9 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

If you're in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. Here are their top health benefits. 1.  Heart Healthy Magnesium One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the … [Read more...]

Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Falling asleep may seem like an impossible dream when you're awake at 3 a.m., but good sleep is more under your control than you might think. Following healthy sleep habits can make the difference between restlessness and restful slumber. Here are some tips to help you maximize the time you spend sleeping. #1 Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, Nicotine, and Other Chemicals that Interfere with Sleep Caffeinated products decrease a person's quality of sleep. Avoid caffeine for four to six hours before … [Read more...]

Ways to Improve Your Digestion Naturally

Everyone experiences occasional digestive symptoms such as upset stomach, gas, heartburn, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. However, when these symptoms occur frequently, they can cause major disruptions to your life. Fortunately, diet and lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on your gut health. Here are 12 evidence-based ways to improve your digestion naturally. 1. Eat Real Food Diets high in processed foods have been linked to a higher risk of digestive disorders. Eating a diet … [Read more...]

How to Assemble a Hearty Salad

The wonderful thing about making a salad is that it's a relaxed, stress-free way of cooking, with endless possibilities for customization. Here are some steps to consider to build a great salad every time! 1. Pick your leading vegetables Do you have any vegetables in your fridge that should be used up? If you're going shopping, think about what's cheap, in season and abundant in the shops and markets. Here are some ways to use your principal vegetable: Raw and shaved with a speed peeler … [Read more...]

Cooking With Kale and Chard

Cooking with either kale or Swiss chard is as easy as filling a pot with a little water and a lot of greens and placing it on a heated stove burner. And while there's nothing wrong with that, there are lots more easy and interesting ways to eat these two vegetable powerhouses. Preparation Both vegetables should be washed thoroughly to get rid of any lingering garden soil, then chopped. The easiest way to cut kale is to pull leaves away from the stem, then give the leaves a few crosswise chops. … [Read more...]

Hawaii Becomes First State to Ban Neurotoxin, Chlorpyrifos

Hawaii's governor David Ige recently signed a bill restricting pesticide use within 100 feet of schools and banning chlorpyrifos outright by 2023. Chlorpyrifos, used widely in conventional agriculture, is a neurotoxin that impacts children and their cognitive development. The ban on Chlorpyrifos is not federal law. Hawaii is the first state in the nation to ban the use of the harmful pesticide. Senator Russell Ruderman, introduced the bill, which appropriates 300-thousand dollars for a … [Read more...]

Clever Ways to Use Your Food Scraps

The worst part about grocery shopping is when you hand over your credit card - produce can be expensive! What makes it worse is we don't eat everything we buy. There's a whole lot more that can be done with what we don't use in our kitchen. Here's a few tips to remember when repurposing your food scraps. Compost   Starting up your very own compost pile is easy. Set aside a 3'x3' area in your yard. You'll need good air flow, heat and moisture to encourage decomposition. Raking your scraps … [Read more...]

Soy Alert!

Soy has been touted as the perfect health food for decades. Unfortunately, it isn't all that marketing makes it out to be. Unfermented, non-organic soy products make up most of the market. There are thousands of studies linking soy to a myriad of health issues including allergies, digestive distress, malnutrition, and reproductive disorders. Here are a few points summarizing the dangers of soy: High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and … [Read more...]

How to Ask the Right Questions at a Farmer’s Market

Though farmers markets have a reputation for selling locally and sustainably grown food, "greenwashing" is still common. Some sellers buy industrial produce at wholesale prices and pass the off as homegrown. Unregulated terms, such as "natural" and "no-spray," imply more than they mean. To cut through the confusion, The Cornucopia Institute, a farm- and food-policy research group, has developed a comprehensive guide that equips shoppers to do a background check on vendors. The guide provides … [Read more...]

50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

  According to a newly published article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat in the 1960's. The authors of the new article say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat. The article draws on five-decade-old internal documents from the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) to show … [Read more...]