The Attack of Protein shakes…. Shift to Hemp Protein (+Our Choice: Nutiva)

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

Everybody likes to look fit and healthy. Especially when meeting somebody new, preparing to fit into a wedding dress or when we just need a little pick me up look in the mirror. The problem is that at times we don’t look the way we want. At these times we want to look great now, tomorrow for example would be perfect too, but getting from now to great takes time Going to the gym and doing cardio will only let us progress so much. That’s why most people seek shortcuts using protein shakes. The good thing is that it actually helps but only if you know which shakes are the best and healthiest.


Protein is usually job one for people looking to get in shape with the majority of people actually doing this prior to signing up for a gym. It is true that an after workout shake is a good idea because our bodies need necessary protein and sugars to refuel. However, most of protein powders you see when entering a nutrition shop are not the best sources of protein. You can easily identify the products as they are in the packaging with a ‘XXX’ or ‘Super’ along with a guy looking like the Terminator. A thing to remember here is that Terminator is all metal and for normal human beings industrially synthesized proteins might present a health hazard; fortunately there is an alternative.

The problem is in synthesizing industrially-made proteins. Among the regular disadvantages of large scale manufacturing proteins are particularly hard to synthesize. To make it work hazardous solvents such as hexane are used during the process. Potassium cyanide for example is used to synthesize the amino acids. Certainly, the manufacturers claim that all industrially-made proteins are clear of all these things, but personally I would refrain from buying protein powder that employs reagents such as KCN which was used by Nazis to poison themselves in the event of being captured! Sure ‘no pain no gain’ is a fitness motto but consuming proteins of questionable quality is a bit much.

Due to the nature of the supplements market the majority of the over the counter products have no certifications or long term testing. Have you ever noticed they always have “these messages and claims have not been certified by “Name Your Agency”? With protein powders we have little credible information from producers. Unlike immediate reactions to using the wrong face lotion you don’t see any signs of using the wrong protein powder right away.

To make a change and start with healthy bulk or healthy weight loss one of the best solutions is substituting synthesized proteins for organic proteins. Hemp proteins, for example, are created out of high-quality plant proteins containing much sought after branched-chain amino acids (BCAA). The procedure uses only mild solvents such as clear water to gently produce proteins at low temperature. No hexane or worries of body inflammation due to synthetic proteins. Good news is that organic hemp proteins work just as well, if not better, than synthesized protein powders. Nutiva’s organic hemp protein even contains 2 g of good-for-you essential fatty acids per serving making it one of the best organic hemp proteins on the market. Healthy fatty acids additionally lift your metabolism and help to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

The Honest Way to do Business

In our lives, we are knowingly or unknowingly all hunting for the best cosmetics products. 100% organic, 100% non-toxic and 100% natural are labels that will give the majority of us the confidence to buy the cosmetics and make it into a bestseller. Have you considered that our confidence might be misplaced?


A Good Example

The Honest Company is one of the most credible distributors of personal care and baby product that are free of toxins in the world. Their whole story revolves about being honest to the world about what they put into their products – and if they put something toxic in there, they will actually state it! Now that is a business strategy that seems doomed to fail because if people really knew what kind of garbage is in the cosmetics they buy, they would never buy it again.

The Honest Company is fully aware of that and this is why they pick only the most mild and non-toxic products to promote. For example, their baby wipes and diapers are by far the safest choice because they investigate fully every ingredient that goes into producing the diapers. Standard diapers come with a tidbit of messy chemicals that might cause allergies and diaper rashes. Being aware of this problem, the company makes chemical-free nappies.

We Had to Use Bad Ingredients… Here is Why

Their Honest liquid hand soap is created with synthetic surfactants and preservatives – and they go out of their way to tell us the toxic effects their products might have. When it comes to soaps, you can add synthetic surfactants or create soap with saponification process which is clean and environmentally friendly. The Honest Company stated the use of three synthetic surfactants because they perform better than saponification process and reduce production prices. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is one of surfactants in the soap which has been linked with allergic reactions and inflammation according to scientific study.

Here is a clean take on The Honest Company. Don’t buy their liquid hand soap. They practically admit it has potentially toxic ingredients in it in order to compete with the bigger cosmetics firms – the soap is not the next step in cosmetics. You will find that we do not list their soap as one of the approved products but we do list others.

In the Details

At Go Nayked we strive to give the same depth and detail of information as The Honest Company. With so much dishonesty and marketing tricks in the cosmetics industry, we believe in a clean and transparent approach. We want to educate the world in what safe and effective cosmetics really consist of and will give you details about the ingredients in an objective way. Use our research as your guide and take the time to leave reviews about your experience.

Honestly Good Diapers

The Honest Company is best known for their revolutionary diapers. When young moms start seeing rashes on their baby’s skin caused by standard diapers, they turn to The Honest Company. They know they have the most eco-friendly and baby-friendly diapers on the market but they are still being honest enough to not call them allergy-free. These are their hypoallergenic Honest Company diapers which you can buy at Go-Nayked Marketplace. Created out of the purest ingredients, the Honest Company still admits there might be some degree of irritation and potential allergies. Companies that create standard diapers with allergic chemicals that cause irritation will usually market them as 100% allergy-free and give you an extra 100% guaranteed no-irritation properties label.

Everybody wants the best for their children. However, the majority of people think best is 100% organic, 100% natural and so on. They will buy sub-standard products with a confidence that they bought the miracle diaper. Be smart and buy from companies with small marketing budgets and a hell of a product.

Chronobiology – Your Skin Has a Daily Cycle

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

The majority of life on earth is inherently affected by the sun. The rotation of the Earth gives us 24 hour days, it’s rotation around the sun gives us a year and day and night are the normal consequences of planetary revolution.

It is no wonder that our bodies are harmoniously in coherence with the endless cycles of days and nights. We usually refer to this phenomenon as our biorhythm and our metabolism, hormone production and brain function are all run by the ‘body clock’.

As can be expected our skin also has a biorhythm. Observing and making use of skin biorhythm is very important when it comes to skin care. One has to know when to use what kind of cosmetic product in order to enhance the processes the skin regularly goes through on a daily basis. If you can nail down your skin’s biorhythm, you can achieve outstanding skin treatment results using the same cosmetic products that you were using up till now. There are also some tricks to choose better cosmetics products based upon the skin phase.

Skin has a 24 hour recurring cycle. During this time, skin tissue naturally goes through several different phases. When the sun is up, our skin has evolved to deal with several threats, such as cold temperature or extreme sunlight. In modern times, skin defense takes into consideration air pollution as well. On the other hand, when the sun is down, skin doesn’t have to protect itself from the environmental elements and has time to recuperate and regenerate.

Research has found that the division of skin cells is most active at night (roughly between midnight and 1 AM) and it’s least active during the day (roughly between noon and 1 PM). In addition, the blood flow to skin was found to be highest between 11 PM and 4 AM. This is a clear indication that during night time the skin is being super fueled with rich nutrients in the blood. On the other hand, the increased blood flow also cleanses the skin of toxins that were created as bye products during the day.

The studies also suggested that the transition between day and night is governed by a process that enhances skin shedding. This process is most intense between 7 PM and 11 PM. This information is very useful; the face creams applied during this part of the day will have minimal effect because skin is in the process of shredding and everything on it (like your very expensive cream) will just fall down your face.

The findings have created a roadmap for skin care. With cosmetic skin products we want to enhance skin protection during the day and speed-up the regeneration processes during the night. This cycle will dictate how you should use various products. For example, all night creams are designed to help your skin recuperate faster. Applying them during the day will have little or no effect because that’s when skin needs protection, not regeneration.

Here at we have a marketplace full of high quality skin products. Going through the products, try to think about what you will use the cream or lotion for. If you use it for skin protection, make sure you apply it during the day. If you want to use it for skin regeneration, apply it after 11 PM.

Having this rational approach to usage of cosmetics products will bring your skin care skills to a completely new level and you’ll experience the full benefits of every cosmetics product you buy. Much like the world that spins around the sub your skin care regime will follow a distinct cycle.

Food Score Hack for Eating Healthy

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

I wouldn’t have to write this article but I’m just too excited about this new food score hack tool that I’ve started to use on a daily basis. So first here’s the problem pretty much all healthy eaters have.

‘We eat healthy,’ is a statement that I hear a lot of times from young families. I always take it as granted that families with young kids will go above and beyond to place the healthiest food on their tables and I believe that that is always the general intention. However, the other day I was at neighbor’s house – they have two young kids, 3 year old and a 7 year old. Chatting away with mom who always tells me ‘we eat healthy’ she raised a concern about how to know what healthy really is. She tells me that she tries to buy everything that is healthy and has a healthy mind of doing so but in many cases she can’t tell the difference between which cereals are better for the kids.

I have to admit I sometimes have the same difficulty. My neighbor is a real estate agents and she doesn’t really know what kind of ratio of nutrition is good for her and the kids, what potassium bromate is used for and what does it mean when something contains nitrates. Even as a pharmacist it is hard to take into account everything that is on the label when buying cereals for example. If I’m being honest, I usually primarily look at nutrition – high protein content, low simple sugars content and the fibers are a major plus. I’m sure many of us want to choose a really healthy breakfast cereals but the knowledge of nutrition, ingredients and processing factors involved is just too much for us to handle while in the store. I have to make a shopping list not to forget anything, imagine then trying to figure out all the nutrition and the chemicals they give in each of the 20 cereals choices for breakfast.

The reason I’m writing this is because I’ve by accident stumbled on the best tool out there for knowing which food is really healthy. And best of all – you don’t have to be a nutritionist to use it.

It is called EWG’s Food Scores tool. The tool gives you 3 scores for a specific food – nutrition concern, ingredient concern and processing concern. This is how all the complex nutrition ratios and weird ingredient names on the label are simplified in just the food scores ranging from 1 (best score) to 10 (worst score). The tool has a large database of more than 80,000 products and it is growing fast.

From the 3 scores the tool creates a single master score. The number sums up which food is healthiest. So with this in mind we wanted to test the tool at our GO NAYKED Marketplace. The foods here are chosen specifically for their health benefit and have a balanced nutritional value. Just checking the marketplace I suddenly fell in love with Bear Naked – Fit Granola 100% Pure & Natural Vanilla Almond Crunch cereals. I knew the cereals I was currently eating are delicious and pretty healthy with a score 6 (1 is the best score out of 10 ). I used the tool to evaluate how healthy Bear Naked’s cereals were – the score was 3.

My jaw just dropped. It’s pretty much a confirmation of how valuable GO NAYKED is to deliver us only the healthiest and most nutritious foods out there. We’ll use this tool in the future here and save you the work – we will at your convenience give you the scoop of which foods are the best and you can share how they taste with us. If this Vanilla Almond Crunch tastes as delicious as it sounds I’ll definitely use it to make my breakfast even healthier.

What I really like about the tool is that it was developed by people who went to the store every day thinking they are buying healthy food but had serious concerns if it really was healthy or not. I recommend checking out EWG’s video about the tool. I can guarantee you will at least be tempted to use it after 5 minutes and check out how healthy the food you’re buying really is.

To see products approves for your diet click here to visit our Marketplace.

Keeping Your Lips Kissable in Winter

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

Winter is here and if, like me, you love snow it is pretty much the best time of the year. You get to wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and dress like an eskimo when going out to make a snowman with family and friends. Despite all the fun parts, there is the unpleasant side to winter as well – icy roads, really low temperatures, and lips that get chapped and cracked.

Seeing everybody dressed up in warm clothes and with winter tires on cars, we can see how well humans can adapt to below freezing temperature. We are really good at protecting ourselves against the cold. Warm clothes, hats, heavy boots, scarfs and gloves all work together to keep us warm. Unfortunately there is one part of our body that doesn’t have the luxury of being protected by layers of clothing – our faces.

Our faces have to be revealed at all times because we have to see where we are going and for others to identify us. This means that the most unprotected body part in the winter also happens to be one of the most important body parts. We spend billions of dollars on face creams, rejuvenation lotions and make-up every year. In short, the face is very important and we are doing everything we can to protect it… but winter takes a bite out of that work.

Our lips tend to get the brunt of the abuse. Due to the act of breathing constantly pushing warm moist air past and sucking in cold dry air the lips sustain some serious abuse during cold winter days. The natural moisture is quickly sapped and lips chap. The standard product of petroleum based lip balm is counter productive and potentially harmful.

To truly protect your lips you need to apply moisturizers and antioxidants to the skin to replenish and rejuvenate the surface. Over the top you then should apply a waxy protectant made with natural products like bees wax to seal in the moisture and protect your lips from the varied environment.

At we carry a number of natural and organic lip care products from scrubs, like Brittanies Thyme’s Organic Lip Scrub, and Burt’s Bees Lip care products. Enjoy winter again with soft supple lips that thrive in the cold air rather than crack and dry… keep your lips kissable!

Get Your Man to Lose the Movember Beard

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

Last month we covered the Movember trend to grow a beard during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s cancer issues. December brings in the holidays and for most women hopefully a fully shaved dude in their lives. If not then use Christmas to turn the tables and let Santa play on your team. We at are just about to give you the best gift idea for men with over-attached beard issues.

But before you go off and spring for a high end shaving cream or brand new razor it is important to understand why and how men shave that scruffy patch work of hair off their chinny-chin-chin.

How men shave? Here are a couple of pointers about beard shaving:

  • Start with scissors – remove the major lengths of hair with a good pair of scissors.
  • Apply shaving cream over the stubble
  • Shave in smooth motions making sure to rinse the blade of build up
  • Apply a lotion to soothe the skin

One thing to remember is that most men already have their favorite shaving blade and wouldn’t change it for the world. Where you can get Santa’s aid is in finding a new shaving cream that gets him in the mood to try it out. If you want to make shaving cream a present, you have to pick a really special one. You’ll find just the thing in our marketplace. The perfect shaving cream gift for this Christmas has a name and it’s called Nurture my Body – Organic Shave Cream.

This is no ordinary shaving cream that an average man would use. It doesn’t have that industrial look to it, nor does it contain health hazardous substances such as parabens and sulfates the mass produced shaving creams are known for. This is a truly organic and non-foaming shaving cream that will soften the skin and make the beard go right off at the gentlest touch of the razor.

Rather than fight about shaving off that Movember mug use the holidays to your advantage and buy your man a great shaving cream package from

Heavy Duty Beard Balm After Movember

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

In the past, the month of November was a season of transition full of excitement about the winter and the holidays just around the corner. Today that has changed.. blame Maxim Magazine, Instagram, or selfies but in the end… It’s not November… It’s Movember.

The idea of Movember is simple. Just leave your beard growing throughout the month to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. I have to say I welcome the idea very much; so much so that I always make a contest between my male friends about who is going to grow the most manliest beard.

It all starts with ‘give me a photo of your shaved beard with 31st of October newspaper cover’ and ends with all of us having quite awesome beards by the end of November. The natural thing, of course, with Movember gone would be to shave it off.

However, pride comes in the way. With the start of December we notice how cool we look with our newly grown beards and the effect on the ladies was very positive. ‘I’ve grown this beard in Movember but am aware of men’s health issues all year round’ becomes a perfect icebreaker. That’s why I and my company are always leveraging our beards in December.

But there are beards and then there are beards. After a month of growing a beard one realizes that some trimming and styling will give you the extra edge with your overall look. The beard actually grows in various directions and it’s quite hard to fix it and make it look both natural and fitting to your face and aesthetics; it is hard to show up at work with a scruffy face muff.

About two years ago my friends and I started experimenting with different oils and waxes to enhance our beard’s appearance. We now have the best solution ever created but before we get there it is time for the funny story of the journey.

It was a 2nd of December and we all got together for a beer with all of our beards intact… well, sort of. One friend’s beard was sparkling as if he had run into a bottle of pixie dust on the way to the bar. Of course it was memorable and you can see it right away but the jokes about his beard started falling one after the other until the poor guy finally broke and revealed that he used ‘some kind of olive oil to polish it’. That was just too much for us and we laughed throughout the night but the next morning we all went searching for something that could make our beards stand out.

Personally I was after coconut oil because it gave a nice shine and it smelled sweet. However, I ended up smelling like a coconut and having so shiny a beard it reflected sunlight in the midst of December. I concluded that these oils are not appropriate method to beautify my beard.

A friend of mine tried with wax. Unlike my beard his was very chaotic to tame and you could see how he subdued the mind of the beard to his own will. With wax he could craft it to any shape and it stayed that way. There was no explicit shine as well. I thought he is on to something until after 5 minutes of conversation with him and his beard just looked plastic and fake… kind of like a toupee.

Bottom line. Oil is too soft and shiny, wax is too rigid and plastic.

Nonetheless, after two years of searching we found the perfect beard styling product that combined the best of both worlds. The perfect product after Movember for your beard is not oil or wax – instead it is balm.

Balm gives you the ability to manipulate your beard in whatever shape you want and, unlike wax, it looks natural and soft. No pixie dust effect is an added bonus. We tried different ones but the one we all liked and will use this December is Heavy Duty Beard Balm. If you want to be proud about your beard and wish for ladies who like men with nicely styled beards to take a notice of you, you should do as I did – stock up on some Heavy Duty Balm before December so you won’t be late for the prime beard season.

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Japanese Honeysuckle Flower Extract – Paraben by Another Name

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

Go-Nayked has shined the light on the deceiving ‘natural’ ingredients… in this post we take a look at Paraben.

Paraben, One-who-must-not-be-named

In the popular book and movie series, Harry Potter, the main bad guy is referred to often as the one who must not be named. Like Lord Voldemort many of us learned to fear “Paraben” because of the popular marketing tag line ‘Paraben free’. Like Mr Voldemort the true power comes from both identifying and facing the evil one. In this aspect let’s take a look at Paraben.

What is Paraben?

Parabens in cosmetics industry are foremost used as preservatives. As the FDA explains: “Preservatives may be used in cosmetics to protect them against microbial growth, both to protect consumers and to maintain product integrity.”

In short, preservatives such as parabens are not there to make your skin healthy or your hair shine. They are there to kill bacteria that might infect the shampoo or lotion. Think of parabens as antibiotics for cosmetics and much like real antibiotics their use has been over done. In addition parabens have been identified as hormone disrupters that negatively impact your well being. Well, the ingredients I’m looking for in my cosmetics is what will make my skin and hair healthier and better looking.

Parabens and Benzene

The chemical design of parabens cause the substance to bond with human hormones. It’s because a paraben molecule has a benzene ring and so do many human hormones. It is difficult for hormone receptors to differentiate between a real hormone and a paraben. Therefore all parabens are hormone disrupters! (Some evidence suggests that parabens are a factor in causing cancer.)

Parabens are the most widely occurring preservatives and it is hard to imagine cosmetics without them. Being so vital and having little alternatives, a heated debate is currently under way about how to minimize the risk of parabens to humans.
Usually cosmetic companies are aware of the parabens scare and explicitly note ‘parabens free’ on the label in order to increase sales.

Parabens Free… Not Really

However, there are times when parabens are added to your favorite shampoo or lotion but the label reads ‘paraben free’. Not shocking, but how is it possible? One method is the use of alternative parabens and their “natural” name… “Japanese Honeysuckle Flower Extract”.

What is Japanese Honeysuckle Flower Extract (JHE)

The name sounds very healthy, right? Honey is good, Japan is good, thus Japanese Honeysuckle Extract must be good as well… or the train of thought for the average consumer does. Well, It is known that JHE and parabens are basically the same thing. Let’s take a look at their chemical structures.

Methyl Paraben (Synthetic) Japanese Honeysuckle Extract (Natural)


As you can see from the figures, JHE is ‘chemically’ a paraben. The most significant difference is that JHE occurs in nature and parabens are synthesized in a laboratory. Nonetheless, because it is not synthesized in a laboratory and is of natural origin, producers can add JHE to any product and call it ‘parabens free’. (Note: Some say JHE should still not be called a ‘paraben’ –it’s controversial, but for now we won’t go that deep.)

Every preservative has some degree of toxic action and JHE is not an exception. Paraben-like ingredients such as JHE are known as mild hormone disruptors.

Pick Your Poison: Lab Synthesized JHE (Plantservative)

‘Plantservative’ is a highly refined, concentrated and processed ingredient made from the extract JHE. There is a major difference between using JHE or making a highly refined version of the specific paraben like compounds in it. Manufacturers are playing on the ‘natural’ card here but processing a natural ingredient in a laboratory requires organic solvents such as ethanol and benzene… this is where the game changes.

How do you identify this product on packaging? You might find ‘Plantservative’ as a preservative or more than likely you find it labeled Japanese Honeysuckle Extract.

What Can You Do?

Well…… Not much. We don’t live in a fantasy world where cosmetics could exist without preservatives. It is a vital ingredient and could thus not be completely avoided. The lesson is: the more you learn, the safer you can stay. Now you know how misleading ‘paraben free’ labels can be, and what we should think when looking at ‘JHE’ or ‘Plantservative’! (We recommend products with Vitamin E or grapefruit extract as preservatives.)

The important piece to take away is just because a product is “natural” does not make it good… everything has two sides. Just like everything natural is not good (think of cobra’s venom), everything scary is not bad. Paraben like compounds are even found in everyday food! (Carrots, strawberries and Japanese Honeysuckle for example contain the paraben like compound Benzoic Acid that Scientists have used in order to create their cousins synthetic parabens and we wouldn’t hesitate stating that their natural sources are both healthy, and delicious.)

There’s a LOT of stuff we take into consideration when we recommend a product -Japanese Honeysuckle Flower Extract or the ingredients list are merely a part of many factors we look at. And that’s why we are here for you discover the products we have cleared for your use in our marketplace by clicking here

Not a fan of cancer? Stay away from Ethanolamines (MEA, DEA, TEA)

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


We all know water and oil don’t mix. The same principle is why something like a water-based moisturizer does not stick to your face and skin. But the majority of the moisturizers found in stores ARE water based and the DO stick… how can that be?


Enter the world of Emulsifiers

The answer is emulsifiers or foaming agents. As an ingredient in cosmetics products they work by decreasing the tension between water-based substances and oil-based substances. That means that they can attach to your skin and create a channel via which the active ingredients in cosmetics can penetrate into the skin and nourish it.

Ethanolamines (MEA, DEA, TEA)

One of the most used emulsifiers in various cosmetics products are ethanolamines. They combine the properties of ammonia on one end and ethanol (alcohol) on the other in order to reduce surface tension between water-soluble and oil-soluble substances. In many cases they are also used to increase the pH of cosmetics products taking advantage of the ammonia group.

MEA, DEA and TEA are mono-, di- and tri-ethanolamines respectively. In a standard use for emulsification all three chemical modifications are used to balance the surface tension effect.

You’ll find these ingredients in products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps, and facial cleaners. They’re also found in eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases and foundations, fragrances, hair care products, hair dyes, shaving products, and sunscreens.

Of course, there is a problem with ethanolamines.

Cancer Concerns

Ethanolamines are wonderful if you want to design a cosmetics product that performs well. But there is a very heavy cost – and the cost in many cases out-weighs the benefits.

One of the major concerns with using ethanolamines is the occurrence of chemical burns and inflammation as a result of immune reaction to the chemicals. Prolonged exposure can also affect the liver, kidneys and immune system… and that’s not even the end of it.

According to the FDA’s National Toxicology Program there is a correlation between the use of ethanolamines and cancer in animal testing.

Rinse it off immediately warning

If you ever had a shampoo or a crème that you are to rinse off immediately after applying, there are good chances you were dealing with product including MEA, DEA and TEA. You know why it says rinse it off immediately?

Ethanolamines are considered very toxic because of the proven history of side effects. However, they are very useful when it comes to cosmetic design and are an essential ingredient in a large number of products. This is why despite the toxicity for which it should be banned the etanolamines took only a light blow with the ‘rinse it off immediately’ sticker.

Be careful about prolonged use of ethanolamines

Even the FDA cites that these chemicals cause cancer and imagine this is the same organization that allows a number of toxic substances to pass muster in American products. The problem is that all three, MEA, DEA and TEA, ar so widely used substances it is hard to steer clear of them. Chances are that out of 10 products we use daily, 8 of them have some form of ethanolamines inside them. Just think about putting them on your skin for 50 straight years.

To see which products approves visit our Marketplace.

Red Meat Danger – Nitrates and Nitrites

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


For starters I have to confess I am a little bit of a health junkie. Running 10k in under 50 minutes is not a problem anymore and benching 150 pounds seems like a piece of cake. God, do I crave it though.


Having a workout routine is great but I’ve learned that results won’t show if I eat cake every day. This is why my fridge is always full of healthy foods such as broccoli, eggs, skim milk, chicken and yogurt. However, eating clean for a prolonged period of time makes you start to crave the cake even more. And I have one other craving – red meat. Salami, burgers, you name it, as long as it has beef in it I’ll eat it on my cheat day.

For example I eat salami every Sunday morning. Even before WHO declared red meat substantially dangerous to health I noticed that I can have the same salami in the fridge for 3 months (nobody touches my salami with the big note ‘MARKO CHEAT FOOD’). What is surprising is that after 3 months the taste, the smell and the color of the salami is exactly the same as it was on the day I bought it. That was the first alarm. I mean, I can’t even leave chicken for 3 days in the fridge without being paranoid I’ll get salmonella if I eat it undercooked.

With WHO starting to give official warnings about red meat I went into research. I knew what I’ll probably find – some kind of preservatives in the salami, but the real question was what kind? Well, it turns out that the delicious, my most precious, full of taste and exuberance salami contains two rather nasty chemicals that are used as food preservatives – nitrates and nitrites.

Putting nitrates in salami and other red meat as a preservative is a nasty chain that ends in cancer. Chemically nitrates (NO3-) are rather harmless on their own (in terms of health – otherwise nitrates are used to make gun powder and explosives) and are therefore added to red meat and it is all fair play. However, nitrates have a chemical tendency to decay into nitrites (NO2-) by losing one oxygen atom.

Now nitrites are a dangerous thing to put in your system. Why? They have a great affinity to proteins in human body. Every protein has a chemical functional group called ‘amine group’ to which nitrites readily bind. The result of this reaction is a formation of a completely new chemical called nitrosamine. This is the end of the chain – and unfortunately it ends at nitrosamines which are well known cancer-causing agents.


This chemical chain can happen in human digestion when nitrites are introduced to body’s proteins or in the very meat itself. Meat, as we all know, is full of protein that can react with nitrites to create cancerous nitrosamine. So, in short, when I leave my salami in the fridge for 3 months this is the process that is taking place and at the end I’m eating salami filled with cancer-causing agents. In 2010 WHO itself declared nitrates and nitrites are probably carcinogens so why I am still eating them?

One important thing to remember is that this chemical chain does not need access to oxygen to transpire. That means that cancer-causing nitrosamine is being created in the meat that is packaged. My advice is to always check when the salami or red meat was packaged and if it is a long time prior to you buying it (some salami can be in the fridge for even half a year), don’t buy it. This is how, eventually, we can influence producers to work on their food quality.

I, for one, will stop eating packaged red meat. If you, the reader, stop eating it there are already two of us. And if the trend continues producers will be forced to do something about it and in such a way we will both bring benefit not only to our bodies but will ensure the health of others with future advancements in food quality.

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