Processed foods lead to weight gain, but it's about more than calories

Kevin D. Hall, MD and his colleagues conducted a controlled clinical trial at the National Institute of Health (NIH) which revealed eating ultra-processed foods leads to weight gain in human volunteers in as little as 2 weeks. Yella Hewings-Martin PhD published the report to Medical News Today which describes the findings of the trial.

Photo by:   Matthew Henry

Photo by: Matthew Henry

Spring Cleaning, Allergies and Detoxification

Spring is here, everything is growing, plants, weeds, flowers.  This is a lovely time, the weather is warm, inviting and comfortable, it's a great time to get outside.  Unfortunately, it all comes with an abundance of pollen in the air.  Many people find their ability to enjoy spring marred by allergy symptoms.  

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Traditionally spring was a time for cleansing, opening the windows and deep cleaning the house, getting the dust out, eliminating the clutter.  Physically this is a time to clean out our bodies.  Traditional people would live through the winter on heavier dried foods and meats as there was no fresh food available.  With spring comes fresh greens, fruits and veggies.  Many of the spring foods are somewhat bitter and most are cleansing to the body, this all put people living off the land on a naturally cleansing diet.  In modern times processed foods full of chemical preservatives and modifiers, GMO's, and toxins from household cleaning agents, pesticides and herbicides like  "Roundup," as well as chemical "air fresheners," and laundry dryer sheets, car and airplane exhaust and industrial exhaust all surround us with toxins that  "gunk up" our cells, creating inflammation and interfering with general cellular function.

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Interestingly there is a correlation with toxicity building up in our systems and allergies!  The more we build up toxicity within our bodies the more inflammation we have.  Signs of inflammation include bloating, swelling, aches and pains, blurred vision and irritability or depression.  Long term inflammation leads to many of the diseases of chronic illness including heart disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, Obesity and Cancer to name just a few including Allergies.   

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Generally, the more inflammation we have, the more our bodies age.  I find that the more toxic I get, the more allergic symptoms I have.  Generally, if I start getting allergies, I do a cleanse and they go away.  More importantly detoxification makes you feel good, increasing energy, diminishing pain, improving mood and helping us slim down.

 Come in for all your Allergy and Detox support.

Lead In Our Children's Food?

"The Environmental Defense Fund analyzed over 2,000 food samples between 2003 and 2013 and found that 1 in 5 baby food samples had at least trace amounts of lead, which can cause cognitive problems in young children."

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Lead toxicity in adults is something we treat often at Arizona Wellness; many people don't know where or how they obtained their levels of built up over time. It is important as parents to be vigilant in protecting our children from lead exposure.

Click the link to read the rest of the article by Contance Gibbs.

20% of Baby Food May Contain Lead, Says Environmental Agency

Tree of Life Electronic Recycling Project

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We all hoped for wonderful things with The Affordable Care Act, (most of us know this as Obamacare). Unfortunately, as we've seen premiums were more than expected and any affordable policy involved a huge deductible. Arizona has been particularly hard hit with most insurers no longer participating in the exchange and premiums are expected to double this year. [The silver plan premium is expected to increase from $196.00 to $402.00 a month.] We have launched the Tree of Life Electronic Recycling Project to help those who cannot afford the medical care they need. We are collecting old cell phones, computers, laptops, and other devices; recycling them and using the proceeds to fund medical care for those who cannot pay. If you have any unused electronic devices please consider donating them to this worthy cause.

Tree of Life Electronic Recycling Project