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5 Sneaky Secrets About Sugar That Aren’t So Sweet

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We’re all attracted to sugar in one way or another. Candy, soda, sweet cereal, ice cream, or whatever your sugar vice may be, we love it because it tastes so good! Our bodies like it because in it’s simplest form it gives us energy, but how much is too much? And which sugar is the right sugar? And why is everyone freaking out about it?!

Sugar has been hiding a few dirty secrets and you should hear them, because in this case, what you don’t know could hurt you.

We Consume About 3-4 Times More Added Sugar A Day Then We Should

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons, or 355 calories, of added sugar a day. The American Heart Association recommends that a women consume no more than 6 teaspoons a day and a man consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which is less than a 12 ounce can of soda. Glucose is the simple sugar naturally found in foods that gives us energy, but there are many added sugars that try to be like natural sugars and do a lot more harm then good. Things like corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose, maple syrup and many more are additives that you should look out for when reading your food labels.

What the heck does 40 grams of sugar really mean? 

Braking down food labels can be difficult and confusing. When a label says 40 grams of sugar, there is an easier way to know what that means. Just remember that 4 grams of sugar is 1 teaspoon and 1 gram equals 4 calories. If something contains 40 grams of sugar, than you are consuming 10 teaspoons and 160 calories, which is already above the recommended daily amount.

Sugar additives can actually make you feel hungrier

Diets high in sugar additives, such as fructose, can lead to weight gain simply because they leave you feeling hungrier than you started. Fructose can actually turn off that that little voice in your brain that tells you when to stop eating. Getting sugar from natural fruits and veggies will give you the energy you need, leave you feeling satisfied and give you much needed fiber and antioxidants. In fact, if your body doesn’t get enough glucose, it will take it from much needed proteins and can lead to muscle loss and malnutrition. Fruits mixed with a diet of lean proteins, veggies and whole grains is the best possible diet for a healthy body.

Sugar Sweetened Drinks Can Damage Your Liver Like Alcohol

Soda and sugary juice drinks taste so good, but are leaked to health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart problems. The high levels of high fructose corn syrup don’t only leave you feeling hungry, but can even cause you to crave even more sugar. Adults who drink one or more soda each day are actually 27% more likely to be obese and these high sugar drinks can also lead to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, which can occur without weight gain. The liver can only process so much fat from sugar, so the rest is just stored and directly contributes to more belly fat. Soda and artificially flavored drinks are best to be avoided and replaced with 100% fresh squeezed juice, water, coffee or tea.

Added Sugar Isn’t Just In Typical Sugary Foods

It makes sense for sugar to be in desserts, but what about the foods we eat everyday that aren’t supposed to be loaded with sugar? Added sugar is often lurking in other foods such as ketchup, tomato sauce, salad dressings and even bread. A good rule of thumb is to check the label of any food before you buy it and see how much sugar has been added.

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12 Resources And Tools To Guide You To A Non Toxic New Year

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Happy New Year from all of us at the Non Toxic Revolution! We are ready to make 2015 the year without toxins. The beginning of the year is a great time to make goals for the upcoming months and commit to changing our routines for the better. Our resolution is to make it easy for you to go non-toxic for the new year.

Keeping your home and body free of poisonous chemicals is a health goal that many of us may not think of. It’s not as obvious as cutting out junk food or exercising daily, but it goes hand in hand with many health goals. For example, keeping your home free of toxic fumes boosts your lung function and helps you perform better for your fitness goals and eating cleaner food without processed chemicals and GMOs will help your body do it’s thing with less problems and maintain a healthy weight. Not to mention the illnesses and cancers that many chemicals and toxins are linked to like breast cancer, prostate cancer and thyroid cancer to name a few. You don’t need all that junk messing up your New Year flow and we can help you stress less about it!

With work or school about to start up again, we have brought some helpful resources all together in one place to cut down on your research time and get you going on your non-toxic way of life.

Non Toxic Resources

A Non Toxic Cleaning Guide

Cleaning your house with toxic chemicals seems weird, right? Make your house clean and free of toxins with the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. It’s important to use non toxic household cleaners to avoid breathing in chemicals that will linger in your indoor air after you scrub everything down. You can even make your own!

How To Find & Help Fight For Safe Cosmetics

It’s an exciting time for non-toxic living! Many laws and restrictions are being changed and introduced to help us know more about what brands are putting in their products. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has updates on the milestones happening in the non-toxic cosmetics movement.

A Guide to Pesticide Free Produce

Not all fruits and veggies are created equal when it comes to the amount of pesticides that poison their nutrients. Environmental Working Group made an easy guide to knowing just how toxic your produce is and how to avoid it. Check out their full list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15!

12 Chemicals To Avoid at All Costs

We teamed up with EWG and brought you a simple guide on the 12 most toxic chemicals to look out for in all walks of life. The Dirty Dozen are some of the worst offenders lurking in our personal care, cleaning and household products. If a product has any of these than it will be an easy no go!

Non Toxic Blogs

Food Babe

Vani Hari, or Food Babe, is a blogger who started with a personal goal to be healthier and found herself changing people’s lives by digging up what is really in our food and demanding change. Food Babe is a great resource for What eat and what not to eat, how you can change what corporations put in our food and alternative recipes for some of your favorite not so healthy dishes.

Organic Authority

Organic Authority is an awesome food blog that covers food news topics like health, GMO, sustainability, food ethics and food law. It is packed with tons of recipes for all diets and all times of day, including

No More Dirty Looks

No More Dirty Looks is a beauty blog, started by two female journalists, with the mission to get the word about about toxins in beauty products and the lack of regulation of the harmful chemicals that brands put in those products. Not only do they reveal the secrets of the toxic side of beauty, but they give healthy beauty routine examples, review products and share recipes. They even have a book!

Glamorganic Goddess

Glamorganic Goddess is the ultimate resource for everything organic beauty, with hundreds of product reviews and a shopping directory so you will have no problem finding exactly what you need and want to keep your beauty routine clean. Also, a ton of DIY recipes, our personal favorite way to make sure you are toxin free at home!

Non Toxic Apps

Rate Your Cosmetics and Personal Care On How Toxic They Are

Another EWG resource that will help you get to the bottom of products in your home or products you are considering to purchase. Skin Deep is a large database that rates your personal care products and shows you exactly what each ingredient could be doing to you. It’s also easy to find good alternatives to harmful products. Download! 

Think Dirty and Buy Clean

Smartphones can do so much these days and now they can help us buy the best products right their in the store. The Think Dirty App helps you rate your beauty and personal products before you buy them.

Buy Good With GoodGuide

GoodGuide is another awesome app to take with you while you shop, expanding from personal care to household cleaners, kids & babies, pets and food. With over 120,000 products in their database, there’s a good chance that when you shop and scan with GoodGuide, you will find out exactly what you need to know to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

Find Healthy Options When You Eat Out With HealthyOut

Ever been out and about and want something healthy to eat? HealthyOut can help you find healthy food in the area using the GPS on your phone and can be fitted to your specific dietary restrictions. Gluten free? Vegan? Paleo? No problem!

We would love to hear about some of your favorite non-toxic products. Post them on Twitter or Instagram with #MyNonToxicPicks and let’s make a 2015 the year for the non-toxic revolution!

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7 Immune Boosting Foods That You Absolutely Need This Winter

With the holidays around the corner, we are also approaching flu season. Do you fall victim to the common cold or flu each year during the holidays? If so, you should consider including the following 7 foods in your diet to help boost your immune system and fight infection!

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Garlic

Garlic has been shown to be more powerful than antibiotics.  It can help prevent or reduce symptoms of the common cold and flu. Add to your cooking or take garlic capsules.

Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, provides digestive support and soothes stomach aches. Add into your green juice, smoothies, cooking or tea.

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that help boost the immune system. It has also been shown to kill bacteria and help with cognitive function. Long term, it has been shown help reduce the risk of various cancers. Make sure to choose organic, loose leaf tea whenever possible.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains antibacterial, antiviral AND anti fungal properties – helping to fight almost any kind of infection. Add a scoop to your morning smoothie, coffee, use as cooking oil or take a spoonful a day.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are high in probiotics which help boost the healthy bacteria in your gut so that it can help fight infection. Add sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or kombucha (fermented tea) into your diet. If you do not like fermented food, it is important to supplement with probiotics.

Bone Broth

Drinking bone broth delivers minerals and collagen to your body to help regenerate cells and boost your immune system. You may drink weekly for prevention or multiple times a day when sick.

Bell Peppers

When we think vitamin C, most of us default to oranges. However did you know that one bell pepper actually contains nearly 4x more vitamin c than one orange? Bell peppers also have significantly less sugar than an orange – 7 grams vs. 23 grams. Vitamin C is known to help boost the immune system and prevent infection.

Look to nature for your medicine this flu season.

About the author:

Shanna Mota, is a Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Live Love Detox. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of food. Her dream is to eradicate preventable diseases using food as medicine and to educate the population on the impact of the foods that they eat.

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