Should You Ditch Teflon for Cast Iron Pans?

If you’ve been on a mission to remove chemicals from your everyday environment, you’ve probably already targeted the obvious sources personal care products, household products, and pesticide- and chemical-laden foods. But, have you considered the impact your cookware can have on the food you prepare in it – and your health? Depending on the type of pots and pans you use on a regular basis, you could be exposing yourself and your family to unnecessary and harmful chemicals. And, what’s the most toxic cookware? Anything labeled “nonstick” that has been coated with a slick, chemically-formulated coating, such as Teflon. This…

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Why Does Every Nutrition Pro Tell Me To “Heal My Leaky Gut”

There’s A LOT of talk in the health world about gut health these days. You’ve probably even heard that the key to reversing a whole host of health issues, ranging from skin issues to serious autoimmune conditions, starts with healing your so-called leaky gut. Afterall, Hippocrates is famously credited with stating that “all disease begins in the gut”. Several factors are thought to disrupt the normal intestinal environment and contribute to a leaking gut. But what the heck is a “leaky gut” – and how do I know if mine is actually leaking? (Eww!) This refers to damage and/or thinning…

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How Exercise Impacts Your Energy Levels

 When you’re completely exhausted, the last thing you want to do is lace up your shoes for a workout. But if you’re tired of being tired all the time, you may want to rethink the idea of regularly exercising.   Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for increasing our energy levels and you don’t need to do a lot to reap the benefits.   In fact, a University of Georgia study found that performing 20 minutes of low-intensity exercise could decrease fatigue by up to 65%!   Physical activity as simple as walking, yoga or a leisurely bike ride (for only 20 minutes!) can do so…

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Life “Hacks” of the Longest Lived People

Think living a long and healthy life well into your nineties or even one hundred years old is only for those lucky few who hit the genetic lottery? Think again.    Lifestyle factors, i.e. the things you do every day over the long-term – can add up to increase the number of quality years in your lifespan. Look no further than the people of Blue Zones for proof of how powerful everyday habits are when it comes to staying healthy for the long haul.    The Blue Zones are regions around the world where people have very low rates of chronic disease and…

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Goitrogens: Thyroid Blockers or Harmless?

Hormone health is all the rage these days. It’s almost become trendy in some ways!    You may have heard about eating to balance your hunger hormones, reproductive hormones, and blood sugar hormones.    But what about your thyroid hormones?    You might not think much about how food relates to your thyroid unless, of course, you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder – then you tend to really become aware of your lifestyle choices and personal environment.    The thyroid is responsible for producing the hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), which play a big role in regulating your metabolism. Remember, metabolism is…

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Diet soda – is it actually better for you?

You don’t have to be a health nut to know that soda isn’t good for you. But is it really all that bad?  Is it ok to just have it once in a while? And if you’re going to have it, is it better to have the regular ol’ sugar-filled version or the zero calorie “diet” kind?   Well, let’s weigh-in on the facts:  Regular soda – as bad as they say?  PROS:   It doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin) that have gotten a really bad rap lately  CONS:  The sugar! A 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons; almost the daily limit…

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Everything You Need to Know About Omega-3 Fats

There’s a lot of talk about healthy fats these days. People are including more fat in their diets and forgetting about the fat-free diet crazes of the past.    You’ve probably heard about omega fats in the mix, but what exactly are they?  What are Omega Fats? Do they all perform the same function in our bodies?  Omegas are a group of fatty acids known as Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. They’re numerically named based on their chemical composition.    Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The body is capable of producing some fatty acids on its own, like Omega-9 – meaning…

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Red Wine – Is it really good for you, or just health hype?

If you’ve heard that red wine is one of the healthiest of all alcoholic beverages, it’s for good reason.  Thanks to the antioxidants found in the skins of grapes from which it’s made, red wine has been widely publicized as being “healthful”. The kind of antioxidants found in red wine, like RESVERATROL, have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.    Inflammation and oxidation are considered the root causes of most disease, so consuming antioxidant-rich foods is a key component in disease prevention.    Moderate consumption of red wine has been linked to improved heart health, along with other health benefits, like decreasing the risk of:    Alzheimer’s…

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Essential Oils 101: All the Basics You Need to Know!

The power of essential oils (EO’s) is real – have YOU made them part of your everyday life yet?   We’re going to lay out all of the basics so you can get on this one bandwagon that’s here for the long haul. And when you learn about the history of EO’s, you’ll know that they’re not even new. In fact, EO’s have been around for centuries!   Some essential oils come from seeds while many others are extracted from the leaves of the plant. Because EO’s are so highly concentrated, it takes a tremendous amount of plant to produce just one…

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What the numbers on the bathroom scale really mean/daily weight fluctuations

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction – or not quickly enough in the right direction!    Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:  1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into account to determine if you are approaching or maintaining your optimal body weight.    2| When you wake up after fasting – usually for around 12 hours, you’re completely dehydrated…

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