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  • Native Americans had Constipation Too. Here’s What They Learned…

    Constipation is a problem that has been plaguing mankind since the beginning of time. In every culture on earth, native healers have sought out natural herbs to help fellow tribesmen move their bowels and relieve the misery of constipation. In North America for instance, Native Americans found that the dried, aged bark of the buckthorn tree when brewed as a tea, was an effective laxative to be taken as needed.

    When the Spanish later came to the Americas, they called this herbal remedy Cascara Sagrada, meaning sacred bark. So effective was Cascara Sagrada in relieving the universal problem of constipation that it became accepted by Western medicine in the 19th Century, becoming a popular herbal remedy prescribed by local doctors.

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  • Superfood Avocado Smoothie Bowl with Cashew Cream

    Avocado  Health enthusiasts everywhere are starting their day with smoothie bowls, a thicker, creamier version of the traditional smoothie that you eat with a spoon and garnish with your favorite healthy toppings. We love the idea of smoothie bowls. Their versatility allows you to be creative with the healthy foods you like best for an endless variety of textures, flavors and crunch. The recipe we feature here provides a delectable array of natural ingredients to boost your intake of fiber, healthy fats, beneficial bacteria, lean protein and disease-fighting antioxidants.

    Ingredients

    For the cashew cream:

    1/2 cup cashews + additional for garnish

    6 tbsp light coconut milk

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  • 10 Foods that are Ruining Your Digestion

    If you are living with chronic indigestion, irregular bowel movements, gas or bloating, it’s time to take stock of your diet. That’s because certain foods, especially if they are highly processed or full of fat and sugar can actually damage your digestive tract, killing off healthy bacteria, irritating your stomach lining and interfering with healthy bowel movements.

    What you should understand is that your digestive system may be just fine. The symptoms you experience could be a warning that you need to cut out certain unhealthy foods and replace them with foods that will nourish your entire body including your digestive system.

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  • Need Stress Relief? Try These 4 Natural Stress-Busters

    Stress can affect our eating habits in strange ways. A high-stress day may cause you to skip food altogether… or perhaps you think there is no time for a relaxing lunch or dinner so you grab a bag of chips and a soft drink and run out the door.   You know already that this is about the worst thing you can do on days you’re feeling stressed, especially when you consider that eating nutritionally sound foods can actually help you deal more effectively with the stress you are under.

    Let’s take a look at some great food choices you can make that may actually help to reduce those feelings of stress while providing your entire body with the nutrition it needs to fight off illness and stay energized throughout the day.

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  • Celebrate Summer with Guilt-Free Watermelon Salad

    Nothing quite says summer like ice cold watermelon on a sizzling summer day.   Watermelon is more than just the ultimate refresher to compliment your favorite barbecued fare, it’s quickly gaining superfood status as one of the most nutritious fruits around.

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  • The One Food You’re Not Eating for Optimal Immunity

    Mushrooms of all kinds are a delicious addition to entrees, soups and salads. Did you know though, that many varieties of this fungal delicacy are packed with nutritional components that keep your immune system working at its best?

    For instance, the Japanese shiitake mushroom is one of the most popular edible mushrooms in the world. Its history in both Japanese and Chinese cultures goes back centuries where it was consumed as a healthy plant protein and used by health practitioners to fight viruses, bacterial infections and parasites.

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  • Top Ten Superfoods You Need to Know About

    We’ve all heard of superfoods, but what are they really? Is a superfood any fruit or vegetable that supports your health, or is there more to it? Although there is not one universally accepted definition of what constitutes a superfood, holistic nutritionist Heidi Fagley offers this unscientific, yet totally understandable explanation:

    Superfoods are foods that go above and beyond. They pack in the good stuff that we all want rallying for our health on a daily basis. Although there are long lists of foods that contain nutrients that support health, superfoods turbo charge the system - especially when eaten on a regular basis.

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  • Why Do So Many Americans Have Digestive Problems?

    It’s hard to believe that nearly 1 in 5 Americans has some type of digestive problem including acid reflux, constipation, gall stones, inflammatory bowel disease and more. And that’s just for starters. A recent survey confirmed that 74% of Americans live with chronic digestive discomfort like gas, bloating and abdominal pain, with many toughing it out and never seeking treatment.

    If you are one of the millions of people living with GI distress, it’s important to know that not seeking a proper diagnosis for your problem is the worst thing you can do. Your symptoms are telling you something is wrong, and if left untreated, may advance to a more serious problem. That’s why getting a proper diagnosis from your healthcare professional is the first and most important step you can take.

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  • The Mystery of Prebiotics and Probiotics Solved

    naizo002Did you know that your intestinal tract contains an astounding 100 trillion helpful bacteria (about 3 pounds worth) that are crucial for healthy digestion and immunity? This large army of probiotic soldiers is comprised of over 1000 different bacterial species and is as individual to you as your finger print. Regardless of individual differences though, gut microbiota is still tasked with providing digestive assistance and immune support in all of us.

    Because bacteria are living organisms, they rely on us, their hosts, to provide proper nourishment for their health and proliferation. But not just any food will do. In order to thrive and do their work, your gut bacteria need to consume certain non-digestible vegetable fibers called prebiotics, and the more you give them the healthier your digestive tract will be.

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  • Introducing Holistic Care for Your Digestive System from Blessed Herbs

    The master herbalists at Blessed Herbs have been hard at work in recent months formulating a brand new product formulated to help the millions of people that experience discomfort after meals due to digestive imbalance and insufficiencies.

    Daily Digestive Balancer from Blessed Herbs is a comprehensive formula with a unique blend of digestive enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics and soothing herbs to relieve bloating, gassiness and sluggish digestion while maintaining a healthy balance of gut microflora.

    Let’s look at how these carefully selected ingredients will make mealtimes more enjoyable and provide health-promoting benefits throughout the day.

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