Saccharin Warning Label
Of course I read food labels.  But it didn't occur to me to read the label on the toothpaste my girls use to brush their teeth with every day.  So the other night when I flipped the tube over at the training toothpaste and took a peek at the label you can imagine my SHOCK! 

The toothpaste contained Saccharin and Sucralose!  I have a big problem with artificial sweeteners as they are body toxins.

Splenda (Sucralose
) has never been proven safe for human consumption and it's widely known as a public health experiment.  The FDA approved it after a mere 4 days of trial where only 23 adults actually ingested it.  The other studies were done on animals and revealed complications that would concern anyone such as a decrease in red blood cells, increased male infertility, created spontaneous abortions in half of the rabbits vs. zero abortions in the control group, as well as a 23% death rate vs. a 6% death rate in the control.

Common human side effects of consuming sucralose: gastrointestinal problems, dizziness, seizures, migraines, allergic reaction, weight gain, blurred vision, and increase in blood sugar just to name a few.

Saccharin- I'm not sure if you remember this, but before 2001 any product containing saccharin had this warning label.  This has since been lifted because after some industry testing it was determined that saccharin only caused bladder cancer in rats.  Most researchers believe in sufficient doses, saccharin is a human carcinogenic.  But how do you know the amount of artificial sweeteners your body can tolerate?  Most researchers also agree that saccharin is not a good product for children because of the possible irreversible cell damage

Conclusion: Artificial sweeteners are toxic to your body, foreign chemicals with no food value that your body has to fight to metabolize.  They are risky for adults to consume, but if you are pregnant, nursing you should avoid ingesting these toxins.  You should also make sure your kids are not consuming these dangerous artificial sweeteners...and don't forget to check their toothpaste!  I threw mine where it belonged, in the trash.

If you or a family member is Food Sensitive grocery shopping can be difficult.  Constantly having to read food labels is a daunting task especially if you are a busy parent with kids in tow. 

There is a new company revolutionizing how we shop for natural, organic, and special dietary foods.  Whatever your food sensitivity; gluten, casein, lactose, dairy, nut, soy, corn, wheat, eggs, yeast.  You can filter by your dietary need and it will automatically refine all product choices by that need.  It's like walking into your grocery store, clicking a button and only seeing the products that you can have...genius! 

You can also filter by specific attributes, say you only want products that are BPA or petroleum free, or have no dyes or additives.  So smart!

Definitely check it out, I snagged my free membership a couple of days ago:
The Green Polkadot Box
Natural and Organic foods.  Of course you know they are better but healthy organic food can be expensive.  I know as a working mom of 2 small children I want to give their little bodies the highest quality food but also stick to our budget.

What if I told you there was a new buying club in town (like a Bj's or Costco) that only had healthy organic food and offered Natural and Organic Foods up to 60% off?  Plus they were giving away memberships for a limited time until November 1st (membership will start at $50 on November 2).   You might be thinking what's the catch?  Well, there is none.  I was REALLY skeptical when I first heard about it, but after doing a ton of research found that it's actually really amazing and I am ditching my BJ's membership (It's perfect timing as my membership is up for renewal next month!) in exchange for this free membership. 

I couldn't keep this sweet find to myself.  Click on the link below to find out more info and become a FREE member ($50 value), remember free membership is only until November 1st so don't delay! 

To Your Health!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
I love Fall, it's my absolute favorite time of year.  The crisp cool air, the beautiful colors on the trees, leaves crunching beneath your feet, and of course the harvest.  Pumpkin pies, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins and breads all taste yummy; but there are smarter ways to enjoy this wonderful gift from nature.

The pumpkin is actually loaded with nutrients right down to the seeds.  A healthy snack my girls live is Organic Pumpkin seeds, and I love to toss them in a salad. 

Here are the nutrition benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
- Rich source of fiber- 1/4 cup has 5 grams
- Rich in Protein- 1/4 cup has 10 grams        
- Rich source of Magnesium- 1/2 cup is 95% of your DV
- Good source of Potassium, phosphorus, zinc, & iron 

The benefits to your body;
prostate protection, anti-inflammatory, improved bladder function, treating depression, lowering cholesterol, cancer prevention, and magnesium deficiency (which most of us are!)

Hippocrates, know as the Father of Medicine said "Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food."

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