This unique sweetener is actually good for your gut! It may sound like an oxymoron for a sweetener to help your stomach, but this tuber contains an impressive concentration of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), which are indigestible carbohydrates that pass through the body unabsorbed. The FOS in yacon is a prebiotic, becoming food for the existing probiotics in your gut, which help to promote their growth. In doing so, FOS improves gut health.

Yacon’s sweetness is unique because it’s low on the glycemic index scale, meaning its impact on blood glucose is minimal. It’s also low in calories, benefiting those trying to lose weight and following a low sugar or low carbohydrate diet, such as diabetics.

Uses For Yacon

Yacon can be extracted into a luxurious syrup which is used similarly to maple syrup or honey. Drizzle it on top of pancakes or porridge, use it to adorn desserts or mix a little into sauces and marinades that need a sweet touch, like a barbecue glaze.

In addition to a syrup, yacon ca...

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Your holiday shopping just got easier. Everyone knows a traveler or someone who’s always on-the-go. This Christmas gift guide is suitable for the person who always seems to be on vacation or never seems to be home, that busy mom, the businessman who is regularly on the road or flying for work, and the soon-to-be honeymoon travelers. Also consider combining several of these items for a killer “themed” gift basket, which I personally love receiving!

Here are our top picks this holiday season with just that person in mind.

Dr Mercola Sleep Mask with Lavender: This mask combines the benefits of eliminating light with the aromatherapy benefits of lavender and chamomile. Wearing a sleep mask at night blocks light from clocks, electronics, and outside lights, helping the body to get the uninterrupted, rejuvenating rest it needs. The scent of lavender promotes a sounder, more restful sleep. With over 100 million Americans reporting occasional sleep problems, the gift of better sleep is sure to b...

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Are you holiday shopping for a chocoholic this year? If so, chocolate lovers will melt over any one of these delicious gifts. I also love combining several of these items for a sweet “themed” gift basket, which anyone will enjoy receiving!  

Chocolate gets a bad rap for being "bad" or unhealthy. The commercial varieties found on the shelves of your supermarket may deserve the less-than-stellar reputation, but real chocolate doesn’t! Really rich, high quality, low sugar chocolate with 85% or more cacao is considered a superfood. Cacao is a rich source of antioxidants and feel-good neurotransmitters, and has numerous health benefits.

Homemade Chocolate: If the person on your list enjoys baking, why not give them a gift basket filled with the ingredients necessary to make their own homemade chocolate? This includes cacao butter, cacao powder, and a sweetener such as honey, coconut nectar, or coconut palm sugar.

A second option for making homemade chocolate is to use cacao liquor. Don’t let t...

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Fact: everyone benefits from a good night sleep! If you’re holiday shopping for a night owl or someone whose sleep is disrupted by shift work, insomnia, jet lag, or children, you’re guaranteed to find some gift ideas here. The gift of better sleep is priceless because even just minimal sleep loss takes a toll on your mood, energy, hunger hormones, and ability to handle stress. A combination of any two or more gifts would make a great gift basket, which I personally love receiving!

To Promote Sleep

Sweet Dreams Melatonin Products: For the traveler experiencing jet lag or the loved one who just changed work shifts, melatonin is such a simple remedy for sleep deprivation considering it can take over one’s life! Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in the body that helps control sleep and wake cycles. It helps reset our internal clock, and may promote sleepiness, lessen the time it takes to fall asleep, and lengthen sleep duration. This product comes in liquid or capsule form.

Dr. Mercol...

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Holiday shopping for the special man in your life just got easier! Whether you’re shopping for your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, son and more, you’re sure to find something they’ll love with these unique gift ideas.

Awesome Products For His Face and Body:

Theraneem Naturals Men’s Shaving and Body Bar: This bar will be your guys’ daily go-to, and is perfect for a gentle, clean shave. It also works great for faces and body. Made with eight different essential oils, it’s gentle on the skin. 

Morrocco Method Feng Shea Exfollient & Facial ScrubGuys enjoy silky soft skin just as much as the Ladies. This gentle exfoliating cleanser will tone and soften your skin, and leaves skin with a healthy glow.  

Dude, Where’s My Lotion??? Nova Scotia Fisherman products understand men. Any one of these all-natural lotions, soaps, balms and scrubs would make awesome gifts for any man you’re shopping for. They’re infused with kelp, which has amazing anti-aging properties, and comes from the shores of...

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How to Increase Your Pet's IQ

11/29/2016 6:00 AM

Sitting around all day can really start to get to your pet. It's important to provide healthy ways for our pets to burn off energy because otherwise dogs and cats can become anxious or depressed or exhibit negative behaviors, such as chewing and clawing.

When boredom strikes, these easy tips will entertain dogs and cats while sharpening their brains. 

Follow Their Instincts

Does your dog like to dig or scavenge? Tap into your dog's natural tendencies by filling a stuffable toy with treats. For your cat, they need to climb, and they feel most confident when perched up high. Place a shelf or ledge by the window so they can see what’s interesting outside.

Get Fresh Air

When walking your dog, allow time for leisurely exploration of neighborhood scents. Dogs see the world through their noses. Sniffing around promotes brain health, like when you do a crossword puzzle. Cats enjoy the outdoors too. Let outgoing and social felines become accustomed to a harness and leash while indoors by rewarding t...

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