Added sugar. In today's Standard American Diet (SAD), people eat too much of it. It's there lurking in the majority of processed foods, not just the obvious cookies and candy. And it has devastating consequences: weight gain, moodiness, bad skin, poor energy, hypertension, diabetes and more. You need to know how much added sugar you're eating everyday.

Today's post is the last in a four part series of my favorite natural brands. Today I cover supplements and medication. You will find that this list is very short when it comes to medication. The reason for this is that I usually use home remedies to treat common illnesses.

This week I'm sharing with you my favorite beauty and personal care products. These are products that directly come into contact with my family and I. The safety of such products is just as important to me as the quality of the food we consume. These are all items that I've researched, used myself and are home staples. This list is long and you'll notice some repeated products, such as, toothepaste. I'll switch among them depending on sales and price.

When I started on my health journey, I was determined to improve both the food I ate and my surrounding environment through the cleaning agents I used in my home and the personal care products I used on my body. Initially, I found this task to be overwhelming. There were so many products! I tried many: some good, some not so good, and some I thought were good but then not so much.

To help you navigate these waters a little easier, for the month of October, I'll be sharing with you my favorite "natural" brands - from companies that do business with integrity and the customer's well-being in mind. These are all items that I've researched, used myself and are pantry and home staples. I'll be breaking this down into four parts: Groceries, Household Cleaning, Beauty/Personal Care, and Supplements/Medical.

Household cleaners seem innocent enough - they clean and clean is good, right? Unfortunately, chemicals used in common household cleaners are not federally regulated and contain many toxins. Many of these cleaners bear a "Warning" or "Danger" note on them. That is certainly a red flag. Repeated exposure to these toxins can be harmful to your health.

This week I continue to share my favorite natural brands, companies that do business with integrity and the customer's well-being in mind. These are all items that I've researched, used myself and are home staples. You'll notice this list is short, mainly because I use Mrs. Meyer's All Purpose Cleaner for everything, from countertops to floors to laundry.

spices Spices are wonderful and flavorful additions to both your cooking and health regimes. Read through the list below to see how a spice can be a health aid and for ideas on how to use them. I know this list is short but I will be adding to it so bookmark this page and keep checking back.