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Life span and health span. Do you know the difference?

When we hear people talk about “living a long life”, some of us automatically insert the word healthy into that phrase: “living a long, HEALTHY life”. Have you ever thought about what that really means to you? Does it mean living past your parents or grandparents age? Or, does it mean living in moderation as long as you can and crossing your fingers that you don’t end up with a degenerative disease?

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Are supplements expensive? The answer is yes when the following scenarios take place.

What is the cost for staying heathy? Does the price you pay for supplements and super foods equal the nutritional benefit you are obtaining? Are you literally flushing your money you are spending on supplements down the drain? We have tackled these topics in past posts. This post answers the question “are supplements expensive?” by giving you more clues to sort fact from fiction.

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Easy Slow Cooker Black Beans. Very versatile and high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

I love black beans, and I love rice and bean combos. They are such simple ingredients providing such an awesome “net gain” of nutrition, especially for the price. Black beans are high in quality protein, and vitamins and minerals like folate, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. Plus, a very good source of dietary fiber.

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Recipe: White Bean Cilantro Dip. High in fiber and antioxidants.

White Bean Cilantro Dip

Cilantro is a rich source of many essential oils and antioxidants, including quercetin, a bioflavonoid that is commonly recommended during allergy season for anti-histamine support. Cilantro is also loaded with vitamins C, A and K. Per 100g (or a little over 1/3 cup) cilantro provides 45% of the RDA for vitamin C, and a whopping 225% and 258% of vitamins A & K respectively.

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Recipe: Homemade Almond Milk. It tastes amazing and is full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

This homemade almond milk recipe is time consuming, but easy. It also tastes amazing and completely different than traditional store bought almond milk. Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, which can help with cholesterol levels. They also have healthy levels of the antioxidant Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and are a very good source of amino acids and protein.

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Recipe: Eggs on Toast with Dandelion Greens. Leave out the toast and serve it Paleo style.

dandelion greens

Dandelion greens are loaded with beneficial nutrients including being the highest plant source of beta carotene. They also provides 58% of your daily intake of Vitamin C. Many people overlook this beautiful plant as a “weed”, however, the leaves, root and flower can all be eaten and all provide wonderful nutrient supportive and disease healing properties. It supports your liver, kidneys, blood and digestive system. The leaves can also be chopped and eaten raw in salads. I took this recipe from the May 2009 edition of Gourmet magazine.

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Are supplements safe? How can you tell? Who do you believe? Organic? Non-GMO?

Are supplements safe?

Ultimately we want to see, and will eventually see, all the great supplement companies not only get their Certified Organic stamp where applicable, but their non-GMO stamp as well. Keep in mind it takes time and money to acquire these certifications, so don’t panic if your favorite supplement that you can’t live without doesn’t have these labels yet.

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Arugula Chimichurri Recipe

Chimichurri is a traditional green sauce used as a beef marinade. It is native to Argentina, and is traditionally made with parsley, garlic, oil, oregano and vinegar. Today there are a number of variations. For this one I used arugula and cilantro. Arugula is a leafy green very high in cancer fighting phytochemicals, as well as being high in many vitamins and minerals.

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Spirulina and Chlorella

Spirulina is a multi-celled blue-green algae that grows in semi-salty (brackish) waters. It is considered the single most nutrient-dense and nutritionally balanced of all the plants on earth. It is easy to digest, due to its thin cell wall. Chlorella is a single cell green algae with a hard cell wall. In fresh water, chlorella replicates faster than any other organism. It is the most ancient aerobic life form still found on Earth today, and is nature’s richest whole food source of chlorophyll.

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Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? Our opinion on Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs.

Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? We think the answer is yes and no.

Typically people settle for sub-par energy and vitality over long periods of time. When they realize they don’t feel great, then they look outside of themselves for the answer.
 So, our basic response to supplementation is this:

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How Supplements Measure Up. The basic difference between IU and MG

IU and MG

Beta Carotene, and vitamins A, D, and E are all supplements measured in IUs, or international units. MG stands for milligram, as we learned in a previous post. The basic difference between mgs and other units of measurements used in pharmaceutical drugs and supplements is that mgs measure weight or mass on planet earth, and IU’s measure biological activity.

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Guest Post: Hearing Loss Prevention with Diet

Hearing loss is thought to impact the lives of over 35 million people in the US (source: The MarkeTrak VIII survey). The 2005 MarkeTrak VII report projected that the numbers of Americans with hearing loss will increase to 40 million by 2025 and 53 million by 2050. The majority linked to age related causes, a condition that can start in a person’s 40s but which is most apparent in people over 65.

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Which is better for you, Chia Seed or Flax Seed?

Chia and Flax

People tend to ask me questions like this a lot about food, exercise, and supplements. Many times my answer is “they are both good, it’s like apples and oranges, they are both healthful, completely different nutritionally, yet they are both fruit; so eat/do/take them both.” Lately it seems this question has come up a few times about chia and flax.

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Nicole’s Top 6 Tips For Staying Healthy: Sleep, Tea, Workouts, Eating Well, Supplements, Neti Pot

Nicole hopes these tips help you stay healthy this season, or anytime you are feeling a little out of sorts. “I can’t stress enough about listening to your body and then making changes when you first feel something going on!” Check out her top 6.

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DIY Greens Powder

Drying and crushing nutrient dense greens, such as spinach, kale and collards, into your own DIY greens powder, is a great way to add an extra boost of vitamins and minerals into your diet. It can be difficult, especially at this time of year, to eat enough green leafy vegetables and this powder can be added to stews, stir-fries, sauces, smoothies and even scrambled eggs.

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