Clean eating has been popular with people focused on living healthy for some time now, but lately, there has been a bit of a backlash. With all things taken to extremes, there can be issues. But we wanted to get to the bottom of clean eating drawbacks, if there is such a thing.
Clean eating doesn’t have a scientific definition, and most followers of the practice define their own style. Generally, clean eating follows standard nutritional rules: eliminate processed foods and sugars, eat a lot of whole grains, and shop the outer ring of the grocery for veggies, fruit, etc. That all sounds great, but, there are real drawbacks if you follow a clean eating diet.
To be clear, clean eating can be a very good thing. Consuming large amounts of processed foods isn’t good for anyone. However, like all things, be sure to embrace it in moderation. Feeling deprived of some of your favorite foods doesn’t result in a joyful life. Eat a variety of foods, try to stay away from processed foods, make sure you get the nutrients you need (with help from supplements if necessary, and you’ll be taking care of yourself.
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Because herbs come from nature, many people believe they're safe to take at any time. But, that's simply not true. In fact, many herbs
should not be taken while trying to conceive or during pregnancy and post-partum, while breastfeeding. The constituents of plants -
phytochemicals and other active compounds - can interact with hormones that circulate during the prenatal period and as the fetus is developing.
Some herbs can stimulate the uterus to contract. And, if you have other health conditions for which medication is prescribed, there is
potential for a drug-herb interaction...
Commonly known as NAC, N-acetylcysteine is an amino
acid that supports critical functions and helps
fight infection. Our body manufactures NAC
using the cysteine from the foods we ingest. Sources
include most meats and certain plants, including
broccoli, red pepper and onion. Bananas,
garlic, soy beans, linseed (aka, flax seed) and
wheat germ also contain cysteine.
The splitting pain of an earache: while mostly common
in children, adults can also be affected. We all know
the itchy, scratchy, stuffy, feverish, achy feelings
that come with a sore throat and a head cold, but ear
pain is probably the worst. It starts with an overworked
immune system, affecting one of our most vulnerable
systems - the respiratory tract - which includes the
mouth, throat, nose and ears.
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