Soon fresh blueberries will be cropping up everywhere from the corner grocery store to the local farmer’s market. This luscious beauty is America’s second favorite berry after strawberries. One of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries reach their peak in June and July.
Essential for brain health, a strong immune system and weight management, Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body can get through sun exposure, food or supplements. However, nearly 50 percent of the population worldwide suffers from vitamin D3 deficiency? Of those at special risk are older adults and those people with limited sun exposure. It’s dubbed the “sunshine vitamin,” because your body can make it through sun exposure. Therefore, health professionals now recommend getting at least 5-30 minutes of sun exposure daily. Sounds easy, eh? Well, for those living too far from the equator, getting that daily sunshine fix can be tricky. To add to the problem, vitamin D3 is found naturally in only a handful of foods, including cod liver oil, sardines, salmon, mackerel, mushrooms and raw milk. Don’t fancy fish and the like? Quality supplementation is advised to meet the recommended daily amount of 600 IU. There are many benefits to vitamin D3, but these three top our list of reasons why you should make friends with this super hero vitamin. Brain Power: Vitamin D is important for brain health and promising research has shown a link between Alzheimer’s disease and vitamin D deficiency. It’s not …
Looking for a tasty “superfood” to bump up your healthy diet? Coconut oil is surely the Swiss Army knife of superfoods with its unique combination of medium chain fatty acids that provide a myriad of positive health benefits. These fatty acids are metabolized different than saturated fats found in steak or cheese.
Chances are you’ve heard about the mega health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fats, which play a crucial role in cell function, are also helpful in reducing harmful inflammation that can be a harbinger to heart disease. What’s more, omega-3s have also been found to decrease triglyceride levels and blood pressure and may help to prevent fatal heart arrhythmias.
According to the North American Spine Society, approximately 80% of Americans will experience some kind of back pain in their lives. However, 90% of those folks will likely get better without treatment or by using conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, exercise and physical therapy.
Most of us are aware of the dangers of excessive sugar such as weight gain and type 2 diabetes. We have cut down on obvious culprits like gooey desserts and sugar-laden sodas. However, you might be surprised to learn this ubiquitous ingredient (under sneaky pseudonyms) can be found in a host of ‘healthy’ foods.
Lately, everyone from Dr. Oz to Oprah has been touting the benefits of tea. The Tea Association of the United States cites health benefits as the main reason tea consumption has grown steadily for the past two decades. Technically tea is anything that comes from the tea plant, including green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea. So, if the tea leaf is present, you’ll get all the health benefits. When you learn of its many healthy charms, a cup of tea just might replace your favorite Starbuck’s standard.
Depending on which part of the country you reside, this winter has been a cold one and you may be faced with itchy, dry winter skin. It stands to reason that with less moisture in the air, there is less moisture in your skin. And where do you go when it’s cold? Inside… where the heat can be just as dehydrating!
The holidays are upon us and with them comes joy and laughter. But let’s be honest … there’s always an element of stress involved with these festivities. Here’s a tip: incorporate these super stress-zapping foods into your diet and breeze through this busy season!
It’s winter again and with that comes the annual host of coughing, sneezing, sniffling, aching and copious amounts of tissues. Besides committing yourself to total isolation, what can you do to avoid this season’s flu and cold du jour?