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Would you like a little glyphosate with your oatmeal?

cereals 1236202 640Oatmeal has long been recommended as a low-fat, heart-healthy breakfast food. But recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing U.S. foods for residues of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer.

Alarmingly, the FDA has found glyphosate residues in a variety of oat and oatmeal products such as oatmeal cereals and plain and flavored instant oatmeal. Some of the products tested were for babies.

Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Round Up, the most widely used pesticides in the U.S. This herbicide is made by Monsanto, which also produces genetically modified plants and seeds.

The consumer watchdog group “U.S. Right to Know” brought this information to public attention.

U.S. Right to Know is a nonprofit organization that investigates the risks associated with the corporate food system, among other things. Their mission is to build a healthier food system by promoting transparency in corporate food practices. They are spreading the word about these test findings so people know the risks of eating or feeding their family possible carcinogens.

In 2015, the World Health Organization reported that a team of international cancer experts deemed glyphosate to be a likely carcinogen. Other scientists have chimed in about this topic, saying that the heavy use of glyphosate is damaging the environment as well as impacting human health.

Babies are particularly vulnerable because their immune systems are still developing.

And FDA chemist found traces of glyphosate in infant oat cereal, particularly the banana strawberry and banana flavored varieties, according to a recent press release. The herbicide was also detected in the cinnamon spice, maple brown sugar and peach and cream flavors of instant oatmeal brands.

The levels of glyphosate found in oatmeal are not dangerous or harmful if you consume it occasionally, but if oatmeal is a staple breakfast meal that’s eaten every day, even trace amounts of chemicals begin to add up. The same goes for U.S. Honey.

According to the U.S. Right to Know, the FDA also found glyphosate in samples of U.S. honey. Some of the samples showed residue double the legally allowed limit in the European Union.

While honey and oats were tested, they were not the main focus of the FDA study. The FDA began testing the U.S.’s four main food commodities including corn, soy, eggs and milk. These studies come as both the U.S. and the European Union seriously evaluate the impact of glyphosate on human health after the 2015 report from the World Health Organization.

The four main crops tested by the FDA have not shown glyphosate residue levels that exceed legal tolerance. The FDA study is ongoing and begs the questions: why is there a legal tolerance level of a possible carcinogen?

The environmental protection agency will be holding a four-day meeting in mid October of 2016 to discuss cancer research pertaining to glyphosate with an advisory panel. The debate centers around whether the team of scientist who declared glyphosate a likely carcinogen was right or wrong?

Despite the politics, it’s good to know what’s in our food and what babies are actually eating. Because we live in a chemically polluted word, the best thing we can do for our bodies and immune systems is clear the detox channels and flush out the hidden toxins in “healthy” food.

The 21-Day Body Makeover is a great way to support the detoxification organs and regularly flush harmful and disease causing chemicals from the body. Even if you eat a healthy, organic diet, detoxing is crucial for health in today’s world.

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An article on the oat findings written by Carey Gillam, research director of U.S. Right to Know, can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ carey-gillam/fda-tests- confirm-oatmeal_b_12252824. html

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Why you should wash your veggies

produceAlmost every health expert agrees that eating fruit and veggies is a good idea for health. But choosing the right veggies and washing them well is important if you want to avoid the health disruption of ingesting pesticides. The biggest reason most people use veggie wash is to wash the pesticides, wax, dirt, and other residues off of their vegetables.
 
Others use veggie washes to extend the life of their produce in the fridge, since the bacteria that causes more rapid decay has been removed. Make sure to let produce dry fully before putting it back in the fridge.
 
It’s important to use veggies wash even if you buy organic veggies, because you never know what’s on your veggies and what they’ve come in contact with during their trip to the supermarket.
 
Also, only buying organic can be expensive. A great compromise is to buy the organic version of the “dirty dozen” and shop conventional when it comes to the “clean 15”.
 
The dirty dozen are the produce grown with the most pesticides. They include strawberries, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, pears, potatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, lettuce and spinach.
 
The produce above doesn’t just contain one or two pesticide residues. An environmental working group study found as many as 11 different pesticides on some bell peppers and as many as 9 different pesticides on apples, peaches, celery and lettuce. They also found that eating the contaminated fruits and veggies on this list may expose someone to as many as 14 different pesticides per day, on average.
 
The clean 15 by contrast are the fruits and veggies that use the least amount of pesticides to grow. They include: onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, and honeydew melon.
 
Most commercial veggie washes can be sprayed on fruit and then washed off with water. They are usually derived from plant-based ingredients like citrus, coconut, and corn. Other veggie washes require you to soak the fruits and veggies in a solution for a little while.
 
The problem with commercial veggie washes sold in stores is that they tend to be expensive and contain unwanted ingredients, like chlorine to kill bacteria. Some lab tests show that these commercial washes are no better at cleaning veggies than distilled water.
 
If you don’t want to shell out money for questionable veggie washes you can make your own using equal parts of white vinegar and water.
 
If you want to get fancy and increase efficacy you can use a solution that combines: 1 cup water with 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of baking soda and juice of ½ a lemon. This type of solution is particularly good at washing greens.
 
To clean berries, which are delicate and tend to take on flavor easily, it’s best to spray them in a solution made from 2 cups water and ½ cup of lemon juice, then soak for 15 minutes in fresh water.
 
Some people may just use water to wash their produce, but think about it: pesticides were specifically designed to resist being washed off by rainfall.
That means that pesticides are complex oil based molecules that are primarily water-insoluble (meaning that washing alone will not remove them).
Veggie washes help clean produce better than water by loosening, emulsifying and holding surface residue in suspension so they can be easily rinsed away.
 
Not only do veggie washes remove pesticides, they also help remove unwanted contaminants from handling such as human perspiration, oils, dirt and exhaust fumes from shipping and transportation.
 
Using a veggie wash is the best way to consume the cleanest produce possible. Another great way to keep your body clean and healthy is to do regular detoxes.
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover is a great way to clean toxins from you body that may have been mistakenly ingested through improperly cleaned or pesticide-ridden produce, along with the world’s other hidden toxins.
Almost every health expert agrees that eating fruit and veggies is a good idea for health. But choosing the right veggies and washing them well is important if you want to avoid the health disruption of ingesting pesticides. The biggest reason most people use veggie wash is to wash the pesticides, wax, dirt, and other residues off of their vegetables.
 
Others use veggie washes to extend the life of their produce in the fridge, since the bacteria that causes more rapid decay has been removed. Make sure to let produce dry fully before putting it back in the fridge.
 
It’s important to use veggies wash even if you buy organic veggies, because you never know what’s on your veggies and what they’ve come in contact with during their trip to the supermarket.
 
Also, only buying organic can be expensive. A great compromise is to buy the organic version of the “dirty dozen” and shop conventional when it comes to the “clean15”.
 
The dirty dozen are the produce grown with the most pesticides. They include strawberries, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, pears, potatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, lettuce and spinach.
 
The produce above doesn’t just contain one or two pesticide residues. An environmental working group study found as many as 11 different pesticides on some bell peppers and as many as 9 different pesticides on apples, peaches, celery and lettuce. They also found that eating the contaminated fruits and veggies on this list may expose someone to as many as 14 different pesticides per day, on average.
 
The clean 15 by contrast are the fruits and veggies that use the least amount of pesticides to grow. They include: onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, and honeydew melon.
 
Most commercial veggie washes can be sprayed on fruit and then washed off with water. They are usually derived from plant-based ingredients like citrus, coconut, and corn. Other veggie washes require you to soak the fruits and veggies in a solution for a little while.
 
The problem with commercial veggie washes sold in stores is that they tend to be expensive and contain unwanted ingredients, like chlorine to kill bacteria. Some lab tests show that these commercial washes are no better at cleaning veggies than distilled water.
 
If you don’t want to shell out money for questionable veggie washes you can make your own using equal parts of white vinegar and water.
 
If you want to get fancy and increase efficacy you can use a solution that combines: 1 cup water with 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of baking soda and juice of ½ a lemon. This type of solution is particularly good at washing greens.
 
To clean berries, which are delicate and tend to take on flavor easily, it’s best to spray them in a solution made from 2 cups water and ½ cup of lemon juice, then soak for 15 minutes in fresh water.
 
Some people may just use water to wash their produce, but think about it: pesticides were specifically designed to resist being washed off by rainfall.
 
That means that pesticides are complex oil based molecules that are primarily water-insoluble (meaning that washing alone will not remove them).
Veggie washes help clean produce better than water by loosening, emulsifying and holding surface residue in suspension so they can be easily rinsed away.
Not only do veggie washes remove pesticides, they also help remove unwanted contaminants from handling such as human perspiration, oils, dirt and exhaust fumes from shipping and transportation.
 
Using a veggie wash is the best way to consume the cleanest produce possible. Another great way to keep your body clean and healthy is to do regular detoxes.
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover is a great way to clean toxins from you body that may have been mistakenly ingested through improperly cleaned or pesticide-ridden produce, along with the world’s other hidden toxins.
 
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Signs of Liver Toxicity

According to Chinese Medicine, if your liver isn’t healthy, you’re not healthy. The liver performs over 400 functions in the body. It rules metabolism, which affects weight loss, digestive health, the immune system and eye and skin health. The liver helps digest fats, regulate hormones, store essential vitamins and minerals and break down drugs and alcohol.
The liver is your body’s primary filter, cleaning toxins from your blood and the foods you ingest. The more polluted the world is, the more work your liver has to do. When the liver gets backed up, you tend to feel sluggish and can develop a host of seemingly unrelated issues like allergies, weight gain, premenstrual syndrome, skin issues and eye/eyesight problems. 
The liver tends to get sluggish from stress, constant activity, environmental toxins, and dietary assaults like pesticides, sugar, alcohol and processed foods. The liver is a self regenerating organ, if you relieve it’s burden with a cleanse it will function much better. Even if you live a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and organic foods, you can still greatly benefit from a liver cleanse.
 
What does it mean to have a sluggish liver?
A sluggish liver becomes less efficient in ridding the body of toxins. Instead of leaving the body, toxins are stored in fat tissue and stay there until the liver becomes more efficient and eventually ushers them out. That’s why people with a sluggish liver have a hard time shedding weight regardless of diet and exercise. The extra fat protects the body from being flooded with toxins.
 
What are the symptoms of a sluggish liver?
Below are some signs your liver is struggling.
Chronic fatigue
Negative emotions (particularly anger)
Brain fog or lethargy
Chronic join or muscle pain
Chronic bad breath
Unexplained weight gain
Chemical sensitivity and allergies
Anxiety and depression
Hormone imbalances
Digestive issues like gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea/constipation
Trouble digesting fats
Acne or skin conditions
Excessive perspiration
Chronic dull headaches or migraines behind the eyes
If you experience several of these issue, a liver cleanse can likely change how you feel.
 
How to relieve your symptoms by taking better care of your liver:
Cleaning up your diet can help. Instead of eating processed, convenience foods, cook from scratch at home with high quality whole foods. Make healthy treats using alternative flours like nut or sweet potato flour instead of processed, white flour. Swap coconut sugar for white sugar. Eliminating processed foods, white flour and white sugar will take lots of pressure off your liver. Restricting fructose consumption from fruit juice will also help.
 
What foods to add and eliminate for a healthier liver
Increase leafy green consumption. Bitter food like leafy greens and lemon help cleanse the liver and support bile flow. Apple cider vinegar is also a great salad dressing choice for the liver. Your liver loves sulfur rich foods like broccoli, brussels sprouts, garlic, onions, asparagus and kale.
 
Fiber is also extremely supportive so try for a minimum of 35 grams. Chia seeds or flax seeds are a great source of fiber and can be mixed into smoothies or sprinkled over food.
Eliminate inflammatory oils like canola, corn, soybean, cottonseed, safflower and sunflower oils. Instead use olive oil for dressing salads or ghee/coconut oil for cooking.
Buying organic reduces pesticides and drinking plenty of water flushes your liver. Protein and amino acids from quality sources like bone broth, collagen, grass fed meats or pastured eggs help strengthen the liver.
 
There are two superstar foods to include in any liver loving diet or cleanse, globe artichoke and turmeric. And milk thistle is a superstar liver supplement.
 
The benefits of globe artichoke include reducing LDL cholesterol, increasing bile production and flushing out old bile.
 
Tumeric is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties but also flushes dietary carcinogens and boosts and regenerates damaged liver cells. Tumeric is best paired with healthy fats and black pepper for maximum absorption.
 
Milk thistle protects liver cells from damage caused by viruses, toxins, alcohol and over-the-counter pain relieving drugs like acetaminophen. 
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover is the perfect cleanse for supporting liver detoxification. This cleanse includes turmeric and other herbs formulated specifically to cleanse the liver and improve bile flow.
 
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Wide range of diseases linked to pesticides

PesticidesPeople who care about their health and the environment often choose to eat organic to avoid toxic pesticides. Consumption of pesticides has been linked to mild health conditions like headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea to more serious ones like cancer, reproductive and endocrine disruption, respiratory problems, memory loss, inflammation and immune system issues.
 
People who eat organic, believe that they are excluded from the health effects of pesticides, however research is emerging to challenge that assumption.
 
Nearly half (43 percent) of domestically organic fruits and veggies tested in Canada over the past two years showed pesticide residues. And even more alarmingly, 1.8 percent of Canadian organic produce violated Canada’s maximum allowable limit of pesticides. The amount was higher on imported organic produce, which tested at 46 percent tainted with pesticides.
 
A survey of the United States would probably shows the same results, but this kind of study is yet to be performed.
So how is this possible? Organic farmers are definitely not using pesticides. The reason is due to a phenomenon called “pesticide drift”. This means that the pesticide sprayed at neighboring farms are carried over to organic farms by the wind.
 
This issue is currently getting attention in California’s farm belt near Sacramento. The same winds that blow pesticides toward organic farms also blow toward the area’s schools and day care centers. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pesticides because of their developing immune systems. Children also inhale more air and more water in relation to their size. About 500,000 kids go to school within a quarter mile of fields sprayed with pesticides. And no federal or state laws prohibit this.
 
Some of these daycares and schools have been claiming that their kids are getting sick. Their teachers are getting sick too, with conditions like asthma. In fact, 20 percent of children in California’s Central Valley, where most of California’s food is grown, have asthma. This is much higher than the national average.
 
The pesticides can stay in the air for days, according to a scientist from the pesticide action network. These scientists use a low-cost airborne particulate matter detector and lend these devices to local homeowners, schools and daycares to test their own air.
 
It is hard to prove the link between pesticides and serious diseases but the researchers at University of California Los Angeles found an increase in cancer risk from a mix of pesticides and fumigants used on conventional produce fields.
 
The residents of these communities are pushing back, testifying in front of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation to help rewrite rules of where and when pesticides are sprayed near schools. Aerial fumigation is also under scrutiny.
 
For people who live in cities and don’t have to worry about pesticide exposure through air drift, should focus their efforts on limiting exposure by washing their produce. It’s still a good idea to buy organic because this produce will have significantly lower levels of contamination. But it’s also important to take healthy precautions like peeling your fruit and washing your veggies well with veggie wash.
 
Commercial veggie washes are sold in stores, but they are also easy and cheap to make at home with equal parts white vinegar and water. You can add some fresh squeezed lemon juice or lemon essential oil for extra cleaning power and a fresh scent.
 
It’s also a great idea to do several detoxes a year to get rid of accumulated pesticides and other toxins that lodge themselves in fatty tissue like fat cells, the liver and the brain.
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover focuses on detoxing the body while supporting detox organs at the same time. Even if you live a healthy lifestyle, environmental toxins from the water, air and soil make it into your body, clogging up detox channels and lowering energy, preventing weight loss and causing mood issues.
 
Lighten your body and ease your mind by giving it a good cleaning once or twice a year to improve its ability to eliminate toxins during the rest of the year.
 
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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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