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Iron & Immune Health

September 7, 2021
 Iron and Immune Health Iron is an essential mineral for good reason. Iron is a powerful element – both symbolically and literally. You don’t want too much of a good thing and you don’t want too little. In other words, when it comes to diet and supplementing, you want to aim for the Goldilock’s zone of “just right”. Just right can mean different things for different people at different stages of life. A good reference for how much iron you...

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Critical Thinking

August 26, 2021
Being Well Informed about Supplements Thinking Critically about Supplements Thinking critically about supplements is more reasonable than impulse buying, but doing so is complicated. Choosing healthy food and supplements can be confusing and logic can often be counterintuitive. Thinking & reading critically requires some mental and emotional energy. It means we need to try to look beyond persuasive packaging to understand the reasons for a claim and evaluate if it holds up. The point of this article is not to...

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Omegas for Brain Health

August 24, 2021
Omegas for Brain Health After what we’ve been through, just about everyone could use a brain boost right now. Kids have undergone a year or more of disrupted schooling, and many of them have fallen behind. Adults are experiencing pandemic-induced brain fog.[1] And seniors who’ve been especially diligent about staying home are experiencing the effects of loneliness on the brain.[2] It’s a lot. Thankfully, there’s omega-3 fatty acids. Ever heard that fish is brain food? Well, it’s true. There’s ample...

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Sweet Treatment: Using Mānuka Honey to Care for Your Skin

May 18, 2021
Do you remember when “face masks” were something you smeared on your face to soothe and soften it, not something you grab with your keys and wallet every time you leave the house? Let’s revisit those good old days, with a collection of DIY Mānuka honey-based skincare products. Honey is a popular ingredient for the skincare kind of face mask (the other kind not so much). But not all honey is the same. When bees in New Zealand sip the...

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Why Whole Food Sourced Vitamin C is the Best Source

September 29, 2020

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that many plants and animals can manufacture from their own glucose stores. Unfortunately for us humans, we’re not one of the mammals that comes with our own built in vitamin C factories. That means we need to ensure we’re getting enough from our diet. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects bodily tissues from oxidative damage. It is also involved in several important enzymatic reactions, including the creation of collagen in connective tissue. This…

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Recipes

Elderberry Chia Protein Pudding

September 26, 2019

I absolutely love chia pudding. It’s nutritious and delicious and can be thrown together in just minutes (literally minutes!) the night before for a quick and easy breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert. Not only does this elderberry version look pretty, but it also tastes great and is packed with antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, protein, and pre- & probiotics too!  It’s also suitable for gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, and keto diets. Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and are rich in fiber,…

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part IV

September 11, 2019

Love to glow? Then try this face mask perfect for all skin types. Rich in nutrients, fatty acids and chlorophyll, spirulina is perfect for brightening, detoxifying and nourishing dull, tired skin. Spirulina also encourages quick skin cell turnover while mānuka honey moisturizes and provides powerful anti-microbial action. The result is a brighter, more radiant complexion with only two ingredients. This mask is gentle enough to apply daily and the deep green, slightly iridescent color is kind of intoxicating. For more…

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series

August 21, 2019
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No matter what our age or our skin type, sometimes our skin can use a little help. Things like stress, too much sun and lack of sleep can make our skin look less than red carpet ready. What better way than a DIY face mask to beautify your way to glowing skin? There’s no need to resort to products filled with artificial preservatives and unpronounceable ingredients. Mānuka honey, a rising natural beauty superstar and “super” honey with enhanced healing and…

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Recipes

Popsicles Two Ways

August 17, 2019
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What better treat on a hot summer day than an ice-cold popsicle!  Here I have two different flavors. The first is a fresh and tangy Creamy Berry & Lemon combo.  The second is “PBBJ,” a play on everyone’s favorite PB&J, with an extra “B” for a twist!  Dr. Tara’s passion is to inspire and empower others to experience the joy and richness of life.  She embraces a holistic definition of health & wellness with a focus on lifestyle factors. For…

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Health Recipes

How to Use Udo’s Oil

August 6, 2019
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Do you get enough healthy fat? Many people don’t consume enough, especially essential omegas. Omega-3, -6 and -9 oils are safe to use in meals for the whole family, not just smoothies! Udo’s Oil is a great way to balance a meal, make a snack more satisfying, or finish off a dish of any kind. How Much Udo’s Oil? Using 2 – 3 tablespoons daily seems to work well for most adults and children 10 years and older. Even babies…

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Sunburn ‘Sicles: Red Beet Ice Pops

August 1, 2019
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For the kids and the kids at heart, try this electrolyte replenishing, oxygenating ice pop post-play. I’m fairly certain it’s well known that when we engage in physical activity, we lose important electrolyte minerals through sweat and exertion. To restore that fluid balance and help our muscles recover from exercise, beverages that contain these electrolytes are extremely important. Where do we get these electrolytes if not from Gatorade? Of course, filtered water should contain trace minerals that allow us to…

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Amazing Reasons to Use Manuka Honey

July 30, 2019
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Honey is a thing of wonder. According to some estimates, honey has been used as a food and medicine throughout 8,000 years of human history and culture, from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to practices of the Ayurvedic and TCM systems. As one of the longest standing ingredients in the arsenal of holistic human health, honey has a lot more to offer than a simple refined sugar substitute (though it’s perfect for that too!). Honey has been used for its unique…

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