Raw food diets have gone from the radical fringe of diet systems to gaining mainstream acceptance in recent years. As more people have discovered the value in eating unprocessed foods, attitudes have evolved as well.

So what is the raw food diet? Raw food is just that: raw. It hasn’t been cooked, processed, microwaved, irradiated, genetically engineered, or exposed to pesticides or herbicides. Raw food diets consist almost entirely of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

What are the benefits of going raw?

You will (probably) lose weight

The foods you eat in a raw food diet are very low in fat and calories. You’ll be eating the same amount of foods by weight but with a fraction of the calories. This isn’t a guarantee you will actually lose weight, but don’t be surprised if it happens when you start a raw food diet.

You might like: Organic unpasteurized almonds, Austrian pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, monukka raisins, Turkish mulberries

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Burke

Fourteen years ago, I was in NYC at a conference hosted by one of the big banks, as a financial analyst covering the food industry.

In that position, I learned how the food industry uses artificial ingredients to manage their profitability and meet earnings.  But never once, attending conferences in New York City or speaking with traders on the floor of the stock exchange, did our team meet with the chemical companies engineering their products into our food, ingredients that required increased use of a portfolio of chemicals that helped them manage their earnings.

It is a brilliant business model for chemical investors, but for eaters?

At that conference, I also happened to be six months pregnant.  At that time, parents around the world were being told about a massive change in the way that food was produced and grown, but parents here in the United States, even those of us covering the food industry, had not been told what was going on.

That is changing.

Introduced in the 1980s and patent...

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0 Comments | Posted By Lily Stuart

What Is Pine Pollen?

7/11/2014 8:56 AM

Pine trees provide us with an adaptogenic miracle every Spring season, when the male catkins on the end of the pine’s branches drop their pollen, and blanket the grounds with their yellow powder. You may be familiar with these yellow particles that tend to magnetize themselves to your car every spring. Welcome, Pine Pollen. One may have never guessed, that these fertile microscopic dustings given off by our population of Pine trees all around the world would be so nutritionally dense.
 
We have been on the earth as a human species for a million-or -some-odd years, in one form or another. Humans have been using the pine trees and their Pollen as medicine since the beginning.
 
Pine Pollen is a tonic medicine, meaning that it can be used over a course of time, without it having toxic effects on your body. It is also adaptogenic so it will cater to exactly what your body needs and treat any areas of distress. As a nutritive, Pine Pollen can be consumed in large amounts to derive any of the wi...

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0 Comments | Posted By Melissa Zimmerman

Iodine, a trace element, is one of the most important—and most overlooked—minerals your body needs. In the early 1900s, iodine deficiency was a big problem in the United States, but the issue receded after iodine was added to most table salts and used to make dairy and baking products. Today, most Americans still get enough, but some experts fear iodine deficiency is on the rise again, especially among women, and it too often goes undiagnosed. 

What iodine does

When you don’t get enough iodine from foods such as fish, sea vegetables, and even iodized table salt, you can become iodine deficient. If you’re low in iodine, your body can’t make enough thyroid hormone, which regulates metabolism, body temperature, muscle building, and more, says Elizabeth N. Pearce, MD, an endocrinologist at Boston University School of Medicine. “This may lead to hypothyroidism or thyroid gland enlargement, also known as goiter, and can cause fatigue, weight gain, and constipation,” she says.

Iodine deficiency ...

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0 Comments | Posted By Lily Stuart

A healthy, active metabolism is a critical - and critically overlooked - part of any workout routine, or just life in general.  A well-calibrated metabolism will help you feel better, burn fat faster, and help keep that fat off once its gone.   

Many of the best things you can put into your body aren’t hard to find.  One of the most important is actually free. 

Water

Every chemical reaction that takes place within your body requires water.  If you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t working at peak efficiency.  Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is usually enough to ensure you're properly hydrated, perhaps more if you are more active or intend to be more active.

Water also has the side benefits of helping to flush toxins from the body and helping us to feel fuller with a meal.

Hot Peppers

Capsaicin, the chemical that gives everything from the humble jalapeño to the atomic habanero its heat, may not only light your mouth on fire, it may light a fire under your metabolism, making your fu...

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0 Comments | Posted By Dave Meddish

Have a wonderfully fun and perfectly safe 4th of July!

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