I made gluten-free molten chocolate cupcake this weekend. The recipe calls for wheat, but I substituted gluten free flour instead. It was absolutely delicious! Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Serves: 10-12 Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 (4 ounces) 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar ..Continue Reading
Another natural anti-inflammatory food is bromelain. This is a protein-digesting enzyme, found naturally in pineapples. It can also be taken in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple may also be helpful. Keep in mind that most of the bromelain is found within the core of the pineapple, so consider leaving ..Continue Reading
Nobody likes to talk about constipation, yet the health of our bowels is pivotal to our overall health status. Anyone who has experienced constipation knows how uncomfortable it is…but could constipation be just the tip of the iceberg? In this post we will look at what the dietary and lifestyle ..Continue Reading
It’s the middle of summer, and the weather is beautiful here in New England. You should take some time off from your busy schedule to enjoy the outdoors, because, hey, the cold will be just around the corner before we know it. Being outside in good weather not only brightens ..Continue Reading
People often find that although they’re eating healthily, they continue to suffer from frequent stomach discomfort and ballooning. There’s nothing worse than puffing up after a delicious and healthy meal and ending up feeling like the Michelin Man on steroids. Most gastroenterologists agree that, provided you’re not suffering from a ..Continue Reading
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped organ that sits at the front of the neck. It’s the primary regulator of the metabolism and has a huge impact on our endocrine function as a whole. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as memory loss, sudden weight gain or a slowing down of ..Continue Reading
Are you a vegetarian interested in reducing the carbohydrate in your diet? Depending on what you’ve been eating before changing to a low carb (or lower-carb) diet, you may have to pay more attention to getting enough protein, as some of the usual sources of protein for vegetarians, such as ..Continue Reading
Losing weight and keeping it off used to be a real struggle for me. I’ve dabbled in the South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, The Zone, and Atkins. I went raw (and back), tried the Master Cleanse and once ate nothing but cabbage soup for a week. Nothing ever worked long-term. ..Continue Reading
I had never heard of Ayurveda before, so I decided to dig a little deeper to find out what it was all about. It is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that ..Continue Reading
I thought this article about onions was really interesting as I had no idea how many health benefits onions had. It’s worth having a thing for onions regardless of how much they can make you cry. It’s one of the widely used and best culinary vegetables, any day, anytime! Whether ..Continue Reading
My puppy Kirby had itchy skin for the longest time, and I didn’t know why. I mentioned it to his veterinary and all he said was give him a little oil, so I decided to experiment and give him some coconut oil.
Maintaining a gluten-free diet can be essential to repairing your gut and lowering your inflammation if you have an intolerance to it.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just take a pill and all our worries would float away? While that might not be the case just yet, holistic health pro Elissa Goodman has a pretty close solution: adaptogens. These powerful plants are the closest thing to a “miracle cure” for stress that nature has to offer, lowering cortisol levels and giving your adrenals some much-needed TLC. Elissa and our friends at Food Matters fill us in on these stress-busing superfoods…
Your body is extremely resilient and adaptive under a variety of conditions, but it cannot accomplish the demands of whatever happens to be thrown its way without proper nutrition and physiological support. Stress and fatigue tend to be a huge struggle for just about everyone, causing detrimental effects to your physical and mental health. Chronically elevated cortisol levels can affect every system in your body like burnt out adrenal glands, overstressed digestive tract, rapid aging, anxiety, cancer, chronic fatigue, common cold, hormone imbalance, irritable bowel disease, auto-immune disorders, thyroid conditions, and weight loss resistance.
Instead of just reaching for a short-lived remedy, I want to introduce an effective, long-term alternative for your body that will increase your resistance to stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
Adaptogens are a class of plants used for their healing abilities of balancing, restoring, and protecting your body as a whole – little miracles, I call them. Adaptogens were granted their name because of their distinctive ability to ‘adapt’ their function according to your body’s needs. An adaptogen does not have a specific action, nor target a certain body region, rather it benefits the body as a whole, being able to respond to any influence or stressor that it needs to.
These rejuvenating plants improve and recharge the health of your adrenal glands, counteracting the harmful effects of stress. Cells are accessed more energy and the ability to eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process to help the body use oxygen more efficiently. More cellular energy in combination with boosting the adrenal glands strengthens the body’s ability to cope with stress, anxiety, and fatigue – calming you down and boosting you up simultaneously.
While prescription drugs remain in your system and influence multiple organs, once an adaptogen has completed its job, those herbs are eliminated or absorbed into the body without any side effects. Adaptogens work slowly and gently, contrasting the instantaneous gratification of the caffeine cycle, you must be patient because they work subtly but the benefits are undeniable and long lasting. Here are 6 of my favorite adaptogens:
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We all want to attract abundance in our lives.
Two thousand years ago Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut. As it turns out, 21st century scientists are finding out that might be true.
Millions of people are living with undiagnosed digestive disorders. There are some major signs to look out for which can indicate whether or not you may be suffering from a digestive disorder.
This recent study that was published in the Biological Psychiatry Journal showed that diets high in fat content produced changes in health and
Are you finding that your body is taking longer to digest after meals?