The system of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa living on your skin and in your mouth, nose, throat, lungs, gut, and urogenital tract, is referred to as the “human microbiome.” Our gut health is directly related to our microbiome and varies from person to person based on factors such as diet, health history, geographic location, and even ancestry.
We need to strive to keep our microbiome in balance or otherwise we become ill. The organisms that make up your microbiome perform many functions in the body, including supplying critical vitamins to fighting pathogens and modulating weight and metabolism.
Here are some tips on how to maintain a healthy gut:
- Eat a healthy diet – a diet rich in nutrients will help you to feel vibrant and alive because your microbiome is thriving. A healthy diet includes:
- Consuming fresh, organic, […]
Try this delicious and refreshing smoothie recipe to cool down on a hot July Independence Day!
Red Ingredient Smoothie
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup pomegranate juice (or coconut water)
juice from half a lemon
White Ingredient Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 frozen bananas (sliced)
1 can of coconut milk
Blue Ingredient Smoothie
1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1 cup of pomegranate juice (or coconut water)
Combine ingredients for each color smoothie separately in blender. To keep the layers separate in the serving glass, be sure the blender is cleaned in between making each color of smoothie. Spoon the ingredients into the glass gently making sure to coat the walls of the glass first with each separate layer. You can also freeze before adding each layer.
Although the Zika virus may have cast a shadow on the Summer Olympics this year, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you some helpful tips on how to maintain optimal health and improve your own athletic performance, whether you’re an ardent athlete or a weekend warrior.
- Eat a healthy diet. Know the best macronutrient ratio (protein/fats/carbs you consume at each meal and snack) for your body. What makes you feel your best (mood, mental clarity, energy, satiety, etc.)?
- Drink plenty of pure water daily. Avoid sugary electrolyte drinks. A healthy homemade alternative would be 1 quart water, ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Avoid all sodas, especially diet sodas.
- Consume healthy fats (grass-fed butter, pastured eggs, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, etc.)
- Include raw foods in your diet – eat as many foods […]
Summer is here and its sizzling temperatures mean it’s time to think about safety on those steamy days. Whether you’re working outdoors, gardening, playing sports, lounging poolside or by the beach, be aware of the importance of maintaining proper electrolyte balance!
What are electrolytes?
Electrolytes refer to minerals present in your blood, body fluids, and urine that carry an electric charge. They are ingested with food, drink, supplements, and medicines.
What are the common electrolytes found in the body?
What bodily functions are affected by electrolytes?
- The amount of water in your body
- The acidity of your blood (pH)
- Muscle function
- Nerve impulses
- Kidney and adrenal gland function
- Heart function
- Many other functions
You lose electrolytes when you sweat and must replace them by drinking fluids that contain electrolytes. Water does not contain electrolytes. An electrolyte imbalance, whether too much or too little, can be quite detrimental to your health. Muscle contraction, for example, requires calcium, […]
During the month of June, we celebrate Men’s Health Month across the country to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Today’s blog focuses on prostate health.
The prostate is a small gland found in men, near their bladders. Many men experience prostate problems, and as they get older it is important to watch for signs of prostate cancer. Statistics show that one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, but only 3 percent will die from it. Even though prostate cancer isn’t a death sentence, the “C word” is always scary. Unfortunately, there are many […]
What a great way to start your Food Revolution Day! There are lots of immune-boosting antioxidants in this recipe. You can even add a bit of elderberry extract for an extra immune boosting punch!
1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 cup fresh spinach
½ organic cucumber
juice from ½ lime
1” slice ginger root
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
Put all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth.
What a great way to celebrate “Food Revolution Day” on May 20th by making your own chicken bone broth! Homemade broths made from beef, chicken, lamb, and fish have been a tradition in the diets of many cultures for thousands of years. These broths are nutrient-dense, easily digested, help heal the gut lining, and thereby boost your overall immune health. The tradition of making a broth was a way to use every part of an animal, including its tendons, ligaments, bones, bone marrow and all! By slowly simmering the stock, the bones and ligaments release healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline. These nutrients have the power to transform your health in a multitude of ways.
May 20th is Food Revolution Day. Let’s face it, the industrial food system has taken over and replaced our home cooked, family shared meals and resulted in a nation that has increased in size and family ties that have become devalued. The majority of our meals are eaten “on the go” instead of in our own kitchens. The “Food Revolution” founder and food expert, Jamie Oliver has shown us how we have raised a generation of individuals who cannot recognize a single vegetable or fruit, and don’t know how to cook. If we want healthy bodies, we must put the most nutritious foods in them – that’s real, whole, local, fresh, unprocessed, and chemical/hormone/antibiotic-free foods. We need to bring back our family dinners in order to teach our children and future generations how to maintain their health, connect, build security, safety and social skills.
Food Revolution Day is an annual global day of action that celebrates good, fresh, real food. It’s a day to shout about the benefits of cooking from scratch and, ultimately to show people that not only is fresh food tastier, changing their food choices can also make them healthier and happier. This year Food Revolution Day is, above all, about sharing the power of cooking!
Here are just a few ideas on how to participate in Food Revolution Day this year:
- Challenge your work colleagues to a cook-off
- Round up your friends and host a dinner party, picnic or barbecue
- Take your kids to a local farmers’ market, try a new ingredient and cook from scratch
Start improving your health and your family’s health today by cooking more meals at home from scratch!
On Friday, General Mills announced it will label all of its products sold in the United States that contain genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs). This is an incredible victory for consumers everywhere…know what’s in your food!!