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JANUARY 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

January 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

We know all about the hazards of too much sun exposure - premature aging, skin cancer, and sun spots, to name a few.  Most of us slather ourselves and our children with sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun, but what about the chemicals in all of those sun care products? Our skin is our body's largest organ and what we put on it can have a major effect on our health, both good and bad. I talked about this in my monthly Healthy Bites Newsletter but thought it was an important enough subject to address in multiple forums. Many...

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JANUARY 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

January 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

Shaped like green mini-trees, broccoli is a real superhero. It is loaded with a powerhouse of nutrients beneficial for digestion, heart health, and the immune system. It's also high in fiber vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A and B6 and research shows that these nutrients, along with other compounds in broccoli, have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties. Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants. These amazing substances influence cancer-fighting activity within our bodies, such as stimulating the immune system, stopping substances we breathe or eat from becoming carcinogens, reducing inflammation that makes cancer growth more likely, and even slowing the growth rate of cancer...

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JANUARY 08, 2018

Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking – Douglas Baker

January 08, 2018

Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking – Douglas Baker

“I accept each moment and each step as it is.” We’ve probably all heard how beneficial meditation can be. But if you have a hard time carving out time or if you get too antsy for a sitting meditation, this book offers ideas on another approach. “Mindfulness is a way of being present and focused on what’s happening in your life, with less struggle. A key part of mindfulness is letting go of resistance and trying to control. Stress happens when we try to control or change things we can’t, including how a mindful walk will be.” “Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking”...

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JANUARY 08, 2018

Secrets for a Healthy Heart

January 08, 2018

Secrets for a Healthy Heart

Long before the ancient Greek surgeon Galen carried out meticulous dissections of the heart, the Egyptians wrote about health and disease in relation to how the heart "speaks in vessels" with the rest of the body. Today, physicians may not associate the heart with the soul (or soul mates), but many credit early Egyptian medical knowledge of the heart as a precursor to modern cardiology. The Heart: Powerful, but Vulnerable A key element of a healthy body is a healthy heart. The heart is the center of our cardiovascular system and beats an average of 100,000 times per day supplying...

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DECEMBER 01, 2017

The Benefits of Bone Broth

December 01, 2017

The Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth has become quite a hot topic in the nutrition world as of late, but this incredibly nourishing and healing food is no Johnny-come-lately. People have been making broths for centuries as a rich source of nutrition and in order to use parts of an animal that would otherwise be inedible. By boiling bones, ligaments and other animal parts, the healing compounds in the food are released to create an easily digested source of protein and minerals. These compounds (collagen, amino acids and minerals) have the ability to transform your health, so why not reap their benefits with a...

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OCTOBER 13, 2017

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” – Atul Gawande

October 13, 2017

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” – Atul Gawande

“Well, you’ve got your health.” My dad would say this to me often when I was young and tearfully making some problem bigger than it needed to be. Having undergone two open-heart surgeries, he understood how much of a gift good health is, and how precarious it can be.  Atul Gawande, a surgeon, and a writer for the New Yorker, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, writes clearly and compassionately about the realities of aging and dealing with terminal issues. We live in a culture that glorifies youth and supports the fantasy of...

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OCTOBER 06, 2017

Fat Was Never the Bad Guy

October 06, 2017

Fat Was Never the Bad Guy

The Secret’s Out on the Sugar Industry Having grown up int he 80's and 90's I was one of those who fell prey to the high carb low fat diet craze and it took me years to reverse the damage it did to my health and my waistline. Luckily we now know better and the truth is finally coming out. A report published in the JAMA Internal Medicine on Sep. 12, 2016 revealed that the sugar industry paid scientists in the ’60s to shift the focus from sugar as a link to heart disease and blame saturated fat instead. The New York...

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula Officinalis

September 25, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula Officinalis

Calendula officinalis might sound like a character straight out of “Game of Thrones”, or a planet far, far away, but it’s actually a species of flowering plant in the daisy family, commonly known as pot marigold. Marigolds are more than just another cheerful flower; they’ve been used since ancient time for their skin healing properties, among other benefits. Here are a some of the best: It contains high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect the body against free radical cell damage.  And it’s soothing on sunburn. Antioxidant-rich: Calendula is also rich in antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin A precursors that...

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SEPTEMBER 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

September 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

There's no doubt about it: what we eat, and how much we eat, has a direct impact on our physical health. But did you know that those same choices also influence mood, mental alertness, memory, and emotional well being? Food can act as medicine, have a neutral effect, or it can be a poison to the body and mind. When food acts as a poison, it creates inflammation, which alters the body's balance of nutrients, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This directly affects your body's ability to manage and heal from stress or illness. Below are four common culprits that can be...

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AUGUST 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

August 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

In times such as these, we need to come together bridging the political divide to help and heal those impacted by the Harvey disaster. Our heart aches for Houston, our clients, and friends. When it rains, it pours and people need our help! So this Labor Day weekend we are having a 10% off sale and ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but they've never seen devastation on this scale. The Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to...

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