Does Your Food Taste Really Good?

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a controversial food additive that companies use to enhance flavor. MSG is derived from a naturally occurring amino acid in our bodies. Amino acids are organic compounds that are essential for bodily functions. The substance is also naturally present in most foods; such as cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and seaweed. When MSG is added for flavor it is produced by fermenting starch, sugar beets, sugar cane and molasses. Some of the products that may contain MSG as an additive include cured meats, seasoning blends and bouillon cubes, frozen  meals, cookies and crackers, salad dressing and mayonnaise. Although […] Read more »

Are You Addicted to Negative News?

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The media we consume daily has an impact on our thinking, behavior and emotions. Given the sensational nature of the 24-hour news cycle, most media outlets end up reporting on crises,  disasters or other stories that are likely to shock and draw in readers and viewers. Our brain responds to this stressful or negative news as a threat and our sympathetic nervous system kicks into fight or flight mode, producing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Recurrent exposure to this stress can impact both our physical and mental health and cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Negative news […] Read more »

Why You Should Switch to Non-Toxic Deodorant Today

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Did you know one of the most harmful chemicals that both men and women put on their bodies is deodorant? Deodorant is a product that inhibits your body’s natural secretion of toxins. An  antiperspirant and deodorant will clog your skin follicles so that you’re not able to sweat as much as your body requires. On top of inhibiting your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process, deodorants and antiperspirants also release tons of harmful chemicals into our bodies. Let’s take a look at the list of chemical ingredients in an average deodorant: Aluminum Compounds- Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that […] Read more »