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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October 1st marked the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The whole month of October you will see individuals wearing pink in support of those who are fighting cancer or those who may have lost the battle of breast cancer. For early detection of breast cancer, some individuals take it upon themselves to get checked regularly. For those who may be fighting breast cancer also take steps to prepare the body to become stronger while fighting the disease. Here I would like to go over a couple of food and vitamin tips that you can find at Healthy Home Market to help build your body’s immune system.

No food or diet can prevent you from getting breast cancer or can cure breast cancer, but some foods can boost your immune system to help keep your body healthy. This will help keep your risk for breast cancer as low as possible. The types of food or supplements you put in your body can play a huge role in treatment and recovery because if it is not good then it may interfere with the treatment.

Research from pathology courses has shown that getting the nutrients you need from a variety of foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can make you feel your best and give your body the energy it needs. If you’re considering taking supplements, you may need a bit more of a specific nutrient like folate or vitamin A. That’s why women both with and without prior breast cancer often take a multiple vitamin, mineral supplements and calcium supplements, to meet their daily calcium requirements.

At Healthy Home Market we have a storewide selection of vitamins, fresh produce, organic, vegan, and no GMO options which is advised by Chiro Melbourne. Every person is different and may require a different diet to help them to build a healthy immune system. Avoid trans fats, processed meats, and charred or smoked foods. You’ll find that processed foods generally don’t fit in this type of diet as well as fresh foods do. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit (more than 5 cups a day). Try to limit your saturated fat intake to less than 10% of your total calories per day and limit your fat intake to about 30 grams per day. Also, eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseed oil, fish oil, seafood, soybeans and spinach. Healthy Home Market helps to make these choices a little easier.

Every Wednesday is the start of our weekly sale, and this week we have a variety of fresh produce, organic options and supplements on sale that you can begin to try. Check out a copy here!

Why Buy Bulk

Buying in bulk has become a very popular way to shop. Some have different reasons as to why they buy in bulk, but they are all beneficial reasons. Some buy in bulk to save money. Some do it to be more environmentally friendly by avoiding packaging to enter the landfills. Then there are some who do it because it makes more sense to buy the amount you need instead of wasting food you do not need.

Here at Healthy Home Market we encourage you to buy bulk! We have a wide selection of seasonings, food and snacks in our bulk section. We carry grains, beans, legumes, snack mixes, dried fruit, popping corn, granola, nuts and a variety of pantry staples. We offer organic options as well. You can also make your own nut butters that are freshly ground with no added preservatives. Honey and maple syrup are also available. You can even bring your own container to refill. If you do, then be sure to weigh your container with the cashier before you fill it so you are not paying for the container

Buying in bulk allows you as the customer to see exactly what you are buying before purchasing. You can see how fresh the product is and the quality of the product.

Another perk when buying in bulk is that you get to see how much of the product you are getting. Let’s look at when you buy a bag of chips or a box of cereal. It looks like it’s completely full, but only half the bag is filled with product and the rest is air.

Stop paying for air and start buying in bulk!

When you are buying in bulk, you are also getting more for your buck. Whether you need a pinch or a pound, HHM has you covered. We carry a variety of herbs, spices and teas so you can buy just what you need for your recipe. When you buy in smaller quantities you save money.

Starting Oct 16th HHM will be celebrating National Bulk Week with special bulk pricing at all three of our locations through Oct 22nd. So get ready and get your BULK ON!

How To Store Your Bulk Food

Home market is in the midst of celebrating national bulk Week! Last week we told you why you should buy in bulk. So this week it may be a good idea to give some friendly tips or reminders as to how to store your bulk food.

The whole point of buying in bulk is that it gives you an opportunity to buy as much or as little as you need. once you buy the items that you need, you will want to make sure you keep it fresh so you can use it. Overbuying may leads to stale and waste food. This is especially the case with nuts, which can go rancid, and spices, which can loose their potency

Most bulk foods should be stored in airtight containers, so transfer them if necessary. You can use empty food jars, store-bought food storage containers, mason jars, or one large container to store smaller bags.

You will want to be sure to label the contents of each container using a marker, sticker, piece of masking tape, etc.

One of the major concerns with storing bulk food is keeping the little pests away. The easiest way to keep pests out of your bulk foods is to avoid storing them in paper. Weevils, ants, and other pantry pests can easily munch through a paper bag to get at the goods inside. Instead, transfer items like cornmeal and flour out of paper bags or boxes and into a glass or plastic storage container for long term storage.National Bulk Week Oct 16th-22nd

Another issue with bulk dry goods is humidity. Moisture can make food spoil more quickly, so it’s important to keep things like dried beans, grains, sugar, and flours dry to maximize their shelf life.

The best way to fight humidity is to store your dry goods in airtight containers. That means a plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid.

Please remember toxic chemicals and bacteria can contaminate your food, but you also want to make sure you store bulk items away from heat and water sources, because these can shorten their shelf life.

Make sure you take a stroll down our bulk food aisle to see this week’s specials!

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be the trending topic so far in 2017. I doubt it is because it is enjoyable to drink but more so for the benefits, it may have from consuming it. There has been chatter about the vinegar helping with weight loss by adding it to your diet but it does not just stop there. Apple Cider Vinegar also known as ACV has multiple health benefits that most do not know about.

Apple Cider Vinegar is made from cider or apple must and has a pale amber colour. The vinegar has a sour taste with a cobweb appearance. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is a popular brand and it is available as Organic and Unpasteurized
Starting with the weight loss factor, studies show that adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water three times a day before your meal can be beneficial. The vinegar helps the body feel full along with the water. Which then lowers the calorie intake and in result can shed some pounds. It is said that ACV also provides energy that helps with your work out.

Aside from weight loss others use it for various reasons such as

  • Acid reflux
  • Promote a healthy cholesterol
  • Digestion
  • Clears up a head coldWhitens teeth
  • Sore throat
  • Clears acne

And much more.

Some people have turned to ACV to help with health concerns including diabetes, cancer, and heart problems even though there are no studies proving that ACV has helped. Aside from all the other body cleansing benefits already listed, drinking diluted raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is believed to help detoxify and cleanse your liver as well.

Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar has a shelf life of 5 years, although due to its nature, Bragg’s ACV can be safely used for many years after the expiration date. So make sure you stock up when you visit your local Healthy Home Market and Farm 2 Family Foods!

Trending Topic: Bone Broth Protein!

Now, look at what is trending, bone broth protein, also known as the “modern superfood” based on ancient nutrition. No, bone broth is not new but it has been making headlines lately. Bone broth has been used over many cultures for centuries to improve health and to support healthy immune systems. For as long as humans have been cooking food over fire, bone broth has been a daily part of life. Not only does bone broth adds depth of flavour to recipes and meals, but it also imparts significant and broad health benefits that are now capturing the attention of millions.

Take a look at what bone broth protein consists of. The protein is loaded with type 2 collagen and also contains vital minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, selenium, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin. It’s high in proline and glutamine, which are amino acids that support the digestive system.

Bone broth protein also supplies 20 grams of muscle-building protein to support healthy muscle building, maintenance and metabolism.

Below are a couple of reasons as to why bone broth proteins are becoming so popular right now:

  • Support joints, skin, muscles, and digestion
  • Reduces visible signs of wrinkles & aging
  • Boosts energy during the day
  • Aids metabolism & promotes anabolism
  • Mix in protein shakes, smoothies and juices
  • Dairy free, soy free, grain free, gluten free

Who wouldn’t want to use a product that can aid to most of their needs from one source?

Bone broth protein begins as a true bone broth liquid. It’s then dehydrated, making it into a concentrated source of high quality, tasty powder. A quality bone broth protein powder comes with the same benefits of a homemade broth, but it’s also just as beneficial for digestion and even more versatile in so many recipes.

Here at Healthy Home Market, Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein is normally priced at $44.99 but for a limited amount of time you can catch all flavours on sale for $33.99! You do not want to miss it!

The Truth Behind Preservatives

What are preservatives? How do preservatives affect your health? Is it good to preserve food? Well, let’s find out.
Preservatives are a type of food additive that is added to certain foods to prolong shelf life by keeping microorganisms from breaking down the products. Food such as bread, meat, junk food and most everything found in a traditional grocery store has preservatives. Most food that spoils and moulds fast does not contain preservatives. Some preservatives are safe but some can be questionable. The next time you pull something out the pantry looking for some of the ingredients in this text to know what is safe and not so safe for your body
A safe preservative that is good to find on a food label is Ascorbic Acid. This is a form of vitamin C that is naturally found in fruits and vegetables. Ascorbic acid is an antioxidant that helps protect the body from molecules that are produced when the body breaks down foods or is exposed to things such as cigarette smoke and radiation.

Looking at an energy drink label, you may see an ingredient called Taurine. This is a substance that is used to help maintain water and electrolyte balance in the blood. It can also be naturally found in meats, fish, and breast milk.

Another safe preservative is Nisin. This preservative is primarily used for its anti-bacterial properties and is used in different products like cheese, liquid eggs, salad dressing, meats and poultry. Nisin is considered safe to eat.

Some Preservatives that may be questionable are:

Sulphites: These preservatives are used to stop browning and discolouration of food but has been linked to an allergy sensitivity.

Sodium Benzoate: is a preservative that helps stops fermentation of foods that’s are commonly found in juices and sodas. This could be harmful to your health because researchers believe that when sodium benzoate is mixed with Vitamin C it can create a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue. This is only considered harmful if you drink gallons of these beverages.

Nitrite: is a preservative that is often found in meats and are responsible for giving hot dogs their red colouring. The American Cancer Society has warned people to consume less processed meat because nitrate has been linked to some types of cancer.

Usually, if you are having a hard time pronouncing the ingredient, you may not want to eat it. When you are not sure what is good for your body or not, try foods that are fresh, organic and natural.

Fresh produce and meats are less likely to contain preservatives. Meaning they will not last as long but they will be healthier for you.

Organic foods are guaranteed free of these harmful preservatives. Look for the USDA organic certified sticker on the products or look for packaging that indicates the contents are preservative-free.

Lastly, choose natural products. Look for the foods labelled “natural,” because these products are generally free of any artificial additives, dyes or flavours.

Healthy Home Market is a locally owned health food store in Charlotte and surrounding areas that offer much product that is natural, organic and fresh. Visit HHM for your health needs today!

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