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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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  • 10 Ways Peppermint is Good for What Ails You

    Chances are that your breath mints, tooth paste and mouthwash are flavored with the cool, refreshing taste of peppermint. Along with its pleasant however, peppermint is good for your health in countless ways.

    Did you know for instance that the ancient Greeks placed such value on peppermint as a medicinal tonic that it was used as a form of currency… or that in the Middle Ages monks brushed their teeth with the leaves and cheese makers used the pungent aroma of fresh peppermint to keep rats away from their wares?

    Peppermint has been a valued herb for a variety of health concerns since recorded history began. Perhaps the most universal medicinal use for peppermint through the ages has been for digestive upsets, and now modern research is showing that peppermint may have surprising beneficial properties for a long list of health concerns.

    Here’s a look at 10 ways peppermint may be valuable to your health.

    1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Researchers have found that peppermint oil capsules given to both children and adults with IBS reduced uncomfortable symptoms by 50% in the majority of patients.
    2. Upset Stomach and Indigestion: When peppermint oil combined with caraway oil was administered for these complaints, symptoms were reported as “much” or “very much” improved in 67% of patients.
    3. Hay Fever: Peppermint extract has been shown to inhibit the release of histamine, helping to reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
    4. Nasal and Chest Congestion: When used as a chest rub or inhaled in a vaporizer, peppermint oil acts to loosen phlegm and mucus for freer breathing.
    5. Tension Headaches: Massaging peppermint oil on your wrists, forehead or temples may relieve tension headache pain.
    6. Muscle Pain: Peppermint oil has been shown to relieve muscle aches when massaged into the affected areas.
    7. Natural Bug Repellant: Peppermint oil is a natural repellent for stinging insects, ants and roaches. Use it in place of commercial synthetic repellants.
    8. Acne: With anti-microbial properties, dabbing peppermint oil on your skin may help reduce breakouts.
    9. Fatigue: Try a cup of peppermint tea or even a few whiffs of peppermint oil when you need a pick-me-up. It’s a healthier alternative to caffeine or “energy drinks.”
    10. Appetite Suppressant: Inhaling the scent of peppermint is said to reduce hunger and provide a feeling of fullness.

    Peppermint is so beneficial to your digestive health that the master herbalists at Blessed Herbs have made sure that it’s included in Daily Digestive Balance, a new all-natural daily supplement that helps to maintain optimal digestion, promote regularity and alleviate gas, bloating and discomfort after eating and in-between.

    When you make Daily Digestive Balance part of your natural healthcare program, you’ll be aiding your entire digestive tract with probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and soothing carminative herbs like peppermint leaf that have been used for centuries to aid digestive upsets. You simply won’t find a more comprehensive natural formula for your digestive needs.

    It’s from Blessed Herbs, the name you can trust for quality, integrity and value.

    Sources:

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/14/peppermint-health-benefits.aspx

    http://draxe.com/peppermint-oil-uses-benefits/

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/power-peppermint-15-health-benefits-revealed

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=102

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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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