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Curcuminoids have your back!

Curcuminoids

Curcuminoids are the bright orange pigments of the herb turmeric. They belong to the family of polyphenols that includes all bioflavonoids. Renowned for its free-radical scavenging and antioxidant activity, turmeric has been traditionally used in India to relieve jaundice, arthritic conditions, allergies, liver disease, digestive and urinary disorders, skin problems, and aid wound healing. Check out these 3 outstanding ways turmeric can benefit your health!

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13 lifestyle changes that could eliminate your heartburn forever

Remedies for heartburn are as simple as following a list of our favorite daily healthy-living tips. When you change your lifestyle, you change your health. Lifestyle and prevention are ongoing themes on this blog because we believe it is actually easy to be healthy. Creating a lifestyle mindset, rather than relying on the quick-fix diet, cleanse, or pill-popping mentality will help you avoid many of our modern day ailments.

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Shopping for more energy? What to look for when in the market for a good B Complex Supplement.

Are you in the market for a good B Complex supplement? Finally making the commitment to go get one? Or maybe you just happen to see a bottle on a store shelf or a website. Take a moment to make sure it meets the following criteria (or close to it), to increase the chances you will be getting the best bang for your buck. You want energy right? Let’s go get it!

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Wedding / Health Planner for 6-8 months out. Get healthier, more fit, and less stressed.

Getting married? Big event in 6 months? Here is your wedding / health planner for 6-8 months out. Before we make this all about you, if you are a bride, check in with each of your bridesmaids. Not only on dresses and other details, but take a moment to get personal. How is their health? Show them some love. Taking the time to ask about what is going on in their world, will really be appreciated!

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Vegan Vanilla Cake

Vegan Vanilla Cake

This vegan vanilla cake was an unexpected huge hit among a group of friends that appreciate my vegan lifestyle, but are far from being vegan themselves. There is a surprising moist and dense consistency to this cake, along with tons of vanilla flavor without being too sweet. You can probably guess from the pictures below it was enjoyed morning, noon, and night, by my non-vegan friends.

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Comparing Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, and Parkinson’s

Alzheimer's

I recently realized that I did not fully understand the differences, or the similarities, that some of the most common neurological diseases shared. I will share in this post some basic comparisons of Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, and Parkinson’s. Find out what you need to know about causes, treatments, and symptoms, of these neurological diseases.

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It is time to stop asking vegans: What about calcium and protein?

I am always surprised when I tell someone I don’t eat dairy or meat that they still ask: “Where do you get your calcium and protein from?” or “Do you eat a lot of beans and rice?” My answers nowadays: “I get those nutrients from almost every single piece of food I put in my mouth. Virtually all foods in nature have calcium and protein as part of their make up” and “I love beans and rice and eat many varieties of both fairly regularly, but maybe not anymore often than you do.”

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Don’t overlook Olive Leaf for nutrition, inflammation, blood sugar & immune support.

If you know about olive leaf, most likely you have heard of it as a natural supplement for treating Candida, and supporting the immune system. Oleuropein, is the component of olive leaf that has been shown to fight against a wide variety of  bacteria, yeasts, and fungus. To take this a step further, within the oleuropin, there is a compound called elenolic acid that loves to breakdown viruses. Calcium eleolate, one form of elenolic acid, is keen to fight bacteria and parasites.

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Cilantro, Herb or Super Food?

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Cilantro and coriander have two very different flavors, but come from the same plant. Cilantro refers to the fresh leaves used as an herb, and coriander to the seeds used as a spice. The medicinal and nutritional qualities are very different as well. Also called Chinese parsley and Mexican parsley, cilantro is a fragrant mix of parsley, sage, and citrus, and is the focus of this post.

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Wild Rice Salad – Wild Style Recipe

wild rice salad

This wild rice salad recipe was also taken from Grub, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry (see the recipe for Carrot Coleslaw). The book is amazing and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in cooking vegetarian and organic! It has great information on why everyone should be eating organic. The name of this recipe was taken from the film Wild Style directed by Charlie Ahearn in 1982, about the birth of hip hop.

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Celebrate Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus): Your emotions are linked to Heart, Kidneys, and Spleen

Siberian Ginseng

Eleutherococcus extract, has a rich history—a very rich history and is one of my favorite ingredients in Adrenal Health. In the 16th century, a Chinese herbalist recorded, “I would rather have a handful of [eleuthero] than a cartload of treasures.” Used for centuries in Chinese herbalism, eleuthero, or “ci wu jia”, or you may have heard it referred to Siberian Ginseng in the past, has a primary function of boosting our Kidneys, Heart, and Spleen.

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Carrot Coleslaw & Sesame Seeds

Carrot Coleslaw

This carrot coleslaw recipe was taken from the book Grub, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry. Grub is part organic handbook/part cookbook and there are some really great tips on living an organic lifestyle. The recipes are organized by season and even include music ideas to make cooking even more fun!

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11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

Here is a hint: anywhere you would use, raisins, cranberries, or currants.

In a salad, ANY kind of salad. Fruit salad, greens salad, chicken salad

On hot or cold cereal

In trail mix

In yogurt

In cookies (replace raisins or chocolate chips)

In smoothies

As a tea, or in addition to another tea, like green tea and goji

In water (Spa Water)

In ice cubes, a decorative and healthy addition

In vodka

Or keep it simple and just grab a handful out of the bag and enjoy!

Finding good goji berries

When you purchase goji berries, they shouldn’t be hard as a rock. Purchase a high quality brand, and you won’t have that problem. Feel the berries in the packaging before buying and if they are not “soft” like raisins, skip that brand. Of course, there should be no additional ingredients, additives, or preservatives to keep them soft, so make sure to read the label!

Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

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Baked Orange Cauliflower Recipe

Baked Orange Cauliflower

Normally I am not fan of savory food flavored with orange or orange zest, so I was little hesitant to try Michelle’s Baked Orange Cauliflower with Snap Peas. She convinced me when she said she was squeezing fresh juice for the recipe, and it was just an ingredient in the sauce. I am thankful I did not pass on trying this dish, because it is delicious!!

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What to look for when buying Resveratrol.

Although resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (especially Muscadine), nuts and other fruits, buying resveratrol as a supplement means that it is extracted from the herb Polygonum cuspidatum. The resveratrol from Polygonum cuspidatum is just like that of grapes and other sources of resveratrol, but unfortunately, Polygonum cuspidatum is known to be a toxic herb when consumed over time.

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