The infamous turmeric has been around for thousands of years. It has so many health benefits, which are mainly because of  its main active ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds and is a very strong antioxidant known for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal activity.

Curcumin helps decrease joint pain and swelling, is a natural liver detoxifier, and can even be mixed into a paste and applied topically to treat acne and eczema.

How can you add more turmeric to your diet? Aside from my favorite, turmeric tea, these gummies are an excellent way!

Ingredients

2 cups water

½ tablespoon ground turmeric

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil (see note)

4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin powder

9” x 6” Pyrex dish

Instruction

1. In a saucepan, combine water, turmeric, honey, and coconut oil. Heat on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

2. Check sweetness and adjust to taste.

3. Remove from the heat and spr...

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Recent studies show many people in the U.S. may be lacking one very vital mineral—Magnesium. Some numbers report as high as 80% of the population is deficient!

Even though magnesium a very simple mineral for your body to regulate, its levels can be thrown off pretty easily by stress, alcohol use and various medications. Also, as processed foods have become popular, magnesium levels have dropped because many people just don’t eat enough fruit, vegetables, and whole grains—all important sources of magnesium.  

Why is Magnesium So Important?   

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in our body. To name a few, magnesium helps regulate normal muscle and nerve function, blood pressure, and blood glucose control. It’s also necessary for the correct formation of our teeth and bones, and is required for the synthesis of DNA and RNA. It’s required for the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, and fats. As you can see, magnesium is involved in some big time things happening...

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Homeopathic cell salts, also called tissue salts, are made from the twelve minerals found in human tissue. These twelve minerals work at the cellular level and are essential to your body’s functions. Forms of these minerals include: calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and silica.

There are 12 individual cell salts, labeled cell salt #1, cell salt #2, etc., and each is geared toward healing specific emotional and physical symptoms and ailments. You also have the option of taking a combination of all 12 mineral cell salts in one tablet, called “Bioplasma.” Taking all 12 cell salts together supports overall cellular health and function. 

Taking Bioplasma daily is used for relief of colds, headaches, simple nervous tension, digestion, increased energy, improved healing rates, and better handling of emotional and physical stress. Bioplasma is also thought to help with absorption of other nutrients at a cellular level.

Because Bioplasma contains all 12 minerals, it may help with remine...

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A hot new trend...baobab. Native to tropical regions in Africa, the baobab tree is anything but new. This vitamin and mineral-rich tree produces fruits that have been harvested by African tribes for centuries for medicinal purposes.

I think baobab + a smoothie bowl is the perfect mash up!

Ingredients:

1 banana, frozen

1½ cups frozen strawberries

2 tablespoons Live Superfoods Baobab powder

¾ cup of your favorite milk

Optional: 1 scoop protein powder (may need to add extra milk to reach desired consistency)

Bowl Toppings:

Sliced Strawberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Kiwi

Sliced banana

Chia seeds

Directions:

1. Combine smoothie bowl ingredients and blend until completely smooth. The mixture should be thick! Add a touch more liquid if necessary to get it to blend completely smooth or to desired consistency.

2. Transfer to a bowl, add toppings and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Atacora

0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

One of the saddest diseases to watch a loved one go through is Alzheimer's Disease. I certainly want to avoid it at all costs! Here are four Alzheimer’s Triggers that can harm to your brain AND scientifically proven strategies for avoiding them.

Trigger #1: High Blood Pressure

This is a problem for one in three Americans, and what you may not know is high blood pressure puts your brain at risk. It’s linked to memory loss, vascular dementia (caused by conditions that block or reduce blood flow to the brain) and Alzheimer’s. Hypertension can lead to changes in the brain similar to those caused by a stroke, and may also injure small arteries that nourish the cells that relay information within the brain.

Tips to Protect Your Brain from high blood pressure:

  • Hit up the produce aisle. Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of a diet that’s beneficial to blood circulation and lowering blood pressure. 

Trigger #2:...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

This week the Environmental Working Group released it's 2017 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, commonly known as the "Dirty Dozen" list. The Guide is an annual rating of 48 commonly purchased fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue, based on an analysis of 32,000 samples tested by the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more than a decade, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been stepping in to provide information to millions of shoppers that the EPA has failed to offer, despite a 1996 "Consumer Right to Know" law that requires it. With over 65% of the thousands of samples sent in for analysis testing positive for pesticide residue, the EWG makes it easy for consumers to make an educated decision while shopping for produce.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen

These items ranked highest in pesticide residue data. It is recommended to purchase these organically grown when possible. 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet...
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