How Do You Like Them Apples?

Posted on Sep 08, 2017

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about pumpkin spice lattes. I am reminding you that this is the season when apples are back in best form. Apples are a great high-fiber food and since being recommended eating daily have stood the test of time to lower inflammation, aid in weight management and improve heart health. But that’s not all they are good for. Apples are a major source of Vitamin C, K, B6, and riboflavin, and Read More >

Working Through an Illness

Posted on Sep 01, 2017

It can be hard to stay positive when how you feel leans towards the negative, especially when everyone around you, family, friends and even your doctor tries to help you stay in the positive spin cycle. Sometimes you just feel off, and no balloons or flowers will change that. What is important to remember is that an integrated health system includes the mind, body and spirit, and when the body is down, we need to use the mind and spirit Read More >

The Proper Copper

Posted on Aug 24, 2017

When someone says to you “a penny for your thoughts”, take it. Then you can tell them just how important copper is to a healthy body. It’s an essential mineral that helps regulate the nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive system and the metabolic processes. Copper is also considered essential for cognitive health because it’s necessary in developing neural pathways. It’s estimated that only 25% of the US population gets enough copper by eating the proper foods. Your body cannot synthesize Read More >

Oh, (Vitamin) K

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

Vitamin K is a very important fat-soluble vitamin that controls blood clotting and promotes heart health, strong bones and a healthy immune system. People with sufficient Vitamin K levels are associated with lower inflammation, and as you may know, inflammation is an indicator of disease. There are 3 main K vitamins and they act differently in the body: Vitamin K1 is found in greens and is processed in the liver for proper blood clotting. Vitamin K2 is a more absorbable Read More >

It’s Good to be a Boron

Posted on Aug 04, 2017

Boron is a trace mineral that is essential for the growth and maintenance of bones, improves wound healing, helps the body to utilize estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D, increases magnesium absorption, reduces inflammation, increases levels of antioxidant enzymes, helps to protect against oxidative stress and heavy-metal toxicity, and improves cognitive performance. And the best part is that it’s easy to get. The boron we get from foods is primarily boric acid, which is naturally present only in plants. The best Read More >

Food for Thought for Your Thyroid

Posted on Jul 28, 2017

Hypothyroidism occurs when an underactive thyroid gland doesn’t produce thyroid hormones. This can cause a number of health problems such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. One of the biggest contributions to this condition is your diet. There are particular foods that are known for their effect on thyroid health. Soy is the most well- known, but did you know that broccoli, peanuts, strawberries, kale, and other vegetables are also culprits? Most of these foods contain goitrogens, substances Read More >

Get a Boost from Blueberries

Posted on Jul 21, 2017

Many foods claim to be a “superfood”, but not many can claim to be as potent as a blueberry. Blueberries are full of good things, like vitamin C, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, copper, selenium, zinc, and iron. They are chock full of antioxidants like anthocyanin and are high in fiber. Blueberries are low in calories and sugars compared to other fruits and are one of the best low glycemic index foods because they are absorbed Read More >

The Hidden Hypothyroid Problem

Posted on Jul 13, 2017

The thyroid is a small gland located in your throat and works like a thermostat in your body regulating temperature and energy expenditures. It controls metabolism and hormone production and is vital to your well-being.  Hypothyroidism is the term for an underactive thyroid.  It’s more common than hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) and has a disproportionate effect on women who are of reproductive age through menopause. The thyroid produces hormones out of nutrients called T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). These are Read More >

Making Room for Mushrooms

Posted on Jul 07, 2017

You may love the distinct taste of a mushroom, or you may be one who gets creeped out by the existence of edible fungi, but either way, you should know about the health benefits of mushrooms.  There are too many kinds, too many flavors of the like (stick with the kind you find in a grocery store, trust me) to go over them all, but about 100 of the thousands of species are known to have medicinal properties. Adding them Read More >

What Is Pregnenolone?

Posted on Jun 29, 2017

As we continue to investigate how our bodies function (or don’t), the more we see words with definitions that we have never heard before. It can become overwhelming to take it all in and process, but it helps when one of these discoveries can help improve your cognitive abilities. Pregnenolone, like DHEA, is a steroidal hormone that occurs naturally in the body. It’s synthesized from cholesterol in the adrenal glands, liver, skin, brain, testicles, ovaries, retinas and spinal cord. It’s Read More >