Excitotoxins – What are they, why avoid them?

Mindy Meyer (@Meymin) of  Nourish Your Children is our guest this week. Mindy is a homeschooling mom of 5 who recently completed an ebook and is generously offering a free copy to a listener! More info below.

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What Are Excitotoxins?

Just as it sounds, excitotoxins “excite” the body tissues, starting with the tongue (wow! that tastes good! want more!) – but not in a good way.  Many of us think of “Chinese restaurant syndrome” and MSG (monosodium glutamates) when we hear the word.

Glutamates exist naturally in some natural, healthy foods but your body is able to handle those without problems. During certain processes (for instance the refining of foods) these are turned into “free glutamates” that do damage to the body.  Sadly, even “organic/natural” foods that are highly processed can contain these excitotoxins.

Mindy’s free worksheet with more information on excitotoxins and how to avoid them is available here:  Nourish Your Children

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About Carrie

Happy wife, homeschooling mom of many, autodidact, best-selling Amazon author, blogger, head chef and barefoot walker. Residing just outside Atlanta, usually found reading a book while sipping a hot beverage.


  1. Mindy I am so impressed that you put out a book. WOW! that’s great! You go girl. I would be interested in reading it but not online as that is hard for me. I am sure you have a lot of good things to contribute. Keep up the good work.

  2. Mindy, THANK YOU so much for this information! The more I learn, the more I am able to keep this garbage out of our bodies. I put a lot of effort into protecting my daughter but it’s hard! I’m looking forward to reading your book.

  3. hey mindy thanks so much! thats great to know, im more of a natural food person but i still love chinese 😛

  4. This is such great information that I wish more people, especially parents and food manufacturers, were aware of. Thank you for sharing!