Category Archives: Healthy Living

Beware of Ascorbic Acid: Synthetic Vitamin C

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 24, 2014

isolated ascorbic acid is not in fruitDid you know that ascorbic acid is actually a synthetic form of vitamin C?

If you are learning this for the first time, it can be a rather shocking realization as almost all vitamin C supplements on the market use ascorbic acid.

Even more disturbing – ascorbic acid is frequently marketed as natural vitamin C. Truly natural forms of vitamin C and synthetic ascorbic acid seem to be used interchangeably.

How confusing for the consumer!

Nearly all juices and fruit products are loaded up with ascorbic acid, even many organic, healthfood store versions. It seems that if a product is labeled “high in Vitamin C”, consumers buy more of it.

A lot of folks are being fooled by these misleading semantics and there is a growing body of evidence that those consuming high doses of ascorbic acid should have reason to worry.

Three Studies Suggest Caution with High Dose Ascorbic Acid

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How Argan Oil Benefits Health (Not Just for Hair and Skin!)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 15, 2014
Argan oil benefits

Argan tree plantation

While argan oil benefits are becoming more well known in recent years due to its use as a cosmetic aid for shiny hair and lustrous skin, the historical use of argan oil in Northern African cultures is actually as a food.

In particular, argan oil is a pleasing accompaniment to most any raw or lightly grilled dishes.

Argan oil is produced from the fruit kernels of the “Argania Spinosa” or Argan tree, endemic to the Northern African country of Morocco.

Rich with antioxidant phytochemicals and essential fatty acids, argan oil benefits to health are well known and valued by local cultures and becoming widely acknowledged worldwide.

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Macrobiotic Diet and Extreme Vitamin D Deficiency

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 6, 2014

macrobiotic diet

I read a number of years ago that Academy Award Winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow followed a macrobiotic diet.

At the time, this news snippet aroused my curiosity as my own family followed a macrobiotic diet for a brief period of time when I was in middle school and it was the worst way of eating I have ever experienced.

I absolutely despised the macrobiotic diet because I never felt satisfied or well after eating a meal prepared this way. I am very glad my parents quickly decided that it wasn’t so fantastic after all and stopped making meals this way!

Now, Ms. Paltrow has disclosed that she is suffering from osteopenia, a thinning of the bones.

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Pet Ownership: Simple Step to Strong Immunity

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP June 2, 2014

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By Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP of Honest Body

I was fortunate that my family considered pet ownership to be an important part of life while I was growing up.

I grew up with a menagerie of furry, feathery, oinking, bleating, mooing, neighing, clucking, sniffing and otherwise delightful animal creatures. My family had a hobby farm. In other words, we-have-40-acres-let’s-give-the-kids-something-good-to-do-with-their-time!

And good times we had.

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How to Choose the Best Probiotic Supplement for Your Family

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 26, 2014

The number of probiotic supplements on the market is nothing short of staggering! Given that the bacteria living in and on your body outnumber your human cells 10 to 1 (American Society for Microbiology), it is clear the great importance of selecting the best probiotic supplement to support and sustain this beneficial microbial activity working synergistically with your biological systems.

How to choose the best probiotic supplement for your particular situation?

Which are best and most effective?

Does it matter if they are refrigerated or unrefrigerated?

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