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While we all recognize that organic foods come with a heftier price tag, not all of us see the benefits of organic foods in comparison to conventional.

So what are the reasons we should be buying organic?

Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic

1. Free of neurotoxins

A commonly-used type of pesticides called organophosphates was originally developed as a toxic nerve agent during World War I. When there was no longer a need for them in warfare, the food industry adapted them to kill pests on foods. Many pesticides are still considered neurotoxins, toxins that are damaging to the brain and nerve cells.

2. Your children’s health

A child’s growing brain and body is far more susceptible to toxins than an adult’s brain. Organic nourishes their bodies without pesticides and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms).


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3. Higher nutrient content

Organic foods are found to be higher in antioxidants, vitamin C, nitrates, polyphenol, and even a bit higher in protein. The reason for this is the lack of use of the toxic pesticides.

4. Help the livelihood of independent family farmers

Organic foods grown on small organic farms help ensure independent family farmers can thrive and make a living. Consider buying local organic food as the domestic version of fair trade. These farms care enough about our health to not take the easy route of growing conventionally, let’s support them!

5. Safer for the environment

Millions that taxpayers fork out for removing chemicals from drinking water. This is mainly as a result of the pesticides and fertilizers used in conventional farming.

6. Safer for animals

Research has shown that organic farming is better for wildlife, creates less pollution from sprays and produces less of the global warming gas carbon dioxide. In addition, Animal welfare is a crucial and integral part of organic standards.The benefits of the organic approach are acknowledged by animal welfare organizations such as Compassion in World Farming.

7. Decreases your exposure to antibiotics, hormones, and drugs from animal foods

Organic standards prohibit the routine use of all three of these.

8. Decreases your cancer risk

The United States EPA considers 90% of fungicides, 60% of herbicides, and 30% of insecticides to be potentially cancer-causing. Cancer rates continue to climb every year in the U.S. Shouldn’t we start looking for the sources? What we put into our body surely has to play a part.

9. Organic foods are tested, GMO’s are not. Don’t be the government’s guinea pig

Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year to establish the compliance with the Irish and European regulations.

10. It tastes better!

Researchers at Washington State University just proved this as fact in lab taste trials where the organic berries were consistently judged as sweeter. Plus, new research verifies that some organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food.

Like many people, you are probably wondering, “How am I going to afford to buy all organic?” The truth is that you don’t necessarily have to buy all organic.

You can improve your health by purchasing organic when it comes to the foods that get sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides the most.

Here is a list of the foods that you should be buying organic:

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Nectarines – imported
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Blueberries – domestic
12. Potatoes

⚡ Related: Learn What Organic Foods Are Worth The Money

Another great option is to make an all-natural fruit and vegetable wash. Fill your sink up with water, add 1 cup of vinegar. Add your fruits and/or vegetables and stir a bit. Let them soak for 10 minutes and remove. Wipe with a cloth and you’re done!

These are all the reasons why you should buy these foods organically, whether you are using a nutrition guide from a training program, like HIIT MAX™, you have a Custom Meal Plan, or you are just sticking with your own self created diet.

With so many varying opinions on daily water intake, who do you listen to?

Some experts say 8 glasses, some say 10, and others will tell you to drink a gallon. Well, the reality is that most people don’t get anywhere near those amounts.

So, don’t worry so much about finding the perfect answer – just drink more water.

We all know the body needs water, but the amount needed will vary each day. The variation depends on physical activity, current health condition, and the weather.

Drinking_Water-300x209With that in mind, here are 7 factors that will determine your daily intake:

  1. Your water consumption and weight have a positive correlation.  The heavier you are, the more water your body needs.
  2. Daily exercise output. How much you’re perspiring during exercise, the type and duration of the exercise all affect how much water you should be drinking. Do you have a fever or diarrhea? Your body loses additional fluids in these cases, and more water can also help flush out the body of toxins, possibly helping with these conditions.
  3. Are you pregnant? It’s hard work making a human! The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups of water per day.
  4. Are you breastfeeding? Large amounts of fluid are required in order for your body to produce breast milk for your baby. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women who are breastfeeding drink about 13 cups of water daily.
  5. Are you at a high altitude? Altitudes greater than 2,500 meters can trigger increased urination and rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.
  6. Are you in a dry or humid climate? Hot or humid weather can cause you to sweat and requires additional fluid intake. Heated indoor air can also cause your skin to lose its moisture during the wintertime.
  7. Alcohol and caffeine intake. These types of beverages strip the body of water.

⚡ Related: Learn How Much Water You Should Take In Daily

One other thing: if you eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, about 20 percent of your water intake may already be coming from the foods you eat.

It is important to really listen to your body. If you listen closely, your body will tell you exactly what it needs and when it needs it.

Water_Jug-300x235Drink a good amount of water upon waking up first thing in the morning. Your body needs to revitalize itself after sleeping for many hours and will give you a boost of energy to being your day. Do not attempt drinking the majority of your daily water intake all at once; spread it out throughout the day.

Taper off as you approach bedtime. Drinking too much water before bed can result in interrupted sleep patterns, leaving you tired the next day.

Experiment with your water intake; make a log for a few days to a week and track when and how much water you drink and then record how you feel throughout the day.

You will notice a major difference (in terms of mood and energy) when you are properly hydrated. You will also be able to burn fat more quickly.

 

In this post, you’ll learn:

  • What is casein?
  • Why you should remove dairy from your diet
  • What happens when you consume casein

Casein is the primary protein found in milk and cheese. Out of the true proteins found in milk, 82 percent is casein. The other major protein in milk is whey. I strongly believe in reducing and/or eliminating dairy from the diet altogether.

Why You Should Eliminate Dairy

I speak from experience when I say I had adverse effects from consuming casein. What can I say, it came highly recommended by the sales associate at my local GNC.

So I gave it an honest shot, this was before I made the decision to only use all natural supplements.I tested casein, the GNC brand for 3 straight days.

What a nightmare!

I read the directions and consumed it according to the specifications on the label. On each of the 3 days, I drank a casein shake before bed. At least that’s what I intended to do, was go to bed. That was before I broke out in hives.

The first night I couldn’t pinpoint it, but on day 2 I knew exactly what was. I thought fair enough, the hives weren’t so bad they were going to kill me, they were just uncomfortable and third time’s always a charm right?!

Needless to say, I returned it. GNC stands behind everything so it was a very easy transaction. Now I realize that supplements react differently for everyone. But I couldn’t help myself to go looking for some information.

If I had these adverse effects surely it can’t be good for others whether they are experiencing these same reactions or not. What I found was quite interesting, to say the least.

If you aren’t familiar with the adverse effects on the body from consuming milk and dairy products, check out this article and then read on to find out why it’s primary protein isn’t what it’s marketed to be.

⚡ Related: Learn What is Really in the Milk You Are Drinking

Side Effects of Consuming Casein

  1. Consuming casein is very often accompanied by some unwanted side effects, such as allergies, heartburn, gas and an unpleasant aftertaste.
  2. Casein causes an increase of the body’s mucus. The fact that casein is not easily digestible, it can result in a sinus infection. Over time, these foods can clog the intestines with thick mucus, along with the fecal matter and other debris it traps.
  3. It’s used for making glue. Yes, you read that right. The process of making casein glue is almost identical to making cheese. Casein glue has a long lifespan, is very strong and very water resistant. Some other products made from casein: paper coating, leather finishing, and even a form of paint. It really doesn’t sound like something that we should be ingesting.
  4. There are many studies linking casein to increased risk of cancer. Considering milk and dairy consumption increases the body’s level of insulin-like growth factor-1, IGF-1, this certainly means casein does.

Casein can be found in more products than you think; protein bars and powders, coffee creamers, cheese products, whipped toppings, ice creams and frozen desserts, baked goods, meat products, and even infant foods.

Nearly all of these items are not beneficial to your health. Do yourself a favor and avoid all processed foods as well as dairy and you will reap major benefits. This is why I recommend Morellifit Nutrition for your supplement needs, as they are all natural and top quality.

As always I encourage you to do your own research to decide what’s right for your body.

Let’s get fit together,

– Michael

Do you find yourself binging under stressful situations?

You’re not alone.

In fact, I remember when I was in college, stayed up all night cramming for that 9 am mid-term.  I absolutely hated the cravings.  It was like I stayed hungry all night long.

In this post, you’ll see:

  • What the hunger hormone really is
  • How the hunger hormone is triggered
  • How to control stress so you don’t binge
  • 7 ways to control your appetite and not binge

I was constantly reaching for my comfort foods; frozen pizza, cereal, and my all-time favorite candy Starburst.

What I didn’t realize at the time was WHY..?

For me it was the pressure of college, maybe it’s something different for you.

With that in mind, if we understand where this urge comes from; then we can better prepare and our chances of controlling it increase ten-fold.

What is the “hunger hormone” and how do we trigger it…?

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Research suggests ghrelin, aka the “hunger hormone” plays a key role in triggering individuals to indulge in high-calorie, high-fat “comfort foods” in response to stress.

Researchers have also discovered that ghrelin influences the transmission of nerve signals to the area of the brain associated with pleasure and reward behaviors

Many experts believe this to be the reason why we more often than not reach for these so-called “comfort foods” during times of stress

⚡ Related: Learn How You Can Use Sleep to Control Stress and Hunger

The stress is inevitable… How do I get control?

You can control ghrelin by making sure you eat throughout the day. I normally recommend that my clients eat every 3-4 hours and to make sure to include protein and healthy carbs. I recommend getting on a Custom Meal Plan and have one of our expert nutritionists create a nutrition program of the foods you should be eating so you can get it under control. Sometimes you need help, and that is ok.

Additionally, make sure to get enough sleep (8 hours is recommended).  Exercise regularly and try to reduce stressful situations.  This may mean fewer commitments, or maybe you need to take a relationship inventory.

Often times the stress in our lives can be caused by friends and family.

It may be time to discuss your feelings and the effects of certain people in your inner circle.  They will understand if they truly love you and care about your well-being.

Remember to take care of yourself, you’re the only one you’ve got!

Here is How You Can Beat The Binge and Control Appetite

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