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...]

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...]

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...]

Nearly 50% of Multivitamins Don’t Live Up to their Claims

According to a new report from Consumer Lab, an independent testing company focused on health and nutrition products, multivitamins aren't always the magic health bullets they claim to be. Researchers gathered 35 popular multivitamins and tested them for quality. Because they couldn't test for every single ingredient, they focused on various standard nutrients to see whether the multivitamin contained each one as it claimed. They also tested the tablets for disintegration, or their ability … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Stay Healthy All Winter

Winter is the height of cold and flu season, but with the right combination of healthy habits and smart strategies, you can strengthen your immune system and keep thriving all winter long. The 6 tips below will help you head into winter prepared to defend against illness and feel your best. 1. Dial down inflammation: It's critical to reduce inflammation in your body to prevent illness. Fighting chronic inflammation suppresses your immune system, making it tough to defend against germs. … [Read more...]

7 Foods to Eliminate in 2018

  Most food nowadays is far from pure. Between pesticides, fungicides, food additives, chemicals from packaging, and more - the average American diet is loaded with harmful substances. In fact, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group, there are 287 toxins already present in the average newborn's blood. Cut these 7 foods from your diet in 2018 to limit your exposure to toxins. 1. Canned Tomatoes: The majority of canned tomatoes on the market today contain bisphenol-A … [Read more...]

A New Year, A New You!

With the New Year almost here, it's time to take a look back at 2017. Did you hit your health goals? Are you getting close? It's never too late to modify our eating, exercise and sleep patterns. Here are a few tips to keep you on track in 2018! 1. Decorate your plate: Aim for seven colors each day. Prioritize dark leafy green salads and colorful veggies. Try to find a way to get some deep purple beets in your next holiday potluck lineup. Seasonal pureed pumpkin, yams and sweet potatoes make … [Read more...]