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The Health Benefits of Friendship

Here’s another fun one, folks: apparently this Thursday July 30th is International Day of Friendship! The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. I

Garlic-Roasted Radishes

Bring out the sweetness, and maximize the health benefits of radishes by roasting this jewel-hued veggie in garlic. Roasting draws out a mildly sweet juice that tempers the peppery flavor of radishes. The garlic and butter (or ghee, if you prefer) blend perfectly with this hidden sweetness, giving the roasted radish

Radishes: A Versatile Underdog

With its peppery, almost spicy flavor, radishes may not be one of the most popular garden vegetables—but they are one of the most nutritious. For centuries, radishes have been used in Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat fever, sore throat, bile disorders, inflammation, and bacterial and fungal conditions.

2 Surprising Solutions To Gut Trouble

Stomach trouble is one of those issues that can be quite hard to pin down. Because the gut is so interconnected with our diet, our mental health, and so much more, it can be hard to tease apart what exactly the source of our sour stomach is—and, more importantly, what

Cinnamon is Friendly For Your Gut

Cinnamon is a much-beloved sweet herb used in cooking. But you might not know that cinnamon has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health concerns such as fever, menstrual problems, congestion, sore throat and cough, and gastrointestinal distress. That’s right: this unassuming dessert spice is actually an

How To Make Nut Milk At Home

With endless varieties of nut milks lining the grocery shelves, you might wonder: “Can I make my own nut milk at home?” Yes you can—and it’s not as difficult as you might think. You can enhance this basic recipe, good for nearly any nut, by adding fresh berries, coconut, or

What Makes Nuts So Good For Your Health?

From breakfast to dinner to snacks, tree nuts are popular across the globe. They can be eaten whole (fresh or roasted), in spreads and butters, used as a source for gluten-free flour, and blended into smoothies or dessert recipes. Nut oils are used for cooking and are even found in

The Dangers of Gut Imbalance (And 4 Things You Can Do About It)

What is the microbiome? The human body is home to over 100 trillion microorganisms, the majority of which are found in the gastrointestinal tract–also know as the “gut.” Taken as a whole, this community of microorganisms, their genes, and the functions they encode are referred to as “the microbiome.” During

Can Procyanidin Ease Allergy Symptoms?

Allergy sufferers suffer. And they are always on the lookout for something safe and effective to relieve—and even prevent—symptoms. If you’re looking more powerful and natural ways to fight your sniffling symptoms, consider a powerful antioxidant called procyanidin, which eases allergy symptoms. Most of us are aware that antioxidants are

Fight Allergies With Watercress

You might think of watercress as that peppery little green that garnishes your plate sometimes—or you might simply not think about it at all! But neglect this superfood at your own risk, because its dense nutritional content makes it the perfect food to experiment with in your kitchen—especially during allergy

Moringa for Respiratory Health

If you’re into “superfoods,” you may already know about Moringa. While Moringa is a superfood known to treat malnutrition in various cultures, you might be surprised to learn that its greatest impact is actually for respiratory health. This clinical 2008 study has shown that the leaves and pods from the

Natural Medicine for Seasonal Allergies

Ah, springtime! We welcome the pleasant weather, the scent of new blossoms, and opening our windows to the rush of fresh air. But along with that, we invite in pollen, grass, mold, and spores. For those who are allergic, our bodies launch a major immune response designed to flush out