Between oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, and rice milk, it seems like navigating the dairy aisle has become increasingly complicated. While these products are valuable alternatives for those who need or want to avoid dairy in their diets, deciphering their food labels can be confusing. In this blog, we’ll discuss what to look for on dairy-free product labels to ensure consumers can safely and conveniently buy products.

Check Allergen Labels

If you aren’t sure what to look for on dairy-free product labels, start with the allergen label. The FDA requires that food products that contain common allergens, such as tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, fish, cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, and soybeans, provide clear and legible allergen labels to alert customers. There are several different purposes of allergen labels, but they are primarily important to prevent customers from experiencing allergic reactions to foods.

If you are lactose intolerant or prefer to avoid dairy in your diet, allergen labels should be your first indication of whether food will be safe for your consumption.

Dietary Claim Labels

Unfortunately, not all dietary labels are the same. While the FDA regulates allergen labels, dietary claim labels are not mandated or regulated at all. And since these labels are unregulated, it is crucial to pay close attention to the exact wording. Here are a few dietary dairy claim labels you may come across.

Dairy-Free

This label should indicate that a product contains zero milk-based ingredients.

Non-Dairy

Consumers should read “non-dairy” product labels with more caution. Although the FDA does not regulate this label, it did previously define non-dairy products as those in which milk makes up less than .5 percent of the total product weight. Although this definition is now obsolete, products may still contain small percentages of dairy. Creamers and whipped cream are common products that may still contain small traces of dairy despite these labels.

Lactose-Free

Lactose-free labels indicate that a product does not include milk or sugar. However, these products are often not wholly free of milk-based ingredients like cheese, sour cream, and even buttermilk.

Ingredients Labels

Since the wording of dietary claim labels can change without regulation, it’s imperative to check the ingredient label of products as a final step before consuming foods. All food products must include a complete list of ingredients, which means that they will need to list any dairy products present.

As more and more consumers remove dairy from their daily diets, it is essential to pay attention to how brands market dairy in their products. Once you understand how to navigate the different types of dairy labels, you’ll be more likely to buy projects that suit your health and desire.

 

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Longer days, warmer weather, vacation time—there’s a whole lot to look forward to in the summer. As the excitement of the new season draws near, we must remember how harsh the brilliant sunshine and heat can be on our skin. Check out our guide on how to keep your skin healthy this summer. Spoiler alert: It includes sunscreen!

Be Mindful Of the Midday Sun

We understand that a lot of people look forward to getting a shade darker in the summer, but you should always mind the time of day that you sunbathe. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the sun’s most intense UV rays are out. During this time, it’s especially crucial to lather on the sunscreen and stick to the shade.

If you want the best of both worlds—healthy skin and a nice tan—spend time in the sun in short increments (while wearing sunblock). You can always test out some self-tanner lotion to achieve a warm summer glow without increasing your risk for skin cancer.

Stay Hydrated, Stay Moisturized

Stay cool this summer by keeping your body hydrated, inside and out.

Internal

Unless you’re superhuman, the chances are good that you sweat more in the summer, too. Account for your body’s water loss by always keeping a bottle of water within arm’s reach. Dehydration is a serious condition that can lead to severe injury, so take steps to prevent it all summer long. It might seem silly, but you can get an idea of how hydrated you are by peeking at your urine—the lighter and clearer it is, the better!

Remember to incorporate water-rich foods into your diet in the summer to help maintain your hydration goals. With sweet fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe offering a high water composition, staying hydrated has never been easier!

External

With all this care for your body’s insides, don’t forget about your body’s largest organ! Everyone’s skin reacts to increased heat and UV rays differently. Learning how to moisturize your face based on your skin’s texture and sensitivity will keep your skin calm and buoyant all summer long.

Stock up on Sunscreen

Say it with me: It won’t turn into a tan! Repeat this mantra as often as necessary this summer to prevent scorching your skin. Avoid putting your body through the trauma of a milk bath or aloe cocoon by just slapping on some sunscreen, one of the most effective ways to keep your skin healthy this summer—and every summer after that.

Especially when getting outdoors between that 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. window, you’ll want to lather on broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a high SPF. And don’t let an overcast day fool you. You should still wear SPF to shield your skin from the strongest UV rays.

 

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Shopping is an essential chore for all of us. It’s a tedious task, but not one worth rushing through. While we may want to dash through a shop, throw things in the cart, and leave quickly, there are benefits to stopping and looking closely at each item we select.

Food has a profound impact on our health beyond nutrition and calories. Choosing the wrong foods is like inviting a saboteur into your life. To protect your loved one’s health, learn how to be a more informed consumer with these food-safety tips to keep in mind while shopping.

Check for Damage

The easiest way to protect your family from bad shopping choices is to thoroughly inspect every package. In the fast-paced world of producing food for a nation, accidents happen. That’s why companies provide safety measures such as tamper-proof seals.

Make sure all your selections are properly airtight and all seals are in place. Make sure there aren’t holes of any size in packages and always select produce that looks and smells fresh. Never choose dented or rusted cans since internal damage can compromise the contents. Small steps like these go a long way to prevent sickness caused by contaminated goods.

Choose Safer Packaged Food

Besides checking packages for damage, you should also have a look at the package itself. Food sits in its containers for sometimes years before it’s eaten. The longer a food is in contact with its packaging, the more risk it’s at that chemicals from the package may seep into the food.

Ideally, food is meant to be stored in food-grade packaging. You can be sure of this by looking for model information in the fine print. Plastic bottles used to store soft drinks often are accused of containing BPA, but by learning how to tell you can keep your family safe.

Check Labels for Bad Ingredients

One of the best food-safety tips to keep in mind while shopping is still to read and understand labeling. Information found on food packaging can seem like a jumble of nonsense words. Amidst all of this, there are a handful of very important details to watch for. Certain legal ingredients in the USA are known to cause health issues. Check the label for any words resembling high fructose corn syrup; this common sweetener is strongly associated with obesity.

Aspartame also should be avoided as it and corn syrup frequently worsen allergies and contribute to feeling sick, nauseousness, migraines, and other symptoms. If you feel poorly, check your diet for these and other concoctions. The fewer chemicals and more real ingredients you and your family eat, the healthier everyone will be.

 

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Our body adjusts its nutritional requirements throughout the day depending upon our level of stress, dietary choices, and how much we exercise. Quantum health technology is a new type of wellness tool to help meet our nutritional needs. This technology offers a personalized approach performing a nutrient analysis in real time. The vital substances listed below are included in the quantum wellness nutrition package.

Healy Nutrition Package

VITAL SUBSTANCECATEGORY
Vitamin A (Retinol)Vitamin
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)Vitamin
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)Vitamin
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)Vitamin
Vitamin B5Vitamin
Vitamin B6 (Pyrodoxine)Vitamin
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)Vitamin
Vitamin B9 (Folic acid)Vitamin
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)Vitamin
Vitamin C (Polyascorbate)Vitamin
Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)Vitamin
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)Vitamin
Vitamin E (dl-a Tocopherol)Vitamin
Vitamin K1 (Phylloquinone)Vitamin
Vitamin K2 (Menaquinone) Vitamin
ArsenMineral
BoronMineral
CalciumMineral
ChlorinMineral
ChromiumMineral
CobaltMineral
CopperMineral
FluorineMineral
IodineMineral
IronMineral
ManganeseMineral
MagnesiumMineral
MolybdenumMineral
PhosphorusMineral
PotassiumMineral
SeleniumMineral
SilicaMineral
SodiumMineral
SulphurMineral
TinMineral
VanadiumMineral
ZincMineral
AlanineAmino Acid
ArginineAmino Acid
AsparagineAmino Acid
CarnitineAmino Acid
CysteineAmino Acid
GlycineAmino Acid
Glutamic AcidAmino Acid
GlutamateAmino Acid
HistidineAmino Acid
IsoleuzinAmino Acid
LeucineAmino Acid
LysineAmino Acid
MethionineAmino Acid
OrnithineAmino Acid
PhenylalanineAmino Acid
ProlineAmino Acid
PyrrolsineAmino Acid
SelenomethionineAmino Acid
SelenocysteineAmino Acid
SerineAmino Acid
TaurineAmino Acid
ThreonineAmino Acid
TryptophanAmino Acid
TyrosineAmino Acid
ValineAmino Acid
Alpha-linolenic acidFatty Acid
Arachidonic AcidFatty Acid
Dihomo-y-linolenic Acid (DGLA) Fatty Acid
Docosahexaenoic AcidFatty Acid
Eicosapentaenoci AcidFatty Acid
Gamma-linolenic AcidFatty Acid
Lauric AcidFatty Acid
Linoleic AcidFatty Acid
Myristic AcidFatty Acid
Oleic AcidFatty Acid
Omega-3 fatty acidsFatty Acid
Omega-6 fatty acidsFatty Acid
Palmitic AcidFatty Acid

Reach out for more information on this cutting-edge wellness tool.  In gratitude & thank you!

 

The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a health and wellness company offering a BEMER Rental Program, Wearable Health Technology, and  Amare Global nutrition products. She lives in Massachusetts.

 

 

Many people have never heard of arrowroot powder. This ingredient is great because it’s very versatile. You can use it to prepare a meal, but it’s also an ingredient in many natural beauty products. The more you know about ingredients, the more helpful they are in your daily life, so we put together a guide that explains the various things to know about arrowroot powder. Read on to learn more.

It’s Gluten-Free–Friendly

Recently, more people have begun trying to understand their bodies better. Food sensitivity tests are becoming more common, and many people indeed find they have a gluten intolerance or allergy. People with food sensitivities or food allergies may struggle to find ingredients that fit within their restrictions. One of the most important things to know about arrowroot powder is that it’s gluten free, grain free, and paleo friendly. Arrowroot powder is also vegan. This means that nearly everyone can use it.

It’s a Good Cornstarch Substitute

Arrowroot powder is a good substitute for cornstarch. For this reason, you can use arrowroot powder in cooking if you have food allergies, particularly corn allergies. Since cornstarch is one of the main ingredients in many dishes, arrowroot is helpful as a substitute for people who cannot use cornstarch.

There’s a slight learning curve to using arrowroot powder. Although it’s a good substitute for cornstarch, it’s not the same. In recipes that call for cornstarch, you need to use a little less arrowroot powder. It’s best to start with less and add more if necessary.

You Can Find It in Beauty Products

Arrowroot powder is a versatile ingredient, so it’s no surprise that you can also find it in many natural beauty products. For example, arrowroot powder is often used in deodorants because it can absorb sweat and moisture. Arrowroot powder is also popular in skin care or beauty products for people with oily or acne-prone skin due to its mattifying effect.

 

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Type-2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, affecting approximately 100 million Americans. It is characterized by a condition called insulin resistance, where the body cannot effectively use the hormone insulin to bring glucose (blood sugar) into the cells and muscles for energy. This causes glucose to accumulate in the blood at higher than normal levels, putting people’s health in danger.

Insulin is beneficial for appetite and blood sugar control. It helps transport glucose into the muscle cells to be used primarily for energy; it drives blood sugar to the brain which is the brain’s primary source of energy using about 150 grams/day. Insulin will also drive amino acids into muscle cells for protein synthesis and transport glucose into fat cells for storage.

Stress can interfere with our body’s ability to allow insulin to do its job. When we are under chronic stress, the body is producing high levels of cortisol. High cortisol blocks insulin function causing large fluctuations in blood sugar levels which leads to an imbalanced metabolism: we crave more calories (when blood sugar is low), so we take in more energy, but we’re not burning those calories as efficiently so we’re storing more energy which can also lead to weight gain.

Mitochondria Fun Facts

Per Dr. Shawn Talbott, Chief Science Officer of Amare Global.

  • The mitochondria are very similar to the microbiome in our gut with its trillions of bacteria. Millions of years ago, the mitochondria were free living bacteria with which our bodies co-evolved.
  • At the present time, mitochondria are not bacteria, they are organelles inside our cells that generate energy. With metabolism, it consistently returns to the individual mitochondria which are the powerhouse of the cell. This where our calories actually get burned and energy is generated for cell metabolism and energy production.
  • If your metabolism is off because your insulin is being blocked, you get a lot of oxidative stress and inflammatory stress which sets off its own cascade of metabolic reactions at the cellular level which can lead to cellular damage.


AMARE GLOBAL PRODUCTS

Amare Global offers natural nutrition proudcts to help reduce feelings of anxiety while improving your metabolisim, energy, and focus. Amare products will help to normalize the gut-brain axis where the signaling and communication is taking place between the tissues and the cells. The goal is to lower cortisol levels so that insulin can do its job.

People report back: “I’m losing weight”, “My appetite is changing”, and “I don’t feel this drive toward junk food anymore.”


MentaBiotics

  • Lowering stress and cortisol levels can be done directly in the brain by the effect of Suntheanine which is found in MentaBiotics. Suntheanine increases Alpha brainwaves which helps to control sugar cravings.

MOOD +

  • Key Ingredient is Ashwagandha by Sensoril. In the short term, a calming effect is felt in one to two hours. Over the long term, taken as a supplement for at least 4 weeks, you will start to see a modulation of your entire stress response profile.

VitaGBX

  • The phytonutrients within VitaGBX activate a series of cellular defense responses (CDRs) which initiate the Nrf2 pathway reducing oxidative stress. VitaGBX includes nutrients that activate other CDRs that reduce inflammation (Nf-kB), increase longevity (SIRT1), enhance metabolism (MTOR), and stimulate cellular cleanup (autophagy). 


How to Use the Amare Global Products

Metabolism has a cascade effect throughout our entire body, and there is continuous cross-talk between our hormone systems. From a metabolic perspective, taking Amare’s products will be beneficial for optimizing your caloric expenditure, balancing blood sugar levels, and maintaining your weight control. Because these products are going to change how the hormones communicate with one another, your energy levels, mood, focus, and overall stamina will improve.

It is important to establish proper metabolism at the cellular level first by reducing the oxidative and inflammatory stress. Once we improve cellular function, then we can focus upon the metabolic level, and lastly, we can target the microbiome/gut-brain axis. In this way, we are getting to the root cause first and addressing the stress that is causing the imbalance.

 

Susan Kapatoes
C: 508-282-7877
E: susan@inspireyourjourney.com

 

The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is a nutritionist and the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy and Healy World. She lives in Massachusetts.  

 

References

Harvard Publishing, (2011). Understanding the stress response – Harvard Health. [online] health.harvard.edu. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

Moloudizargari, M., Mortaz, E., Asghari, M. H., Adcock, I. M., Redegeld, F. A., & Garssen, J. (2018). Effects of the polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA, on hematological malignancies: a systematic review. Oncotarget9(14), 11858-11875. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.24405

Murata M, e. (2001). Dual action of eicosapentaenoic acid in hepatoma cells: up-regulation of metabolic action of insulin and inhibition of cell proliferation. – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=EPA+IMPROVES+CELL+CYCLE

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Talbott, S. (2018). Science Deep Dive, Insulin/Thyroid Metabolism via GBX. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLg1kEZEEzo

 

 

 

 

 

The morning meals that I consume on a daily basis are vital to maintaining my gut health. Research shows that the health of your gut, which is made up of trillions of bacteria, directly impacts your overall wellbeing and state of mental wellness. The majority of digestive microbes are found in the large intestine, and they are collectively referred to as the gut microbiome.

Once I started to pay more attention to my stomach and dietary lifestyle, I noticed three postive changes to my health. I now consume more fruits and vegetables, eat very little added sugar, have decreased my meat and dairy consumption, and take gut boosting supplements on a daily basis. This combination of eating a healthy diet plus taking probiotics has transformed my health. Here’s what I noticed.

Three Positive Changes

First, there was an immediate change in the quality and frequency of my bowel movements. I became more regular and detoxification is essential for health. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed a change in my body’s metabolism. It is not what it used to be. I realize now that I have to be very careful with my diet in order to keep my body clean.

Second, my sugar cravings have all but disappeared. When you crave sugar and start eating junk food instead of choosing a healthy alternative, this decision sets off a chain reaction in your body that has you wanting more and more sugary food. You never truly feel satisfied because the unhealthy food is made of empty, non-nutrient calories.

Third, and perhaps most significantly, I now have a much cleaner tongue. Ironically, this was not the goal when I ventured onto the road of gut health. But having a more beautified tongue has been a welcoming and surprising benefit. No one likes a white coating on their tongue so I’m doing something right!

Recipes To Start Your Engine

Here are two nourishing meals that I consume every morning. They offer high quality body fuel and taste great!

Power Protein Shake

8 oz organic unsweetened cocunt milk
1/2 banana
Handful mixed berries
1 tsp seed fiber
1 scoop protein powder
1 scoop probiotic powder

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!

Oatmeal with Blueberries 

1/4 c organic quick cook steel cut oats
1/4 c water
1 tsp superfood powder
1/4 c frozen wild blueberries

Cook the oatmeal according to instructions. Add the blueberries & superfood powder. Enjoy!

The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is a nutritionist and the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy and Healy World. She lives in Massachusetts.  

 

We have seen our food labeled with the word “organic”, but what does organic really mean in relation to the fruits, vegetables, and meat products that most of us consume on a daily basis? According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the production of organic foods does not simply mean the avoidance of conventional chemicals. Organic farming supports overall system health by implementing a wide range of management practices to ensure biological diversity and soil fertility.

Organic farmers apply techniques used thousands of years ago, such as crop rotations and natural pest management in ways that are economically sustainable in today’s world. In order to ensure that you are getting a certified organic product, it is recommended to look for the USDA Certified Label on your food product:

USDA ORGANIC Food Label 

When you buy food products that have the USDA ORGANIC label, you are buying a product that has been produced using the quality standards that are required by the USDA in order for them to label a food as organic. The USDA does not guarantee that organic agricultural practices are completely free of all synthetic chemical residues, but the methods that are used will minimize the pollution from our air, soil and water to the best of their ability.

The key factors that comprise organic farming principles include:

  • Reduction or elimination of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics.
  • Use of crop rotations to manage weeds and maintain long-term soil health.
  • Soil conservation, water cleanliness, and practices that restore ecological balance.


What Defines an Organic Food Product?   

The USDA defines organic vegetables, meat, poultry, & dairy products as the following:

“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.” Consumer Brochure, USDA National Organic Program


Get Involved with your Local CSA

In order to learn more about organic food, there is no better way than to get involved with a local organic farm that offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In a CSA, you become a shareholder of that farm. You prepay a sum of money at the beginning of the year which allows farmers to buy the seeds and other supplies they need for the season. You reap the rewards of the bounty that is distributed as the produce becomes available for harvest.

The Moose Hill Farm CSA  

I am grateful to have discovered a USDA certified organic CSA close to my home. It is the Farm at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, Massachusetts. Community is an important part of all CSAs, and Moose Hill is no exception. The members have like-minded goals. They care about the quality of food they put into their body and preserving the farm for future generations.

A group of volunteers weeding the fields at Moose Hill Farm. Photo courtesy of the Moose Hill CSA.

Here is a short video clip of the Moose Hill Farm CSA. I love the personalization of the harvesting – at the end of this video, the names of the people who helped with the harvesting and preparation of the fruits and vegetables are listed, reminding us that we are all in this together. Nice touch!

Growth of Organic Agriculture in the United States

According to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, there has been a steady growth in the number of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses since the count began in 2002.  In April of 2017, the USDA reported 24,650 certified organic farming operations in the United States, a 70 percent increase since 2008. This steady growth reflects an increased awareness by the general public regarding the value of organic food products.

Closing Thoughts

The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of the soil, plants, animals and people. Organic farming involves much more than choosing not to use synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. The organic process is a holistic system designed to be sustainable and harmonious with the environment, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the healthy produce and food products that we enjoy today.

 

Susan Kapatoes
C: 508-282-7877
E: susan@inspireyourjourney.com

 

The author, Susan Kapatoes, MHA is the founder of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy and Healy World.  She lives in Massachusetts.  

 

Resources

USDA National Agricultural Library
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
The Farm at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary