This post will be the first in a monthly series focusing on the health of both the female and male reproductive organs. My goal is to provide insight regarding the steps we can take to promote and maintain cellular health and organ reserve, as well as to prevent the illnesses and diseases of these organs that can arise through the aging process.
Although the heat of summer tends to drive us away from the kitchen stove, that doesn’t mean we must forgo optimal nutrition. As a result, this season’s Market Basket offers a wealth of options that would strike envy in the heart of any winter chef.
This year, the Jewish holiday of Passover arrives late in April. The timing is perfect to connect the holiday’s theme of liberation and symbolic use of food with the rejuvenation of spring and attention to an optimal functional diet, including paleo principles.
The intrepid egg has seen its fair share of promoters and detractors through the years. I’m happy to say that the 1970s’ ad slogan that trumpeted “The Incredible, Edible Egg” is as true now as was the success of Women’s Lib slogan of the same decade – “We’ve come a long way, baby!”
It’s safe to say that coconut water led the charge to take advantage of coconut, the ingredient technically known as a “fibrous, one-seeded drupe,” yet often casually referred to as a fruit, a nut, or a seed. Regardless of the naming trope, whenever we can attribute health benefits to a natural, widely available substance such as coconut, the marketing and commerce will begin. In this case, however, the lovely coconut has earned its new identity as a superfood many times over.
Are you tired of hearing the same old advice that “there’s no magic bullet for your health?” Well, I’m here to take a stand and say with certainty that “yes, there is a magic bullet, and it’s your diet.”
Much of the northern hemisphere is smack in the middle of one of the most challenging times of year for maintaining good health. The winter season of colds, flu, infections and the spread of illness compels us retreat to the indoors. Dry heat, lack of fresh air, and the inevitable proximity to infected people can put us at a disadvantage. Fear not, as there are ample steps you can take to fend off these external threats and strengthen your immune system naturally. And (this should be of no surprise coming from me) the source is your kitchen pantry.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, stated, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates had a clear understanding of the power of food to preserve health and prevent illness. There is no nutritional supplementation that can fully equal the wellness powers of a healthy diet.
In celebration of that special someone, get creative, skip the token treat, and create some heat in the kitchen with some tempting, bite-size indulgences. These recipes are not only sinful and delicious but are also appropriately “heart healthy” as we celebrate National Heart Month.
As our journey into the new year begins full steam, amid resolutions, renewed energy, and determination, we are reminded that January is Cervical Health Month. We are bombarded with information about cervical cancer, screenings, tests, vaccines, and statistics—all important information. Yet, despite what we have learned from the media, the risk of cervical cancer goes beyond the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. In fact, epidemiological (population observation) studies have revealed that nutrition is important, not only for maintaining the health of the cervix but also for having a suppressive effect on HPV infection.