What is it about us humans that makes us go for the Shock and Awe factor? We do it with our Health when we follow trends that “shock and awe” our bodies rather than nurturing them. Protein powders for the most part are exactly that. They shock your system with a high amount of protein hoping to get your body to respond. Why not follow nature instead?
Proteins are one-third of the trio of macronutrients. Along with fats and carbohydrates, they form the basic nutritive supplies of an organism. While we know meats contain protein, we often forget vegetables can be a good, low-calorie source of this essential element, too.
Experts say too much protein can lead to dehydration and digestive problems, increase your risk for osteoporosis, and for some people, cause kidney problems. And now, an investigation appearing in the July issue of Consumer Reports finds that some protein drinks could be toxic, if you take too much.
Numerous studies show that it can help you increase strength, gain muscle and lose significant amounts of body fat. However, whey is more than just protein. It contains many other nutrients, some with potent biological effects. In fact, it’s one of the best-studied supplements in the world.
But despite its many health benefits, there’s some controversy surrounding its safety. Some claim that too much whey protein can damage the kidneys and liver and even cause osteoporosis.
In sensitive people, Vegan protein powders can cause constipation and/or bloating based on the type of protein and/or sugars used. If constipation is the issue, using a protein powder with fiber may help. If bloating happens it may be that you are sensitive to lactose (milk sugar), which is common in less expensive formulas.
With all the potential for harm to your body, doesn’t it make sense to go the Natural Route whenever possible? Especially when you don’t have to sacrifice the end result.
Eating raw vegetables gives you the most enzymes, vitamins and minerals needed for good health.
We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an essential part of our daily diet. Many people are now choosing locally grown when shopping for produce. Buying locally grown food is great for your health.
If you are one of those “have to do a smoothie” kind of people there is great news. Blending up your own smoothie is simple and fun not to mention creative.
Here is a great guide:
- Start with 2 cups of Leafy Greens
(Spinach, Kale, Romaine, BokChoy etc.)
- Add 2 cups of liquid
(Water, Coconut Water, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk)
- Toss in 3 cups of Ripe Fruit (You can avoid adding ice which dilutes the smoothie by freezing your fruit)
Banana, Mano, Berries Avocado Peach, Pear, Apple, Pineapple)
- Toss in a small amount of Chia Seeds, Cacao, Cinnamon, Acai Powder, Flax Seeds or Hemp Seeds
- Sweeten to taste using Raw Natural Sweeteners.
- If you want to be really adventurous put away the blender and grab a handful of fresh organic vegetables instead.
Watch your supplements:
There is a huge difference between Natural Nutrients and Synthetic Nutrients.
- Natural nutrients are obtained from whole food sources
- Synthetic nutrients (isolated nutrients) are made artificially in an industrial process.
- Synthetic nutrients do not include “whole food supplements,” which are made from concentrated, dehydrated whole foods.
The majority of supplements available on the market today are made artificially. These include vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids. They can be taken in pill, capsule, tablet, powder or liquid form, and are made to mimic the way natural nutrients act in our bodies.
To figure out if your supplement is synthetic or natural, check the label. Natural supplements will list food sources or are labeled as 100% plant or animal-based. Supplements that list nutrients individually, such as vitamin C, or use chemical names like ascorbic acid, are almost certainly synthetic.
Your body is the best source for anything you put into it. If you listen, it will tell you what is working and what isn’t. This body we walk around in every day is an amazing creation. Give it the care it deserves and it will be good to you in return.
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