2020’s Most Trending Health Articles
A silver lining from this crazy year is watching people begin to prioritize their health. At Food Matters, we’ve always believed that health requires more than a ‘treatment’ approach - instead, we need to invest in a preventative outlook. This can come in many different shapes, forms, and ideas that address our needs differently, but it’s always been at the core of what we do.
In case you missed them, here are our most-loved trending health articles of 2020!
There is a lot of fear, stress, and angst rapidly spreading around the world at present. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just recently declared coronavirus a global pandemic and while adding to media hysteria is the last thing on our agenda, we have been talking with our wider community about ways we can protect ourselves from any virus by doing what our bodies do best; boosting our natural immunity system. What’s really scary about COVID-19 is the unknown, but giving in to fearmongering and panic should be the last thing we’re doing.
The liver is one of your most important organs; helping you to clear out unwanted toxins that make it into your system. We’re quite lucky in the sense that our liver often functions without being asked too; but with increasing toxins in our environment and food, it’s good to know when it needs some support. Here are 10 tell-tale signs that your liver is in need of some love.
If you’re like most people and don’t have the time to prepare a cold-pressed celery juice or harvest a tray of wheatgrass each morning, then the next best thing science says you can do is drink lemon juice and water. In fact, it might just be the simplest, cheapest, and fastest morning ritual you can do for your long-term health (and waistline).
I don't know about you but last week I felt so out of control for me! I got caught in a rut. In a vicious cycle of worry, confusion and overwhelm. Life can be stressful and overwhelming at the moment. If you have kids or are working from home, it can be even harder. We all need tools to help us relax right now, but relaxing may feel impossible. It can seem hard to meditate or calm your mind, especially in a time of crisis.
Firstly, not all eggs are created equal. And secondly, not all cooking methods maintain the nutritional integrity of their health-promoting essential fatty acids. If you’re not avoiding eggs for allergy or ethical reasons, they can be a powerful nutritional inclusion in your diet. Eggs are a rich source of full-spectrum protein, healthy fats, and micronutrients like iron and B12.
The prospect of isolation is a daunting one if we’re not already immersed in the entirety of it. Know that we appreciate you for doing your part in flattening the curve. Emotions are running high, but how can we accept this stress, anxiety, and overwhelm and guide it towards a positive outlook? We’re experiencing something the world has never seen before. Over the weekend in Australia, thousands of people were served the tough blow that they would not have jobs to return to on Monday, with no certainty of the future ahead.
It seems there is a constant struggle to find foods without additives and preservatives. Many have been around for a very long time, while others surface as new or simply use another name for a common additive or preservative. There are numerous reasons why food additives and preservatives are used. One reason is that they can help maintain and improve freshness by slowing product spoilage caused by mold, air, bacteria, fungi or yeast while helping reduce the risk of contamination. In some cases, additives and preservatives may help improve or maintain nutritional benefits.
It’s estimated that 1% of the global population has celiac disease, with another 7% having some form of gluten sensitivity. And this number is on the rise. What’s lesser-known is that gluten sensitivity, or even excessive consumption (like we have in the modern Western diet), can contribute to cascading cases of inflammation, autoimmune, and chronic health conditions. As an autoimmune disease, celiac can have a long-term impact on your health if not treated carefully, including heart disease, cancer, and gut inflammation.
There’s something special about sitting down with a hot cup of tea. It might be the moment of silence and bliss I get in the ritual, and it might be the feeling of when a blend perfectly fits my needs. Teas can be incredible, powerful supports with widespread health benefits, but something caught my attention recently and I had to discover more.
When I’m mentally stressed out, on the verge of breakdown and burnout, the first feeling I notice is my stomach. The churning like butterflies when I’m in love, flooded with a loss of appetite and a brain that’s running a million miles an hour. Extended physical stress on my body brings on the same symptoms. The science tells me I’m not alone. Any form of stress affects our overall gut health, and it’s having disastrous consequences on our population.
We’ve been so proud to bring you this educational, life-changing content this year, and can’t wait to do it all over again in 2021 (just bigger and even better than before)! Use this holiday time to recap on everything health and wellness, and join us in the new year to dive deeper into this journey.
With 2021 just around the corner, we want to bring you more of what you love, want to know, and need to know.
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