Everyone is talking about the hottest natural products beverage trend that beckons from the fridge with unusual flavors and a funky layer of something floating around inside the bottle. Don’t let that turn you off! It certainly hasn’t stopped anyone else from enjoying it. Kombucha is becoming a hot commodity, with total sales projected to reach $500 million by 2015 (1). So, what exactly is in this trendy drink that has everyone coming back for more? Here, we’ll touch on kombucha’s beginnings, its healthful qualities and its controversial past.
What if we told you that some of the indulgences we take part in on a daily basis—like red wine and chocolate—can be good for your health? Too good to be true, right? Not exactly.
Resveratrol, a natural chemical compound found in these and other foods, is linked to many health benefits including heart health. Studies suggest resveratrol is responsible for lowering inflammation, supporting heart health and, dare we say, contributing to anti-aging benefits.
Harmful chemicals—you wouldn’t eat them, you wouldn’t use them on your face, so you certainly wouldn’t want to put them “down there.” As Americans are becoming more health conscious and aware about the harmful ingredients in mainstream foods and personal care items, there is also a rising concern over intimacy products. Intimacy products may be a bedroom staple, but getting your hands on the wrong kind can lead to more damage than pleasure.
As our nation becomes savvier in the supermarket, more and more people are questioning the benefits of the food they are putting in their bodies. New on many shoppers’ radars are GMOs. Genetically engineered (GE), or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), are any plants or animals that have had their DNA altered in some unnatural way.
Turmeric is a widely known kitchen staple that is used in foods ranging from curry to ballpark mustard. Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes, or underground stems, of the Curcuma longa plant. Found within turmeric are powerful curcuminoids, which are fat-soluble polyphenolic pigments that give this spice its vibrant yellow color. Curcumin is the most prevalent curcuminoid found in turmeric, and has recently gained popularity in supplement form for its health benefits that stem from it acting as an antioxidant and fighting inflammation (1).
Confidence and health are vital for men and women inside and outside of the bedroom. When sexual desire, performance and health decline over time, we blame age as hormone levels and functionality change. However, the way you feel about yourself doesn’t have to change, too. Many natural remedies can help the body cope with physical and emotional changes to benefit libido and sexual well-being.
When hearing about proteins and amino acids, many of us have to think back to our middle school science classes. A swarm of polypeptides diagrams dance in our heads, and their meanings begin to escape us. As adults, it’s definitely worth revisiting the basics to see how these proteins fit into our lifestyles and how they can improve our bodies.
It is common knowledge that organic food products have endless benefits, ranging from nutrition to the environment. For some, these benefits are well worth the switch to an organic lifestyle. For others, the advantages aren’t clear. But while deciding how organic could play a role in your lifestyle, it’s key to understand how the organic food system works.
While stressed, your body is in an emergency state: your brain releases adrenaline and cortisol (two chemicals that could cause depression), stress hormones cause your liver to produce more blood sugar and increase your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease, among other possible risks. But don’t worry; there are many natural ways to avoid stress and its hazardous side effects.