bone Broth

With autumn upon us, our bodies naturally crave warmer foods. Who doesn’t love that sensation of hot, hardy food in their belly? It warms you from the inside out, and helps you feel cozy even when the weather outside gets nasty…

But what about physical benefits? How can we treat ourselves to warm, wholesome food that’s also going to provide our bodies with the essentials of good health?

The short answer: bone broth.

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all-natural beauty

 

Are you looking for all-natural, non-toxic beauty products? We do not need to look to LA or NYC anymore for toxic free products. We have them right at our finger tips thanks to some local business savy women who want to change the face of the industry. Here is a copy of the article from Boston Magazine that details the stories and local companies:

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fermented foods

 

Your gut is home to 100 trillion microorganisms!

Maintaining these microflora is essential to your overall health, and has a huge impact on your whole body.

While many people think that the healthiest foods are always the freshest, the probiotic properties of fermented food are actually among the most powerful for promoting gut health.

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plastic microbeads

I wanted to share this article featured in Allure Magazine. The ban of plastic microbeads in skincare products is a huge step in product safety and environmental sustainability:

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gluten free

The term “gluten-free” seems to be all the rage these days, and like plenty of the other fads that have come before it – and plenty that will come after – way too many people buy into it without really understanding why. They hop on the train without actually considering what the advantages or consequences might be…

Despite the popularity of gluten-free foods these days, a very small percentage of the population actually has a physiological aversion to these protein found in wheat, barley, and rye – and therefore, most breads, dough, beer, and a host of other consumables.

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sugar serving size

Most of us have a general understanding that “sugar is bad,” and that we shouldn’t consume too much of it. We know it’s bad for our teeth, we know it’s related to diabetes, and that it contributes to weight gain…

But are we really that careful about how much we consume? Even for the people who are acutely aware that they should be monitoring how much sugar they eat, they might be overlooking one critical step: serving size.

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cardiovascular disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for women and men in the United States. In fact, with responsibility for a staggering 30% of all deaths globally, CVD is the leading cause of death on the planet.

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coconut water

The clear liquid from inside young, green coconuts is known as “coconut water,” and makes for a wonderful, delicious, nutritious drink!

Coconut water is a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes (like potassium, magnesium, and sodium), and phytonutrients. These qualities make it an effective (and yummy) method for treating and preventing dehydration – especially for young athletes!

While coconut water is an excellent thirst quencher, there are definitely some things to consider before making it your everyday beverage of choice.

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How powerful is your immune system?? More powerful than you may think. However, cold and flu season are at your doorstep. This is the the perfect time to boost your immune system with the right foods and antioxidants.

The list below contains some ingredients that can contribute to overall immune health but by no means cure the common cold.

1.) Turmeric– is known for it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is the main spice in curry so it packs a punch when added to any dish or smoothie. It has been shown to be effective with digestive disorder and rheumatoid arthritis.

immune system boosters

2.) Chia Seeds- are small black or white seeds that are part of the mint family. They are rich in fiber, healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants that prevent cellular damage.  The seeds are a source of insoluble fiber (adds bulk to the stool and increases food transit time!). They expand and form a gel-like substance when they come into contact with water. In addition, they supply 19% of the recommended daily fiber (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000727.htm). Chia seeds may thin your blood so check with your doctor if you are on Coumadin or taking aspirin. Otherwise, enjoy in yogurt, smoothies, salads and muffins……..

A spoonful of Chia Seeds

3.) Garlic- is considered the most powerful antioxidant. According to WedMD, garlic is helpful in conditions related to the heart, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is used to prevent colon cancer, stomach cancer and prostate cancer to name a few. In addition, it is helpful in fighting colds, headaches and sinus congestion. The amount of allicin present in the garlic supplement can reduce or improve its efficacy. I opt for fresh garlic but if you have stomach issues garlic can be disruptive to the digestive process. There are garlic pills available that are enteric coated that are preferable under such circumstances. The enteric coating enables the garlic not to be digested in the stomach but rather the small intestine.

garlic

4.) Cinnamon- is a powerful antioxidant and has been effective as a anti-inflammatory. It can be added to smoothies, baked in muffins, spread on toast and added to oatmeal. Cinnamon can interact with diabetic drugs and heart thinners so as always check with your doctor before taking.

cinnamon

Bundle up this Fall and Nourish yourself with these powerful antioxidants.