Vitamins – Herbs

health food St. LouisIf you’re considering getting your groceries from a health food store then you should consider why. Health food stores may have limited grocery options and are more expensive than other stores, but they do have a lot of pros that make them worthwhile for shopping. Whether you’re trying to look out for your health, shopping for someone else, or even thinking of your kids, here are some of the best reasons to shop at one.

Fewer Chemicals – One of the main reasons to make the switch to a local health food stores is because many of them sell foods with less chemical additives. If you shop at a regular store you can see that many of them sell a great deal of food with unhealthy additives to improve the flavor. If you’d rather go natural and have your food as nature intended, then you will find that a local STL  health food store is a much easier place to get what you’re looking for.  

Health Food Store in St. Louis

St. Louis Health Food Phone Number  Location
 Cheryl’s Herbs  314-645-2165  Maplewood
 Fit Flavors  314-736-6700  West County
 Golden Grocery  314-367-0405  Central West End
 Herbs and More  636-207-6673  West County
 La Buena Salud  314-283-9016  St. Louis City
 New Dawn Natural Foods  314-772-9190  South Grand
 Nutrition Stop  636-928-7550  St. Charles
 Organics  314-570-9280  St. Louis City

Fewer Preservatives – Another great pro to shopping at a health food store in St. Louis is that you can find food with fewer preservatives. While you will have to finish most of them sooner, you can expect them to be a lot better for your body. You can also find healthier foods with fewer preservatives. For example, peanut butter without all of the oil, it doesn’t last as long, and it’s not quite as good, but it’s a lot better for you, and it is available at most health food stores.

Nutritious Foods – If you want something that’s been packed with sodium and MSG and artificial flavoring and color then go shop at your local grocery store. If you want something that has all of the nutrition nature intended, then consider shopping at your local health food store. Most health foods are processed less, allowing them to retain more of the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy, without supplements. 

You’re On a Special Diet – If you need special foods then you can find your alternatives at most health food stores. For example, your average health food store sells gluten free, wheat substitutes, almond butter, soy milk, and a whole range of other foods that have things you may be allergic to substituted for something else. While these may be next to impossible to find at a regular grocery store, you can find them at almost any health store.

More Healthy –  At the end of the day the main reason you should shop at a health food store is because the food is healthier. While not everything at the health food store is healthy (you should avoid canned and prepackaged soups, protein and omega 3 supplements, and most prepackaged meals anywhere you go) you can expect to see a lot more food that is actually healthy. While you might not think about it, health food stores sell the same foods that were available in  St Louis supermarkets as little as 50 years ago, and that are still available in most other countries. Skip the GMOs, additives, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners and colors, and go for something that’s actually good for you.

Herbs in St. Louis

Everyone knows that herbs are a great ally in the kitchen but few people know that they are also helpful to your body as well. Everything from common cooking herbs to rare herbs you might never have heard of are good for you in ways you might not have ever imagined. For example, spices such as oregano, sage, thyme and rosemary are all incredibly good for you. Here’s why.

Oregano – Commonly known as the herb usually put on pizza, oregano is a plant that is good on almost anything. Best of all, it actually has more flavor when dried which makes it easy to store and cheap to purchase. Oregano is good for the body because its chock full of antioxidants and can help to reduce the formation of carcinogenic compounds such as those found in red meat. This means that just adding one simple herb to your meats will not only make it taste great, but will benefit your heart health as well.

Mint – Love it or hate it, mint is here to stay. With hundreds of different strains and even hybrids of mint in existence, the herb is used in cocktails, in food and in candy. Mint can clear out the sinuses during a cold, is a more effective irritable bowel syndrome treatment than placebos and over time, can be used to treat odd symptoms such as abnormal hair growth in women and even some allergy symptoms.

Cinnamon – A common herb usually associated with deserts and Christmas, Cinnamon is extremely healthy. Cinnamon sticks can be chewed to reduce cravings for cigarettes while quitting, cinnamon has also been shown to have positive effects on diabetes and anti-blood clotting effects. The herb is also chock full of antioxidants and has been shown to significantly reduce pain of arthritis when taken in large doses with honey. Cinnamon is also good at fighting E. coli bacteria, can help to reduce the growth of leukemia and reduces bacterial growth in the blood. Cinnamon has also been shown to have remarkable effects on reducing yeast infections.

Basil – At one point in time, this remarkable herb was known as holy basil, a medicine used for its healing properties by peoples around the world. Basil can reduce fever and the common cold and is most commonly drunk in tisanes and teas for this purpose. The herb can help to reduce coughing, relieve sore throat, and increase the memory and sharpen the senses over short periods of time. Basil can also help to reduce kidney stones by helping to flush toxins from the kidneys, can help with respiratory disorder, can help to strengthen the heart, reduce stress, heal skin disorders and even help with night blindness.

Most herbs are extremely good for you. Even if they don’t help to relieve pain, they are chock full of antioxidants which help to improve your metabolism, your skin and your health. Herbs can be eaten cooked, dried or frozen, however; will generally contain the most nutrition and working benefits when used fresh.

Check out these other great resources for Healthy Food and Herbs

Herbs Guide         eMedicinal         STLFood.com