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Body Care / Nutrition Science

How to Detox Naturally

This article first appeared on, a blog that aims to present valuable info and tips on eco-conscious and healthy living. You will find inspirational, educational, and up-do-date posts on eco-design, mind-body wellness, & transformative traveling by Kamea Chang. I believe the “cleansing” craze has gotten a bit out of hand. The human body can only subsist on liquid for so long, which is why I wanted to share Kamea’s thoughtful article.  ________________________________________________________________________ “Detoxing” is all the hype these days: juicing, water fasting; you name it. Our food industry has been filled with (expensive) products claiming to be able to “cleanse” our bodies. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “cleansing” or “detoxing” diet or drink. Sense About Science, a British nonprofit organization aiming to promote public understanding of science with its database of over 6,000 scientists noted (2009): “The multi million [dollar] detox industry sells products with little evidence to support their use. These products trade Read More

No sugar / Nutrition Science

5 REAL Health Truths of Chocolate

 Chocolate. More seductive than David Beckham stripped down to his underwear. Biting into a rich, chocolatey dessert is a sensual experience. My taste buds are salivating just thinking about it. There was a time when I’d treat myself to a little chocolate everyday. I was convinced it was a healthy habit. With all the health claims surrounding it, chocolate seems too good to be true. It is touted for high antioxidant levels, supporting the cardiovascular system and the ability to boost mood. I recently had to ease-up on my love affair with chocolate. Something in it is causing my psoriasis to flare and it induces a terrible bout of heart burn. Now I am questioning all the claims celebrating this magical superfood. What are the real health facts on chocolate?   THE CLAIMS: “Chocolate has more antioxidants than blueberries.” Yes, chocolate is high in antioxidants. It contains flavanols, which are Read More

Nutrition Science / Sustainability

Breaking Up with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Five years. Numerous new scientific findings. Zero progress. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans launched last week and the bad advice continues. It encourages multiple servings of refined grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein and limiting saturated fat. Here’s the recommended Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern: Table in 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Let’s break it down: GRAINS Six servings of grains are recommended per day, with three of those coming from refined grains. I have nothing against whole grains but to suggest that we consume the refined variety is one of the reasons we’re dealing with an obesity epidemic. Refined grains are white flour and white rice that have been processed to remove the most nutritious parts of the food. These are metabolized immediately in the body as glucose, spiking insulin levels. The day-after-day effects of this can and will eventually lead to diabetes. And the government wants us to consume Read More