Miso Soup

Miso is an excellent source of vitamin K and a wonderful fermented food source of probiotic (friendly) bacteria that is beneficial to the intestinal tract. Seaweed is a great source of iodine which so many of us are deficient in and is important for healthy thyroid function. Nori flakes and pieces can be substituted for the wakame, both of which can be found in dried form in health food stores. This soup is so easy to make and the ingredients can be adjusted to taste. Consider adding celery, carrots, cauliflower, and/or watercress.

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Cabbage Soup

Cabbage is a source of beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and the anti-cancer compounds indole-3-carbinole (I3C) and sulphoraphane. Cabbage has been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers, especially colorectal. I3C is known for its anti-carcinogenic activity and its ability to boost DNA repair in cells.

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Make Your Own Vegetable Stock

It is so easy to make stock and making it at home ensures a freshness that can not be obtained in stores. You can also ensure all the ingredients are organic and extra herbs can be added as desired. This stock can be made in advance and freezed for easy soup making. Freeze in ice cube trays and store the cubes in plastic freezer bags for use in stir fries and sautéing.

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Treating Nausea With Ginger

Ginger is an underground stem, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber officinale and it is a super remedy for nausea commonly used to treat motion sickness, food poisoning, and nausea during pregnancy and cancer chemotherapy. The active components of the ginger root are thought to be the compounds gingerol and shogaol. Since it’s completely natural, there are no side effects and is safe and effective for use during pregnancy. Here are some of our favorite ginger remedies for nausea.

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Minding Your Mitochondria: Defeating Chronic Disease Without Drugs

The standard American diet promotes micronutrient deficiency, which affects our genetic behavior and can cause chronic illness – particularly diseases with an inflammatory component such as Parkinson’s, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, depression, and MS. According to Dr. Terry Wahls, the standard American diet, which is high in carbohydrate and processed foods and grains, activates 65 genes that drive chronic disease. Dr. Wahls concludes that the correction of micronutrient deficiencies will reverse many of our chronic ills. Wahls says that a diet rich in non-starchy vegetables, green leaves, whole fruits, and protein will turn on 72 genes that “down regulate” inflammation molecules. This article is an outline of the diet and nutrient intake that rapidly reversed her progressive multiple sclerosis (“MS”).

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Loving Derma e Natural Skincare!

For over 25 years Derma E has been developing skin care products rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals that have been proven effective at battling conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring and aging. The company uses scientifically proven ingredients where there is documented evidence of effectiveness, such as alpha lipoic acid, oregano, Ester-C, and hyaluronic acid.

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Treat Yourself to Turmeric!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice related to the ginger root that can be ground fresh or used in powdered form. As previously mentioned, turmeric has documented anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and is associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The elderly in India who consume turmeric in their curries daily have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s. Since eating curry every day is unrealistic for most of us, below are some ways to incorporate turmeric into your regular routine.

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Vegetable Curry With Chicken, Tofu or Halibut

Yellow curry has amazing health benefits stemming from its main ingredient, turmeric, and its active component, curcumin, which have demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anticancer activities in several studies. The National Institutes of Health lists 24 current studies on the effects of turmeric and over 350 studies involving turmeric in total. Some of the main benefits include delaying liver damage, reducing the carcinogenic compounds that form in cooked meat, and slowing skin cancer, melanoma, and the spread of breast cancer into the lungs. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce stiffness and pain in arthritis patients. Epidemiologists hypothesize that the daily turmeric consumption in India may explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country. Dr. Andrew Weil favors cooking with turmeric over curcumin in supplement form, consistent with his preference for whole foods over isolate forms.

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What You Need To Know About GMO

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are created when individual genes are transferred into an organism’s genetic structure in order to change one or more of its characteristics. The most common genetically modified organisms in the US include corn, soy, and wheat. Approximately 50% of the global genetically modified crops are in the US, compared to 6% in Canada. We often see foods labeled as being free of GMOs. So what’s the deal?

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Cocoa or Cacao?

Did you know that dark chocolate contains more antioxidants than acai and goji berries? Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, a plant chemical known to help fight a variety of diseases. Dark chocolate contains polyphenols, the same antioxidants found in green tea and red wine; stearic acid, a type of fat that does not raise cholesterol; and flavonoids, which reduce the stickiness of platelets, inhibiting blood clotting and reducing the danger of coronary artery blockages, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. Cocoa is particularly known for its ability to thin and relax blood vessels, proving helpful at preventing heart disease and hypertension…

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The Urban Clinic Triple Antioxidant Smoothie

This smoothie contains the maximum amount of antioxidants possible. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and without sugar or artificial ingredients. Chia seed offer protein, fiber, and a super dose of Omega 3’s and the cacao nibs bring more antioxidant protection than both goji berries and acai! Try it today with your choice of protein powder for a breakfast or snack high in protein, fiber, omega 3’s and antioxidants.

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