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Big Box Vitamins

Do you buy your vitamins in bulk to try to save money?  Bulk grocery stores like Costco and Sam's Club offer you huge bottles of vitamins at a great price, right!? Take a better look at the ingredients and you'll see why you could be wasting your hard earned cash!

If your goal of taking a daily vitamin is for improved health, choosing a pharmaceutical grade supplement is necessary.  If you're unknowingly ingesting food dyes, modified food starch, soy and more on a daily basis to improve your health, you must research the products that you are purchasing. Is it really worth the savings? You get what you pay for!  Maybe you're continuing to have gastrointestinal issues, breakouts, headaches, etc., and they may be from your vitamins ingredients.  If you check the labels on your food, also check the ones on your vitamins.

I'll compare popular vitamins I found at Costco this past weekend, show you the harmful ingredients, and a superior alternative that your body can actually use!  Synthetic vitamins often contain harmful chemicals and essential nutrients in inabsorbable forms.

While you can essentially get more "vitamins" for your dollar with the big box brands, that is because they are of lower quality, and use cheap preservatives, chemicals, dyes, etc., to bring the cost down.  For example, this is the same reason why real peanut/almond butters cost more than their cheaper alternatives, that have added sugars and hydrogenated oils.  Corn syrup is cheap, genetically modified, and easily added to foods, beverages and vitamins as a filler!

Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Fish Oil:

  • ~$.10 cents per capsule
  • Contains SOY (GMO)
  • Better option is Integrative Therapeutics Pure Omega HP; ~$.37 per capsule

  • Does not contain any of the following!

    • artificial coloring

    • artificial flavoring

    • corn

    • dairy products

    • gluten

    • preservatives

    • salt

    • soy

    • sugar

    • wheat

    • yeast

Nature Made Coenyzme Q 10:

  • ~$.25 cents per capsule
  • Contains artificial coloring, soy
  • Synthetic, chemically made.  Contains a different chemical other than the natural form
  • Better option is Integrative Therapeutics Vitaline CoQ10; ~$2.00 per capsule

  • Contains only the NATURAL form of CoEnzyme Q10 and is identical to the form produced by the human body

  • The natural form can cross the cell membrane and does increase serum CoQ10 levels
  • Does not contain any of the following!

    • artificial coloring

    • artificial flavoring

    • corn

    • dairy products

    • gluten

    • ingredients of animal origin

    • preservatives

    • salt

    • soy

    • wheat

    • yeast

Centrum Silver Women's 50+

  • ~$.08 cents per capsule
  • Contains modified corn starch, Red 40 Lake, hydrogenated palm oil, maltodextrin
  • Better option is Integrative Therapeutics Clinical Nutrients 45 Plus Women; ~$.19 per capsule

  • Does not contain any of the following!

    • artificial coloring

    • artificial flavoring

    • dairy products

    • gluten

    • preservatives

    • soy

    • sugar

    • wheat

    • yeast

 

*Main image source: http://sincitycrossfitsouth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Health-Benefits-of-Fish-Oil-For-Kids.jpg

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Pumpkin Spice

Fall is here, and people are going crazy for their yearly "pumpkin" flavored drinks and treats.  Sadly, most don't contain real pumpkin, but artificial flavoring and tons of sugar to give you that "fall in a cup" flavor you crave every autumn.

Many people aren't fond of the "Food Babe", stating she has no educational background to question and enforce what goes into our food.  But, these ingredients speak for themselves.  I even stopped going to Starbucks recently when I found out that their coconut milk contains corn dextrin, and a long list of other ingredients, besides coconut milk. [Water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin d2. Ingredients in most legit coconut milk: Coconut milk, water.] Read more about Starbucks "coconut milk" here

For the 2015 season, Starbucks has claimed to eliminate the caramel coloring in its' pumpkin spice drinks and use real pumpkin.

Starbucks has a "My Starbucks Idea" site, where you can submit ideas to bring back old products or create new ones.  Here you can log in and vote to bring CLEAN almond/coconut milk to their stores!

I have not had a PSL in over a year, since I went dairy free after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's.  I have however, made my own at home using some of these delicious, natural recipes!

A better alternative to commercialized pumpkin spiced drinks:

You have the option to choose your own ingredients!  Fair-trade organic coffee, organic pumpkin, non-gmo spices, etc.

  • Choose your milk! (cashew, almond, coconut, hemp)
  • Add your choice of coffee or espresso
  • Add pumpkin puree
  • Add pumpkin pie spice
  • Add cinnamon
  • Add vanilla
  • Add maple syrup or coconut sugar to taste for added sweetness

 

Here are some links to recipes that I really enjoy and think you will too!

Pumpkin Spice Latte from Make It Paleo 2

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

Dairy Free and Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Iced Pumpkin Thai Bubble Tea (With Dairy Free and Dye Free Directions)

 

 

 

*Main image source: http://www.pugetsound.edu/files/pages/pumpkinlatte-1.jpg

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is also known as 'Breast Cancer Awareness' month.  Numerous companies campaign with "pink" products and ribbons to help support breast cancer awareness and research towards a cure.  Do you see a product with a pink logo or ribbon on it and automatically assume that it supports breast cancer?  Did you know that many products that claim to "support" breast cancer research and awareness, may actually increase your chances of developing cancer?

Such examples of products include:

  • energy drinks (that contain "natural and artificial flavors")
  • plastic polycarbonate water bottles containing bisphenol-A, more commonly known as BPA
  • cosmetics/perfumes (Red #5, violet #2, yellow #5, benzyl benzoate, etc.)
  • cleaning products
  • air fresheners
  • Yogurt 'Friends in the Fight' campaign (contains high amounts of sugar, modified corn starch, "natural flavor",  blue #1, yellow #5, etc.

*These items may not necessarily have any randomized control studies proving there is a 100% cause and effect relationship.  We do know that toxins in our food and environment may correlate with increased risks of developing cancer.  We also know that these synthetic chemicals added to our food provide no nutritional value, and increase the toxic load in our bodies.

(The U.K has banned food dyes and performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study regarding behavioral disorders and Yellow #5 and #6.)

Many companies know that by putting a pink ribbon on their products, it will sell more products, as consumers automatically associate it with donations for breast cancer awareness/research.  But, how much of your purchase is actually donated?  Some companies may not donate any of their sales to the Susan G. Komen fund, despite the pink ribbon on their products.

Be sure to research companies before purchasing their product.  Consider making a donation directly to cancer research in the future, if you're unsure of the product safety.

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