The problem of toxicity is very real. The EPA has classified 689 chemicals as toxic, meaning in large enough quantities they're capable of causing adverse health effects. The good news is, there are many natural ways your body can eliminate these toxins. Here are 7 simple ways to start detoxifying your body.

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7 Ways to Detox Naturally


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It’s common knowledge vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it's produced in the skin upon exposure to sunlight. But if you’re not getting much sun, such as during the cold winter months, or you regularly cover up or wear sunscreen, are you getting enough vitamin D? The answer is a resounding “Probably not!”

Recent research suggests we need much more vitamin D than previously thought for optimal immune function and long-term health. 

What Does Vitamin D Do?

Cholecalciferol, also known as vitamin D3, is more biologically active in the body than vitamin D2.

  • Vitamin D increases calcium absorption from the intestinal tract.
  • Vitamin D reduces calcium losses in urine.
  • Vitamin D mobilizes calcium from bone to maintain normal blood calcium levels.
  • Vitamin D has recently been associated with immune function, cardiovascular health, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis and hormone balance.
  • Along with vitamin A and thyroid hormone, vitamin D regulates the DNA of some cells to ...
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Vegan Chocolate Cake

9/19/2016 6:00 AM

This easy vegan dessert has got it goin' on! Chilled brewed coffee brings out the depth of raw cacao; perfectly balanced by vanilla and a touch of real sugar or liquid stevia. Top it with raw chocolate ganache, or enjoy with fresh berries and coconut shavings.

Serves 8

Vegan Chocolate Cake

  • 1½ cups unbleached white flour
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup minimally-processed sugar (or 1 tsp. liquid stevia)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water or chilled brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder)
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously oil 8-inch square or round baking pan. Dust with sifted cacao, or line bottom of baking pan with parchment paper.

To Make the Cake:

2. Sift flour, cacao, soda, salt and sugar/stevia. In another bowl, combine oil, water or coffee and vanilla. Pour liquid into dry, and mix until smooth.

3. Add vinegar and stir briefly; baking soda will begin to react with vinegar, leaving pale swirls in batter. ...

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Our Top Selling Asian Herbs

9/13/2016 4:08 PM

Do Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners know something Western medicine doctors don’t??? Traditional Chinese Medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. They use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems. The herbal ingredients used in TCM contain active components that can explain many of their claimed actions.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not acknowledge the healing properties found in these products, but the Chinese people have successfully used them in their traditional medicines for over 5,000 years and still use them in their hospitals in China.    

A couple wonderful Asian supplement lines are Chi's Enterprise, Inc. and Dragon Herbs. In fact, check out their top sellers! 

CHI'S ENTERPRISE, INC.              

Chi’s Enterprise, Inc. provides potent, effective and all-natural science-based herbal supplements. If you’re searching for ...

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Thinking back to your childhood, did you ever have an opportunity to pull the pumpkin seeds out from the gooey inside of a Halloween pumpkin? I still remember the way the seeds would "pop" in the oven when my mom roasted them for a tasty treat. 

What you may not have known at that time is those crunchy seeds are miniature nutritional powerhouses, and today, unlike their vessels, pumpkin seeds are available year round.

Vitamin and Mineral Content

Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamin E and the B-complex vitamins, and tje minerals copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Unshelled pumpkin seeds are one of the highest vegetable sources of zinc; a quarter cup of unshelled seeds provides 10mg of this key mineral and antioxidant which plays key roles in the health and function of the skin, digestive tract, prostate, bones, and immune system.

Fiber & Essential Fats

Pumpkin seeds also also high in fiber and are a rich source of plant-based essential fatty acids, including omega-9 oleic acid and al...

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I’m in week 10 of 18 for my marathon training! On Nov. 6th, I will run the NYC marathon, along with 55,000 other runners! My body is holding up with all this training—just some minor aches and pains, but most of all I’ve come to appreciate a delicious, well-balanced recovery meal.

My Recovery Breakfast

I do all my runs first thing in the morning, so afterwards I’m hungry! One of the easiest, quickest, most well-balanced recovery breakfast meals is an open-faced fried egg sandwich. I melt cheese on top of the egg as it cooks. Next, add spinach, mustard and avocado atop a piece of whole grain or gluten free toast. I eat two of these to ensure adequate calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

What Is Glycogen?

Glycogen is the storage form of glucose in your muscles. When an athlete's glycogen supply is low, muscles lack the energy to perform their best. If you train daily or compete, you must maximize glycogen storage. Athletes can double the amount of glycogen their muscles can hold. 


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