Even though many of us do not come into contact with industrial chemicals per say on a daily basis, it is astonishing how many of these chemicals can make their way into our everyday life through different aspects of daily living. In fact, anything from our food, to cosmetics to personal care items and household items are contaminated with toxins.
All of us have been there. One minute you are going about your daily business and the next, you find yourself helplessly looking into the fridge or going through the pantry to find something to put into your mouth.
Clean eating is a concept where you only eat food the way nature delivered it. That means staying away from all refined and processed foods and consuming only what is the closest to food in its whole, natural form. It is not a diet program but a lifestyle approach to food and the way it is prepared.
No one has ever claimed that losing weight was easy. And when you have a significant target like losing 10 pounds in two weeks then guess what? Your struggle just got a little harder. But don’t worry, it may be hard to do so but by no means impossible and of course, feasible for some but not so for others.
For people who have been in a high-calorie and micronutrient-deficient diet, switching to a plant-based diet might seem very difficult because of how dependent you have been to the instant gratification and addictive feeling these unhealthy foods give.
Have you ever felt a sudden urge to eat foods loaded with salt, sugar, and fat? Like how you feel like the world is about to end without these foods passing through your mouth?
Humans and animals have specific diets for them to be able to thrive longest and in the best possible way and to do so, the kind of food intake plays a crucial role.
Stress and unpredictable weather are some of the things that lower one’s immune system.
Eat well and live well – that is what Canada’s food guide lives by and from the looks of it, the guide is aimed to help citizens take control of their health habits.
If there is something people have in common, it is that sickness and death are both inevitable.
Is Cheese Really Bad for You?
Is it possible to extend life? Let alone, live over a hundred without the risk of cancer, strokes, dementia, or heart diseases?
Have you ever walked down the aisle of a grocery store, thinking if the items you picked up, checks off your grocery list and just randomly eyeing its nutrition label, wondering what exactly they are and what they mean?
With all kinds of sicknesses people of all ages’ experience, one major illness like heart disease could be associated synonymously by many, to death. The vast majority may view having heart disease as good as an incurable and irreversible disease, but that is not entirely the case.
It’s no secret that only a small percentage of people from all over the world were able to live for about a hundred years old. But what is the secret to living over a hundred?
Pretty much all the carbohydrate-loaded food you could think of tickles the majority of everybody’s taste buds. But are all those carb-ridden food, nutrient-dense?
Standard American Diet, or as to how Dr. Joel Fuhrman put it, DAD Diet or the Deadly American Diet, is consuming more than 50% of calories from processed food that contains no vital micronutrients.
In every city imaginable, fast-food chains are sprouting like mushrooms, almost all having drive-thrus for those in a hurry to get their fill while traveling.
Everyone wants to adopt a healthy lifestyle but sadly there is no such thing as a free lunch, which is why you need to keep the budget in mind when deciding to eat healthily. Surprisingly, healthy food costs more than commercially prepared foods, but because health matters it is important to incorporate healthy foods into your routine.
Feeling sad is normal to people. It is caused by different life events such as loss of a family member or being fired from the job you love. But when the normal feeling of sadness becomes intense and lasts for weeks, it may be something more serious.
There has been confusion between vegan and plant-based dieters. This article is intended to break the difference, highlight similarities and benefits of embracing the two lifestyles.
After a long week’s work after Christmas break, finally, the weekend has come. Fumbling the sheets for the remote, you turn on the television and your favorite late night show is about to start.
According to statistics, 20 percent of Americans experience mental issues every given year. Recent statistics also indicate that 16 million people have experienced one major depressive episode in the past year while 18.1 percent of American suffer from either OCD or PTSD or other specific phobias.
Perhaps you are going through a lot in life. You see the stress and isolation you are facing is affecting you greatly. It affects your family, friends among other people in your life.
Having nutrient deficiencies can often go neglected as they present some very generic symptoms. Over time, these symptoms may even develop into diseases with long term consequences. For instance, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies over time can lead to osteoporosis which is marked by brittle bones.
‘Sugar’ is a term that is used most often to refer to glucose. Glucose is the only form of sugar that the body can metabolize to produce energy. So, all sorts of sugars will eventually be converted to glucose by the body so that it can be used.
A smoothie is one of the best ways to get your nutrients along with a healthy dose of fiber. Simple to put together, it is prepared by adding all ingredients in a blender and then mixing them well.
Gluten intolerance is a very common issue ranging in severity for different individuals. Non-celiac gluten intolerance is the milder version of this issue whereas celiac disease is the most enhanced and severe form of this problem. In both, individuals have problems with properly absorbing the wheat protein called gluten.
Unfortunately enough, fiber is often ignored when someone talks about or opts for a balanced diet. All talk focuses on changes in protein, carbohydrate, fat, and water intake while fiber takes a backseat. This however, is not a very good approach. Consuming adequate fiber is as important as having the rest of the nutritional components.
You may have come across the terms “probiotic and prebiotic” when talking about gut health. Other than sounding similar, these two terms relate to two very different things. So if you are confused about which is which or about what either does for health, here is a quick introduction to both.
Intermittent fasting can be defined as a state where you are required to eat during a specific time frame and then observe longer periods of fasting during a 24 hour time period. A number of studies have stated that intermittent fasting can provide various health benefits some which are discussed below.
For anyone to function normally, getting adequate and good quality sleep is very important. Disrupted and unusual sleeping hours and patterns deteriorate both mental and physical health in countless ways.
In a world dominated by meat lovers, it is difficult to become a vegetarian especially when meat can come in many mouth-watering forms. Having said that, excessive consumption of meat can lead to serious health problems that can be alarming.
When you want to add some flavor into your cooking, you reach for the white stuff in your kitchen cabinet without thinking. While it is true that the easiest way to improve flavor of bland recipes is by adding salt, it is also equally true that too much salt is a major contributor to many serious health conditions.
The very notion of ‘plant based’ may sound intimidating to many people, but it is important to know that a plant based diet is not a deprivation diet. If anything, it is a nutrient dense way of eating where you can eat when you are hungry and eat until you are full.
We’ve all been there-stacking up old jars in shelves, pushing boxes further in cabinets, or simply piling up expired items that are not worth using anymore. If you find yourself nodding in agreement to any or all of the above, then it is time you clean out your pantry!
With different kinds of diets many people follow, it could get confusing which one is indeed beneficial to one’s health.
You want to eat healthier, but you’re super-busy.
You eat out several times a week because that’s what you have to do. That’s what works for you and your family.
But you probably realize it’s not working great when it comes to your health goals.
You want better health. You want to eat better. You don’t want the extra calories, fast food and junk food as much anymore. And you do want to save time and money.
Any food that compensates taste for nutritional value or has been altered from its natural form is doing damage to your health. This includes all types of fast food options as well as GMO foods which can have the following negative impact on your health.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which disturbed sleep patterns or associated daytime fatigue brings about significant distress in important areas of functioning. As a result, your health may begin to suffer since you cannot be healthy without adequate quality sleep.
Food labels are a way of finding out what you are getting out of your food choices. With labels, you can compare the nutritional value of products, better manage a special diet or wish to increase or reduce your consumption of a particular nutrient. But whatever your reason for doing so, learning how to read and understand food labels can help you make informed choices.
Colds and flu are common winter ailments that affect a person’s lungs, nose and throat. The symptoms, even though not serious, can be quite distressing. To treat cold and flu symptoms, you do not need to rely on medication but can follow some natural remedies paired with some simple, yet effective lifestyle habits instead.
Everyone knows that sugar has extremely addictive properties. That is why it becomes really hard for many people to fight their sugar cravings.
Getting back on track after a big holiday or a food filled vacation can be hard. But instead of feeling guilty or beating yourself up, try these simple tips to refresh your healthy eating plan.
Bloating is a condition when the belly feels swollen after eating. The sensation can cause increased pressure buildup and discomfort in the stomach, making it appear bigger than usual. Most of the time, abdominal bloating is caused by intestinal gas which not only looks bad but can also bring about physical discomfort.
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, barley and spelt. It causes digestive problems in people with celiac disease who are unable to process this protein properly. For this group of people, gluten free eating is a lifestyle habit out of necessity.
Improper food storage in the fridge can impact the flavor and health benefits negatively and force you to toss it out. Instead you can organize your fridge based on functionality and food safety to get the most out of your groceries.
Fatigue is a common problem for many people worldwide. It may happen due to working nonstop, not eating right or not getting enough rest. In any case, the stacking exhaustion can impact your work and everyday life.
While many workouts are specifically designed for weight loss, they also offer a number of added benefits. For instance, working out regularly can reduce the risk of many diseases, as well as improve the quality of sleep, mood and athletic performance.
Yes, it seems everywhere you turn health and wellness experts are telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables.
How much exercise do you actually need to get in shape? Twenty minutes three times per week? Half-hour per day? And how much is too much? Do you need to sweat it out for an hour or more every day?
Are willpower and self-control the real solution to low energy and high weight? Maybe not. It might actually be your (powerful) hormones. And we’re not just talking about sex hormones here; we’re talking about the hormones that directly affect your blood sugar, metabolism, and appetite. Things that actually control your energy and weight.
Traveling soon? Perhaps a long-awaited vacation? Business trip? Always on the run? No matter where you’re going, you’re probably going to appreciate some quick and easy healthy food ideas. These can help you stay on track and help you bring, and find real food.
Refined sugars are one of the most toxic foods you can eat. Consuming refined sugars causes low and high energy, intense cravings, feelings of depression, anger, anxiety.
Does Sleep Affect Weight Loss? A lot of the times, sleep deprived individuals end up eating more sugary and fatty foods and complain about fatigue, depression, anxiety and have a hard time losing weight. So, what is the connection between sleep and possible weight loss? Let’s take a closer look.
Certain foods can help you shed weight off from your midsection and achieve your dream of a flat and firm stomach. These foods have the potential to detoxify your digest tract, kill your hunger and shrink your body’s fat cells.
Most people are creatures of habit and like to stay in their comfort zone. That is to say they will buy from the same stores, make their favorite recipes times and over again and just live within their familiar routines. But, if somewhere along the line, you do get serious about eating better and adopting a healthier lifestyle, you will need to stir things up.
By now you have already been making, or at least been thinking of making some major changes to your eating habits and lifestyle. But remember that these changes should not be forced and should come naturally. So introduce changes at your own pace.
Dyspepsia, otherwise known as an upset stomach, is defined as painful, difficult, or disturbed digestion, accompanied by symptoms such as a feeling of fullness, stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, bloating, burping, and heartburn, affecting millions of people from all over the world every hour of every day.
Foods that offer fiber along with nutrients are a must for everyone’s diet. The simple reason being that fiber helps the body eliminate toxins.In fact, it acts as a scrub that brushes away waste from the colon, as well as absorbs harmful toxins and chemicals. As a result most cases of constipation can be resolved naturally by just eating more fiber and drinking lots of water.
As the saying goes “You are what you eat”, so why not take matters into your own hands as far as your dietary choices are concerned?
When it comes to feeding your body and mind the right way, you should be in charge. That means preparing your meals at home.
Carbohydrates are essentially the first form of fuel for our bodies. This means that the body turns to carbs for its basic energy needs. Now carbohydrates come in varieties known as complex carbs and simple carbs.
Turmeric is no doubt one of the most well-known, potent foods available. It offers a number of health benefits for its users which range from safeguarding brain cells, maintaining a healthy, inflammatory response to aiding healthy cardiovascular function and promoting radiant skin. Regular use of turmeric in the diet can also improve detoxification on the inside while helping maintain a positive outlook on the outside.
In pursuit of a better and healthier lifestyle, we often neglect to look at things which are responsible for keeping us looking good, that is the food we eat and the products we put on our skin. Much of what we eat and apply to our skin is filled with chemicals, additives, and preservatives to make the products last longer, but are not necessarily doing any favors to our health.
Choosing fruits and vegetables of a variety of colors is the best thing you can do for your health. Colorful foods get their particular color from certain phytonutrients that come with many health boosting properties; in fact, each color offers different health benefits that can range from preventing cancer, boosting memory, improving vision, and acquiring a glowing complexion.
Calcium is an important nutrient needed primarily by the body for proper development of bones and teeth, and then for other functions like muscle contraction, nerve function, blood clotting and enzyme activity. As such a good dose of calcium needs to be included in your diet on a daily basis.
While sugar is a must ingredient in sweet treats, the effects of consuming too much sugar are not so sweet, either on the waistline or on the body in general. Excess sugar robs the body of minerals, impacts dental health, triggers inflammation, along with a series of other health issues like osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer.
For the better part it is believed that unless there is a whole lot of meat included in our diet, we will otherwise suffer from a protein deficiency. This problem becomes more significant when dealing with groups that are vegetarian or vegan in their dietary habits. But not all groups that eliminate meat consumption from their diet are protein deficient. In fact, there are many other food sources that can provide a good amount of protein to the body without having to rely on meats alone.
Getting your beauty sleep is not just an expression but a reality that can have actual consequences on the condition of your skin. Lack of adequate sleep can have devastating effects on health and beauty. After a restless night of disturbed sleep, the skin looks tired and dull with bags under the eye area. On the flip side if you wake up after a restful sleep, you naturally wake up refreshed, alert and vigilant.
Committing to eating healthy means taking into account not only the food that we eat but also how safely that food was grown and raised. Nowadays organic foods seem to have taken over the food market with many stores displaying separate organic food aisles.
Eating food in its natural state is perhaps the best way of reaping all the health benefits that are offered. And while not everything can be eaten raw, most foods that are cooked lose vital nutrients which are essential for repairing our body. When eaten in its raw state without cooking or processing, many foods will offer benefits like increased energy levels, beautiful hair and skin, and better weight loss management.