We eat as healthy as possible but also know that due to many factors in the world, our food is not as nutritious as it was year's ago. I'd love to have a garden but my thumbs aren't too green so we reply on local farmer's markets and healthy drinks like Life's Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants drink. You can read more about it here and there are 2 awesome flavors to choose from - cherry and tropical fruit. While I am a little more partial to tropical fruit, the cherry is just as delicious so why not go ahead and order both like we do! You can change them up during the day and have variety because variety is the spice of life!
What is ORAC and why is it important?
ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity and it is a way of measuring antioxidant capacities.
Why should I choose foods that are non-GMO?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetic modification is a technique that alters living cells to produce new chemicals and functions in plants and animals. Many food scientists question the safety of genetically modified foods because they do not know if eating GMO foods over a lifetime can damage our health.
What is vegan?
A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products.
What does gluten free mean and why is it important?
Gluten is a protein found in certain grains including wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is the sticky protein that gives bread dough its elastic quality.
To people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is very important because it is the only known treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease. People with celiac cannot digest gluten, which causes inflammation in the digestive system and affects the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients from food. Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, and anemia.
People with gluten sensitivity have similar symptoms to those with celiac disease but test negative for it as well as wheat allergies. These people may feel fatigued, depressed, bloated and have abdominal pain.
Gluten-free grains include rice, corn, quinoa and buckwheat.
I have noticed “soy free” foods lately and I want to know if soy products are unhealthy?
Soy is one of the top food allergies, especially among babies and children. Symptoms of soy allergy are typically mild, although anaphylaxis is possible. People avoiding GMOs may avoid soy since more than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.
Soy can disrupt thyroid function which may lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid problems.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic human estrogen.
Is eating dairy free healthy?
People may go dairy free if they are lactose-intolerant, have a milk allergy or are vegan.
People with lactose intolerance do not have the enzyme lactase which helps to digest milk and they can experience diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramps when eating dairy products.
Milk allergies, which are one of the top 8 food allergies, occur either minutes or hours after having milk or milk products and can cause hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps.
People may also avoid dairy for ethical reasons or believe it helps keep their skin clear.
Sugar is a natural ingredient so why do I care if there’s no sugar added?
Eating too much sugar has been linked to inflammation throughout the body and increased health risks. It is important to check labels since manufacturers frequently add sugar to many products that you would not think of as sweet, such as pasta sauces, chicken nuggets, cured meats, and ketchup. Also, sugar comes in many forms such as cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup and crystalline fructose.
What is Stevia?
Leaves of the stevia plant are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.
What is monk fruit extract?
This fruit grown in Southeast Asia is one to one-and-one-half times sweeter than sugar so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.
Are natural flavors healthier than artificial flavors?
In general, artificial flavors tend to be in foods that are overly processed. If a food product contains artificial flavors, check to make sure that it doesn't also contain other less desirable additives like artificial colors and preservatives.
What’s wrong with artificial colors?
Artificial colors may cause hyperactivity and behavioral changes in children.
What’s wrong with artificial preservatives?
Some artificial preservatives have been linked to increased risks for illnesses.
What are the manufacturer’s credentials?
This dietary supplement is manufactured by a company that is GMP certified and FDA regulated in the USA.