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Have your cake and eat it too, so long as they’re GMO: 5 Reasons GMO should be on your shopping list
Genetically Modified Foods

Have your cake and eat it too, so long as they’re GMO: 5 Reasons GMO should be on your shopping list

Impossible Burger is a household name best recognized for its successful introduction of a plant-based burger that “bleeds” and has no animal hormones or antibiotics. But, there is another notable “first” for Impossible Burger—it is the first product in stores to adopt the new USDA-approved “bioengineered” GMO (genetically modified organism) product label that will soon be federally-mandated. This puts a spotlight on a major debate: the safety of GMO products.   While there have been no proven documented cases of GMOs causing harm in humans or animals, numerous studies show that consumers generally don’t understand or lack familiarity with GMOs and are decidedly wary to try products that are genetically engineered.  For example, the pro-GMO organization GMO Answers found that 70% of...
The Pursuit of Wellness: Coming back to Wellness
Wellness

The Pursuit of Wellness: Coming back to Wellness

Renee MacDonald's life reads like an episode of The Oprah Show: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, violence and methamphetamine addiction. If it sounds dramatic, that's because it is. But it's hard to square MacDonald's backstory with the healthy, happy 41-year-old sitting opposite me, sipping the peach and green tea kombucha she makes under her Soul Sisters Kombucha label. "I've certainly come from a place of darkness," says Levin-based MacDonald. "I had to hit rock bottom to be able to come out the other side." Today the mother of three is in "an amazing place". "I have a loving relationship firstly with myself but also with my kids and my fantastic partner. My business is doing well, I'm furthering my study in Rongoā (natural Māori medicine) and helping others to manage th...
Cold and flu natural remedies
Remedies

Cold and flu natural remedies

Struck down by a stinking cold? Our resident pharmacist Rita Ghelani recommends the best natural remedies for fighting off the sniffles. What is the best cold and flu remedy? There is no cure for the common cold, but there are a few steps you can take to boost your immune system to help fight off the coughs and colds and even shorten their duration. One of the simplest things you can do to help your body to fight infection is to rest. You are more likely to pick up an infection when you are stressed or overtired. Stress has an impact on the immune system because it pumps out cortisol, which in turn dampens the immune system. Drinking plenty of fluid can help flush out the germs as well as soothe a sore throat. Squeezing the juice of a lemon into hot water then adding a spoonfu...
How to go vegan naturally with unprocessed plant-based foods
Diet

How to go vegan naturally with unprocessed plant-based foods

Whether it's due to growing health awareness, curiosity about climate-friendly diets or concern for animal welfare, the trend towards plant-based eating is showing no signs of waning.  Over the past five years, the volume of searches for vegan recipes on Google has roughly doubled. And as more people switch to a meat-free diet, a wave of products is emerging to cater to them. From vegan pizzas to plant-based burgers, the meat-free crowd now enjoys a wider range of food options than ever. But are these processed meat alternatives really necessary when going vegan? Sydney nutritionist Zoe Dent says natural foods such as chickpeas and other legumes tend to be healthier than manufactured "fake meats", which can be low in nutrients and high in sodium, sugar, additives and saturated fa...
25 Years of GMOs
Genetically Modified Foods

25 Years of GMOs

It has been 25 years since GMO crops first came on the market. Since then, GMOs have not just transformed agriculture by providing a valuable tool for farmers, but they have also helped the environment, consumers, and communities around the world. GMOs are an important tool in the fight against climate change, thanks to no-till farming which allows for lower CO2 emissions and helps soil health and water quality. GMOs also preserve habitats by allowing farmers to grow more on less land. Over 25 years, GMOs have helped provide greater food security through increased yields and GMOs that help fight food waste. GMOs have also helped consumers through lower food prices, and farmers through increased return on investment, especially in low-income countries. GMOs are an important ...
Wellness isn’t always welcoming. Meet the women bringing change to the industry
Wellness

Wellness isn’t always welcoming. Meet the women bringing change to the industry

When Jessamyn Stanley started doing yoga, she felt completely out of place. “I was almost always the only fat person, the only Black person, like I'm very physically different from everyone else in the room,” said Stanley, 33. “It was very alienating.” Despite wanting to quit, Stanley stuck with yoga for the emotional benefits. Nearly a decade later, Durham, North Carolina-based Stanley is a yoga teacher, author of “Every Body Yoga,” and a renowned body-positive wellness influencer who uses her hard-won visibility to flip existing narratives about who belongs in the yoga and wellness world. Wellness, however, still hasn’t come far in terms of inclusion. “To this day, especially if I go to a random class with people that I don't know, there's still a lot of prejudice,” Stanley ...
Hair loss treatment: The herbal supplement proven to promote hair growth
Remedies

Hair loss treatment: The herbal supplement proven to promote hair growth

HAIR LOSS can be hereditary, it could be to do with increasing age or nutritional deficiencies. Whatever the root cause, this herbal supplement has been proven to promote hair growth. Hair loss is part of the natural hair growth cycle. However, too much of it and you'll start to notice. Here's one supplement shown to promote hair growth. The hair cycle Hair loss and hair thinning occur when the growth cycle – consisting of three stages: anagen, telogen and catagen – is disrupted. Anagen The anagen phase is the growing period of a hair follicle. Typically, the hair grows around half an inch a month. On average, the anagen phase can last between three to five years. If left to continue growing, the hair can reach between 18 to 30 inches long. Keep reading at the Express...
Americans Use Pandemic to Get In Shape With More Organic Food
Diet

Americans Use Pandemic to Get In Shape With More Organic Food

Americans are shelling out more for premium foods, including organic meat and snacks, as the pandemic moves them to focus on health despite the economic slowdown. Many consumers are prioritizing nutrition over cost as Covid-19 infections continue to rise across the U.S. Sales of organic food and drinks surged 25% for the 17-week period ended June 27, according to Nielsen data. That’s faster than the pace of total growth in the food segment. Meat, seafood and frozen foods with the organic label have seen some of the largest increases from last year, the data show. “We’re expecting strength to continue in organic and natural food sales,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jennifer Bartashus. With lockdowns to prevent the spread of the virus, “a lot of people have used the opportun...
11 Wellness Platforms Created by Indigenous People You Should Be Following
Wellness

11 Wellness Platforms Created by Indigenous People You Should Be Following

The conversation surrounding diversity and inclusion in health and wellness comes up periodically without any transformative change within the $4.5 trillion dollar industry. It's evident that wellness is predominately marketed towards white people and is often seen as an exclusive luxury. Although the health and wellness industry isn't reflective of the various lifestyles, cultures, races, and ethnicities around the world and in the US, wellness is for everyone and should be accessible for everyone, which is why marginalized people are reclaiming the wellness space. Keep reading at PopSugar.
Report: UC Santa Cruz leads research center on botanical dietary supplements
Botanicals

Report: UC Santa Cruz leads research center on botanical dietary supplements

Although millions of people take plant-based dietary supplements or herbal medicines, understanding the effects of these natural products on human health has proven to be extremely challenging. Clinical trials like those used to evaluate drugs have largely failed to show efficacy for botanical natural products. A new research center led by UC Santa Cruz and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will focus on understanding how botanicals work on the molecular and cellular levels to provide a better foundation for clinical trials of these complex natural products. “We’re trying to put a scientific foundation behind the use of botanical natural products, so that people can make informed decisions about what botanicals might be helpful to an individual,” said principal inves...