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Heart troubles?  See your dentist!

Heart troubles? See your dentist!

It might seem far-fetched, but there is a lot of evidence linking dental health to heart health. So if you have a family history of cardiovascular issues, take note! The presence of oral bacteria (and their DNA) has been documented in heart valves and pericardial...

The Little Gland That Could: How Your Thyroid Keeps You Humming

The Little Gland That Could: How Your Thyroid Keeps You Humming

While it is certainly true that "no gland is an island" — nothing is the body ever acts alone! — the thyroid gland is uniquely important. It is the master regulator of our metabolism. But what does that really mean for our health and vitality? Metabolism is a big...

Are you insulin resistant? Check out the checklist!

Are you insulin resistant? Check out the checklist!

It's widely acknowledged that the American diet is much higher in simple sugars and starchy vegetables than is healthy. This is despite the fact that we're pounded with media messages about how we "should" eat — and many of us do try to eat a healthy diet. But it's...

Ten Warning Signs for Cognitive Decline — & How to Help!

Ten Warning Signs for Cognitive Decline — & How to Help!

June is Cognitive Awareness Month. Please pass on this information to those you love. 47 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide; without a change, these numbers are expected to grow to 76 million by 2030. However, everyone can take action...

Carbohydrate Content of Common Vegetables

Carbohydrate Content of Common Vegetables

Vegetables 3% or less carbs- Asparagus - Bamboo Shoots - Bean Sprouts - Beet Greens - Bok Choy - Broccoli - Cabbages - Cauliflower - Celery - Chards - Chicory - Collard Greens - Cucumber - Endive - Escarole - Garlic - Kale - Kohlrabi - Lettuces - Mushrooms - Mustard...

Top 10 Benefits of the SHAPE Program

Top 10 Benefits of the SHAPE Program

What can you expect from the SHAPE Program?  Here are the top 10 SHAPE Program benefits: 1. Reduced inflammation — Inflammation is an underlying cause of many common conditions and symptoms, such as diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia, joint pain and weight gain. ...

Your Brain Wants to Cosy Up with a Cuppa Tea!

Your Brain Wants to Cosy Up with a Cuppa Tea!

The Brits are, of course, famous for their tea drinking habits.  So it makes sense that researchers at the University of Newcastle have been studying the effects of drinking tea on the brain since 2004. Camellia sinensis (seen above) is the source of both green and...

Recipes

Hearty Breakfast Snack

This is not gluten or dairy free, but it's fast, nutritious and delicious. It's hearty, but not heavy, and can provoke an appetite in those of us who are a little "breakfast-reluctant". It's based on pre-baked Granny Smith apples (chop in large pieces and bake at 350°...

Hearty Breakfast Salad

At its simplest, this is basically leftovers ("pre-cooked food", if we're being polite) on top of fresh greens. Which is fantastic, because it means it's super fast, never the same, and always tasty.  Plus, you can set this up the night before as a "grab and go"...

Smoothies & Shakes

To me, the only real difference between a smoothie and a shake is the ratio of liquid to solids.  Let's look at that first. My baseline is always 2 rounded scoops* of protein powder (see below), and anywhere from 12–16 oz. of liquid.  I personally don't love...

Oatmeal with Blueberries & Walnuts

There's something deeply satisfying about a bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning.  Paired with fresh blueberries and walnuts, it's a nutrient-dense breakfast that will power fuel your morning. Ingredients: - 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats- 1 cup water- Dash of sea...

Fruit & Nut Chocolate Bark – Detox Variant

Ingredients: - 1 ½ cups raw cacao paste- ¼ tsp. sea salt- 1 Tb. coconut oil- 2 Tb. raw walnuts, chopped- 2 Tb. raw almonds, chopped- 2 Tb. raw pecans, chopped- 2 Tb. unsweetened goji berries or dried blueberries, chopped- 2 Tb. orange or lemon rind Instructions: 1....

Cinnamon Apples with Almonds

This is what I make when I have a hankering for cinnamon toast or apple pie, but I don't want to get tangled up with bread or pie crust.  And this could not be simpler. Instructions: 1. Cut up an organic Granny Smith apple into smallish chunks.  Melt some butter in a...

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