Tag: natural

What Does “Fresh” Really Mean?

I was walking through the produce section of the grocery store the other day and a lady looked at me and asked where the locally grown produce was located. I replied with “I usually look for the areas of organic vs. conventionally grown”. Her question got me thinking because the locally grown conventional produce could actually have just as much…

Gut Bacteria of Ancient Human Ancestors Nothing Like the Gut Residents of Today

A group of researchers from the University of Oklahoma are trying to understand the relationship between gut bacteria of ancient people (as preserved from archeological sites dating over 1000 years ago) to modern man. “The results support the hypothesis that ancient human gut microbiomes are more similar to those of non-human primates and rural non-western communities than to those of…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

FDA Trying to Take Away IV Vitamin C—Let’s Take Action!

  I was recently informed that the FDA is targeting intravenous (IV) vitamin C by notifying small pharmacies that they will no longer be allowed to manufacture or distribute injectable vitamin C. IV vitamin C is only available to physicians, and must be administered by a physician. It has been used successfully, and safely, for many years. So why the…

Chicken Wings and a UTI

  I recommend eating natural foods all the time because I know foods that don’t contain toxic ingredients are better for our bodies. If you eat meat, choose natural meats from animals that haven’t been treated with growth hormones and antibiotics. Now there are even more good reasons to go all-natural. A recent study found certain strains of E. coli…

Fiber’s Influence on Cardiovascular Disease

  The general recommendation among conventional circles of dietary fiber intake is 25 to 30 grams per day. Those in the natural health field recommend at least 35 grams per day. I created an entire diet around this recommendation: The Fiber35 Diet. Americans struggle to consume even the lower end of these recommendations. In fact, the average dietary fiber intake…

Ultra-Processed Food is Making Us Fat and Sick

We often think of processed food, in general, as being not as healthy as fresh food.  But unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see processed foods as unhealthy with labels like, “reduced fat,” “natural,” or even “organic.” The truth is, while organic processed foods may be a little better for you than traditional processed foods, it’s better to minimize…

Shopping for Real Food

This week, your challenge is to grocery shop with a plan, (or a mission, rather)! Print out this flow chart, from SummerTomato.com, and you’ll be well on your way to filling your basket with real foods. That is, unprocessed, unrefined, unadulterated real foods. It can be hard to determine what is healthy these days. It seems like there is a…