Candy-Free Treats for Halloween Trick or Treaters

In keeping with the spirit of a healthy lifestyle, and the season, we challenge you go to candy free this Halloween! When the little ghosts and goblins show up at your door asking the age old question “trick or treat?”, give them a sweet treat that’s good for their health.

There are so many alternatives to putting sugar-filled, processed candy in those Halloween baskets this year—just get a little creative! Stand out from all of your neighbors and give the kids something different, either a toy that they can enjoy for the rest of the year, or a healthy treat. They’ll be getting plenty of candy from the other houses, so you won’t disappoint anyone in search of a sweetie. Continue reading

Be Healthy! Drink More Tea

It turns out that one of the easiest ways of improving your overall health and reducing the risk of many harmful diseases is simple. Just drink more tea! And don’t forget that this includes black, green, white, oolong, or everyone’s favorite, kombucha. These refreshing drinks (cold or hot!) are now considered a superfood, so you can have all you want without any guilt.

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Could Grain Be Hurting Your Brain?

Everyone knows that whole grains are good for our bodies, but what about our brains? No matter how great we look as a result of eating well, it won’t matter unless we feel great in a cognitive sense. All of these “healthy grains” may really be influencing us negatively in the long run.

Research has shown that grains can cause degenerative brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, and play a role in ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, migraines and depression. The gluten found in grains and bread is the major source of this increase in brain diseases, and is the main culprit of obesity. Continue reading

Produce Proven To Extend Life Longer

Well, wouldn’t you know it. Of course a company like Go Raw is going to go on and on about how good fruits and vegetables are for you. And you’re right, we are! And 800,000 people can’t be wrong, can they?

More specifically, the British Medical Journal just published a study that examined the results of 16 studies involving almost 800,000 people. And that study showed that a person’s level of produce consumption is directly related to their longevity. Continue reading

Food Can Boost Brain Power

We’ve all heard of diabetes, but many might not know that it is generally accepted that there are two types of diabetes: Type 1, the one you’re born with; and Type 2, the one you get when you’re older. Type 2 can definitely be brought on by the Standard American Diet along with other factors, like lack of exercise.

But recently, there’s been a lot of research that’s pointing to Alzheimer’s disease being inextricably linked to dietary habits, to the point that some are calling it Type 3 diabetes. Long story short: when a person consumes too much sugar, their cells become insulin resistant. When brain cells become insulin resistant, memory loss occurs, as does disorientation. What does that sound like? Yes….Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The pink ribbon. We’ve all seen it, but do we really understand what it means? This is the right time of year to take a step back and truly think about the pink ribbon. And breast cancer.

Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and one of the concepts that is very important to be aware of is that everyone with breasts can be affected by this disease. That means women and men. Even though men don’t develop milk-producing breasts, they still have breast cells and tissue, and these can develop cancer. It is much more rare than women’s breast cancer, with just one in a thousand men ever developing the disease. Continue reading

The Health Benefits of Chai Tea

Cardamom pods are an essential base spice for chai tea.

Fall is full of delicious flavors. Pumpkin, apple, and chai tea are celebrated on restaurant and coffee shop menus around the country. If you’re someone that needs your chai tea latte fix this time of year, this can become an expensive rather quickly. Why not save money and make your own chai tea lattes? It’s easier than you think. There are endless options of combinations of spices to experiment with, not to mention the various health benefits of this seasonal delight. Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics

Not all probiotic supplements are created equal.

There has been a lot of research in recent years about the benefit of a healthy dose of “good” bacteria as part of a balanced lifestyle. But why are they good for us and how much do we need? Read on, friends.

“Good” bacteria are called probiotics, meaning live active cultures of bacteria that have a health benefit when ingested. Having a healthy digestive system is key to having a healthy body and mind. Research has shown we have a second “brain in our gut” known as the enteric nervous system, and it is the center of our emotional well being, so it would be wise to keep it running strong. In addition to a healthy digestive system, studies have shown that probiotics can boost the immune system and help to a prevent UTI (urinary tract infection). Continue reading

Fermentation 201: Homemade Kimchi

Fermentation is all the rage now, from kombucha to kimchi—read about it in our Fermentation 101 post. And it should be! Not only is fermented stuff delicious, it’s full of probiotics that are great for healthy digestion. Eating naturally fermented food is preferable, from a dietary standpoint, than taking probiotic supplements.

And it’s more fun too. Who wants to pop a pill when you can dig in to some spicy, delectable fermented foods from around the world, like the aforementioned kimchi? Continue reading

Seasonal Food: Winter Squash

Happy October! Harvest time is upon us and one of the most exciting seasonal delights is becoming steadfastly ubiquitous at farmers markets’ all over the country: winter squash.As the mercury drops, we move away from zucchini and thinner summer squashes to heartier varieties of acorn, butternut, and spaghetti.  Eating seasonally often means eating locally, as the colors of these vegetables match the changing colors of the leaves.

What are the benefits to eating winter squash? First, squash is full of fiber which promotes a healthy digestive system and keeps you fuller for longer. Butternut squash in particular is full of carotenoids, which helps in the prevention of heart disease. Eating one cup of butternut squash is half your dose of vitamin C for the day and will give your immune system a nice boost. The beta-carotene in butternut squash in particular can ease dry winter skin. Winter squash contains many antioxidant compounds, reducing inflammation in the body.

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