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With a huge surge in popularity over the last several years, nut milk is more and more common on the shelves – and not hidden away in special food stores or health food sections.

For many people with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance, or those who have chosen a vegan diet, alternatives like almond and cashew milk are easy replacements, allowing them to continue to eat the things they enjoy – but without the discomfort that comes with dairy milk.

The makeup of nut milk is actually pretty simple: nut milk is simply filtered water, the nuts or seeds of your choice, and additional flavoring like coconut oil, agave, vanilla, etc.

But what makes nut milk so special?

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collagen

Big benefits to your health are all around you – in little supplements on the store shelves, and even more so in the foods you choose to eat. Just knowing what to consume – and when – can be the difference between feeling just okay…
And feeling your very best!

As we covered in our post about bone broth, natural gelatin (also known as collagen) can have a huge impact on the health of your hair, skin, nails, immune system, and beyond. It has become an integral part of my diet since being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Hashimoto’s Disease (an autoimmune condition of the thyroid) – and it really helps!

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Ayurvedic

 

Your green-juice-a-day habit just got hotter. I just tried this recipe and am amazed by how filling and delicious it is.

This is from my friends at Well and Good. Here are the benefits to the green juice you are supposed to drink warm:

Meet the Ayurvedic One-a-Day, a green juice/soup fusion from Kye’s Montana in Santa Monica that’s—get this—meant to be sipped warm. Yes, warm.

This healthy concoction ($6), which flies off the menu, “combines the benefits of juice detoxes and soup cleanses and all their nourishing benefits,” explains Kye’s founder Jeanne Cheng, who studied holistic medicine with Ayurvedic doctor Vaidya Mishra. The recipe is his genius.

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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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energy boosting snacks

Little twinges of hunger can strike at nearly any point during the day, and it’s nice to be able to enjoy a snack between meals to maintain energy and keep that nagging hunger at bay.

Unfortunately though, most of the “quick fix” foods we have available to us today are filled with empty calories, excess sodium, high fructose corn syrup… and basically none of the things that your body actually needs out of a snack!
Because a key part of snacking is convenience, it’s so much easier to reach for those corner-store treats or processed, pre-packaged foods that will stave off hunger, but do very little for providing you with nutrition.

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healthy recipes

Do you want some quick and easy tricks and recipes for staying healthy this Fall?

Check out my friends at EPICURIOUS.COM and their tasty suggestions.

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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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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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cholesterol

I discovered a recent article in the Deccan Chronicle illuminating the U.S governments official green light for a u-turn on cholesterol. Cholesterol has been on the naughty list for over 40 years now because of the concerns that it contributes to heart disease and high cholesterol.

Here is a copy of the article:

After a study, eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as “safe” and have been officially removed from the “nutrients of concern” list, reported the International Business Times.

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gut

Do you ever feel sluggish or run down? Have heartburn and tummy troubles become unwelcome daily companions?

When our digestive system isn’t working properly, it’s our body’s way of telling us something is off balance. Making small shifts in eating habits and managing stress can be the keys that allow your body to do its business properly.

Some of the signs of digestive distress can include, but are not limited to:

  • Heartburn
  • Frequent stomach ache
  • Burping
  • Gas after a meal
  • Constipation
  • Acne (adult and teen)

A working digestive system is one of the most important components to optimum health and wellness. Asking yourself some important questions can pinpoint the underlying issue that may be causing digestive distress.

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