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What is the Satiety Index?

March 31, 2018
Have you ever notice that some foods keep you feeling full longer? And others give you the munchies an hour later? That can make the advice to "stop eating when you feel full" a bit tricky if you're picking foods that aren't filling.   That's a phenomenon called satiety. It's the feeling of fullness, of being satisfied and satiated. It is the opposite of hunger and appetite.   The satiety index is a rating of foods that have

The True Health Benefits of Exercise

March 29, 2018
Exercise. It can improve your health on all levels. We’re not just talking about being fitter and stronger. We’re talking about overall health and longevity.   Regular exercise improves your heart health, brain health, muscle and bone health, diabetes, and arthritis. Beyond those, it also reduces stress, boosts moods, increases your energy, and can improve your sleep. And exercise prevents death from any cause (“all cause mortali

Need Help Going Dairy-free? Here are 6 Great Substitutes

March 21, 2018
Need Help Going Dairy-free? Here are 6 Great Substitutes If you're reading this, you likely are or are considering going dairy-free. You may have an intolerance, have been told to eliminate dairy, or just want to have less of it.   Either way, dairy is not an essential nutrient, and there are lots of things you can have instead. These include not just milk, but also yogurt, butter, parmesan, and even pudding and ice cream! &nb

How Do I Know If I Have a Leaky Gut?

March 11, 2018
"Leaky gut" is a popular topic in the health and wellness spheres these days. It's been blamed for many symptoms and conditions that seem to be all-too-common. Allergies, intolerances, joint pain, even autoimmune diseases can all be linked back to leaky gut.   But what exactly is leaky gut? What causes it? What kinds of issues are related to it? And most of all, what can you eat for leaky gut?   What is a leaky gut? Simply pu

Mediterranean Diet 101

March 5, 2018
The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets out there.   It's based on the traditional foods that people who lived around the Mediterranean Sea ate about 50 years ago. Back then, in the mid 20th century, researchers noted that people in Spain, Greece, and Italy lived longer and healthier than Americans. And they had lower levels of heart disease, the #1 killer.   So, they set out to find what was so healthy in th

Green Tea vs. Black Tea

March 1, 2018
Tea is said to be the most popular beverage in the world. It’s been consumed for thousands of years by millions, perhaps billions, of people.   Tea has also been shown to have many health benefits. And some of these benefits are thought to be related to tea’s antioxidant properties. These properties are from its flavonoids known as “catechins.” Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory and have a range of health benefits that I talk

Can’t Meditate? Here are 9 Other Ways to Break Free From Stress

February 21, 2018
  I know! Meditation is the secret sauce to take your wellness up to the status of the elite gurus. It’s the “be all, end all” for the health of your entire mind-body-spirit. It’s the absolute must-do that is the only path to beating the infamous health-buster called “stress.”   Don't get me wrong; practicing meditation is an excellent approach to optimizing your health and overall well-being. Meditation is grea

What to Avoid if You Get Migraines

February 13, 2018
Migraine headaches can be terrible. The pain, vision problems (including aura), nausea, etc. can be debilitating; especially if they stick around for hours or even days.   Migraines affect about 15% of adults, so they’re fairly common. And, while the exact cause is not known, there are lots of known triggers. Many foods and drinks are common triggers of migraines. You may have noticed certain foods, and drinks trigger your migraines.

Water – How Much Do I Really Need?

February 6, 2018
Water is essential for life. You can only survive a few days without it. And being hydrated is essential for health. I could argue that water is the most essential nutrient of them all. Water is needed for every cell and function in your body.   Water is a huge part of your blood; it cushions your joints and aids digestion. It helps stabilize your blood pressure and heart beat. It helps to regulate your body temperature and helps maint

Turmeric – Is it Really a Miracle Spice?

February 5, 2018
Turmeric is a rhizome that grows under the ground like ginger. It has a rich, bright orange color and is used in many foods. Originally used in Southeast Asia, it’s a vital component for traditional curries. You can find dried powdered turmeric in the spice aisle of just about any grocery store. Sometimes they carry the fresh rhizome too (it looks like ginger root, but smaller).   Turmeric contains an amazing anti-inflammatory, antio

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