From a health standpoint, vegetables are an unbeatable food: naturally nutrient-rich; better tasting than a vitamin pill; low in calories; high in fiber and packed with disease-fighting phytonutrients. All types of vegetables can be nourishing and delicious. To maximize your health with vegetables, nutrition experts suggest at least 3 to 5 servings per day –…

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Exercise. It can improve your health on all levels. We’re not just talking about being fitter and stronger. We’re talking about overall health and longevity. Regular exercise improves your heart health, brain health, muscle and bone health, diabetes, and arthritis. Beyond those, it also reduces stress, boosts moods, increases your energy, and can improve your…

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When you combine the immune system boosting properties of garlic  and some heart-healthy olive oil, you end up with one delicious spread. It’s excellent on roasted vegetables, cooked chicken or fish, as a dip, or added to salads. Enjoy! Ingredients: 6 teaspoons Garlic 4 tablespoons Olive Oil 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon Cumin 1/4 teaspoon Oregano…

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Guess how many people have high blood pressure? A billion! It’s said to be the “#1 risk factor for death and disability in the world.” If you have high blood pressure, it’s best that you are monitored by your healthcare professional. And if you’re on medication for high blood pressure never change that without speaking…

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Turmeric is a rhizome that grows under the ground like ginger. It has a rich, bright orange color and is used in many foods. Originally used in Southeast Asia, it’s a vital component for traditional curries. You can find dried powdered turmeric in the spice aisle of just about any grocery store. Sometimes they carry…

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Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked. Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people. The answer isn’t as simple as “raw is always better” or “cooked is always better.” As with most…

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It’s summertime! If you’re planning a trip this summer, whether it’s by plane, train or by car, having healthy snacks on hand is key to a successful trip. However, it’s easy to overindulge in foods like potato chips or cookies as you anticipate a new and exciting adventure. Also, making healthy choices while on the…

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You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight. Is this possible? Yes! You are NOT crazy! And here’s why. We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight. There’s definitely more to the story than just what…

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STRESS!!! Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flew. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society – it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic. You’ve…

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A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer; to “preserve” them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly and are found in a large number of products in our grocery stores. Preservatives work to preserve food in a few different ways. Some prevent the growth of bacteria…

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