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What Is Natural? 9 Disgusting “Natural” Ingredients In Your Food

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Here’s something you may or may not know: the use of the word “natural” in the food industry has absolutely no credentials whatsoever. It can be used to virtually describe anything that can be found on grocery store shelves.

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It is extremely misleading, however, as when you hear the word, you want to believe that these products are unaltered by humans, and are as close to nature and as healthy as possible. Of course, marketing experts are aware of this and unfortunately use your good intentions to their selling advantage.

Products that are described as natural often contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), toxic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, processed sugars, concentrated sweeteners, and the list goes on. Do any of those ingredients sound natural to you? Below are the top nine disgusting chemicals that are in your food that’s commonly labeled as natural.

1. Coal Tar

Processed foods often contain many different types of dye to change the colours to something that is more appealing to the eye. You may have seen the ingredient called tatrazine on ingredient labels; this is a dye that is derived from coal tar. This is an industrial waste derived food colouring and is also often known as yellow #5. Interestingly, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, mixtures that contain more than 5% of this natural ingredient, crude coal, are considered group 1 carcinogens.

2. Carrageenan

Carrageenan is a very commonly used ingredient, often found in dairy products, but also in milk alternatives. It is used most in products that are considered natural to hold the ingredients together, or thicken them. Carrageenan is derived from seaweeds, which doesn’t sound so bad, but the side effects from consuming too much of this ingredient can lead to inflammation, arteriosclerosis, and potentially inflammatory bowel disease. Be sure to read the ingredient label carefully as even many organic products contain carrageenan.

3. Beaver Anal Glands

Yes. You read that right. The “natural flavouring” that is often found in strawberry, raspberry, or vanilla flavored treats actually comes from the anal glands of the beaver. This additive is FDA approved and is labeled as “natural flavour” on ingredient lists. The actual name for this ingredient is Castoreum, which originates from female and male castor sacs. Who would have thought the anal glands of a beaver could taste so sweet?

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4. Boiled Beetles

Again, yes. I know, its disgusting but beetles are actually a very common ingredient in many processed foods. They are either crushed, dried, or boiled eggs or wings of beetles that are then used to produce food colouring, again to make the product look more appetizing to the consumer. Funny, because if the consumer knew, I think the consensus would be to leave this product out altogether and sacrifice what is typically considered aesthetically pleasing. This beetle juice is referred to on ingredient labels as carmine. Purple, pink, orange, and red food colouring can all be made from the remnants of the beetle.

5. All-Natural Fruit Juices

Unfortunately, virtually all fruit juices that come from a conventional grocery store are just as bad as soda, if not worse. I’m not even talking about the concentrated variety or the kind that are more like a fruit punch. This applies to even the “100% Fruit Juice” that you often see. Fruit does contain a lot of sugar and although the fruit is natural, without the fiber our bodies cannot properly utilize the sugar being ingested and in turn, excessive amounts turn into fat. These juices are also almost always pasteurized, which means they have been heated up to high temperatures so any enzymes from these fruits are now dead, making the proper digestion of these sugars even more difficult. Also, many of these juices are labeled natural despite having ingredients that are genetically modified.

6. Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is in so many processed and natural foods. About half of the soybean oil that is being used is hydrogenated, as soybean oil is too unstable otherwise to be used in food manufacturing. One of the main reasons for hydrogenating oils in the first place is that it greatly extends its shelf life. When oils are hydrogenated, trans fats are a result from the hydrogenation process; trans fats are not healthy for us to consume. Also, the majority of the soybean crops in the United States are genetically modified, which means these oils are going to be laced with chemical pesticides such as round up.

7. Wheat bread

While whole wheat flour may be a little bit better than straight up white flour, manufacturers can literally add any form of wheat to flour and label it as whole wheat. Essentially this variety is stripped of the majority of nutrients.

8. Agave Syrup

Agave syrup, which was once touted to be a health food, is actually sweeter than sugar and it contains more calories. The syrup is processed in such a way that virtually strips the naturally occurring agave juice of its nutritional value and what you are left with is basically just liquid sugar. The end product of agave production contains more fructose than high fructose corn syrup and is certainly not a health food and should definitely not be consumed.

9. Dried Fruit

Unfortunately, most dried fruit that is sold on the market today and is often an ingredient in many natural foods is loaded with sulphites. Particularly, sulphur dioxide, and often has added sugars as well; these are added on top of the sugar that is already in the dried fruit. In some cases, like in blueberry muffins or blueberry oatmeal, what is masquerading as dried fruit really isn’t even fruit at all! So watch out for that too!

The best way to avoid these ingredients is to thoroughly read ingredient labels and try to stick to whole foods as much as possible. Whole foods do not have ingredient labels, real food is ingredients, it doesn’t have ingredients.

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10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk Everyday

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    There are multiple health benefits to be gained by taking a simple walk every day. These benefits are measurable, and if you don't already have an active lifestyle it can be a great way to assist you with your health.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on how the human race has become extremely sedentary, and how disease rates continue to climb as a result of the modern human lifestyle.

The human experience has become extremely sedentary, the average human lifestyle in the western world has been linked to multiple diseases and is one of the main causes of why disease rates continue to climb, among many other factors that surround all aspects of human life, like big food, for example. With technology in place and jobs that require tremendous amounts of sitting, there is no doubt that it’s having a detrimental effect on our lives.

That being said, the world is clearly becoming way more health conscious. It’s like we needed this experience of unhealthy food, the corporate take-over of everything, and our motionless lifestyle to knock us out of it. We are seeing a health revolution take place, where more and more people are becoming health conscious, and are always being encouraged to be more active.

Ultimately, we can’t really blame the human experience for our lack of movement, it’s something that all of us have the time to incorporate into our lives in one way or another, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being too active, a simple walk every day can have tremendous amounts of benefits. As pointed out in the video below, by Bright Side.

If You Want To Increase The Benefits Even More, Walk Barefoot

It’s called grounding, or ‘earthing’ and it involves placing your feet directly on the ground, without shoes or socks as a barrier. Why? Because there is an intense negative charge carried by the Earth, it’s electron-rich, which serves as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” postulates that earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.

That’s right, many positive health benefits occur as a result of walking barefoot, and these are measurable.

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The picture below represents improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing

If you want to read more publications and access the in-depth science with regards to grounding, you can refer to the article linked above the picture.

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needle-less acupressure is often used on children.


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