Just a Little More Attention for a Big Impact

In a 2010 systemic review and meta-analysis (the researchers picked out all of the high quality studies globally and gained insights from them) the authors found that just a little more compliance with the Mediterranean diet led to an …

8% reduction of death from all . . . → Read More: Do your food choices, even if they are not perfect, really matter?

Wild Fermentation, Sandor Katz

Wild Fermentation provides a history of fermentation, the usefulness of fermented foods in health and the sad story of the general loss of this knowledge in modern society. The book is a bit quirky at times and full of a few “soapbox” diversions by the author but it is also full of generational knowledge that . . . → Read More: Wild Fermentation, Sandor Katz

Probiotics in Children (Kilger, Hanaway, & Cohrssen, 2007)

This article serves as a review of a great deal of research worldwide on the issue of probiotics use in children. It has been demonstrated that the development of a healthy gastrointestinal flora is vital for a healthy immune and digestive function in children. The authors present the development and function of the gut flora . . . → Read More: Probiotics in Children (Kilger, Hanaway, & Cohrssen, 2007)

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