Category: Organic & Locals

Our Favorite Natural Deodorants

The quest to find the best (or even just a good) natural deodorant is ongoing here at the Be Well offices. We all want to avoid the nasty chemicals found in most conventional deodorants, but we also want to smell fresh and feel clean and dry!

Before we get into our favorite options, let’s just review some of the ingredients to AVOID when you’re in the deodorant aisle.

Why You Should Put Olive Oil On Everything

There are plenty of olive oil benefits. But this latest one may surprise you.

Olive oil is prized for its good fats that support heart and brain health. A good grassy, fruity olive oil is also valued for its incredibly rich and robust flavor. But can it also offer protection against the damage caused by genetically modified foods? A new study says yes.

A Report Highlights Rampant Misleading Marketing Efforts by Leading Yogurt Brands

A new report released by organic advocacy group, The Cornucopia Institute, highlights rampant misleading marketing efforts by leading yogurt brands in the industry.

The report points to major yogurt makers including Dannon, Yoplait and Chobani of turning yogurt—a longtime health food—into little more than junk food loaded with artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and emulsifiers.

The Best Mattress for a Healthy Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is a major component of a healthy lifestyle, and yet it’s elusive for many people. I’ve talked at length about circadian rhythms, the importance of creating a sleep routine, and other sleep tips, but cleaning up your sleep environment can have a big impact too. Your mattress plays a big part in that.

Here are the 3 most important questions to consider in choosing a mattress to support a healthy night’s sleep:

The 8 Most Common Genetically Modified Foods: Are You Still Eating Them?

The publicity and interest in “going green” has increased awareness to serious environmental issues surrounding global warming. However, genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—also called genetically modified foods or GM foods—are another significant environmental issue that has disappeared in the shadows lately.

What Are GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms are created by taking genes from organisms such as bacteria, viruses or animals and inserting them into other, often unrelated, species. GM food refers to any food product containing or is derived from GMOs.

What’s Wrong With Our Food System?
And How Can We Make A Difference?

Many of you have probably seen this as it has been around for a couple of years now. But I watched it again recently and was just as blown away as I was the first time I saw it 3 years ago. In this extraordinary TED Talk, Birke Baehr, 11 years old at the time, talks about what’s wrong with the food system……and it’s just as true now, in fact, worse.

4 Reasons Why Farmers’ Markets Boost Health, Body and Soul

In the last decade or so, hundreds if not thousands of farmers’ markets have opened their gates, creating a thriving alternative to industrially produced food and the impersonal food shopping experience. And while they haven’t totally replaced the supermarket, farmers’ markets are definitely taking a bite out of the industrial food business by offering an easy way to connect with beautiful, fresh healthy food – and I couldn’t be more delighted. With access to this healthy shopping option now easier than ever, here are four essential reasons why I believe farmers’ markets are fantastic for your body, mind and spirit – and why everyone should support them:

10 Foods You May Think Are Healthy, But Aren’t (Part 2)

In my earlier post, we looked at the first five so-called health foods that are often mistaken as good for you, but in actuality are anything but. As even those who are knowledgeable about nutrition can be fooled by hard-to-decipher labels, slick marketing campaigns or mom’s out-of-date advice leftover from childhood, here’s the remaining not-so-favorite five unhealthy foods, often mistaken for the good stuff:

Organic Fashion:
Should We Worry About Toxins in Our Clothes?

If you eat a mostly organic diet and increasingly use organic skincare and cleaning products, it probably feels like a logical next step to buy organic clothing. But because of the higher prices and limited availability of organic garments, you may wonder if it’s worth it—what’s the real risk of clothing produced the conventional way? Let’s take a look at what “organic” means when it comes to fashion.

The Trouble With Tilapia

Nutritionists and health experts expound on the many benefits of including fish as part of a healthy diet: It’s a lean protein, it’s got lots of healthy fats. For the culinary-inclined, fish are versatile in the kitchen. With so many varieties of fish to choose from and so many ways to prepare them, it’s easy to see how fish can rival other animal proteins when seeking variety. But our taste for fish—and inexpensive ones at that like tilapia—has Americans and Canadians relying on imported fish that may be anything but healthy.