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Lemongrass: A Mind-Body Herb

January 20, 2019
You may think of lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) only as an ingredient that adds a mild citrus and floral flavor to many Southeast Asian dishes. But this tropical grass has a lot of biochemical

Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for High Blood Pressure

January 20, 2019
Dozens of peer-reviewed studies show that being outside quietly in nature lowers blood pressure, cortisol levels, heart rate and stress for days, not just momentarily. Even viewing plants has been

Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for Diabetes

January 11, 2019
Air pollution is estimated to cause 150,000 U.S. cases of diabetes annually. But plant leaves remove toxins, dust and microorganisms from the air. Be careful about food and plastics: many plastics

Co-enzyme Q10: Vital to Energy Production in the Body

January 11, 2019
Very rarely is a substance so important – and prevalent – in the human body as is Co-enzyme Q10. As critical as it is, however, our body’s ability to make CoQ10 peaks at about age

Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for Anxiety

January 6, 2019
You aren’t the only one who is anxious. Anxiety disorders affect nearly 1 of 5 Americans. Younger people especially just don’t feel secure, from climate change, to loan debt, to future jobs and

Healthy Bites: Awesome Arugula

January 5, 2019
With a nutrient profile similar to kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli, arugula is an excellent leafy alternative to these other cruciferous vegetables. When you want a distinctive, almost peppery

Better Digestion with Enzymes

December 16, 2018
Have you ever wondered how the macronutrients in food – fats, carbohydrates and proteins – get where they need to be in your body? This is where digestive enzymes come into play: they

Holiday Digestive Support: Ginger

December 9, 2018
Around the holidays, or anytime you’ve over-indulged, consider sweet and zesty ginger for nourishing the digestive organs. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a knobby, horn-shaped rhizome with a

Mindful Gift Giving: Tips for the Holiday Season

December 2, 2018
For many of us, gift giving is the biggest stress of the holiday season – from finding time to shop, to selecting the right gift, to getting the best price. We struggle emotionally knowing

Apple Cider Vinegar: A News-Worthy Remedy

November 25, 2018
Over the years, the media has paid lots of attention to apple cider vinegar (ACV) and for good reason. An ancient health remedy, it’s known as a panacea for what ails us, aiding in weight loss,

Exploring Natural Antibiotic Alternatives: Foods, Herbs, Oils

November 11, 2018
Exploring Natural Antibiotics: Protecting yourself against infection can be done naturally. But where do you begin? Foremost, if you suspect you have an infection (you’re coughing, expelling

Take A Holistic Approach to Antibiotic Resistance

November 2, 2018
When it comes to our health, there are two schools of thought: the Germ Theory and the Terrain Theory. Understanding the differences is critical, particularly because it involves the use of

Calcium Does a Body Good

October 26, 2018
Calcium Does a Body Good: Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and you might think that’s because of the essential role it plays in building strong bones; calcium’s

Nutrient IV Therapy: Don’t Believe the Hype

October 19, 2018
Nutrient IV Therapy: Don’t Believe the Hype: They go by names such as Vitamin Drip Bar and Liquid Vitamin Lounge. You’ve probably seen these store fronts right next to your local Target,

Turnip Greens: A Powerhouse for Good Health

October 4, 2018
Like their leafy green cousins, turnip greens contain an abundance of nutrients important to good health. Scientifically known as Brassica rapa, turnip greens are a cruciferous plant in the same

Supplemental Knowledge: Should You Take Nutritional Supplements?

October 4, 2018
Of all the health products available, nutritional supplements are the most widely used, consumed by people of every age and every lifestyle. While supplements should not be used as a replacement for

Got Sprouts? Health Benefits of Alfalfa

September 21, 2018
Got Sprouts? Health Benefits of Alfalfa: What makes a sprout so good for you? Sprouting is the moment of greatest vitality in a plant’s life cycle, the phase in which the seed activates and

Tips for Going Vegetarian

September 13, 2018
Tips for Going Vegetarian: There’s Vegetarian. And there’s Vegan. Most people know these diets are related, but some may not know exactly what differentiates them from one another. Both

Addressing Vegetarian Vulnerabilities

September 9, 2018
Addressing Vegetarian Vulnerabilities: Vegetarianism has many health advantages, but it can present certain health risks. Research shows that vegetarians (and vegans) are vulnerable to deficiencies

Surprise Your Taste Buds with Sunchokes

September 2, 2018
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Restoring Hormonal Harmony

August 24, 2018
Restoring Hormonal Harmony: In Refuel, I wrote a great deal about testosterone, the vital sex hormone that in men can play a crucial role in the regulation of visceral fat and the severity of its

The Power of Vitamin D

August 17, 2018
The Power of Vitamin D: not only is it powerful, it’s vital for good health. Although it’s called a vitamin, D is actually a steroid hormone that acts as a catalyst for processes that

When the Skin Erupts: Healing Eczema and Psoriasis

August 9, 2018
When those painful, itchy patches of eczema and psoriasis erupt, doctors of natural medicine ask, ‘what is causing this condition to present at this time?’ The Greek translation of eczema

Cherries on Top for Fighting Inflammation

August 3, 2018
Succulent cherries, both sweet and tart, provide wonderful health benefits. And they are of course delicious when fresh, which is why I planted two varieties of cherry trees: a Lapins that was first
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