Think Global, Eat Local

There are many components to living a healthy lifestyle: diet, exercise, spinal health, strategies for coping with stress to name just a few. Today we are going to focus more on the first of these diet. People are becoming much more aware of the products they buy (where they come from, what has been added to them etc) than they were in days gone by, especially when these products are the food they eat.

Many people do not realize that a mere 10 companies control most of the worlds food supply. Yes you read that correctly!! You can count the number of companies that control the food supply for most of the entire world on your fingers. This can perhaps be better illustrated in a visual way as seen in the graphic below. Take a moment and let this sink in.

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10 Companies that own world food brands. Image courtesy of the Huffington Post.

This fact carries with it consequences. More foods are processed and contain more additives as they need to extend shelf life to accommodate longer shipping times and warehousing prior to finding their way onto store shelves. This can have consequences for our health as well weather it be allergies to food dyes or increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup or sodium intake.

So what can you do if it is virtually impossible to avoid these 10 global companies? Well avoid the inner isles at the supermarket as much as possible where most of the boxed and heavily processed foods are located. However, even in your supermarkets produce section you have lots of produce that is sprayed with coloring agents to make fruits and vegetables that were picked too soon look ripe and inviting. One thing you can do is try to shop more locally for produce at local farmers markets or food co-ops in your area. Here in the Gainesville/Ocala area one such place is www.FloridaGrubHub.com. Places such as these allow you to support local farmers and get a healthier, more flavorful product for your family.

Also keep up your spinal health by visiting your Gainesville chiropractor regularly. After all proper spinal alignment is a key part of health and can affect other systems throughout the body. Pain is not the only reason to see your Gainesville chiropractor. So don’t wait call and schedule today. Nothing is more important than your health.

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