Archive for June, 2009

Superfoods by David Wolfe

June 30, 2009

Superfoods by David WolfeWe now have David Wolfe’s new book Superfoods: the food & medicine of the future in stock. This new book gives detailed information on nutritive, sustainable, and delicious superfoods such as goji berries, cacao beans, maca, spirulina and hemp seeds along with many others. It also contains recipes and suggestions for integrating these magical new foods into a transformative diet and lifestyle. Priced £14.99 (code B0100).

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I haven’t a thing to wear!

June 29, 2009

Sheena MatheikenAs well as concerns over child labour and worker exploitation, the fashion industry produces 3.1m tonnes of CO2 and 70m tonnes of waste water every year. Cotton farming is responsible for 22.5% of the world’s insecticide usage and 10% of the world’s pesticides. The shrinking of the Aral Sea in Central Asia is thought to be mainly due to the huge amount of water being used for cotton production. Hazardous chemicals such as lead, nickel, chromium IV, aryl amines, phthalates and formaldehyde are used in the dying process and can be transferred to skin from clothing. And the low cost of high street clothing had lead to disposable fashion – the UK alone bins 1m tonnes of clothing annually and 63% of this discarded clothing ends up in the landfill! So what to do?

Buying Fairtrade and organic cotton clothes, recycling, buying less, buying vintage and holding swishing parties are all steps in the right direction. However according to scientists, we are hard-wired to crave new things. Part of our brain, the nucleus accumbens in the cortex, releases the pleasure chemical dopamine when we shop – although it is actually the anticipation of buying something new rather than the physical purchase which gives us the kick.

“Dopamine is all about the hunt and the anticipation. It is released as you conjure up in your mind the thought of this purchase and anticipate how it will look and how you will use it.” – Gregory Berns, neuroscientist at Emory University, Georgia, USA.

Dopamine is also responsible for ‘buyer’s remorse’ as once the item has been bought, the dopamine surge falls away quickly and leads to feelings of regret.

In a bid to buy less but keep her nucleus accumbens happy, New Yorker Sheena Matheiken has launched The Uniform Project. Sheena is wearing the same black dress every day for one year but changing the outfit with vintage accessories from eBay and charity shops. Sheena actually has seven identical dresses to get through the year, one for every day of the week. Every day she adds a photo of her outfit and donates $1 to her chosen charity, the Akanksha Foundation.

The Fresh and Live Mamas Easy-Make Kitchen Series

June 25, 2009

 The Little Guru, also known as Victoria Leith, has launched The Fresh & Live Mamas Easy-Make Kitchen series on YouTube. The series currently has three recipes; Almond Milk, Chocolate Almond Smoothie and Cashew Nut Cream, all demonstrated by Vicky herself. Watch out for Detox Your World products in a starring role!

Bitter sweet

June 24, 2009

colaThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a new study into aspartame and will investigate claims of adverse reactions from consuming the artificial sweetener. Aspartame is added to diet soft drinks and other foods. It is sold under a variety of brands, including NutraSweet and Canderel. In the EU, aspartame is often listed in ingredients as E951.

Aspartame has long been linked with health issues although the FSA have always claimed the sweetener is safe to consume.  According to Mercola.com, aspartame accounts for over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the US Food & Drug Administration. Symptoms documented as being caused by aspartame include headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. Researchers have also linked aspartame with the triggering or worsening of chronic illnesses such as brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. 

Aspartame is an ingredient in over 6,000 foods and drinks sold worldwide, including diet cola, cereals, breath mints, sugar-free chewing gum, frozen desserts, juices, chewable supplements, milkshake mixes and instant coffees. It is often used in hot drinks as a sugar replacement and is popular with diabetics. Aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar and the quantity needed to make a product taste sweet is minimal and therefore adds very few calories to the food. This makes it popular for slimmers and in foods marketed to slimmers.

Aspartame is made from 40% aspartic acid, 50% phenylalanine and 10% methanol. Aspartic acid when mixed with excess excitatory amino acids such as glutamic acid (found in MSG) in food can cause serious neurological disorders. Phenylalanine is an amino acid found naturally in the brain however excessive levels of phenylalanine can cause a reduction in serotonin levels. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a poison. Methanol is more readily absorbed into the body when it mixes with free methanol, which is created when aspartame is heated to above 86°F (30°C). Methanol breaks down in the body into formic acid and formaldehyde, a dangerous neurotoxin.

Andrew Wadge, Chief Scientist at the FSA said “This research is not to test the safety of aspartame – that is already established. The study will address consumer concerns, including anecdotal reports that have linked a range of conditions to aspartame. The Agency’s view remains that aspartame can be consumed safely and we are not recommending any changes to its current use. However, we know that some people consider they react badly to consuming this sweetener so we think it is important to increase our knowledge about what is happening”

The study is expected to take 18 months and the results should be published in 2011. Anyone interested in taking part in the study should email aspartame@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk.

The Raw Mom Summit is here

June 23, 2009

The Raw Mom Summit: the evolution of motherhood has begun! Register now and listen to free interviews by Shazzie, Byron Katie, Jean Liedloff, David Wolfe, Kate Magic and many more.

Inspirational interviews with leading health and wellbeing experts will be available for nine whole days, offering advice, wisdom and experience. Their fields of expertise range from nutrition and healing to fertility, pregnancy and childbirth, parenting and family health care. Subjects discussed also include attachment parenting, natural remedies, permaculture, spiritual nutritition and raising raw children.

Register now for free and start listening!

Passion is changing…

June 9, 2009

passion_spr_09Everyone loves our quarterly Passion magazines and we know you’ll love this news. Passion is going green, global and virtual! 

Our free glossy magazine was launched in 2007 and has become massively popular with our customers. Many people save the issues or pass their copies on to spread the word about the benefits of raw food and holistic living. Passion is released quarterly; the Spring, Summer and Autumn issues (known as A little bit of Passion) are 20 page mini-mags packed with new products, company news, inspiring features and interviews with leading health and wellbeing figures. The Winter issue is released in time for Christmas and is a bumper 38 page A4 issue. It’s filled with the same mix of news, articles and interviews, as well as raw recipes and 12 months of exclusive offers for our existing customers, one for every month for the coming year.

Passion has previously been mailed directly to Detox Your World customers but was restricted to UK customers only due to high postage costs. However we have received many many requests for Passion to be available to our overseas customers, especially those in the USA, Scandinavia and mainland Europe. Now, due to new software developments, everyone around the world will be able to read and enjoy Passion!

Although the magazine was printed using vegetable-based inks and chemical-free plate-making technology, we were fully aware of the environmental impact of producing a paper document. With this in mind, we will no longer be printing the magazine – Passion will become an e-magazine!

The new style Passion will be a dynamic, user-friendly virtual magazine, available to view online or download and print as a PDF. The technology used will allow readers to flip the pages over, watch video clips and click on featured products and go to them directly in the online shop at detoxyourworld.com.

The first digital issue of Passion will be the Summer 2009 issue, released late June.

Raw Mom Summit

June 9, 2009

Raw Mom Summit

What if you could gather together some of the most inspirational health leaders in the world and get them together in the same place for nine whole days to discuss the subjects of nutrition, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting  and other family health care issues? What if you could get your concerns addressed about how to succeed on a healthy diet or how to feed your children the best food? What if you could finally get answers to your questions about:

• Fertility, ovulation and conscious conception?
• How to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, labour and childbirth?
• What is attachment parenting?
• Which natural remedies to use when your children are sick?
• How to feed a meat-eating partner if you are vegetarian or vegan?
• How to get kids excited and involved in their own food-prep?
• What to do when our kids rebel against our healthy diet?
• What is sustainability and permaculture?
• What are the best ways to raise children naturally?
• Which foods help or hinder our hormones?
• What are the issues around veganism, B12 and protein?
• What do raw children eat?

The Raw Mom Summit is an exciting new event that has been put together by two self-employed mothers, Shannon Leone and Tera Warner, who have the determination to get these questions answered by some of the most outstanding experts in the world. Experts include the amazing Byron Katie, Jean Liedloff and Shazzie! There are experts on nutrition, ecstatic birthing, herbal healing, juice feasting, spiritual nutrition and superfoods.

The Raw Mom Summit starts on 22nd June and registration is free! Register now for inspirational advice, wisdom and experience from some of world’s leading health and wellness experts.

Here we go round the mulberry bush

June 9, 2009

MulberriesWe now have raw organic dried mulberries in stock! Mulberries have long been used medicinally in China, their native home although they have been grown in Europe for hundreds of years.

These sun-dried white mulberries (Morus alba) from Turkey are a little bit crunchy, sweet and very nutritious. Each berry is packed with nutrients, especially iron, calcium, fibre and Vitamins C and K. They are also rich in antioxidants, especially the antioxidant resveratrol. Resveratrol is a phytoalexin e.g. a natural antibiotic produced & used by plants to fight infection, attack from bacteria/fungi and combat environmental stresses. It is also found in the skin of red grapes and therefore in red wine, leading to the belief that red wine has health benefits.

Mulberries are great as a snack, try adding them to cereals, trail mixes and even raw chocolate recipes for a sweet fruity chocolate treat!
Available in 100g, 500g or 1kg bags (code F0201).

Charlie’s freebies

June 3, 2009

Detox Your World customer Charlie Lagoa was so pleased with her recent order that she blogged it! Charlie, who sells raw cakes, cookies and puddings online via Charlie’s Raw Treats, received bags of freebies with her order too. Check out our current special offers to see what you’ll receive with your next order!

Freebies received from Detox Your World

Where do your shoes come from?

June 2, 2009

Where do your shoes come from?Greenpeace have released a film, Slaughtering the Amazon, highlighting the impact of beef and leather products on the Amazon rainforest. Many global footwear brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Timberland and Clarks source much of their leather from Amazonian farms. Many of these farms are involved in illegal deforestation and sometimes slavery.

Leather handbags, beef ready-meals and other products from big brands such as Tesco, IKEA, Kraft and BMW rely on Amazon beef and leather. The cattle industry is the single biggest cause of deforestation in the world and the Brazilian government has offered billions of dollars to expand the beef industry.  Greenpeace is asking Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva to commit to zero deforestation by 2015. Watch the film & learn more here.