Longstanding historical trends converged this week in New York state to produce a media feeding frenzy around dietary supplements quality. The state attorney general issued cease and desist orders to several prominent retailers alleging they were selling herbal formulas that did not actually contain the ingredients listed on the label, or contained undeclared allergens.
As of today we have just over a month left until New Year’s. Great, you might say, still time to shop and plan gatherings, lots of time to celebrate and be with loved ones! But there’s a not-so-great side to the long holiday season: we’ve still got a month to go of relentless temptations with cookies, candies and pumpkin spice everything.
Our bodies are meant to move. With today’s busy schedules, it can be difficult to make time and find the motivation to maintain the fitness our bodies crave. While ignoring physical activity might seem innocent enough, it is actually one of the most dangerous health risks we can impose on ourselves!
Exercise is amazingly healthy. Not only can exercise strengthen your muscles, but the more you do it, things like your nerves become better at controlling your movement, and subsequently you’ll begin to support long-term nervous system and even brain health. Similarly, your hormones, immune system, metabolism, and even digestion all respond and adapt to exercise to improve your overall health.
With the New Year quickly upon us, New Year’s resolutions are fresh on everyone’s minds. For many people, the end of the year is a time to take a personal inventory and reflect on how the year was for you, then make goals for the next year to keep on improving.
A Calorie … the number we assign to food that tells us how much we’re supposed to eat in a day, right? Well, at least that’s how our dieting culture has defined a Calorie. But in reality, it is a bit trickier to quantify than that. You can have a small handful of food be more Calories than a large plate full of food, and the other way around.
Shorter days, cooler nights, a new school year… a shift in seasons has begun. With seasonal changes afoot, now is also a good time to make a shift in your diet, from conventional produce to organic. According to current estimates, nearly 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the United States, and their residues inevitably end up on our food, and in our bodies.
This dietary supplement supports brain health and is entirely safe, yet the FDA still wants to remove it from sale.
While the current trend in eggs is cage-free, we’ve been there and done that since 1955. But at Natural Grocers we are always raising standards and are proud to announce that all of the eggs we sell are at least Free Range—think cage free on steroids (well, not literal steroids as that would be bad for the hens and we would never allow hormones or growth promoters).
We believe in free chickens—cage-free, free-range and the space and with freedom to act like… well, chickens! While “cage-free” is trending and many traditional grocery stores are pledging to go cage-free within the next decade or so, we’ve been there and done that since 1955—ever since the company was started.