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Truth about Whole Foods

garden 1549245 640Many health conscious people shop at Whole Foods because they trust the high quality of the food they sell. The truth is that Whole Foods may not be as transparent about the quality of their products, as people believe.
 
Whole Foods likes to project an image that their food is clean and sustainable but their actions don’t always line up with their image. Despite being more expensive, Whole Foods sells foods that contain common contaminants like pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
 
This fact was brought to light nutritionist, scientist and author, Mike Adams, who also runs the popular website “Natural News.”
 
“While sold at higher prices, Whole Food’s products are no different from foods sold at other conventional supermarkets. Whole Foods sells the illusion of eating healthy” he says. 
According to Adams, Whole Foods has the same suppliers and ingredients found at other supermarkets.
 
Adams can back up his claims because he has personally tested some of the foods he found at flagship Austin, Texas store of the food retail giant.
 
He found that some of the foods tested were contaminated with substances (like GMOs, pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals), which are linked to health issues like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and kidney disorders. He hasn’t even begun testing for hormone disrupting chemicals yet.
 
Two years ago, Adams met with executives at Whole Foods and showed them the results of foods he tested. Some came back positive for heavy metals like cadmium, mercury and lead. Whole Foods took his information and changed nothing.
 
Adams say Whole Foods is a company he used to believe in but has now gone the way of a typical corporation that is run driven by profits rather than morals. It is a company that runs on pure deception.
 
Whole Foods knowingly sells GMO foods. In fact, 20 to 30 percent of the packaged foods, salad bar, wheat and dairy sections contain GMOs. Almost all the non-organic Kashi products tested also contained GMOs.
 
More proof that Whole Foods is not on the consumer’s side is that they’ve partnered with Monsanto to keep the GMO labeling law from being enacted. Both Monsanto, a market leader in GMOs and herbicides and Whole Foods stand to lose out on profits if the GMO labeling law passes.
 
Adams, a champion of food transparency, feels that GMO labeling would expose Whole Foods as a company that doesn’t stand behind their mission of selling “all natural” food. As would ‘country of origin’ labeling.
 
Whole Foods buys some of its produce from China, a country with unenforced environmental regulations and labor laws. Understandably, they’d source from China if they couldn’t find the food locally but that’s not the case. The same produce is available in Texas and California. They prefer to buy from China because it’s cheaper.
 
So what can consumers do? There are many options. You can vote with your dollar by not shopping at Whole Foods. Instead, shop at a farmers market, join a community supported agriculture coop or grow your own food. Cut out the Whole Foods middleman by buying straight from the farmer. Not only do consumers save money this way, but also support local farming.
 
The reason consumers who buy organic produce at Whole Foods should wash their food with veggie wash is because they may be coming from a super polluted country like China. It is also a great idea to do a cleanse, like the 21 Day Body Makeover, to clean out the residue of the healthy food and produce you bought at Whole Foods. Click here to buy our 21 Body Makeover Program to clean out your body to be one step to a healthier you.
 
Health conscious consumers should not only know the truth about companies like Whole Foods but tell their friends and family and spread the message through social media. Consumer pressure alone can turn a company like Whole Foods from the wrong path and back in the direction of their original mission. With some economic pressure, we can help Whole Foods return to its good-intentioned roots, back before they became a publicly traded corporation. To check out the video about Whole Foods, check out this video.
 
 

 

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Do you know what you’re eating?

tomatoesThe corporate marketing machine is pretty sneaky about it’s labeling practices, skirting the law to make their products appear healthier than they are.
 
Take one of the most popular foods in the American diet, ketchup. This condiment goes with many popular savory dishes like eggs, French fries, burgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Everyone, especially kids, love ketchup for its sweet and tangy taste. When combined with fatty, salty foods ketchup creates an irresistible flavor combination in any dish.
 
Heinz is the ketchup market leader with 60 percent market share in the U.S. However, there are many reasons you and your family should reduce or avoid consumption of this popular, processed brand.
 
If you absolutely can’t go without your ketchup a better alternative is using an organic, GMO-free ketchup brand or making your own from organic tomato paste, water or broth, honey, salt and apple cider vinegar. Making your own is easier and cheaper than you would think and gives you ultimate control of your food.
 
So why is Heinz ketchup a bad choice? Just look at the label.
 
Legally ingredients must be listed in order of amount use, with the predominant ingredient listed first. Heinz ketchup ingredients are as follows: tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spices, onion powder and natural flavorings.
 
Here’s where Heinz gets tricky. They list corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup as two separate ingredients. They are in fact the same thing. If combined, these two ingredients then would be listed first on the ingredient label. Corn syrup is in fact the main ingredient in Heinz ketchup. If they listed it first, however, it would make their ketchup seem unhealthy or unappealing.
 
If you are not aware of the dangers of high fructose corn syrup, this is probably the biggest reason to avoid a product like Heinz. A barrel of high fructose corn syrup was tested by an Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researcher and found to contain high levels of mercury. Yes, that’s right MERCURY, the toxic heavy metal that affects the brain and nervous system. This product should not be in your children’s food!

If this isn’t disturbing enough, let’s look at the other ingredients.

The tomatoes in Heinz ketchup are listed as “ripe” and “red” but they are also processed, loaded with pesticides and possibly genetically modified. To keep costs down, Heinz uses low quality ingredients, choosing instead to spend their money on marketing and advertising to manage customer perceptions.

Distilled vinegar is another Heinz ingredient made from GMO corn, which is also grown with loads of pesticides.
 
Heinz also uses the cheapest type of salt, which can cause toxicity in the blood, high blood pressure and mineral imbalances if eaten in high quantities. And we all know that there is nothing natural about natural flavorings, or else they’d list it as a recognizable food or spice. Natural flavorings is just label speak for chemicals.

So we hope that going over the ingredients in Heinz ketchup has raised your awareness about what’s really hiding in your processed food and condiments. It’s not as innocent as it seems.

Because the American diet is full of processed products like this, with hidden, detrimental ingredients, it’s always a good idea to do periodic cleanses to remove built up toxins. The 21-Day Body Makeover will help you flush these processed toxins.

Cleaning your body is just as important as cleaning your house. If you go too long between cleanings, the dirt will build up and become much tougher to get rid of. In some cases, these built up toxins can cause diseases, immune issues, weight gain and allergies. Removing toxic foods from your pantry is a great idea. But flushing your body of past damage and toxins will leave you feeling lighter, clearer and more energetic.
 
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The foundations of detoxification is eating right and exercising

water 1487304 640While that’s a great start, there’s more you can do to improve your detoxification experience. When you’re trying to rid your body built up toxins, why not also try to limit your exposure of toxins coming in? While we can’t control our exposure to all toxins, there are things we can do in our home to greatly reduce our exposure.
Detoxifying your home can be a big and overwhelming project, so it’s best to start slow. Making a few changes weekly will add up quickly and leave you feeler cleaner and greener.
 
The first step is to educate yourself. Let’s look at the most common chemicals that hang out in your home.
 
You may or may no remember formaldehyde from high school biology class. It’s used to preserve dead animals for dissection purposes. This powerful preservative is also a known carcinogen and is used to manufacture products like nail polish and particle board. Detox tip: buy natural nail polish that is free of formaldehyde and limit the amount of particle board furniture in your house, opting for real wood instead.
 
 
Benzene is another toxic chemical found in paint, fuel, tobacco smoke and has been linked to health conditions like leukemia. Detox tip: choose paint that produces low emissions of volatile organic compound gases and don’t allow smoking inside the house.
 
 
Chlorine bleach is a common product found in most homes. It’s use can cause eye, throat and lung irritation and when mixed with ammonia it creates a poisonous gas. Detox tip: try not to breath in bleach when using it or switch to a natural alternative like hydrogen peroxide, lemon essential oil or vinegar. Switching from commercial cleaners to greener brands is always a good bet.
 
 
Phthalates can throw your hormones out of whack and can commonly be found in plastic containers and shampoos. Detox tip: It’s a good idea to switch from plastic to glass container and buy phthalate-free, natural shampoo and conditioner. Ditching plastic water bottles is one of the best ways to limit phthalate exposure, as the chemical may leach into the water inside, especially on hot days.
 
Lastly PCBs are nasty chemicals that were outlawed in 1979. But these chemicals are still in circulation and are carcinogenic. Most of our exposure comes from eating fish or breathing contaminated air. Detox tip: to limit your PCB exposure use an air filter in the home and limit fish consumption to once or twice a week.
 
Here are a few more things you can do to limit your toxic exposure in your house.
 
Drinking water is one of the biggest sources of toxins depending on water quality. Even if your water quality is good, a filter will make it even better.
 
Eating organic can be more expensive, but it’s the best way to avoid pesticides and genetically modified produce. Choosing organic is also good for the planet. Spend your money at the farmers market instead of at the pharmacy.
 
Most products get their fragrances from nasty chemicals. To limit toxic exposure it’s best to go with unscented products or switch to natural products scented with essential oils.
 
Switching to natural toothpaste is one of the easiest home detox fixes. Choose natural toothpaste that is free of fluoride and triclosan. This is especially important if you have young kids because fluoride is toxic if swallowed.
 
Ditch the extra products you don’t need, like air fresheners and hair spray. Diffuse essential oils to make the house smell nicer. Ditching house scenting products not only saves money, it saves your health.
 
If it’s time to buy a new mattress or couch, choose products with organic filling, made from non-toxic materials. The off gassing of chemicals from new furniture can affect children and sensitive people.
 
Lastly, getting rid of compact fluorescent light bulbs is a great idea. These types of bulbs should be avoided and disposed of carefully because they contain mercury and can be harmful if broken.
 
These are some of the tips for cleaning up your home to make your detox experience with the 21-Day Body Makeover even more successful.
 
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Healing powers of tumeric

TUMERic blogThe healing and anti inflammatory powers of turmeric have gotten enormous attention lately. Tumeric has been recommended as a natural treatment for inflammatory conditions like arthritis and psoriasis and has even been used as complimentary treatment for cancer.
 
Tumeric is also an antibacterial agent, liver detoxifier and has even been used to treat depression and promote weight loss. One of tumeric’s many promising healing functions has to do with treating or preventing brain related diseases, such as Alzheimers.
 
The compound in turmeric that’s thought to be responsible for its healing powers is curcumin. Tumeric powders, capsules and supplements focus on isolating and promoting this particular compound for its healing benefits.
 
But like all plants, turmeric is made up of hundreds of compounds. There are many more healing compounds in tumeric than curcumin, though these other compounds get far less attention and praise. One of these compounds is called ar-turmerone. The healing combination of curcumin and ar-turmerone has been found to have synergistic effects on healing the body and brain.
 
Ar-tumerone has recently been studied as a promising treatment for the regeneration of neurological disease.
A recent study from Germany found that tumeric has a massively regenerative effect on the brain. The study shows that adding the whole turmeric root to the diet may have mpre beneficial medicinal effects on the brain than curcumin alone.
 
German researchers evaluated ar-tumerone’s effect on neural stem cells, which are a group of brain cells capable of the self-renewal required for brain repair.

The study found that when brain cells were exposed to ar-tumerone, neural stem cells increased in number through enhanced proliferation. The increase number of differentiated neuronal cells is an indication that healing was taking place.
 
Another study showed that rats injected with ar-tumerone into the brain, also experienced increased neural stem cell proliferation and the creation of newly formed healthy brain cells.
 
There are other benefits of whole turmeric root.
 
For example, inflammation in the colon and polyps in the colon respond much better to treatment from the whole turmeric plant.
 
The additional benefits of the whole root over the powder is that the powder tends to get absorbed in the small intestine and never make it to the large intestine to treat the inflammation. The whole root, which is harder to digest, will have a much better chance of making it to the large intestine for treatment.
 
The examples above prove that curcumin isn’t the only promising healing compound in turmeric and possibly works in tandem with other turmeric compounds to create specific healing effects.
 
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the whole turmeric root has been so popular in Indian cooking and Indian medicine for thousands of years. It also adds a great flavor to food and drinks.
 
If brain issues are a concern or run in your family, you might want to add whole turmeric root to your diet for protective measures. Coupling this with a low sugar, whole food diet, stress reduction and exercise will bring even greater benefit to your brain and body health.
 
Fresh turmeric root can be found in supermarkets in the produce department. Tumeric can be peeled and shredded or juiced. It can be added to curries, smoothie or used to make a comforting, traditional and delicious beverage called golden milk.
 
Golden milk can be made with grass fed dairy, coconut milk or almond milk. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh, grated whole turmeric root and 1 tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger root to 2 cups of milk of choice. Add a pinch of pepper to make the turmeric more bio available. Simmer the milk for 10 minutes and strain. Let cool and sweeten with a touch of coconut sugar or raw local honey.
 
You can also throw your freshly grated turmeric root into your morning smoothies or spice your rice with freshly grated turmeric. You can also cut it into chunks and infuse it into kombucha or hot water with lemon. The flavor and health possibilities are endless.
 
And if you can’t find turmeric locally, you can always find the benefits of whole turmeric in the herbal supplements that come with the 21-Day Body Makeover.
 
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How to Cut Down on Sugar

potatoes 1585075 640Sugar is one of the most addictive substances known to man. If you want to improve your diet or heal from a health condition, cutting down on sugar is the best start.


But before you cut it out completely, it’s important to understand what the different forms of sugar and carbs, what they do to your body and why they shouldn’t be cut out completely. It’s easy to go from one extreme to the other and feel equally as bad at the other end. Going too low carb can cause issues with memory, mood, energy and hormones. So here is a simple guide to sugars and carbohydrates so you can choose your energy sources carefully and with lots of context.


One of the biggest issues with the standard American diet is that it’s too high in hidden sugars. Many processed foods contain sugar to make it taste better, most especially low fat products. We’re not just talking obvious sweet foods like cookies and pastries. Food manufacturers sneak sugar into savory foods like pasta sauce, salad dressings and soups, to name a few.


The average American eats 130 pounds of sugar each year. And because of this we are experiencing a spike in sugar-related health problems like obesity and diabetes. And there’s been a lot of talk in the health press lately about good carbs and bad carbs. So let’s examine what this means.


Carbohydrates are foods made up of starch or sugar.  Your body eventually breaks carbohydrates down into glucose, the fuel your body and muscles use for energy. There are two types of carbs, simple and complex. Complex carbs are considered the good kind of carbs because they can contain other nutritious elements like fiber, vitamins, enzymes and protein. They also take longer to digest and don’t spike your blood sugar. This translates into more even energy instead of the spike and crash effect of simple carbs.


That brings us simple carbs also known as “bad” carbs. These types of carbs will give you a sugar high followed by an energy or mood crash. Pasta, white bread, white flour, white sugar, cookies, candies, crackers, chips, pretzels, concentrated fruit juice and sodas are just some of the junky foods classified as simple carbs. Fruit are the only simple carbs that are healthy.


The reason insulin spikes are relevant to health is because insulin is the master hormone that rules your metabolism. It regulates glucose levels in your body by depositing it into cells as fuel. If the cell already are full of fuel then insulin carries the extra glucose to be stored as fat. When you eat a meal that is high in simple carbs, your pancreas works overtime to produce enough insulin to deal with it. This is not good for your pancreas or other organs. Too much glucose and insulin can cause a wide array or diseases and some research has linked them to cancer.


One of the best ways to figure out which carbs are simple and which are complex is by consulting a glycemic index chart like this one. This chart measures how high and quickly a particular food raises your blood sugar. It’s also a good measure of fiber content because fiber offsets the insulin response. Foods high on the glycemic index chart are simple carbs without much fiber. Foods lower on the index, for example below 60, are a good choice for blood sugar stability.


Some tips for staving off sugar cravings, while reducing simple sugars, is to eat more complex carbs like sweet potatoes or pumpkin puree. Fat and protein is also a good bet for filling you up and balancing blood sugar, so those sugar demons don’t scream so loud.


The 21 Day Body Makeover emphasizes foods that are lower on the glycemic index but still provide enough glucose to give you steady energy throughout the day.

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