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John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for culinary medicine and nature therapy and an expert in well-being and nutrition.

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

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

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

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

How Phytonutrients Benefit Health

An interesting question that people commonly ask about food and nutrition: Is there that much difference between foods grown 30 years ago and foods grown today? The answer is YES. Decades ago, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us

10 Ways to Reduce Your Stress

This Thursday, April 16th, is National Stress Awareness Day. A lot of us might be more aware of our stress than ever these days. We’ve got more stressors—and more time to ruminate on them. But as you probably know, ruminating endlessly on your stress is a surefire way to feel worse, not

Why You Should be Eating More Onion

With so many of us stuck in quarantine or social distancing, we’ve had to get creative with the types of vegetables we pick up from the store. A lot of us have pivoted away from leafy greens to hardier veggies that will stay good in a dark cupboard or crisper

Celebrate Nurses This World Health Day

Today is World Health Day, and according to the World Health Organization, this year the mission will be to “celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.” Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women,