BPA: Does Calling it Safe Make it So?

  Bisphenol A (BPA): Other than a good if not suggestive acronym, what is it?   If you’re someone who has children or reheats leftovers in Tupperware, then you may be familiar with this synthetic material, as it is widely available and in common use today. For most of us, though, we are only vaguely aware of it as something having to do with plastic, and you probably have an inkling that it is harmful to us in some form or fashion, but that the science concerning this mystery acronym is still … [Read more...]

Microbiome, Sugar, and Your Immune System

  Today’s blog post covers the importance of a healthy microbiome, how dietary guidelines have (and have not) changed, and the special way that the immune system adapts to threats.   A Healthy Microbiome Builds a Strong Immune System   The type of bacteria that live in the gut can regulate the body’s inflammation levels. In some cases, a lack of certain strains of “good” bacteria can result in greater susceptibility to infection, whether it is the flu, rotavirus, or … [Read more...]

Best Vegetables for Your Heart

  Research has shown that the more vegetables you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease, with different types of vegetables protecting your heart through different mechanisms. Leafy greens, for example, have high amounts of nitrates that naturally boost your nitric oxide (NO) level. Cruciferous veggies, on the other hand, lower your risk of stroke and heart attack by promoting more supple neck arteries and preventing the buildup of arterial plaque.   In fermented cabbage, it's the fiber … [Read more...]

Sprouts! Year-Round Freshness with High Nutrition

    Sprouts are exactly what they sound like: sprouted seeds for consumption. Common edible sprouts include alfalfa, red clover, radish, beans, peas, kale and broccoli sprouts. Microgreens get a lot of press these days, and while they are also great, they tend to be a bit more involved than sprouts, requiring dirt or a growing medium. Sprouts only require water and a well drained container, such as a mason jar topped with cheesecloth. Simple! You don’t even need sunshine to do this.   Growing … [Read more...]

Steps to Obtaining a Healthy Mind and Body in the New Year

    Obtaining a healthy mind and body depends on how you feel and how you care for your body. Make progress towards a healthier body and happier mind in 2021 by doing a few things.   1. Begin with positivity in mindset. So much of having a healthy mind and body depends on how you feel. Beginning with a positive attitude is the best way to feel good about yourself, even if results seem to be slow in coming. Whether you’re dieting, exercising regularly, or seeking to feel better about yourself, … [Read more...]

10 Harmful Health Effects Caused by Excessive Sugar Consumption

Foods taste sweet because they contain sugars which can be naturally occurring or added. What’s the main difference between the two?Naturally occurring sugars are the sugars found in whole foods like fruit, milk, vegetables, and some grains. Fructose and lactose in fruit and milk products, respectively, are naturally occurring sugars. On the other hand, sugars and syrups added to foods during preparation or processing, or added at the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reasons to Shop at a Farmer’s Market

As summer comes to a close here in Michigan, harvest season is in full swing! Besides better-tasting, environmentally conscious food, there are lots of other reasons to eat local. Here are the top 10 reasons to shop your local farmers market.   1. Taste the difference. Farmer’s markets offer the freshest food around—usually only hours from the field—so you get top quality, perfectly ripe flavor. 2. Help the environment. Eating locally saves vast amounts of packaging waste and … [Read more...]

Energy Boosting Tips

  When fatigue hits during the day, many people will reach for a sugary snack or a caffeinated beverage. While these practices may lead to a quick, short burst of energy, the crash afterwards can leave one feeling even more tired. Here are some healthier methods to improve energy levels. 1) EAT BREAKFAST: Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have less fatigue and stress than those who skip it. Avoid white flour/sugary options, like donuts. Instead try fruit and fiber-rich … [Read more...]

Important COVID-19 Update from Clear Choice Natural Healthcare

I wanted to keep you informed on the latest information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our operations. Our patient’s health and safety has always been our number one priority, now more than ever. It is an honor that you have chosen our clinic to assist you with your health goals.   We strive to work hard to provide you and your loved ones the highest quality of alternative health care whether you are an existing patient, a new patient or a potential patient.   With changes … [Read more...]

2020 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Foods

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of the latest test data from the federal Department of Agriculture. But the dirtiest produce commodity, according to the USDA's Pesticide Data Program, is not a fresh fruit or vegetable but a dried one - raisins.   Traditionally, the EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ has included fresh fruits and … [Read more...]