What’s Hot and Not: Spicy Substitutes, Gluten-Free Pastas and Aluminum Armpits

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

What’s hot and not in health this week? Let’s explore the latest trends and info, including salt-free seasonings, the solution to pasta cravings and the benefits of non-toxic deodorant.


Spice things up!

Salt-free cooking.   The recipe calls for a “pinch,” but do you find yourself adding a fistful of salt to your dishes instead? Well, we’re here to tell you that salt is so last season. It’s time to make the switch to spices, which offer a sodium-free way to season your food without sacrificing flavor. Try oregano, basil, sage, curry, cilantro, rosemary, black pepper, paprika — or a combination of several different spices!

Carb cravings. If you’re dreaming of piles of pasta, a gluten-free variety offers a healthy way to quench your craving (even if you don’t have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten). Pastas made with brown rice, flaxseed or quinoa have a lower glycemic index than regular white pasta, and provide fiber to fill you up faster.

Holy basil, Batman! If you’re feeling frazzled, turn to the herbal comfort of Holy basil (also known as tulsi) an aromatic, Ayurvedic herb used for centuries to support normal stress management. Brew up a cup of tulsi tea or try a Holy basil supplement.


Aluminum armpits, anyone?

Toxic deodorants. Are you putting aluminum under your armpits? If you’re using a conventional anti-perspirant, chances are the answer is yes. It does stop you from sweating, but is that even a good thing? If you want to keep your pits smelling fresh, without subjecting them to questionable chemicals, make the switch to a natural product – like Tom’s of Maine long-lasting aluminum-free deodorant.