Spring Clean Your Shopping Trips
By Donna Stark
You've spring cleaned your home, your car, and your office, so why don't you keep up the good work by spring cleaning your grocery list as well? Cutting back on those unidentifiable ingredients in the food, beauty, and household cleaning items you buy at the store each week could make a tremendous impact on your overall health and wellness, but it may feel like a very overwhelming process too. Fortunately, your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have put together a list of suggestions that could make things a lot easier for you. Take a look.
Search for the Hidden Sugars
Processed foods generally have ingredient lists that are a mile long and usually contain some form of sugar. When you consider that sugar is one of the biggest contributors to serious health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, it's easy to see why you should eliminate as much of it as you can from your diet. But you have to know what to look for. Educate yourself on all the tricky ways sugar is disguised in foods and keep an eye out for them.
Avoid Unfamiliar Ingredients
Do you ever feel like the list of ingredients you are looking at could be found in a chemistry textbook? Thankfully, you won't ever find lists like those in whole, natural foods! In fact, it feels really good when you can recognize and pronounce the ingredients in healthier items, so give them priority. Be sure to add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your cart and stay away from the junk!
Check Non-Food Items Too
It's also just as important to check what goes into your beauty and household cleaning products as it is your food items because these products will settle in the air you breathe and the clothes you wear. The first thing you should check in the ingredient list is if there are any additional fragrances added because many fragrances are a mixture of chemicals and do not come from a natural source. You should also research and familiarize yourself with any unknown ingredients so that you can make healthy decisions for yourself and your family. One easy way to avoid all of the unnecessary additives is to choose dye-free and fragrance-free products.
Spring Cleaning Your Shopping Trips
You may need to put some extra time and effort in the beginning with research and identification of the ingredients you want to avoid, but once you do, and when you find the items you feel comfortable purchasing, your shopping trips will only get easier!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cartersville, Ga.