6 Proven Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar, lovingly known as ACV to its many fans, packs a potent health punch that benefits your body in a variety of ways. Touted as a health tonic since ancient times, apple cider vinegar was used by Hippocrates to treat wounds, and it was widely used in the 18th century to treat a range of illnesses and conditions. Nowadays, science backs up what many early health practitioners knew from years of successful use: That ACV is a powerful, natural remedy for some of what ails you.

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apple juice, which turns it into alcohol. Bacteria added to the mix ferments the alcohol, turning it into acetic acid, which is the main beneficial compound in apple cider vinegar. So, how can a daily dose of ACV benefit your health? Here are six proven benefits of apple cider vinegar.

April 17th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

9 Antioxidant Packed Superfoods

“Antioxidant” is a hot term in the health industry right now, with many supplements and health products advertising the antioxidants that are available in the products and foods you buy. It is essential that we talk about antioxidants because these anti-inflammatory foods are crucial to help you clean up the free radical activity throughout your body.

Western life can make it hard to stay ahead of free radicals. Processed foods, pollution, medications, and chemical exposure increase the presence of free radicals in your system. As a result, oxidative damage occurs which accelerates cellular damage, aging, and cell mutations. Our immune systems are stressed trying to keep up with it all. If you want to boost your overall health and slow down the signs of aging, then right now is an excellent opportunity to increase your intake of antioxidants.

These are some of the best foods that you should be eating to help get the maximum amount of antioxidant free radical fighting power:

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April 3rd, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

6 Ways to “Spring” Into Good Health

Spring is a perfect opportunity for a fresh start. The trees are budding, flowers are peeking through in the garden, and many of us are working to clean out the closets. As you are cleaning up the yard and clearing clutter to beautify your home, don’t overlook the work that needs to be done to improve your health as well.

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Most of us find that health takes second priority to the immediate tasks that need to be addressed. But, improving your health is the top thing you can do to take care of yourself and your family. Follow these six simple strategies to boost your health during this beautiful Spring season:

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1. Schedule Checkups and Health Screenings
It is easy to forget when it is time to visit the doctor for an annual checkup or screening. These appointments are often pushed to the backburner during the busy holiday season and summer months. Create a plan that matches the ebb-and-flow of your year. Spring is a great time to schedule dental exams, eye appointments, and other necessary screenings. Depending on your age, it might be time to have a mammogram, PAP test, or colonoscopy.

March 28th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

7 Liver Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore

The liver plays a surprisingly important part of your overall health, and it is often the most overlooked and is hardest working organs. Proper liver function plays an essential role in digestive health and toxin filtering. It contributes to your metabolism, hormones, circulation, and digestive system. Supporting liver health can improve detoxification, which has a domino effect of boosting many other functions within the body.

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Warning Signs that Your Liver Needs Help

When the liver is functioning in the right way, it identifies toxic substances and moves them out through natural detoxification channels. The liver regulates blood flow, which is the system that delivers oxygen and nutrients to all areas of the body. An excess amount of toxins can weigh down the liver which triggers a negative impact on blood flow and immune response.

Is your liver healthy, or is it calling for help? Watch for these critical signs that lifestyle and dietary changes are needed to support liver health:

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#1.   Jaundice
A properly functioning liver will break down bilirubin, a yellow colored substance that needs to be expelled from the body. If the liver is struggling, then bilirubin builds up and can cause the white areas to turn yellow. The yellow hues are seen in the white of the eyes, skin, tongue, and fingertips.

March 21st, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Amazing Powers of Turmeric

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Does it seem as if turmeric has only recently become popular? Then you might be surprised to know that people worldwide have been using it for over 5,000 years. It’s an excellent source of essential vitamins such as C and B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber, and more.

Turmeric is easy to spot due to its distinctive, bright yellowish-orange color, which comes from the plant’s active and most important component, curcumin. This antioxidant is also responsible for turmeric’s array of benefits, including the following five amazing powers:

March 13th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

7 Best Foods to Melt Fat

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If you are anything like me, the thought of another diet limited to only broccoli, kale, and all-you-can-eat leafy greens might make you cringe. Sure, those greens pack some serious health benefits, but we found 7 foods that help melt away stubborn fat all while pleasing your pallet just a bit more.

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#1 Whole Grains

If you love oatmeal, brown rice, or quinoa, you’re in luck – they all have been linked to fighting the bulge.

Although it’s easy to think that carbohydrates are bad for burning fat and losing weight, whole-grain carbs are a different matter. Researchers from Tufts University recently published a study linking the high fiber in whole grains to helping you feel fuller longer, in turn reducing cravings and allowing for more belly fat to burn. (1)

One of our favorite ancient grains, Quinoa, also ramps up your metabolism and keeps fat at bay. Less fat means a lower risk of high cholesterol and obesity. Plus, it has plenty of vegetable protein to keep off the fat and melt those love handles. (2)

So, you don’t have to avoid carbs altogether; just stick to whole grains – and in moderation.

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#2 Eggs

Eggs get a bad rap because of the cholesterol they contain. People used to think they didn’t have fat-burning qualities.

But the truth is – eggs are healthy for you…

Eggs are:
• A good source of protein and vitamin A (3)
• Linked to increased metabolism (4)
• Excellent for weight loss

So if you’re aiming to lose weight and burn fat, start your day sunny side up, scrambled, or hard-boiled.

March 2nd, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

3 Grilling Tips to Avoid Cancer

3 Grilling Tips to Avoid Cancer

Even if you’re a self-proclaimed grill master, you might not know that while your sizzling steaks might induce a smile or two, they could also induce the most menacing of all maladies: Cancer.

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No one is saying you’ve got to turn in your beloved outdoor grill and put an end to all of your meat-heavy picnics this summer. Nor are we saying you need to spend the warm season with your friends indoors drinking kombucha juice and eating quinoa salad. You would be surprised to learn that it’s not the protein packed meat that’s the problem, it’s the grilling. Grilling meat brings can increase your risk of cancer.

But how?

The Lowdown on High Temperatures

When you grill meat and poultry at high temperatures, cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are produced.  Even that delicious sight of fat dripping onto hot coals is a cancer-causing devil in disguise. The burning fat produces a compound called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).  But don’t fret; there are ways to prevent some of these cancer-causing agents from spoiling your summertime fun.

Extra Mayo, Hold the Cancer: Three Tips for Safe Grilling:

Get Lean. The leaner the meat or poultry the better. Spend just a bit more on a leaner cut of meat at the grocery store to ensure both a healthy heart and lower risk of HCA and PAH. Leaner meats help reduce the amount of fat which drips to the coals or grill below.

Use the microwave. Not in lieu of grilling (that wouldn’t make your guest happy), but just for a few minutes to reduce the amount of time on the grill. Chop the meat into smaller pieces and nuke it for approximately three to five minutes before grill time. Doing this can lead to a 90 percent reduction in HCAs.

Marinate. Soaking the meat or chicken for a few minutes dramatically reduces HCAs. When you marinate, it forms a natural barrier against the heat. But you can’t just marinate with anything. Make sure to use an acid based marinade like orange or lemon juice, or vinegar. And yes, you can throw in garlic or rosemary as well. You don’t have to eat a lemon burger to stop the HCAs in their tracks.

Bonus: Rosemary contains antioxidants like rosmarinic acid, carnosol, and carnosic acid, when added to meat can help reduce HCAs.
Most importantly, be safe and have fun grilling this summer.

May 23rd, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Peanut Butter Sandwiches for Health? Why they’re not just for kids.

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We all ate them as kids. If you have kids, they’re probably a go-to lunch or snack in your arsenal of kid-approved favorites. Simple and comforting – peanut butter sandwiches. Do you remember the taste? Mmmm, yum! I don’t know about you, but I probably ate hundreds of them. Almost everyday in my brown paper lunch bag in elementary school.

I revisited this beloved kid favorite when I started my first job out of college. Peanut butter sandwiches came with me to the office most days. Sure, they weren’t the most sophisticated option compared to going out for fancy sushi lunches everyday, but hey, they were tasty, so easy to make, and were economical – all factors that were important to a recent college grad. Little did I know, peanut butter sandwiches have a trail of benefits for health.

August 8th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Top 7 Reasons You Should Go NUTS for NUTS

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Nuts are a tasty treat, but they are so much more than just that. Most of us have heard that nuts are good for our health, right? But do you really know why? Just a handful of nuts contains essential vitamins, nutrients and the heart-friendly fats we’ve all been hearing about. Here are just 7 reasons why nuts are more then just a fun-to-eat snack:

1. Protein Packed

Protein is known as the building block of our bodies, including muscle tissue. Nuts pack a powerful punch of protein, which helps keep us fuller longer and suppresses our appetite. They also give us a great boost of energy to keep us going – bonus! Almonds (13% protein) and cashews (11.5% protein) are great choices of high-protein nuts that are also fairly low in calories.

 2. Fiber Fiber Fiber

Fiber is an important part of our daily diets. Fiber makes us feel fuller longer and also helps to, eh hem, clean out our systems. A lack of fiber can lead to all sorts of health problems, even cancer. Pecans, walnuts and almonds have more fiber than some of the other nut varieties.

July 25th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments