Foods for Winter Blues

If you are like most people, the shorter daylight hours and dreary weather of winter can sometimes get you down. Less sunlight and fewer opportunities for outdoor exercise can combine to make you feel sluggish. But did you know you can improve the way you feel by eating certain natural foods? It’s true. In fact,…

Reasons to Eat Organic Food

Many people are aware of the conventional way foods are grown, and so have made the choice to eat [primarily] organically grown food.  I was recently asked to give a talk about organic foods to a small group of people who are interested in eating healthier and curious to know the benefits of eating organic. I…

The Importance of Fiber

Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. Consuming whole foods: legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is necessary in order for us to meet our daily needs. In our society, it is common for people to neglect eating fiber-rich foods. I had a conversation with a couple of women at the Health Expo last weekend. They…

What’s In Season? Fiddleheads!

In our Northeast region–fiddlehead ferns are now in season. They are harvested from our local area, and brought into the health food store every year along with other spring crops. Because of their appearance, and quite frankly–they are ferns, I shied away from using these curly little plants in my recipes. But this year, after seeing them around every spring,…

Is Soy Bad For You?

A Vegan Doctor Addresses Soy Myths and Misinformation By Holly Wilson MD | January 14, 2014 | Categories: Health and Nutrition  Soy has long been recognized as a nutrient-dense food and as an excellent source of protein by respected dietitians and clinical nutritionists. The soybean contains all of the essential amino acids, as well as an impressive list of micronutrients…

Health Benefits of Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India. The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health…

Food Is Our Medicine

It is essential for us to have a basic understanding of our physical material make-up. This is relevant knowledge that will help us know how to better take care of ourselves. When I became a licensed massage therapist I had to study anatomy and physiology, myology, pathology, neurology, kinesiology, and many other medical sciences. I…

Health Benefits of Lemons

It’s Springtime! A great time for cleaning and cleansing. Lemons are commonly used in cleanses and are also well known for their medicinal power–and many uses. Lemons are alkalizing for the body: Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH. Lemons are rich in vitamin…

Foods That Cleanse

Various foods contain cleansing properties and can be easily added to your everyday diet. These foods can be considered the best “cleanse” choices: Artichokes contain antioxidant plant compounds called caffeoylquinic acids, which are used to treat hepatic (liver) disorders because they stimulate bile flow. Bile helps the body to digest fats, and efficient bile flow clears the…

Importance of Cleansing

By Hacer Bozkurt, MD The organs responsible primarily for the elimination of toxins and waste are the colon (large intestine), skin, kidneys and lungs. If these organs are not cleansed, the waste products and toxins accumulate and can compromise our health. Everything we put in our mouth touches and affects the walls of the stomach,…

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Improves Digestion: Drinking apple cider vinegar in water can help to naturally improve your digestion. It’s important to use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. Filtered and pasteurized vinegars will not have this and lack the enzymes and other nutritional properties in raw ACV that have such a positive effect on the digestive process. Heartburn, Intestinal Problems…