Are “Natural Flavors” Actually Safer Than Artificial Sweeteners?!

Should you be concerned when consuming products with Natural flavors in them? How do you know which ones are truly natural, and which ones contain additional ingredients? These are the questions that need to be addressed, with “natural flavors” being the 4th most common ingredient on food labels these days (right behind salt, water, and sugar). The Live Training video above will give you the 411 on this trending topic. But if you’d rather read than watch, you can find the details below! First we’re going to address the question, “What is considered a “Natural Flavor?” The FDA states that for something to be classified as a “natural flavor,” it simply needs to originate from something natural (you can find the exact FDA labeling requirements for natural flavors HERE). But that doesn’t mean it STAYS natural. In fact, one natural flavor tends to have anywhere from 50-100 chemicals added to it! So about 80-90% of your “natural flavor” isn’t natural! Crazy, right?!? Here’s an example for you. Say you are drinking the strawberry flavored sparkling water beverage called Bubly. The ingredient label says the beverage contains “natural flavors”. So the scrumptious strawberry flavoring could have absolutely started from a natural strawberry source. But the FDA ultimately allows these companies, such as Bubly, to add over 3000 chemicals to the flavoring concoction and still list it as “natural flavors.” It’s very possible that it started as a strawberry extraction, had some ethanol or propylene glycol added to it, plus 90 other ingredients before they finally got the perfect strawberry flavor with zero calories to add to their beverage! Now, ready...

5 Steps To Mastering The Mindset Needed To Get Lasting Weight Loss Results

Have you ever been there? Do you ever feel like everyone else is able to stay consistent except for you? Does it seem like everyone else can manage to muster up the motivation to get it done except for you? Have you ever sat there in defeat and asked yourself, “What is wrong with me?!” Then this article is  MUST READ! FollowFollowFollowFollowFollowFollow FREE Consultation! FREE Metabolic Jumpstart Guide FREE Combat Cravings Guide FREE Smartest Choices...

Could PREbiotics Be The Answer To Your Health & Weight Loss Struggles

It’s very possible that a lack of PREBIOTICS could be contributing to your difficulty in reaching your health, fitness, or weight loss goal. There’s a lot of talk and emphasis on PRObiotics these days, but PREbiotics are not talked about nearly enough! So I’m going to help you understand what a prebiotic is, what the benefits are, and whether or not you should be taking one! [[To view info on probiotics and see my husband belly dance in the process, CLICK HERE]] First of all, why do either of these components matter? Why are they essential to your health? Because they’re necessary for a well-functioning gut, and with your gut being your second brain, you need to support it in every way possible. Chances are, if you have some type of health issue going on, your gut is affecting it. If your hormones are unbalanced, your mood is unstable, you experience bloating, you deal with anxiety or depression, you’re tired, you deal with inflammation in any form, there it is HIGHLY LIKELY that it is stemming from your gut. So if you want to have more control over your body and your results, you need to take control your gut health. What exactly is a prebiotic? It’s a special type of soluble fiber that can be consumed via supplement or whole food sources. There are several different types of prebiotic fibers such as inulin, oligofructose, and fructoiligosaccaride (FOS) and you can find these fibers in many plants such as Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, onions, garlic, bananas, etc. The problem most people encounter is that they won’t or can’t eat enough...

Three Ingredients Contributing To Your Bloating, Fatigue, And Anxiety

Learn About Three Ingredients Contributing To Your Bloating, Fatigue, And Anxiety That You Most Likely Consume On A Daily Basis!! We so greatly underestimate the effect that our food (and the accompanying ingredients) has on our gut. Being mindful of your nutrition is not just for those who are looking to lose a few inches or lower their blood pressure. The food we eat and what it does to our gut DIRECTLY affects countless bodily processes including hormone and neurotransmitter regulation, mental clarity, energy production, and so much more. Anxiety, Fatigue, and Bloating are just a FEW of the side effects of an unhealthy, unbalanced gut! There are MANY ingredients that disrupt your gut. But today, we’re addressing the top 3 that most of us consume in one way or another on a regular basis! 1. SUGAR- Fruit, juice, soda, wine, candy, chocolate, cereal, yogurt, snack bars, the list of sugar-containing foods is endless. Sugar is proven to increase gut permeability (meaning food particles are able to escape from your gut into your blood stream), increase inflammation (the number one cause of disease), and can therefore exacerbate leaky gut!  2. GLUTEN – Gluten contains a protein known as Gliadin that is known to cause gut permeability. In fact, no human is physically able to full break down gliadin. So even if you’re not “experiencing symptoms” when eating gluten-containing foods, that DOES NOT that your gut is free from the damage! Where can gluten be found? Wheat, Rye, Barley contain gluten, but it can also be found in more unexpected places such as sauces and gravies, and any recipe or product that contains wheat...

Light Hacking — Biohack Your Light To Help with Seasonal Depression, Quality Of Sleep, Energy, And More!

Does Light Hacking Pertain To You? Do you use a computer or phone? Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Would you like to be able to get your body to wake up faster in the morning? Do you feel a drop in energy or mood during the winter? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you will benefit from Light Hacking!   The top ways to light hack and how they benefit you: DIRECT SUNLIGHT: 10-20 min a day, unprotected (no SPF, no sunglasses, wearing as little clothing as possible). Why? Necessary for diverse Vitamin D production. Yes, you can supplement with Vitamin D. I do that on a daily basis. But sunlight is the only thing that activates the full spectrum of Vitamin D, including Vitamin D Sulfate. Vitamin D Sulfate cannot be supplemented. Necessary for Cholesterol Sulfate production. Why is Chlesterol Sulfate important? It’s a precursor to all of your sex hormones Optimal Testosterone Levels. Whether you’re male or female, testosterone is vital for your muscle tone, body composition, and sex drive. Endorphin and Dopamine Release. Sunlight triggers the release of endorphins (hormones that can help reduce pain, support hormone regulation, and even inhibit cancer growth). Dopamine is necessary for stable mood, motivation, creativity, and so many other important processes in the body **What if don’t have access to the sun? UVB lamp or UVB-heavy tanning bed for 5-10 min twice a week* MORNING LIGHTS Bright white lights or blue lights – These lights stop melatonin production, so they’re great for helping you to wake up more quickly in the morning EVENING LIGHTS...