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The Benefits of a Raw Diet

  The arrival of spring means the arrival of gardening season, which makes this a great time of year to think about how to incorporate more delicious, nutrient-rich raw foods into your diet.  In this blog post, I'll tell you more about the benefits of a raw diet and give you an incredible recipe for a rich, creamy Raw Vegan Cherry Cheesecake that is perfect for Memorial Day! What does eating raw actually entail? You've probably heard of raw diets, but you may be wondering what "eating raw" actually entails.  A lot of people think eating raw means eating only uncooked foods,...
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A Special Way to Honor Our Mother’s

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, and many of us are thinking about a special way to honor our mothers for their integral role in our lives. If your impulse is to treat her to something decadent like candy, you probably know that many commercial candies are loaded with fat, sugar, and other unhealthy ingredients.    What if, instead, you could show your love and appreciation by giving her a gift that will nourish her? One of the best ways to satisfy your mother's sweet tooth while respecting her health is through the gift of dark chocolate, which is one of the healthiest...
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How To Get Motivated Naturally

The beautiful spring weather makes many of us ready to get outside and get in motion, but not everyone feels so motivated.  If you aren't feeling inspired to get moving because of fatigue or a general case of the "blahs," the issue may not be that you are lazy, but that your brain is experiencing inadequate dopamine signaling. In this blog post, I'll give you the latest research on why dopamine is essential to staying motivated and how you can improve dopamine signaling to create a richer, more energized life. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good because it controls...
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Understanding How The Human Body Heals

When we think about how to improve our health, we often think about the big picture and what we can do to create more resilient hearts, lungs, brains, muscles, and bones. While it's great to consider how we can nourish our bodies, good health truly originates on an even deeper level: within our DNA and our cells. In this blog post, I'll tell you more about how taking better care of yourself on a micro-level can improve your overall health and wellness. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, our human bodies resonate with a subtle form of...
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Eight Hidden Weight Loss Pitfalls

Have you decided to lose some excess weight this spring? A lot of people do, and right about now is when people often start to feel discouraged. Taking stock of your diet so far, and making adjustments where necessary, is  the best way to keep yourself on track. Don't give up! Learn how to make weight loss less of a struggle. There are all sorts of pitfalls on the way to healthier weight, and you might never have thought of some of them. Are any of these factors secretly sabotaging your diet? 1.) Your Bedtime Researchers have long believed that there's a...
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Managing Your Allergies Through Diet

As the weather warms up, you may find yourself sneezing and coughing as you battle seasonal allergies, but have you considered how the foods you eat could have a similar impact on your health? Food allergies and sensitivities are extremely common and can cause a variety of health issues. The good news is that there are many ways to manage them through your diet. Within a few minutes to a few hours after eating something you're allergic to, it causes an inflammatory immune response that is often accompanied by nasal, gastrointestinal, and other allergy symptoms. What you may not know...
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The Health Benefits of Vitamin D

With summer just around the corner, now seems like the perfect time to tell you about the health benefits of the "Sunshine Vitamin," also known as Vitamin D. By spending more time outdoors, eating the right foods, and supplementing when necessary, this vitamin can help you keep looking and feeling fantastic all year round.    Vitamin D is a key vitamin we all need to stay healthy. Research shows that its positive benefits on our bodies and health are enormous! For one, vitamin D is essential to our health on a deep, DNA level. Not only does it help the 2,000...
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The Importance of Immune Health

Spring is on the horizon, and there is no better time of year to get motivated to heal your body and embrace habits that will improve your health. I recently discovered some fantastic new research from Dr. Russell M. Jaffe about how bolstering your immune system and balancing your body's pH can help heal your body and restore it to an optimal state of health. Having a healthy immune system helps us defend ourselves from infections, allergens, and more.  But sometimes, our immune system becomes overwhelmed by sensitivities to food, chemicals, or our environment. This can lead to inflammation, which has been...
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The Importance of Gut Health

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I want to offer you some new ways of thinking about what a huge impact nutrition can have on your life. Today I'd like to share with you how eating better can improve your gut health, make you feel healthier overall, and reduce your risk for many chronic diseases.  It is crucial for microbes in the gut to be diverse and in balance. When the microbes in our guts are diverse and in balance, they do an incredible job of helping us regulate digestion, stay at a healthy weight, reduce inflammation, and keep our...
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Seven Amazing Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are foods that introduce healthy bacteria to the digestive tract. They are perfect to help you keep a healthy gut flora balance, and should be regularly included in your diet. These seven foods are perfect probiotics. 1.) Curtido. A fermented cabbage relish, originating from San Salvador. It is usually used as a condiment. 2.) Kefir. A thin, drinkable yogurt that contains ten times more probiotic strains than regular yogurt. Kefir is also very high in B vitamins. 3.) Kimchi. The national food of Korea. Kimchi is a spicy food made with fermented cabbage and chiles. Research has shown its probiotics to...
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