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Are Preservatives Bad for your Health?

Are Preservatives Bad for your Health?

“Eat food grandma would recognize” is a tenant that I like to keep in mind when doing my weekly shopping. Trouble is, reading food labels is getting both difficult and disquieting when half the ingredients are unrecognizable and the other half are unpronounceable, especially when it comes to preservatives. I mean what is Carnobacterium maltaromaticumCB1 anyway? So we decided to take a closer look at what preservatives are and what impact they have on our health. Continue reading

Essential Fiber Adds Years to your Life

Fiber is a miracle food that has more benefits than you can poke a sharp stick at:

  • Improves digestion
  • Adds bulk to your meals without adding calories
  • Absorbs water to improve intestinal health
  • Feeds healthy probiotic bacteria in your system
  • Helps maintain an optimal pH in your intestines
  • Prevents colorectal cancer
  • Makes you feel full for longer
  • Steadies your blood sugar levels and reduces cholesterol.

As if that’s not enough… it adds years to your life too!
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Mind your P’s… Part 2

Prebiotics and Probiotics explained

prebiotics and probioticsProbiotics are microscopic bacterial organisms that, when consumed in the right quantities, are beneficial to the host (that’s you!) There are many different kinds of bacteria that make up the probiotic family and they can mostly be found in fermented foods such as yogurt and soy yogurt.

There are 20 times more bacteria than there are cells in your body. In fact, up to a pound of your bodyweight can be attributed to these diminutive beasties. Not all bacteria are good, and it’s suggested that you maintain an 85% good to 15% bad bacteria ratio – a level that few of us meet. Continue reading

Mind your P’s… Part 1

Prebiotics and Probiotics Explained

Prebiotics and probiotics explainedIf the thought of bacteria has you reaching for your hand sanitizer, you may not be overly pleased to know that your body is a hotbed of bacterial activity. Not all bacteria are bad and it’s the bacteria in your digestive system that helps you to effectively break down food and absorb its nutritional content. Without bacteria, life on earth would not be possible.

So central are bacteria to our wellbeing that the appendix, previously regarded as an expendable organ of questionable worth, is the quartermaster of bodily bacteria. It keeps a wide variety of bacteria fundamental to the effective digestion of food. Now that there are so many of us all crammed together, we share bacteria so regularly that the poor appendix has once more become obsolete. Continue reading