National Celiac Disease Awareness Day – September 13th

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On September 13th we celebrate “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day” in honor of the doctor who identified a link between celiac disease and diet. Dr. Samuel Gee, a leader in celiac disease research, was born on Sept. 13, 1839.  A senate resolution calling for the commemoration gained unanimous approval on Aug. 3, 2010.  In marking the awareness day, the Senate “recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease,” the resolution stated.

Stay tuned as we’ll be posting a few of our favorite delicious gluten-free recipes this week!

 

Source:

http://www.beyondceliac.org/161/vobid–3693/

Photo source:

http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/you-have-a-disease-called-noassatol-actually-it-was-celiac-disease/

 

 

September is Healthy Aging Month!

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Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.  The mission of Healthy Aging Month is to encourage local level events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health – physically, socially, mentally or financially.

Watch for our upcoming blog on tips to staying healthy as we age!

 

Pretty Foods

What exactly are “pretty foods”?  Well, it’s simple really.  The foods you eat directly affect your health, your appearance and play a significant role in how well you age.  Find out how incorporating these recommended foods regularly into your diet can make a positive difference in all aspects of your life.

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Cocoa

Cocoa contains high levels of flavonols, a powerful antioxidant.  It’s not only very hydrating to your skin, but it can improve memory, increase your sense of well-being, reduce heart disease, help shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy.

Wild Salmon, Walnuts, & Flax Seeds

Foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids improves elasticity of skin and prevents dry skin and acne.  In addition, its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to prevent heart disease and stroke, promote brain health, including memory enhancement and prevention of depression, […]

Airport Body Scanners – Are They Really Safe?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been telling us all along that we needn’t fear going through the full body scanners at airports, as it poses no threat to our health.  The technology behind the body scanners is called “millimeter wave imaging”, and according to the TSA’s Frequently Asked Questions page, this type of technology “uses harmless electromagnetic waves to detect potential threats”.  Though not ionizing in nature, millimeter wave technology machines have been known to be a contributing factor to cancer.  Basically, your skin is being microwaved.

Although one might believe that exposure to a certain amount of radiation microwaves may not be harmful, most scientists agree that pretty much any amount creates a risk.  Millimeter waves will destroy the cells they’re targeted at – in this case every cell on the surface of your body.  Microwave ovens operate at nearly the same frequencies as these machines.  They induce […]

Maintaining Microbiome Health

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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:
  1. 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, […]

Electrolyte Replenishing 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?

  • Calcium
  • Chloride
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

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, […]

Prostate Health

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 […]

The Food Revolution – Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

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.

  • The Food Revolution – Benefits of Cooking Meals at Home

    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.

     

    Why […]

    Spring Cleaning for the Body and Mind

    Spring is officially here, and as we contemplate cleaning out our kitchens and closets, it’s also the perfect time to do a little “spring cleaning” of our bodies and minds. Over time, the buildup of toxins from the environment and lifestyle choices can compromise the way our bodies work, and even affect our health.  You may be surprised to know that taking some simple steps can help you to achieve better health, acquire more energy, and support your liver function.  Here are some tips to get you started:

    Eliminate Processed Food

    The more processed food you eat, the more stress you put on your immune system to eliminate the over 6,0000 chemicals used in the processed food industry (synthetic food coloring, flavoring and preservatives).  Eventually, your immune system will become compromised, opening the door to a variety of disease states.

    Increase Raw […]