Is Your Diet Helping or Hurting Your Health?

Your diet creates your foundation of health. Are you making food choices that support or hinder your health?

Unfortunately, we are seeing many unhealthy trends in the American diet. It is important to keep in mind that your eating habits and food choices have the ability to either help or exacerbate many common health complaints such as headaches, fatigue, acid reflux and indigestion, insomnia, and obesity. Below is a list of eating trends that can negatively affect one’s health. These trends put stress on the body and contribute toward inflammation, obesity, and nutrient deficiencies, as well as increase risk factors for various chronic diseases.

  • Eating out more often, much of it being fast food
  • Eating on the run (in the car, at your desk, in front of the TV, etc.)
  • Eating more processed foods (containing high salt, sugar, refined oils, artificial colors, preservatives, unhealthy fats, synthetic ingredients, and other additives) Continue reading “Is Your Diet Helping or Hurting Your Health?”
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FDA vs the Dairy Industry

In my house we only drink organic milk and I get teased by people who think I am crazy to spend $10 for a gallon of organic milk (actually, I pay that for 4 litres of milk… I live in Canada), especially when regular milk costs less than half that amount. Personally, I would rather spend less on clothing, trips and gas (for example), and more on quality food for my family. I know there isn’t any possible way that I can protect my family from all the crap that is out there, but this is one area where I can choose to say no to antibiotic-ridden milk. I know, another alternative is to go dairy-free, but I love it, my son loves it, and so I am going to do the best  I can.

The FDA is trying to crack down on the dairy industry because of the use of antibiotics in older cows. The dairy industry isn’t having it. Read this article in the New York Times, and tell us what you think.

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Are Organic Foods Really Better for You?

This is a very relevant question to ask when making decisions about where to spend your hard-earned dollars. Frequently, though not always, organic foods cost more than non-organic or conventionally raised foods. Is the higher price really worth it?

There are many reasons to buy organic besides purely human health, but according to a recent Washington State University study, which looked at the nutritional differences between organic and conventional strawberries, it seems organic really is a better choice.

The researchers involved in the study tested 26 commercial strawberry operations in the state of California over a period of 2 years to reach the conclusion that organic strawberries really are better for you. What they found specifically is that the organic strawberries had significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants and vitamin C. Continue reading “Are Organic Foods Really Better for You?”

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Best Organic Shampoo

Last time I reviewed the chemicals you don’t want in a shampoo. What ingredients do you want for safe and effective results, and which brands are best?

The best ingredients are “certified organic,” next best are ‘organic.” Most top-performing organic shampoos provide a combination of ingredients that cleanse and moisturize. If you have dry hair, use a conditioner—and leave it on for 3-5 minutes, so you get the benefits. There are organic formulas targeted for all hair types; I test all the safe, new ones that come to my attention. Continue reading “Best Organic Shampoo”

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June 2024