by Dr. Ikram Abidi
When it comes to organic food versus non-organic food, one of the most important questions that most diet-enthusiasts and food curious people want to ask is how to tell the difference. In other words, how to identify or differentiate organic food from the conventional food...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: From the looks of it, organic food can be hard to identify next to non-organic. Here are some ways to become proficient at knowing what is organic and what is not.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Low on Energy? Ayurveda aims to continuously restore balance to the doshas and supply fresh energy for the body and the mind. In this lovely YING & YANG LIVING video interviewing Ayurvedic expert Jenny Ahn, several Ayurvedic suggestions are offered to restore energy to each of the doshic constitutions known as Prakriti. For Vata, Pitta & Kapha prominant prakritis, different self-care steps can be taken in diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Jenny discusses yoga styles, nutrition and bedtime routines to benefit each constitution. Enjoy!
by Heather Manley, ND
My teen daughter has had a little skin rash for the past 2 months. We have treated it by optimizing her digestion with probiotics, eliminating sugar and gluten, and applied salve and other pastes to the lesion. Everything has kept it at bay but nothing has made it go away. Then I thought about zinc...
Editor's Note: Dr. Manley is author of the award winning Human Body Detectives, her children’s educational series of story-telling books, eBooks, and iPhone/iPad apps. In this article, she teaches us all about zinc deficiency testing, the function of zinc in the body, symptoms of deficiency and food sources that supply zinc in our diet. Read on if you zinc this might interest you!
by Carol Whitaker
Portion control is essential to master for a health and wellness. I'm often asked what to eat to lose weight and build muscle, my answer is always the same, to eat a small balanced meal every three hours to jump start the metabolism and balance blood sugar levels. Eating a small meal is just that - smaller portions...
Editor's Note: Let’s face it. The body loves lighter, healthy food. Carol Whitaker highlights how to eat less in her article with helpful tools incorporated into daily routines with portion control. With helpful tips on weight loss success, like closing the kitchen by 7PM, it’s easy to master goals and be rewarded with more energy, longevity and, of course, weight loss.
by Andrea Beaman, HHC
It seems almost all cultures around the world have used some type of pickle or other fermented food; in Japan they ate takuan and oshinko pickles, and umeboshi plums; China is famous for it’s kimchee (Kimchi); throughout Europe, dill, sour and garlic pickles were the flavor; in Germany it was sauerkraut; Russian people ate kefir, pickled cabbage and beets; and people in the Mediterranean dined on olives and yogurt...
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: Every culture around the world eats some form of fermented food to help aid in digestion. Unfortunately, today in our fast paced world, many people have walked away from these traditions. Andrea Beaman talks about the benefits of fermented foods and provides us with a very easy recipe to make our own.
Editor´s Note: Protein bars seem to be the perfect source of nourishment, especially immediately after a good workout, but is the tasty treat really that healthy for us? Take a look at the clip to see what may be hiding in the delicious bite, besides protein.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The healing of mind, body and spirit that Ayurveda offers comes from constantly balancing what we take in and what we expel out. Our food, drink, emotions and environment all form what is know as ahara. Many times, toxins are carried along with ahara and create ama in the body. Ayurveda offers guidance on how to use food as medicine to detoxify the body on a daily basis. In Dr. John Douillard's Gaiam video, he discusses how different foods and rasas (tastes) will help purify the body and remove ama to restore balance. Using an Ayurvedic approach provides life-long tools to keeping our body clear of toxins with a healthy lymphatic system and alkaline body. Enjoy!
by Andres VergaraLAc, MAc and Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH
The concept of sweet that we tend to think of in the west is very different from the way traditional systems, like Chinese medicine classify sweet foods. Sweet foods in any traditional system include nearly all vegetables, meats, as well as whole grains and legummes. These foods comprise the basis of a healthy diet...
Editor´s Note: This is a great article that explains the concept of 'sweet' foods according to Chinese medicine. It offers an explanation to the process of cravings, and a simple and convenient way to counteract a sweet tooth.
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