health food stores

Health food stores are great resources for those eating healthy diets, but not everything there is good for us. In the beverage department, one might want to steer clear of kombucha tea and mangosteen juice. Be careful with licorice since just a moderate intake can compromise kidney function. While blue-green algae and spirulina (see videos here, here, here, here) have potential benefits, they may contain potent toxins which damage muscles, the brain, and the liver. No such toxins have been found in chlorella, but green leafy vegetables provides many of the same nutrients for less money. Also good for you: goji berries are full of antioxidants, rose hips may ease arthritis pain, and broccoli sprouts are a very inexpensive health food. And be sure to stock up on whole grains, which help maintain healthy body weight and slow the progression of atherosclerosis. One might want to take the advice of health food store employees with a grain of Himalayan pink salt (see here, here, here, and here).

See also the related blog post: Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or Worst

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