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February 2021

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What Causes Joint Problems in Pets

February 25, 2021
There is no doubt that we love our furry friends. Sometimes they just need a little extra TLC. Things like genetics, age, and if they have been spayed or neutered can play significant factors in their joint health. The difference between developmental and degenerative joint problems: Developmental joint problems are where there is improper development of the joint or ligament. These defects will cause the joint not to function correctly. Usually, this refers to genetic conditions such as hip or...

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Immune Health Begins in the Gut

February 23, 2021
You know how important a healthy immune system is to keeping you well. But have you ever wondered exactly where your immune systems is? If you know a bit about physiology, you might answer the spleen, the lymph glands, or the bone marrow. All these answers are right. But the motherlode of the immune system is in your gut. Wait, did you say my gut? Yep, that’s right. Your GI tract houses up to 80 percent of your immune cells....

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Is manuka honey a sweet solution for tummy troubles?

February 16, 2021

Honey could very possibly be the earliest sweetener known to humankind and it has endured as a medicine in healing traditions from Slovenia to India. Honey is a go-to folk remedy for dyspepsia and was widely used for preventing infection and healing wounds before modern antibiotics were discovered in bread mold (not nearly as delicious a source of antibacterial goodness!). Now, with antibiotic resistance on the rise globally, lay people and scientists are interested in knowing everything that honey can…

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Featured Holidays Recipes

Valentine’s Day Heart-Beet Chocolate Mousse

February 11, 2021

What makes a food appropriate for Valentine’s day (also known in Latin America as the day of love and friendship)? It makes sense to me that foods known as aphrodisiacs or which promote the production of oxytocin, our bonding hormone, would be a good start. Dubbed “the love hormone”, many of us are currently depleted in oxytocin, which is produced when we experience positive social interactions and pleasant physical touch. (While the recipe makes enough for sharing, folks in isolation…

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Apple Cider Vinegar Glazed Donuts

February 9, 2021

Apple Cider Vinegar Glazed Donuts February 9, 2021 by Tricia Terpstra Category Featured Recipes Gluten-free | Healthy dessert Persons 6 Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Ingredients Baked Donuts: 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 3/4 cup almond flour 1/3 cup tapioca starch 1/3 cup coconut sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp sea salt 2 eggs 3/4 cup almond milk 2 tbsp Flora ACV Shot 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 2-3 tbsp Flora Apple Cider Vinegar…

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with a Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing

February 4, 2021

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with a Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing February 4, 2021 by Tricia Terpstra Category Featured Recipes Serving Size 2-4 Prep Time 30 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Ingredients Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing: 3/4 cup pine nuts 2 tsp avocado oil 1/3 cup boiled water 3 tbsp Udo’s Oil 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp sea salt Pepper, to taste Salad: 1 14-oz can chickpeas 1 tbsp avocado oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 tsp…

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Stressveda: Ashwagandha and Stress

February 2, 2021
Ashwagandha and Stress Ashwagandha is one of the most prized herbs in the Ayurvedic medicine materia medica. ‘Ashwa’ means ‘horse’ and ‘gandha’ means ‘smell’ so its name has been interpreted as referring to the smell of the fresh root powder as well as the root imbuing one with the vigor and stamina of a horse. Ashwagandha falls under the adaptogen class of herbs, meaning it can safely be used long term to fortify and support the body and mind in...

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