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The Best Beverage for your Health

As you might expect, all the health experts agree that drinking plenty of pure, toxin and contaminate free water should be our number one beverage concern. Because our body is about 80% water, we need to consume between 12 – 15 cups of liquids per day. However, if you’re drinking only water, you’re not getting the antioxidants,  phytonutrients, and other specific nutritional benefits you’d get from other beverages.  Plus, good tasting beverages encourage us to consume more liquids during the…

Facebook and Longevity

Just between you and me it seems I’m spending way too much time on Facebook these days. But it just dawned on me:  if I’m a little smarter about the way I use Facebook, it could be a real benefit in my quest for a longer, happy life. Lots of research into longevity (the science of living a long, healthy life) suggests that quality and quantity of our relationships play a fundamental role. “The benefit of friends, family and even…

The Truth about Chocolate

I love chocolate! …always have.  So imagine my excitement when I started reading about all amazing health benefits attributed to my favorite food. It’s being hailed as a superfood, because it: •    Contains more antioxidants than goji berries, acai and blueberries •    Has lots of minerals, including magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc and manganese •    Increases the levels of some neurotransmitters, promoting well-being and brain health •    Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease •    Reduces the risk of stroke…

Who wants to live forever?

The option to reverse the aging process in humans is very near, according to some scientists. This article in Time Magazine describes the latest research results from Harvard University and concludes: “Researchers have found a way to protect a mouse’s DNA from the damage that comes with aging, and they’re ready to test it in people.” Another anti-aging approach that’s producing positive results right now is all about lengthening your telomeres.  Check out this article from Dr. Josh Axe called…

Why we practice IF (intermittent fasting)

We’ve been practicing intermittent fasting (IF) for about six months now …with very beneficial results.  Don’t you think it’s about time I shared this easy-to-do, beneficial practice with you? According to the publication health.com, “IF is occasional starvation done in a strategic way. Fasting may improve your overall health and extend your life, likely due to the ways that it affects cell and hormone function, according to several studies”. BTW, neither of us feel “starved” in our IF practice, so…

Choosing the best foods …for us.

You’d think it would be relatively easy to do an internet search for the 10 healthiest foods.  Problem is, there’s little agreement amongst the diet experts.  Here’s the results from four expert sources: The Top 10 Healthy Foods (Medical News Today) 1. Apples, 2. Almonds, 3. Broccoli, 4. Blueberries, 5. Oily fish, 6. Green leafy vegetables, 7. Sweet Potatoes, 8. Wheat germ, 9. Avocados, 10. Oatmeal. 10 Foods You Should Eat Every Day (Best Health Magazine) !. Blueberries, 2. Garlic…

Turmeric, the miracle spice?

I’m seeing lots of claims from the medical community about turmeric, the main spice in curry. For example, Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS says: “arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin.” “Of the 6000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when…

2017 is bound to be awesome!

Why? The short answer is: “because we say so.” There are several ”truths” that deserve a reminder here: 1. We are, each of us, totally responsible for the way our life experience progresses. 2. Whatever we focus on becomes our “truth”. 3. When we focus on what we want, more than what we don’t want (i.e.: what we fear we’ll get), we’re guaranteed to get what we want. If you’re comfortable with these “truths”, then 2017 can be fantastic for…

Should We Eat Gluten Free?

We decided to eat gluten free a couple of years age on the recommendation of Victoria’s Naturopathic Physician. She had conducted a series of food sensitivity tests, and determined that while Victoria was not gluten intolerant, there was sensitivity enough to recommend stopping the intake of gluten.  In other words, she’d feel better on a gluten free diet. Removing all gluten from our diet has been a challenge.  It’s amazing how many foods that we liked are made with wheat,…

How to medicate yourself with love

One of the most exciting findings from the scientific community regarding our body biology has to do with the role of our heart.  Turns out, it’s the heart, not the brain, that’s the master controller of our body functions at the cellular level.  Further, the heart responds to our emotions and sends health controlling signals to the cells.  These signals override any chemicals (as in drug medications) that may be in the body.  (This explains why drug medications sometimes don’t…