10 Health Benefits Of Eating Romaine Lettuce

rlRomaine Lettuce is such an important Super Food that a Greek island is named after it. Romaine lettuce is a delicious and crispy leafy green. In the United States, it’s primarily grown in California, making romaine lettuce widely available in the country throughout the year.  Continue reading

Global Health Problems Reflect Our Disconnection from the Earth

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The film “Origins” shows how our modern lifestyle has caused us to lose our connection with the earth, resulting in so many of our global problems from environmental destruction to hunger and disease Continue reading

Super Energy Kale Soup

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Kale contains more than 45 unique flavonoids, which have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits

Kale is rich in disease-fighting vitamins K, A, and  C, along with respectable amounts of manganese, copper, B vitamins, fiber, calcium, and potassium Continue reading

How Avocado Can Help Improve Your Cholesterol, Heart, and Brain Health

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Avocados are an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy, while being low in fructose. They also provide close to 20 essential nutrients, including high levels of potassium Continue reading

What Are Eggplants Good For?

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Eggplants contain fiber, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K, and potassium

Eggplants are a rich source of antioxidant anthocyanins, which may help protect cell membranes in your brain Continue reading

The Unhealthiest of “Health Foods”

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Many of the foods commonly considered to be “health foods” are not good for your health

Eleven of the most common unhealthy “health foods” are discussed—including fruit juices, whole grains, agave nectar, vegetable oil and sports drinks Continue reading

Buckwheat – 9 Great Reasons to Know it, Plant it, Grow it and Eat it!

buckwheatBuckwheat from the author’s own garden.

Buckwheat is one of those plants that may be unfamiliar to most Americans. It is a staple crop in parts of China, Russia and Eastern Europe, but is less well known to U.S. food consumers.

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Is Agave Nectar Good For You?

necIs agave nectar good for you? With all the research done on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), consumers focused on eating healthier prefer “natural” sweetener options.  Many believe that agave nectar is a healthy choice – and the sales reflect that.

What you may not know Continue reading

The Trouble Seniors Face Today with Their Health

healthy seniorsToday I’ll finish off this three-part series on the troubles seniors face with nutrition. I’ll be covering what your primary needs are, how your nutrition needs change as you age, and where you can go for assistance.

Seniors have different nutritional needs than other people. Even if you’re in great shape, it’s still important Continue reading

The Double-Edged Sword of Constipation

pearsConstipation is uncomfortable-physically and even just talking about it. Let’s just say it’s not high on the list of topics people want to discuss. It is, however, a problem that 63 million Americans will encounter.

The problem is exacerbated for seniors, who often experience higher rates of constipation. Continue reading

Prevent Wrinkles and Repair Your Skin with Beet Juice

The benefits of beet juice have been backed by countless studies, but it seems most people are unaware of its nutritional power.

These bright red root vegetables pack a variety of vitamins and minerals rarely found in such high concentrations within one food.

Beets became popular around the world in the 19th century when it was discovered they could be used to make sugar; the very first beet sugar plant was built in Poland. Continue reading

Fact or Myth: Can Umeboshi Reverse a Gallbladder Attack?

This is a FACT.

The digestive health benefit of umeboshi – pickled plums – has been used in Asian culture for hundreds of years.

The ume plum is closely related to the apricot and is part of the Prunus mume family. Continue reading

How Eating a Grapefruit Could Kill You

Grapefruit is one of the healthiest foods you can eat—except that it could kill you.

The familiar citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. It is recommended not just as a food for optimum health, but also for weight loss. Not surprisingly, this has led to an increased popularity in grapefruit. But, Continue reading

Why NASA Is Recommending These Five Foods

When NASA sends its first manned mission to Mars, it’s going to have to be careful about the foods it chooses for the astronauts to eat on their long journey. Space aboard the ship will be at a premium and there will be no food waiting for the astronauts once they land on Mars. So, which healthy foods will be part of the astronauts’ daily diet? NASA officials have narrowed it down to Continue reading

Here’s Why Kale Is Called the ‘Beef’ of a Plant-Based Diet

kaleWhile there’s no official definition of the term super food, the generally implied idea is a fruit or vegetable that is particularly nutritious and beneficial to your overall health and wellness, with high phytonutrient content. By that definition, kale should have a spot in the top ten. If you want to be healthy, there’s no avoiding the leafy green vegetables, and kale is one of the most nourishing. It Continue reading