The Four Seasons of Produce

Seasons Change… and so should your diet! Consuming plenty of vegetables and low-glycemic fruits is one of the cornerstones of good health. Diets that have an emphasis on plant-based food sources are linked to a lower risk of developing deadly diseases like cancer and type-2 diabetes. But many Americans do not consume the recommended 5 – 13 servings of vegetables and fruit per day, and many more do not have access to fresh, seasonal, and local produce.

eating seasonal produce

If you’ve ever compared fruits and vegetables from a local farm stand to those at the grocery store, you may have noticed a difference between their appearances and taste. This is because fruits and vegetables have growing seasons that determine when they are the most flavorful – and when they contain the most nutrients.

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Stepping Out for Stress Relief

Are you struggling to cope with the stress of your daily life?

Are you suffering from the pressure of mental strain and anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed?

You’re not alone.

Most Americans feel some sort of daily stress in their lives, while even more may be suffering from health issues caused by stress and not even realize it!

Stress can affect your health by causing changes in your body or altering your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Ignoring symptoms of stress can also lead to serious health problems, as stress is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Walk and Relieve Stress

Do you recognize any of these common symptoms of stress?

How Stress Affects the Body and Mind: (more…)

Got Magnesium? Top Foods to Add to Your Diet NOW to avoid Deficiency

Magnesium is a key player in human metabolism, participating in over 300 enzymatic reactions throughout every single organ in the body. It is a necessary component of your teeth and bones, and helps to regulate levels of calcium, copper, zinc, potassium, and vitamin D.

Magnesium is also involved in the activity and transmission of neurotransmitters and muscle relaxation. With all of these important functions, you would think that obtaining enough magnesium would be on the top of our list of dietary priorities – but most people in the U.S. likely do not get enough magnesium in their diets!

Food Sources of Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is especially prevalent in the elderly, and is associated with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, as well as heart disease and osteoporosis. It doesn’t help that it is difficult for your doctor to actually assess your magnesium status, since most of the magnesium in your body is located inside of cells or within the bone.

The measure of serum magnesium concentration in your blood does not usually reflect the actual total levels of magnesium in the body or in specific tissues.

How can adding magnesium to my diet help me?
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Essential Oils in a Nutshell: A Beginner’s Guide

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds that are used in aromatherapeutic practices. These pure oils are derived from the flowers, seeds, bark, or other parts of the plants through a distillation or extraction process.

Must Have Essential Oils

Essential oil usage goes back farther than historians can track, and only recently became a common staple of the modern alternative medicine field. As interest in natural medicine has skyrocketed within the past decade, you would be hard-pressed to find a holistic practitioner who doesn’t have a few bottles of these healing elixirs on hand.

What are the Benefits?

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10 Reasons to Eat More Avocados

Avocados, which are sometimes also called butter fruit or alligator pears, are a popular stone fruit that grows in warm climates, and is often a feature of Mexican and South American cuisine.

10 Reasons to Eat More Avocados

We all know that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is one of the best decisions you can make for long-term health benefits, and adding avocados into the mix can give you an added boost because they are one of the few fruits out there that contain healthy fats! (more…)

8 Ways to Keep Our THYROID Happy

MP900399287The thyroid is a very important organ in our bodies. It is a butterfly shaped gland positioned at the front of our neck, just below the center. Here, it regulates our metabolism by releasing hormones. When the thyroid operates at a less than optimal state, we can experience symptoms such as tiredness, weight gain, headaches, constipation and muscle tightness.

Two of the currently most common thyroid disorders are hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid that produces excess hormones and hypothyroidism, which is an under-active thyroid that produces abnormally low amounts of hormones. Each condition can present it’s own set of difficulties in maintaining a healthy weight, general health and overall vitality.

Here are some simple steps to improve or optimize thyroid function: (more…)

How to Avoid Toxins in your Daily Routine

Even though most people are becoming much more conscious about eating organic, avoiding harmful chemicals, and generally making healthier choices, without realizing it we are exposed to a barrage of harmful toxins on a daily basis. More than 3000 chemicals are added to our food supply in North America with another 10,000 chemicals added in the processing, packaging, and preserving process. And even for those that are making an effort to avoid daily toxins, an average of 400-800 different chemical residues were found stored in our fat cells (1,2).

Think of your daily morning routine for a moment.

avoid daily toxins

The average person will sleep in bedding washed with laundry detergents containing toxins. Wake up and use soaps and shampoos containing additives, surfactants (SLS/SLES) and other irritants. Unknowingly add a handful more of toxins when applying make up that will be absorbed through your skin all day. From there, possibly you spend time on your commute breathing exhaust and automobile fumes. At work, are there any cleaning or industrial chemicals that you come into contact with? Perhaps after a long day you light a scented candle to relax, unknowingly releasing carcinogenic chemicals throughout your home. (more…)