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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Juice and Smoothie Recipes for Fighting Cancer

In today’s world, there aren’t many people who haven’t been touched by cancer in some way, whether it be having cancer themselves, or having a family member or friend that has been struck by cancer.

And, according to the American Cancer Society’s research, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed, and 585,720 deaths from cancer in the United States alone. Cancer accounts for nearly one out of every four deaths in our country today, making it the second most common cause of death. Continue reading

Back to Basics Recipe: Quick – Pickled Cucumbers and Carrots

Don’t have the time or energy to can vegetables for the winter? Well, you’re in luck because there is a shortcut! Cucumbers are a perfect vegetable to “quick-pickle”, which is simply a short-term method of pickling.  There is no need to can with this method, so if you’re new to pickling, this is a fun way to start. Vegetables are placed in brine that can be enjoyed for up to a week. The major benefit to eating pickled vegetables is the living probiotics (good bacteria) that will help to balance your digestive system. You can enjoy pickled vegetables on salads and sandwiches and even as a tasty snack on their own.

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Back to Basics: Cucumbers

Cucumbers or pickles? Which are your favorite?

The grand finale in our September Back to Basics series may seem like an ordinary vegetable. That’s why you may be surprised to learn that cucumbers actually have many health benefits and can enhance and support a healthy diet. They are a good basis for juice, for texture in salads, and even pickled. But did you know that cucumbers are good for your body inside and out? Due to their silica content, they can strengthen your hair and nails. And cucumber slices applied to the skin work as an astringent to cleanse the pores. As far as your insides go, read on for eight benefits of eating cucumbers: Continue reading