The Complete Home Guide to Herbs, Natural Healing, and Nutrition

It seems as though there is a medication for just about every ailment these days. The only problem with that is, when you take a prescription or drug for one thing, you often have to counteract

Peek inside Your Protein Powder

No matter what your diet and exercise goals, adding a protein powder or protein shake can be one of the most helpful forms of nutritional supplementation. Unless you are an 18-year-old male with a rock solid metabolism, some form of added protein is probably necessary to add lean muscle to a flabby or undersized frame. But the benefits of protein aren’t just for hardcore weight trainers. Doctors and nutritionists often recommend increased protein intake to treat a range of metabolic disorders including high cholesterol, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

What Does Organic Really Mean?

Organic can mean many different things depending on whom you ask. Any chemist, for example, will tell you that all food is organic because it contains the element carbon. The USDA, on the other hand, uses a list of criteria to parse “clean” organic food, from chemical-ridden inorganics. As far as the USDA is concerned, a commercial food product can be labeled “organic” as long as:

  • The food was grown without the use of human waste as fertilizer.
  • No chemicals were used at any stage of the growing process (the USDA maintains a list of permitted and prohibited synthetic substances).
  • The food product’s genotype does not include genetic modification (no GMOs).
  • The farmland utilized in the food’s cultivation has been chemical and pesticide free for 3+ years.
  • The food producer maintains a standard on-site inspection schedule with regulators.

Why Sugar is The New Gateway Drug

You can read about all the evils of white sugar and you will still reach for your fix. Hey, you’re human. The thing is, you may want to determine for yourself what is an acceptable fix and what is a sugar addiction. The American diet (and culture) is inundated with products containing processed white sugar which has been proven to adversely affect living things and is addicting.

According to the Forbes article, ‘New Evidence That Sugar Is Harming Our Hearts’ (2/14),

Five Real Foods to Add to Your Diet This Summer

Summer is the season of dietary regret. Most of us enter the year with the best of intentions. We’re going to exercise more. Eat better. Cut down on unhealthy vices. Unfortunately, sociological research suggests that most New Years resolutions fall by the wayside before the end of January. This leaves many of us staring down the barrel of another summer without the requisite level of health and fitness to take full advantage of the beautiful weather.

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