May 14, 2020
If you find yourself craving comfort foods and devouring snacks, you’re not alone! In stressful times like these, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Many of us turn to food to soothe stress, and those sugary drinks and salty snacks are designed to be devilishly addictive. Now more than ever, we need healthy bodies ready to fight off nasties of all kinds. Fresh foods can help build the strongest immune system possible for better health overall.
In simplest terms, processed foods have been heavily altered to maximize convenience, flavor, and shelf life (mmmm, preservatives). More than half of the calories in the typical American diet come from ultra-processed foods, an eyebrow-raising statistic considering the health risks. Fresh, unprocessed, natural food has recognizable ingredients rather than chemical preservatives. Just like Morrocco Method prides itself on completely fresh products with organic, wildcrafted ingredients, natural foods will keep your immune system working full throttle to keep you healthy.
Ok, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the downsides of processed foods are no joke. While they often taste great, they’re loaded with sugar, fats, and salt, while lacking of fiber, vitamins, and other key nutrients. Here’s how they can affect you and why they’re so hard to leave behind.
They are designed to be addictive. It’s important to know that the food industry is very aware of our penchant for the sweet and salty. We naturally gravitate toward food that our taste buds find exciting. Manufacturers readily exploit this for profit, engineering processed foods to stimulate the brain’s “feel-good” center. Overpowering our better judgment, they leave us craving more, more, more.
They are packed full of artificial ingredients. The
simplest fresh foods have no label at all, like fresh produce. If you look at
the label of processed food, you’ll find that many of the ingredients are not
food at all, but chemicals and additives meant to enhance color, flavor, and
texture, plus those pesky preservatives to maximize shelf life (and therefore
The same applies to over-engineered personal care products. Avoid chemical-laden self care, inside and out, with pure and natural Morrocco Method products.
They are too easily digestible. We digest
processed foods much faster than unprocessed foods, burning fewer calories
and feeling hungry again, right away. Unlike whole, unprocessed foods, eating
these junk calories leads us to pack on the pounds, contributing to health
issues like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Being the largest organ in the body, keep in mind that your skin also absorbs whatever is applied on it. Your hair and scalp will appreciate Morrocco Method products for the real, natural, chemical-free nourishment they offer to help heal previous damage and enhance your hair’s natural vibrance.
They lead to an increased risk for cancer. Studies confirm that a mere 10% increase in processed foods increases the risk of cancer by up to 12%. Breast cancer, in particular, has been associated with diet high in ultra-processed foods.
It’s not all bad news, I promise. Kicking processed food to the curb will make you feel better and even taste better. Once your taste buds adjust, you may find that you prefer the sweetness of a strawberry over the corn syrup crash. You’ll start to notice that you have more energy, your skin is happier, and your hair is healthier. Pair good food on the inside with naturally grown botanicals on the outside to strengthen your whole self. Here’s where to start:
But what do you do about the added cost? It’s true that fresh produce and organic foods often cost more than processed foods. Liters of soda even cost less than the same amount of bottled water. If you consider the big picture, however, you’ll find that the savings aren’t real long term. Eating processed foods can lead to chronic lifestyle diseases that are long lasting and expensive (even fatal). Keeping your body strong and healthy will save you more in the long run. With Morrocco Method products, you will also save. Our shampoos are concentrated – a little goes a long way!
Want to learn more about healthy eating, including more ways to support your immune system? Visit MyPlate.gov for more information. And remember, many of these same nutrients are just as good for your hair and scalp as they are for your tummy. Learn more about our 100% natural and nutritious ingredients so you can shine inside and out. And be kind to yourself - you deserve it.