Watch Your Gut

A flat belly is one of the signs of good health. Why? Let me tell you a very short story… Until just a few decades ago, nearly everyone had a flat belly. Hard to believe? It’s true. These days, however, it’s a different world. Obesity is becoming the norm. Kind of reminds me of the cruise ship guests in the […]

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Summer is Perfect for Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a classically French dish that’s been served mainly in the south-east of France for centuries. It’s always been considered a peasant dish — rustic, humble, and delicious. These days, ratatouille has gone global and can be found in haute cuisine the world over. Why? Because it’s really good food. Ratatouille is a vegetarian dish. You could probably add […]

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Whole Foods for a Healthy Life

The Whole Foods Opportunity What’s really on our dinner plates? Studies show that many of the fruits and vegetables we eat today have a significantly lower nutritional value than the same produce grown just 25 years ago. Soil depletion, commercial farming methods and premature harvesting are key factors in this decline — and our busy, on-the-go lifestyles, supported by regular […]

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The Energy Drink Hype

Red Bull. 5-Hour Energy. Monster. Rockstar. Amp. Energy drinks have become a staple of the American diet since the 1990s. If you believe the advertising, they’re all designed to increase energy, sharpen concentration and improve athletic performance Don’t believe the advertising. The fact that there are HUGE marketing dollars behind these products should be a red flag. Increased Energy The […]

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Relieve Depression with Diet

Antidepressants have become alarmingly wide-spread in the past decade. Currently, about 10 percent of the population is taking selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but that number goes up to 1 in 4 for women in their 40s and 50s. Even doctors – if they’re forthcoming – will tell you that antidepressants are dangerous. Once you’ve started taking them, you cannot […]

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Antioxidants and Where to Find Them – Part III

Antioxidants for Autoimmune Dysfunction Glutathione Glutathione is a protein constructed by the liver. It is an immune-boosting , water-soluble antioxidant, and it’s considered the most powerful intracellular antioxidant. Glutathione scavenges hydroxyl radicals, which some experts believe to be to most damaging kind of free radical. Glutathione is particularly important for anyone cancer, diabetes, or HIV (an artificial retrovirus spread initially […]

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Antioxidants and Where to Find Them – Part IV

Herbs with an Antioxidant Punch Bilberry The bilberry is related to the blueberry and blackberry. The leaves of the plant help keep capillaries and red blood cells healthy, which can lower blood pressure. Bilberry also protects the eyes; inhibits bacterial growth; has anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties; and helps to lower blood-sugar levels.  The collagen-stabilizing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of bilberry […]

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Antioxidants and Where to Find Them – Part II

ANTI-AGING ANTIOXIDANTS Acetyl-L-Carnitine Acetyl-L-carnitine is a form of amino acid that increases the use of fat as an energy source. It performs the very helpful task of transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria, which are particularly susceptible to free radical damage. It also increases levels of acetylcholine, which is an important neurotransmitter needed for memory and learning. As such, it […]

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Antioxidants and Where to Find Them – Part I

Every day, the cells of your body burn fuel (taken in as food) for energy. As a result, fragments of molecules called “free radicals” are produced internally.  Once released within the body, free radicals can do great damage. By definition, a free radical has an unpaired electron. In order to stabilize itself, it will scavenge another electron from wherever it […]

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