New to natural health? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re trying to improve your diet, clean up your personal care routine or “greenify” the way you care for your home, making some simple changes can get you on the right track to healthier living. Be sure to stock your pantry and shelves with these top 10 natural products for an easy transition!
While eating a properly balanced diet should fuel our bodies with all the essential vitamins and minerals we need, as we get older, our bodies tend to struggle with digestion and nutrient absorption. Taking a daily multivitamin has been shown to support mineral absorption, and it also helps fill in any gaps we might have in our diets.
Try it: MegaFood One Daily™
2. Coconut oil
One of the best superfoods out there, coconut oil keeps our bodies healthy inside and out! Its unique combination of fatty acids promote health while also offering intense moisturizing benefits for the skin. Plus, it just plain tastes great!
Use coconut oil in recipes, or add it to your skincare routine. The possibilities are truly endless!
A super-powered powder, turmeric is the spice that gives curry its lovely golden color. It contains beneficial compounds called curcuminoids, which are antioxidants that help support cell health. Turmeric is known to support many areas of health, including brain and liver health, while also offering support for a healthy inflammatory response in the body.†
4. Natural toothpaste
Natural toothpaste is all the rage these days, and for good reason! It gently cleanses the teeth without using harsh chemicals or ingredients.
Though you’re not supposed to swallow toothpaste, your gums will absorb a small amount, so it’s important the ingredient list is clean and natural. Baking soda, peppermint and other essential oils are all gentle ingredients that will help to clean teeth, neutralize acids and freshen breath, naturally!
5. Laundry soap/powder
Great for sensitive skin and sensitive lungs, natural laundry detergents are perfect for people who just can’t enjoy the scent of freshly laundered clothes because of allergies or other sensitivities. Not only are these detergents easy on the skin, but they’ll be just as easy on the local watershed and your clothes, making natural laundry soap a trifecta of health!
Try it: Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder
6. Garden of Life brand probiotics
Whatever the supplement, Garden of Life is a brand you can trust. They manufacture provides clean, certified organic and non-GMO whole food products you can feel good about! Their probiotics formulas, such as Ultimate Care, feature the clinically studied Replenish Blend to help restore levels of good bacteria in your gut.† The RAW line ensures the probiotcs are uncooked, untreated, unadultered and with no carriers, binders or fillers.
7. Almond flour
With all the gluten sensitivities out there, a great and delicious substitute for grain flour is almond flour. High in protein, rich in magnesium and vitamin E, yet low in carbohydrates almond flour has a subtle, sweet taste and dense texture, that will give your baking a unique, delicious flair.
Almond flour can be substituted 1:1 for regular flour. Keep in mind that because it lacks gluten, baked goods usually come out denser and flatter.
8. Collagen powder
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and helps promote skin elasticity as well as bone, joint, tendon and muscle-strength. The body naturally produces collagen, but you can take supplements to help boost your levels, as age tends to slow the production of this important protein.
Bone broth and gelatin (the cooked form of collagen) are other great ways to include collagen in your diet!
9. Natural shampoo
Hair is often overlooked when focusing on health, but shampoo affects your scalp, which is a part of your skin and absorbs what we put on it. Natural shampoos are great because they gently lift away dirt and grime without stripping natural oils from your hair and skin. This means they’re also great for sensitive skin!
Don’t be concerned if your natural shampoo doesn’t lather up very well. Many natural shampoos leave out the ‘sudsing element,’ a.k.a. sodium lauryl sulphate, because it tends to strip natural oils from the hair.
10. Raw honey
Straight from nature, raw honey is packed (carefully, by those wonderful little honey bees) with antioxidants. Honey is usually heat-treated (pasteurized) to kill bacteria and other impurities that may be in it; but unfortunately, this process also destroys a lot of the honey’s natural health benefits.
Raw honey has been used to help fight bacteria in wounds because it (interestingly enough) has antiseptic properties. Raw honey also helps to soothe sore throats, but it’s not just for helping you feel better! It’s a delicious natural substitute for sugar in baking and gives food a richer taste.
Try it: Wee Bee Honey Naturally Raw
†These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.