Natural Foods Defined

With so many people concerned about natural and organic foods these days, it’s useful to stop and really take a look at what “natural” and “organic” foods really are. We all know that natural and organic foods are better for us than highly processed or artificial foods, but do we really know which foods are natural and organic? When you buy food that is labeled “natural,” what does that really mean? What about “organic”?

It turns out that the term “natural” doesn’t mean all that much. Because it’s only been broadly defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it’s a fairly arbitrary term, the meaning of which is left up to the conscience of the food manufacturer. The FDA says that any food can be labeled as natural so long as it doesn’t include added color, synthetic substances or artificial flavors.

This definition sounds good—until you realize that it can be stretched to include such definitely non-natural substances such as aspartame, the artificial sweetener. More liberal food manufacturers argue that “natural” means any material that exists in nature. While aspartame does not exist in nature (you have to use a chemical process to create it), manufacturers say that the resulting product is made up of two amino acids, both of which do exist in nature. Never mind that they don’t exist glued together as aspartame! Continue reading

The Benefits Of Healthy Living

Certainly, some of the advantages of healthy living are extremely obvious. Doing those things that can help to keep you healthy definitely pay off especially in the areas of longevity and being able to get more living out of each and every day. For some, unfortunately, health just isn’t attainable as many people are born with health issues or develop them as a result of something that’s totally outside of their control. Even the ill, however, can benefit from living a healthy lifestyle and the better you eat and the more you exercise the better your overall health will be no matter what your circumstances.

Some of the things that you can do to help keep yourself healthy are things that are pretty straightforward to carry out. Take exercising for 30 minutes a day. This is something that everyone can pretty much do to their own extent and something as basic as taking a brisk walk every day can help improve heart and lung function and can also help to combat depression. Using this as a starting point, there are certainly a few other factors which you can improve upon as well.

Stress is one of the largest issues that plague those who are ill and as a result, you will want to find a way to minimize and eliminate your stress. it really is very harmful to your overall health and you will find that things such as counseling, exercise, meditation, yoga, and alternatives such as massage can help you to reduce and eliminate your stress levels and help you to manage your daily life more easily. Continue reading