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.
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.
We all love this holiday time of year — the decorations, the music, the social gatherings, the baking, the cooking, etc. The air is simply charged with a sense of contagious excitement. But, there is a flipside to all the fun… I’m talking about the wear and tear on our health. The assault of toxins, sweets, fats, calories, alcohol, stress, all add up to a veritable sin-city of challenges to our wellness! And by the time we reach New Year’s Day, and the reality of our folly sets in, with Winter upon us, we then often resolve to detox and commit to a pristine way of living to shed the excesses of the holiday season.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and, once again, you’re hosting a table of family and friends. Last year, my blog focused on sensational sides. This time around, let’s be healthy, creative, and embrace the main course experience. While most people roast a turkey in the typical, tried-and-true ways, this year, let’s instead choose one of the following 5 healthy and alternative approaches to wowing your guests.
Let’s drill down into one of the planet’s richest, most colorful, and aromatic spices that at once conjures images of rituals, mysticism, and cuisine. We’re talking about what was once called “Indian saffron” — the long revered spice of turmeric. While that may have been the description most commonly associated with this eastern spice, there is a side to this root with profound health benefits that far too often remains unsung.
We can all agree that Breast Cancer Awareness Month pretty successfully lives up to its name. With ribbons, “walks of awareness,” and the ubiquitous pinkness all around us, it’s safe to say that our awareness gets raised during the month of October. Now that our eyes are open and our consciousness has been engaged, just what can we actually do?
Weight loss has changed a lot over the decades. Remember when doctors warned you that you couldn’t lose more than 2 pounds a week; otherwise, you would risk dying? Of course, this wasn’t true… but everyone certainly believed it!
The onset of autumn and cooler weather provides a great opportunity for all of us to indulge our palates in the wide variety of cruciferous vegetables, which aren’t typically cultivated in abundance through the summer. These superfoods deliver a range of healthy nutrients from basic vitamins and minerals to very sophisticated phytonutrients well recognized for their role in cancer prevention. In spite of their pungent odor and bitter taste, their health-promoting potential makes the cruciferous vegetables compelling to consume. Let’s explore these unusual puppies.