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5 Food Myths Debunked

Myths and misinformation about food are like the 3-headed Hydra of the diet world — you knock one down and two more pop up! But we’re certainly still going to try and bring you the best information possible so you can make informed decisions about your own health.   With that in mind, here are some common myths we’ve routinely seen pop up over the years.   Dietary supplements are safe Dietary supplements can be safe, but not all of them are. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is primarily responsible for regulating supplements, but the regulations are such that some less-than-reputable products can find their way into the hands of unsuspecting consumers.   The best way to ensure you’re getting a high-quality supplement is to purchase those that...

How to Find a Quality Supplement

If you have ever tried to shop for a supplement — either in person or online — you are familiar with the anxiety-inducing amount of options you have to choose from. Which brand do you buy? Is it safe? How do you know this is a good product? With more than 80,000 products on the market, it's easy to get lost and overwhelmed in the sea of choices. This article will walk you through some simple steps to take to ensure you can find high-quality supplements that meet your specific health needs and goals. The Problems With Supplement Regulations In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for checking a supplement’s label claims, evaluating any new dietary ingredient introduced into the market, inspecting manufacturing facilities,...

5 Nutritious Shelf-Stable Foods for Your Pantry

Winter is coming! And with it has come an unfortunate increase in Coronavirus cases. Some areas are already discussing the need for another round of lockdowns. Hopefully, this will not come to fruition, but if it does there are some steps you can take now to bolster your food stores. Having a bit of extra food on hand can be also helpful if you find yourself needing to isolate or quarantine. If you are concerned about potential food shortages, know that there are some highly nutritious and highly shelf-stable items you can pick up now at any grocery store.  Great shelf-stable foods Apples Rich in potassium and vitamin C, apples come in numerous varieties, each with its own flavor profile — from tart to sweet. Apples boast culinary versatility...

Prebiotics and Probiotics: What’s the Difference?

There is no shortage of research on how our gut microbiome influences our health. With over 35,000 research articles published to date, the use of prebiotics and probiotics have been implicated in treating a host of issues — allergies, anxiety, sleep, skin conditions, and diseases that affect the intestines (Crohn's, IBS, ulcerative colitis, etc).   Maintaining a healthy balance of the 1,000+ different species in your microbiome can play a central role in your overall health. While both pre- and probiotics work to support your gut health, they do so in slightly different ways. Let's dive in and see how they each work to help your gut health. Prebiotics Prebiotics are mostly plant fibers that can be consumed via foods (chia seeds, oats, greens) or supplements (psyllium, beta-glucan, guar...

How to Deal With Job Loss During Covid-19

A lot of people are dealing with unemployment due to the effects of COVID-19. During this stressful time, it’s important to nurture your body and mind so that you can best prepare for whatever is to come. Here are 5 tips on how to ease some stresses you might be facing from losing your job.   Take time to process what is happening    Take the time to process what is happening and all of the emotions that are bubbling up. You will go through various stages of grief, so just be sure to give yourself time to mentally deal with what just happened. Cry if you want, shout if you must, just don’t keep it all bottled in.   Focus on gratitudeCounting your blessings is one of the most...